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, memoirists, and novelists, sponsored by Sacramento Country Day School. Participants will have the opportunity to polish a piece of writing, refine their craft, and connect with other writers in a constructive setting.

The 2021 Workshop has been cancelled.

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

The 2021 Workshop has been cancelled.

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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, memoirists, 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 After submitting a manuscript, accepted participants will have their unpublished writing thoroughly reviewed by peers and an experienced instructor.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 on advanced and intermediate fiction and memoir, 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

 Jason Hinojosa is the author of numerous award-winning short stories and two novels, The Last Lawsons and The Conception of Zachary Muse. He earned his MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, studying with Marilynne Robinson, Margot Livesey, and others. His fiction focuses primarily on themes of family, time, sexuality, place, and perspective. Jason 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 English Department Chair.

Session Dates 

The 2021 Workshop has been cancelled.

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.

COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be observed including health screening at the beginning of each session, mandatory masks, and physical distancing.

Course Materials

Participants should have annotated manuscripts and response letters prepared before discussions. A notepad or laptop will be required for participation.

Costs

The cost of the program is $515. 

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. 

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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Workshop Testimonials

We know that the Sacramento Writers’ Workshop is an excellent program for authors of all levels, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Read what past participants think of the program.

Emily H. (‘19)

“…Writing is such a solitary activity, many people forget how beneficial and enjoyable it is to gather with a group of peers and really dig deep into each other’s works. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and feel that I have grown exponentially as a writer.”

Joanne M.

“Jason is very knowledgeable about literature, and he fosters an atmosphere of kind and honest constructive criticism. If you are ready to edit your work, this is the class for you.”

Michael C.

“As a beginning writer, I found every aspect of the workshop to be helpful. Each lecture at the beginning of the session was packed with useful information about various aspects of the writing craft… I was encouraged to improve and was inspired to write more.”

Lori B.

“With an emphasis on encouragement and positivity, the approach provides plenty of hard hitting feedback and various points of view that are enlightening. I highly recommend this experience.”

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Stay Connected

If you’d like to receive information about future Sacramento Writers’ Workshops, please complete our contact form. For questions about the program, please contact Jason Hinojosa.