3-Month ONLINE Essay/Memoir Mentorship: Revise, Submit, and Publish Personal Essays, Will Return Fall 2020
Click here to apply | Program Will Return Fall 2020
Contact us HERE to be notified when this program returns.
The Ideal Applicant may be at any stage of their memoir or essay-writing, but will have some essays already on the page—not only ideas. The ideal applicant will come to this mentorship program with the willingness and expectation to tackle substantial revision, on the micro-level (sentences, word choice, punctuation), as well as the macro-level (pacing, voice, theme). Applicants should have a draft of either one long essay (7k words plus) or multiple essays of the shorter variety. Messy drafts are absolutely fine!
The goal of the three months is to have a finished and polished essay, a pitch, and a strategy of getting your essays published in their right home. Chloe cannot promise your essay will get published, of course, but if you stick with the program, it’s very likely!
Selected essays published under Chloe’s mentorship and edits:
“On an Italian Island, How He Met My Mother” by Jessica Silvester The New York Times
“The Next Level of Commitment” by Vanessa Golenia on Longreads
My Break Up Survival Plan by Courtney Kocak in The Washington Post
“Infinity” by Audrey Moyce in Vol. 1 Brooklyn
This mentorship is meant to encourage, motivate, and inspire, and push you out of your comfort zone. Writers accepted into the program will already have a basic knowledge of the tools and craft of creative writing and are looking for an intensive experience without the cost of a graduate program. Interested applicants will understand that growth in craft requires critique, consistent work, and an eagerness to learn. Publishing personal essay, memoir, and creative nonfiction can be vulnerable and Chloe knows the value mentorship and support can offer.
Chloe will guide writers in Vivian Gornick’s technique of “The Situation and The Story” and how it applies to narrative nonfiction. Many writers revise their work dozens of times, and often the finished product can be drastically different than a first draft. Entire narrative threads might be added; others may be cut. Participants in this workshop will be challenged to develop the ability to see their own essays with fresh eyes and ask crucial questions about what is working and what isn’t. This mentorship will consist of Chloe giving extensive feedback and advice from her personal experience published three books and online. Critique will focus on strengths, but also on weaknesses. Chloe will recommend craft books and/or articles, or recommend essays and essay collections tailored to each unique writer’s needs. Chloe will even supply you with before and afters of her own published essays.
You will be able to send Chloe questions and talk through any roadblocks you run into at any time over the three months, but scheduled phone meetings will occur every two weeks. You will be expected to submit TWENTY pages or less of your essay(s) every two weeks for direct feedback, and then discuss it at the bi-weekly meetings.
You will also be given new resources from the instructor every two weeks such as: writing tips, structuring the essay, how to get an agent, realities of the publishing world, and the hardships that come with.
Writers will submit/share a process-letter (1-2 pages) detailing the work they’ve accomplished and their areas of concern and success for the month.
Since the course is online, these resources will be in the form of readings, assigned videos, handouts, etc., rather than lecture. Chloe will be available to expand on any of these resources and help you on your writing journey so you can get your essay ready for publication. Chloe will share her resources and connections with you to invigorate your writing life and so you have a toolbox to take with you when the mentorship ends.
Mentor’s Monthly Input:
- One-on-one meeting between mentor and mentee
- In-line comments and critique letter on submitted essay(s)
- A monthly reading list tailored to your areas of need and interest
- Monthly suggestions of outlets to send your work
- Based on each month’s accomplishments, mentor will assign new readings, podcasts, books, films, or exercises to aid in personal writing growth
- Availability over email and phone to answer questions and provide encouragement.
The 3 Month Personal Essay Revision Entails:
- One-on-one mentoring
- Bi-weekly meetings
- Personalized roadmap for achieving your project goals
- Access to mentor via email for questions for three months
- Monthly critique of pages, including line notes and a specific feedback for improvement and revisions
- Personalized readings and assignments based on your specific development needs
- Writing and revision exercises
- Learn how to read like a writer
- Resources and ideas for contests, residencies, and grants to apply for/submit to.
- Access to Chloe’s network of editors, opportunities, contests, submissions, and tools of the trade she’s learned over the past decade.
Mentee’s Monthly Responsibilities:
- Participate in one-on-one meeting.
- Send pages to mentor based on individual project goals negotiated with mentor
- Create a process-reflection letter discussing achievements and areas of growth and challenge for the month.
- Read articles or craft books/podcasts/videos mentor assigns to aid growth in specific areas
- Participate in a monthly one-on-one session with mentor to review individual progress and areas of growth and challenge.
Full Tuition for the 3-month program is $1,900. Accepted writers must commit to the full three months and meet all assigned deadlines. Once accepted into the program, writers can pay the tuition in full or in two equal payments of $950 (1st Payment made by May 18th; 2nd Payment made by June 18th).
Additional Program Information:
Tuition is $1,900
Class size limited to 10 writers
Program Dates: May 18th to August 18th, 2020
The Mentorship is fully online and students may participate from anywhere.
NOTE: Shifting some dates around may be necessary but any changes will be communicated well in advance, if possible.
Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this program.
Mentor Chloe Caldwell is the author of the essay collections I’LL TELL YOU IN PERSON and LEGS GET LED ASTRAY, as well as the critically acclaimed novella, WOMEN. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Buzzfeed, New York Magazine, Vice, Salon, Longreads, Nylon, and half a dozen anthologies including Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC and Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. Her essay "Hungry Ghost" was listed as Notable in Best American Non-required Reading 2016. She teaches creative nonfiction writing at Catapult in NYC and online, and hosts seasonal writing retreats which were recently mentioned in The New York Times. Chloe lives in Hudson, NY.