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How Do They Do It? Reading Workshop for Writers

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How Did They Do It? A Reading Workshop For Writers

Ever get to the end of a novel and wonder just how the author did it – built mind-blowing tension, transported you to a whole new universe, or created such an irresistible character that you couldn’t help but fall in love? In this new workshop series, we’ll do a deep dive into a popular novel that made it big—and look for the “secret sauce” that made it work so well. Then, each week, you’ll get the chance to try your hand at every technique or approach revealed, with personal feedback from the instructor. Get ready to add new tools  to your writers toolbox – and to begin to use them with confidence and insight. 

For the summer session, we’ll be delving into Bonnie Garmus's wildly successful debut novel LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY. Participants should prepare by reading the full novel before the first class session. 

July 9 to July 30, 2024 
Tuesdays, 12pm to 2pm EST, On Campus

Who Should Take This Class?
Writers working on fiction, linked short stories, memoir, and nonfiction book manuscripts.

"This workshop was exactly what I was looking for and I learned so much from Barbara’s and the class’ feedback and discussion. I already know I am going to take the workshop with Barbara again and keep the writing going. I was able to see how other people who had taken multiple workshops with her were able to advance their work and I look forward to doing the same with mine."

"Barbara has given me a skill set and a fresh perspective on how to approach writing and editing. She has an uncanny ability to spot the direction a character needs to take or how to make a beat hit, and her character advice is second to none. Her classes have given me the courage to work past failed drafts, and keep pushing that pen until I have something better on the page. "

"The class was surprising, so fun and still so engaging. This instructor makes any class room, physical or virtual, feel so inspiring!" 


Class Details

4 Session(s)
Weekly - Tue

Sarah Lawrence College - Wrexham

Barbara Josselsohn 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
7/9/2024 - 7/30/2024 Weekly - Tue 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM Bronxville, Sarah Lawrence College - Wrexham  Map Barbara Josselsohn