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with Julie Sarkissian


In this manuscript focused class, each writer will submit 1200 words each week in advance of class. The group will come to class having read everyone’s work. Feedback will be shared, contextualized by the writer's specific goals, challenges and intentions. Then the writers will turn back to their writing, working in class to find “the next right thing for the work,” be that directly incorporating the class’s feedback, moving forward with a new scene, developing an old one, adding a new layer or story-line, etc. Finally, we will share what changes we added to the manuscript, and, time permitting, have a second round of feedback. A writing sample of 250 words maximum is required for entrance to this workshop. Please click this form.


Manuscript Course: In addition to bringing in 1200 words per week to read aloud to the class for discussion, each student will have one opportunity to submit up to fifteen double-spaced pages to the instructor and class members. The group will read the work independently, take down constructive comments, and provide feedback to the manuscript in class.


Optional: Want an extra hour of one-on-one attention?
Julie will provide written feedback on either part of a manuscript OR to help advise with the submission process for a total of an extra hour of consultation time. Please choose this option in the drop-down menu when purchasing this workshop. This extra time will be scheduled directly with the instructor.


Online via Zoom(link will be sent the week of 1st class)

4 Mondays

July 8, 15, 22, 29

10am-12:30pm EST 


Please Note:  WWW reserves the right to reduce the class time by 1/2 hour if enrollment is less than 5 students.


About the Instructor...

Julie Sarkissian is the author of Dear Lucy, published by Simon and Schuster and nominated for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her essays, short fiction and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, The Huffington Post, The New York Observer, Flavorwire, and Westport Magazine, among others. Born and raised in Southern California, she has a BA in English from Princeton, where she won the Leyone Francis Page award for her thesis, and an MFA from The New School. She is a writing coach, manuscript editor, and writing instructor across all genres at the Westport Writers' Workshop. Through their outreach program, she has run workshops for nonprofits such as temporary housing shelters, English language schools, and for differently-abled adults. She is Co-coordinator with Liz Matthews of the Westport Writers' Workshop Pitch & Publish Conference. 

Upper Level Book Writing with Julie S. Manuscript Course – ONLINE

SKU: B113m24-mon
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