November - December
About the workshop
All writing is care work, and all writers need someone to care for them.
In this one-month mentorship, mentees will feel nurtured and supported as they recover their creativity or dive deeper into their practice, get feedback on their writing or advice on fledgling ideas, and finish an essay or make progress on a book. Scheduling will be decided by Amanda and the mentee, according to the mentee's goals and personal schedule. Each month of mentoring will include: -20-minute introductory meeting on Zoom to outline the mentee's goals and how we will work together -30-minute coaching meeting on Zoom either on the mentee's writing life or on a specific essay or memoir project -Two more 30-minute meetings of coaching spread over two weeks OR one hour-long session discussing developmental edits on up to 10 pages of writing -Weekly assignments and reading suggestions tailored to the student's goals -Final email with publication/pitching/writing life suggestions For writers working on book-length projects, a two-month minimum mentorship is suggested.
What you will learn
- Methods for organizing your writing life, even if you are balancing other jobs or caregiving responsibilities -Ways to care for your writing practice -Generative exercises and revision strategies -Pitching, publishing, and community-building opportunities -Book querying and publishing information
Greater awareness of the writing world and how you fit into it as a writer; clarity around writing goals and voice; a cared-for creative self.
What you will be reading
Readings will be tailored to mentee's needs and schedule
NOTE: This mentorship starts on November 6th and ends on December 2nd. Testimonials: Cindy DiTiberio, writer; Publisher, Literary Mama "Amanda's course was nurturing, generative, inspiring, and just such a powerful class. No one wanted the session to end which speaks to her ability to not only create a compelling course but also encourage healthy discussion and vulnerability. " Kaitlin Solimine, author of EMPIRE OF GLASS "This course buoyed me and made me feel connected to other writers at a time when I was feeling very disconnected from the writing world. I was blown away by the diversity and depth of readings, the spirit of support and camaraderie, and the quality of both submissions and feedback from fellow participants. Amanda led the course with such insight, compassion, and intelligence—I also thoroughly enjoyed the prompts… as well as the discussions and ways in which we were all inspired to engage with the reading material, and each other's work, on a weekly basis. I will miss it!" October Moore, actor and writer "It was a galvanizing and inspiring and safe place to be and listen and create." Eleanor Burke, student "This class nurtured, inspired, and challenged me." Ariella Ruth, student "[Amanda’s] course materials and writing prompts were impeccably curated and thoughtful, and she created an honest and supportive 'classroom; space on Zoom. I am grateful for the community I found through this course!" Kristy Rose, student "Amanda held a space that was simultaneously gentle and intellectually compelling, her feedback was prompt and through and the writing portals were well thought out and generative. I'm so grateful to have had this opportunity." Heather Hewett PhD, co-editor of #ME TOO AND LITERARY STUDIES "Amanda is a great teacher who gives fantastic feedback and knows how to steer writers in productive directions."
About the instructor
Amanda Montei is the author of Touched Out: Motherhood, Misogyny, Consent, and Control, forthcoming from Beacon Press in 2023, as well as Two Memoirs (Jaded Ibis) and The Failure Age (Bloof Books). She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a PhD from the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo. She has been teaching writing for over a decade. Her work has been featured at/in The Cut, Slate, Poetry Foundation, The Believer, Vox, HuffPost, Rumpus, Salon, Ms. Magazine, and numerous literary journals and scholarly publications. She lives in California, where she grew up.
Recover your creativity with care and support
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