Rachel Resnick is Teaching a Memoir Class!

She’s so cool.

Dear writers, friends and colleagues,

I am sending you an invitation for an upcoming one-day writing workshop to be held Sunday, July 19th, in Topanga Canyon.
This will be one in a monthly series, with rotating areas of focus.
I have already launched another advanced ongoing memoir/novel workshop which is in full swing. If you want to join, we will start another cycle in September.
Additionally, I will be offering initial consultations for writing coaching sessions for $75 during July.

Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone you think might be interested, if you recommend them. Any questions, welcome. Thanks to all of you for your previous participation and/or recommendations.

I hope you’re all well, writing, thriving, and hope to see you . Happy summer!


Previously on FBLA:

  • LAT FOB: Memoirs with a Twist Panel

    More info after the jump:

    Jumpstart Your Novel or Memoir: A One-Day Summer Intensive
    Monthly workshops that’ll kick your writing ass into high gear

    (Other upcoming workshops will offer range of focus throughout year, incl. Erotica & Sex, Breaking Writer’s Block, Freewriting Fireworks, DIY Book Promoting, Personal Essay and Pulp Fiction)

    Host:Writers On Fire
    Type:Education – Workshop
    Date:Sunday, Sunday July 19th
    Time:10:00am – 5:00pm
    Location:Private home
    Details TK upon enrollment
    City/Town: Topanga, CA

    Phone: 3104557767
    Email: rachel@rachelresnick.com

    Dear writers:

    I am inviting you to join me on Sunday, July 19th, from 10A.M. to 5P.M. for a special one-day writing workshop: Jumpstart Your Novel or Memoir: A One-Day Summer Intensive. The cost is $295.

    The workshop will take place at a private home in Topanga with a spectacular view. We will provide coffee and snacks. There will be a one-hour lunch break during which time you can hang out, hike, socialize, or keep writing. If you are interested, please contact me. I will need a writing sample if we have not worked together before. The intimate workshop will be limited to no more than 7 participants, first-come, first-served.

    *In this workshop, you will:
    Have the opportunity to submit seven double-spaced pages of the opening of your book to the instructor and other participants before we meet

    Learn how to craft a killer opening so agents, editors and readers will be salivating for more

    Sketch out key elements for the blue print for your entire book

    Hone your short, punchy description of the book to make it irresistible

    Tap into your passion for the book and clarify why you must write it, and why others would want to read it

    Write a variety of in-class exercises that explore crucial techniques for a successful book, anything from voice to point of view to crisis, overall structure, character arcs, and how to create suspense

    Learn about the current marketplace, what sells, and tips on finding agents

    Learn about the novel and memoir forms, the art of the first draft, the power and reality of revision

    Learn the secret of finding a “guide book” and how it can help you stay on course with your own project and bring it to fruition

    Experience a guided peer workshop in the afternoon detailing constructive criticism for your seven opening pages

    Connect with a community of other writers who are also currently writing books and/or book proposals

    Leave with enthusiasm, focus, concrete feedback on your writing, clear goals and a solid plan for executing your book and making it a reality

    Please make checks out to: Writers On Fire/120 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Suite 105/PMB 173/Topanga, CA 90290. If you want to pay by PayPal, please include an additional $10 servicing fee, and use my katamon@verizon.net e-mail for making payment.

    I am also offering a summer special for coaching consultations. My rate for private writing coaching is $100/hour. The special July rate is $75 for the initial one-hour consultation. These can take place over the phone or at a local cafe, after payment. If you are interested in booking a consultation, please e-mail me directly. I am also taking on new coaching clients this summer. If you are interested in the Writers On Fire coaching packages, let me know and I will send you more information.

    For those of you who don’t know, my second book (Bloomsbury, Dec. 2008; paperback forthcoming fall, 2009), Love Junkie: A Memoir, was sold on the basis of a book proposal. Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander and Paint It Black says: “Reading Love Junkie is like watching a sleepwalker taking a stroll on the freeway. All you can do is pray. Gorgeously written, piercingly honest.” Join the Facebook Love Junkie: A Memoir group to keep up to date. Meanwhile, I look forward to sharing what I have learned during this process with all of you.


    Instructor bio: Rachel Resnick has been teaching writing since 1995. She holds a B.A. from Yale, and an M.F.A. from Vermont College. Author of current memoir Love Junkie. Contributing editor at Tin House, author of L.A. Times bestseller Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick, widely published and anthologized. For a more extensive bio, please see www.rachelresnick.com, and www.writersonfire.com.