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The Writers' Table

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m (EST)/6 to 7:30 a.m. (PST) for 8 weeks. This class is for fiction writers. Lead by Zibby Mag Editor and Online Community Host and writing instructor Darcey Gohring, this collaborative writing workshop will offer more experienced writers a chance to share and gain feedback on their current work. Each week, writers will gather around “the writers’ table” to get inspired, share their current work, and stay motivated. This class is recommended for those who have taken beginning writing classes and have work(s) already in progress.

This class is recommended for those who have taken beginning writing classes and have work(s) already in progress.

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Pitching to Get Published

February 25, 2024 from 2 to 4 p.m. (EST)/11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (PT). You’ve got a brilliant idea for an essay or article that you’re sure should be gracing the pages of Vogue or the New York Times. That’s the easy part. Catching a busy editor’s eye can be a lot tougher. Enter the perfect pitch: the first step to seeing your words out there in the world where they belong. This class will provide a hands-on, practical guide to writing pitches that grab an editor's attention and lead to publication.

Topics will include:

• A step-by-step guide and template for writing a pitch that editors will notice.
• Details on how to find outlets and individual editors to send your pitch to.
• Guidance on the process of pitching and getting published, with tips on how to stay organized and focused.

Our session will also include an opportunity to work on a pitch together with live feedback from your peers and the instructor.

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More Than ME-moir: Finding the Universal in the Personal

Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 11 to 1 p.m. (EST).  Everyone has a story, but how do we know if it is "enough?" How do we build past a journal entry and into the realm of essay or chapter? In the best memoir, says Vivian Gornick, "what happened to the writer is not what matters; what matters is the larger sense that the writer is able to make of what happened." Through short readings, generative exercises, and observation, we'll work together to stretch toward the universal by illuminating the particular. 
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More Than ME-moir: Finding the Universal in the Personal

The Writers' Table

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EST)/8 to 9:30 a.m. (PST) for 8 weeks. This class is for memoir/essay writers. Lead by Zibby Mag Editor and Online Community Host and writing instructor Darcey Gohring, this collaborative writing workshop will offer more experienced writers a chance to share and gain feedback on their current work. Each week, writers will gather around “the writers’ table” to get inspired, share their current work, and stay motivated. This class is recommended for those who have taken beginning writing classes and have work(s) already in progress.

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A Deep Dive into Dialogue

Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 8 to 10 p.m. (EST)/5 to 7 p.m. (PST). Join award-winning screenwriter and memoirist Melissa Gould for this two-hour, interactive workshop on how to write dialogue. We will focus on trusting our instincts when it comes to infusing your work—whether it's a novel, memoir, essay—with ‘real’ conversation that gives voice to your characters, strengthens each scene, and moves the story forward. Bring some short samples of your work in progress to go over areas where dialogue can help serve your story best.
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A Deep Dive into Dialogue

The Writers' Table

Thursday, March 7, 2024 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. EST/9 to 10:30 a.m. (PST) for 8 weeks. This class is for memoir writers. Lead by Zibby Mag Editor and Online Community Host and writing instructor Darcey Gohring, this collaborative writing workshop will offer more experienced writers a chance to share and gain feedback on their current work. Each week, writers will gather around “the writers’ table” to get inspired, share their current work, and stay motivated. This class is recommended for those who have taken beginning writing classes and have work(s) already in progress.

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The Writers' Table

The Joy of Learning to Write Sex Scenes in Fiction & Memoir

Sunday, March 3, 2024 from 1 to 3 p.m. (EST)/10 to 12 p.m. (PST). Do you freeze up when your characters drift into the bedroom? Are you puzzled about how much to say and how to say it? What to call the body parts that bring us so much pleasure and so much anguish? If you’re writing a memoir and there’s a sexual encounter that’s important to your story, do you gape at the screen and throw up your hands? And what if your husband/mother/child sees what you’ve written?

These are some of the issues that Elizabeth Benedict takes on in this one-time workshop, based on her classic how-to-book—the first of its kind—The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers, in print since 1996 and revised in 2002. In the book and in dozens workshops Benedict has given, the focus is on not writing erotica or porn but sex scenes encountered in today’s fiction and memoir, whether characters are Gen-Z's or grandmas, straight, LGBTQ, or doing god-knows-what on phones or computers. Among Benedict’s many lessons, with guidance on how to do this: A Good Sex Scene Does Not Have to Be About Good Sex.
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The Joy of Learning to Write Sex Scenes in Fiction & Memoir

The Dos and Don’ts of Travel Writing According to a Travel Editor

Sunday, March 24, 2024 from 2 to 4 p.m. (EST)/11 to 1 p.m. (PST). Whether you're an established travel writer or aspiring to become one, the world of travel media can be tricky to navigate. From how to find compelling travel stories to how to pitch a travel editor to how to land the coveted press trip, students will have the opportunity to learn from Nikki Vargas, a Senior Editor at Fodor's Travel and the author of the bestselling travel memoir, Call You When I Land (HarperCollins, 2023). In this class, students will learn what travel writers actually look for in pitches, the dos, and don'ts of pitching an editor, and will walk away with useful resources to apply to their own careers. We'll dive into the changing travel media landscape and demystify the world of press trips, from who gets invited to how to snag your own coveted invitation.
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The Dos and Don’ts of Travel Writing According to a Travel Editor

Write Your Novel Scene by Scene

IN-PERSON EVENT AT ZIBBY MEDIA OFFICE - Tuesday, March 12, 2024 from 6 to 8 p.m. (EST). Learn best-selling author Jennifer Belle’s un-intimidating approach to writing a novel or memoir by starting in the middle instead of at the beginning, and working scene by scene. Whether a total beginner or a published author many times over, this workshop will inspire you and give you the tools you need to get started or keep going.
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