Sacramento Writers' Workshop

Overview

Sacramento Writers’ Workshop
Adult Education Workshop at Country Day

The Sacramento Writers’ Workshop is an intensive manuscript development program for aspiring short story writers and novelists, hosted on the campus of Sacramento Country Day School. Participants will have the opportunity to polish a particular piece of writing, refine their craft, and connect with other writers in a constructive setting.

The Sacramento Writers’ Workshop is an intensive manuscript development program for aspiring short story writers and novelists, hosted on the campus of Sacramento Country Day School. Participants will have the opportunity to polish a particular piece of writing, refine their craft, and connect with other writers in a constructive setting.

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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 After submitting a manuscript, accepted participants will have their unpublished writing thoroughly reviewed by peers and an experienced instructor.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 2020 Sacramento Writers’ Workshop will focus on intermediate and advanced fiction, though writers of all levels are encouraged to apply.

About the Instructor

Jason Hinojosa is the author of numerous award-winning short stories and two novels, The Last Lawsons and The Conception of Zachary Muse.

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. 

Session Dates 

July 13-24, 2020
MWF 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
2636 Latham Drive, Sacramento, CA 95864

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.

Course Materials

Participants are not required to bring any materials to Workshop sessions other than annotated manuscripts and response letters. A notepad or laptop is optional for those participants wishing to take notes during discussions.

Costs

The cost of the program is $465 for applications received on or before January 1, 2020 and $515 after that date. Need-based financial aid is available; please inquire here

Workshop fees may be paid by cash, check or credit card. 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. 

Application

Please complete this 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

Questions regarding the details of this program may be directed to Jason Hinojosa.

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Writers’ Workshop Application
2020 Workshop

Please complete this application form to submit your fiction manuscript. Manuscripts should be no longer than 30 pages (double-spaced) and may include one or more short stories. Novel excerpts are allowed, but please include a brief synopsis for context. 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. The cost of the program is $515.