Hashing It Out: The Writing You’re Afraid to Put Into the World

A remote two-evening workshop/support group for writers halted by fear. Mondays, August 22 & 29, 6:00-8:00pm EST. $200

Stuck on a memoir, essay, or other work-in-progress that’s very personal, because you’re conflicted about putting certain material out into the world? Looking for alternative ways to frame it—and/or support from others in the same boat? In two two-hour sessions, memoirist, editor, teacher, and former ghostwriter Sari Botton will help you figure out the best approaches, along with your workshop mates.

After struggling with fear for many years, Sari figured out a way forward and published her memoir, And You May Find Yourself…Confessions of a Late-Blooming Gen-X Weirdo in June of 2022. Now she’s ready to help you.

The class will be limited to eight participants, who will be chosen via application. It will be conducted remotely, over Zoom.

How to apply:

Email to a synopsis of up to one page of the essay or memoir you are writing or want to write. In your email, make a brief note (a paragraph or two) of what is holding you back. (All submissions will be considered confidential, by both Sari and workshop participants.) Also, note your history with writing and publishing. In your subject line, write “Workshop Application: Hashing It Out.”

Prospective students will be notified of admission status by end of June.

About the instructor:

Sari Botton is a writer and editor living in Kingston, NY. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor at Catapult, and the former Essays Editor for Longreads. She edited the award-winning, bestselling anthologies Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York and Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York. She teaches creative nonfiction at Wilkes University, Catapult, and Bay Path University. She publishes the newsletters Oldster Magazine, Memoir Monday, and Adventures in Journalism.