Classes & Consulting

I teach creative writing classes using the Amherst Writers and Artists’ Method. The method affirms that everyone has a unique voice and that writing belongs to all people. A typical workshop outlines the method, generates inspired work through the use of writing prompts, and offers writers a chance to share their work. The workshop is committed to providing an artistic, authentic, and supportive writing experience for all participants.

Currently I am offering:

Write Your Novel!

A twelve-week workshop on Wednesdays from 1-4 pm for $350

This twelve-week workshop will help you complete a draft of your novel, or short story collection, using the AWA (Amherst Writers and Artists) Method. It’s an excellent class for advanced AWA writers to make use of all those journal entries and piece them together into a cohesive novel or short story collection. Not familiar with AWA? This class is still perfect for you! Perhaps you already have a novel blossoming inside you, or perhaps pieces of your book already exist on the page. Either way, this class will give you the boost to completing a workable draft.

Class Highlights:

  • Small class size: limited to eight writers
  • Mini Craft Lessons on the art of fiction writing
  • Generate new material with innovative writing prompts
  • Revision exercises
  • Participate in National Novel Writing Month (optional)
  • Critique workshop for novel excerpts (last four weeks of class)
  • Publication and literary agent advice
  • Yummy snacks and tea
  • Write with others in a supportive and productive environment

The class will meet in midtown Sacramento on Wednesdays from 1-4 pm starting September 26th until December 19th (with no class held Thanksgiving week). The cost associated with the class is $350. Sliding scale is optional for those who request it.

TO REGISTER: call Katie at 916-284-7560 or email her at mccleark@gmail.com. You can also use the contact page to send her a message.

In addition to creative writing workshops for adults and youth (see youth section) I also coach writers and evaluate manuscripts.

Coaching:

As a writer I know how valuable it is to get outside professionals to review your work. Sometimes you just need someone else to read the work for you and discover its beauty and flaws. I always enjoy reading people’s work. I never lose sight of what an honor it is to be trusted with someone’s artistic explorations.

I’ve been teaching creative writing since 2007. I earned my Masters in Fine Arts in creative writing in 2008. I’ve taught at American River College and at UC Davis’s creative writing program through their extension office. I served as a writing coach and co-advisor for Sacramento City College’s award winning literary journal, Susurrus where I helped students polish their prose and poetry for publication.

The work I do with individuals varies. I let the writer set goals for our time together. In the past, I have read entire first drafts of novels. I’ve also read poetry, short stories, and lyrical essays. I have helped writers select and edit work for submission to MFA programs.

My consultation includes:

  • A pre-meeting, face to face, about the writer’s goals and writing life.
  • A thorough reading of the writer’s work with comments written on the manuscript.
  • A two page letter focusing on what is strong about the writing and what needs work in terms of craft.
  • Book recommendations to further the writer’s goals
  • Revision exercises
  • A post meeting with the writer to discuss my comments.

Note: I am not a copy-editor. I mildly copy-edit while I read the manuscript, but my focus is always on craft.

COST: My fee is 5$ a page for fiction, and 10$ a poem. Sliding scale is optional for those who request it.

TO REGISTER: call Katie at 916-284-7560 or email her at mccleark@gmail.com. You can also use the contact page to send her a message.

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