How do you become the writer you want to be? This seven-week writing workshop will arm you with all the tools necessary to get your ideas out of your head and onto the page. The first half of the course will concentrate on the craft of fiction, using examples from contemporary authors as a jumping off point for deep discussions and related assignments. With plenty of generative exercises, you’ll come away with a notebook (or hard drive!) full of ideas, and a new understanding of the techniques you can use to express the stories you need to tell.
In the second half, you’ll have the opportunity to workshop your own fiction, gaining invaluable feedback on your stories, as well as learning how to sharpen your own editorial eye. Graduates from Jane’s class have gone on to attend funded MFAs at Iowa and Brown, publish in journals such as Electric Literature, Tin House and The New Yorker, sign with top-tier agents, and publish with major publishing houses—so if you want to figure out where to take your writing next, she can help you get there. However, the supportive environment is equally suited to those who have never written before, so if you’re afraid of making that first step, let her hold your hand!
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Jane Flett is a Scottish writer based in Berlin. Her fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4, featured in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and awarded the New Orleans Writing Residency. Her poetry features in the Best British Poetry and received the Berlin Senate Award for non-German literature. She is represented by Marina de Pass of the Soho Agency (UK) and Alexis Hurley of Inkwell Management (US).
It was in Jane’s class that I learned how to workshop a piece of fiction, either my own or someone else’s. In this workshop environment, I learned how to discuss my work with others, and use that discussion to make my work better. The environment in Jane’s class inspired me to develop and strengthen my voice and point-of-view as a writer. I had never finished a story and shown it to anyone before I started taking these classes, so I joined as a complete beginner but instantly felt like I was in the right place. Jane has a knack for putting together exercises that will help you generate a bunch of interesting new ideas, or figure out a solution to a longer piece that you’re working on. I went on to publish a lot of the stories I started as a response to Jane’s prompts, including various short stories and a novel that will be published in 2023.
Jane’s workshop was the very first writing class I took when I arrived in Berlin, and it was instrumental in developing my skills as a writer and also introducing me to Berlin’s literary scene. Since then, I’ve taken six workshops with Jane, and she’s also given me excellent feedback on three separate manuscripts. One of the stories I developed from a prompt in her class went on to win the 2022 Vocal+ Fiction Awards, and her feedback on another story was instrumental in its being shortlisted for the 2019 Curt Johnson Prose Award in Fiction. Did I mention that Jane’s workshops are fun? They are — in addition to being a wonderful writer, editor, and facilitator, Jane is simply a joy to be around.
Alissa Jones Nelson