Not only is Leigh a sympathetic reader, an excellent and super fast editor, but she also has great ideas about where your work could find a good home and shine there. She is happy to give you the benefit of her vast contemporary reading and enormous network of fellow writers. I learned more from her in 9 months than from all my previous teachers.
— Julie Hart
Leigh Stein is just such an overwhelmingly generous, thoughtful thinker and writer and teacher!
— Beth Boyle Machlan

2019 writing WORKSHOPS

4-Week Online Nonfiction Seminar: How to Build a Writing Career with Essays (online)

Tuesdays, 8:00-9:30pm EST, Mar. 5—Mar. 26
Co-taught with digital editor and freelance journalist Laura Feinstein
Register here

A personal essay can strike a nerve. It can get people talking. It can open doors to agents and book editors. Many of the memoirs and essay collections sitting on bookstore shelves today began as a single essay published in a widely read column like Modern Love, or on a highly trafficked website like Salon or BuzzFeed or Jezebel. If you're a writer working on a book-length project, one of the best things you can do for your career is distill your unique personal story into an essay that will start a conversation and potentially attract a literary agent's attention. This four-week seminar, led by a writer whose viral essay led to a book deal for her memoir, and a digital editor with years of experience publishing fresh voices, will teach you how to craft an amazing essay and pitch it to a venue where it has the potential to change readers' lives—and your own.

Spring memoir workshop at the 92Y in New York City on Thursday nights, beginning May 4. Registration details forthcoming.

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