INSTANT FEEDBACK is exactly what it sounds like — feedback in real time! This five week course will consist of writing prompts and then mini workshops all in the same class session. We'll write for a total of half an hour each class, and use the rest of our time together to share work and receive feedback. You can expect inventive prompts, a generous and compassionate workshop space, and to have many new pages and new ideas when the course ends.
If your goal is to jumpstart your novel, great. If your goal is to write a personal essay, wonderful. If your goal is simply to get your butt back in the chair when it comes to writing, amazing! The prompts will not be genre-specific, and each student will be encouraged and supported in writing exactly what they want to be focusing on — this is truly a container where you can choose your own adventure. As long as you have an open mind and a commitment to the page, you belong in this room! And if you're not convinced yet, just wait until you receive your instant feedback — you'll have an entire class of fellow writers ready to let you know what's working in your work!
This class is mixed genre and is focused on writing, feedback, and community building.
March 28 to April 25
Tuesdays 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Who should take this class?
This class is for anyone who wants to write more, receive feedback on their work quickly and kindly, and build more literary community and routine into their lives. This class is open to writers of all genres, and will be a delight for anyone who loves generative prompts, workshops, and containers that allow for swift yet thoughtful feedback.
We are pleased to offer two tuition-free spots for BIPOC writers to attend this class. If you are interested, please email email@example.com with the class title in the subject line. Tuition-free spots are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Vanessa is relentlessly supportive of her students' work, honoring their voices while encouraging them to continue improving their technique and understanding of genre. — Naomi Solomon, Director of Education at 826NYC
I would not be the writer I am today without Vanessa’s feedback – every time she asked me to rewrite something with emotions at the center, new meanings emerged. — Mary Ann Thomas, Asking For Elephants
Shout out to Vanessa for making me feel so freaking happy and included every time she spoke. — Camper Feedback from Autostraddle Camp 2018
Vanessa is an extremely talented and generous teacher. She brought warmth and attention to each student's contributions, whether they were sharing work or sharing thoughts on a reading or just saying something in the chat -- she was conscious of making every person feel seen and included, which is a true gift and craft. She shifted the content of the course in order to best meet the desires of the class, which I really appreciated, and she was able to really foster a sense of community and place even though we were all tiny Zoom screens floating in space together. I cannot speak highly enough of this experience (and have already convinced two people to take her upcoming courses!). — former student
Vanessa is an amazing teacher! I'm so inspired by her and the way she encourages all of us. It was a really spectacular experience, I love the space she created for all of us. — former student
I loved this workshop so much and I absolutely do not want it to end! — former student