About the Writers’ Workshop
About the Program
The Sacramento Writers’ Workshop is an intensive manuscript development program for aspiring short story writers and novelists. After submitting a manuscript, accepted participants will have their unpublished writing thoroughly reviewed by peers and an experienced instructor. Each manuscript will be workshopped for approximately one hour, and individual consultations will be available afterward upon request (especially for those participants who wish to publish their work).
A typical workshop will begin with the instructor and participants describing what the story meant, what worked especially well, and what might be improved. A focused discussion of the manuscript in terms of structure, character, and language will follow. Finally, the author of the manuscript will have an opportunity to ask clarifying questions at the end of the discussion. Praise will be generous, and criticism will be respectful.
The 2021 Sacramento Writers’ Workshop will focus fiction writing, though writers of all levels are encouraged to apply. While this program is intended for adults (age 18 and over), ambitious high school seniors are welcome to apply.
About the Instructor
In the last decade, Hinojosa has lived and worked in Hong Kong, India, Rwanda, and the United States. He recently completed his MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, studying with Marilynne Robinson, Ethan Canin, Ayana Mathis, and Paul Harding. His fiction focuses primarily on themes of family, time, sexuality, place, and perspective. Hinojosa has taught literature and creative writing courses at various levels including university, continuing education, high school, and middle school programs. He currently teaches at Sacramento Country Day School and serves as the High School English Department chair.
Our 2020 Workshop has concluded. Please sign up for updates about our 2021 program.
July 12-23, 2021
MWF 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Workshop will meet for two weeks, three meetings per week, two hours per meeting. The first Workshop meeting will feature lectures on craft and establish the norms of the program. The second meeting will be the first manuscript review.
Participants should have annotated manuscripts and response letters prepared before discussions. A notepad or laptop will be required for participation.
The cost of the program is $465 for applications received on or before March 15, 2021 and $515 after that date. The application deadline is May 1, 2021. Need-based financial aid is available; please inquire here.
Workshop fees must be paid by credit card at this time. Payment will be requested after your manuscript has been reviewed and you have been formally accepted into the program.
Workshop fees are non-refundable, except in that case that the minimum enrollment for the class is not met, and the class is cancelled.
Please complete our application form to submit your fiction manuscript. Please allow up to six weeks for review. Your manuscript submission will be the work reviewed for the Workshop. If you feel strongly that another piece should be workshopped instead, please request this change after you are accepted. Once accepted to the program, you will be asked to pay your full Workshop fee.
Info for Accepted Participants
Every accepted program participant is strongly encouraged to read each manuscript twice. First, read through the manuscript as if you were reading a published work in a newspaper, magazine, or online journal. Second, read and annotate the manuscript with your comments and questions.
Every participant must then write a short response letter to be ready on the day that manuscript is being workshopped. The workshop letter is not only an opportunity to provide feedback to your fellow participant; it is also an opportunity for you to articulate and refine your own understanding of the many interconnected elements of effective writing.
Thoughtful, respectful, and detailed feedback is expected. Please be judicious with your criticism and generous with your praise.
Questions regarding the details of this program may be directed to Jason Hinojosa.