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Carving Out Space In The Literary World with Chloe Caldwell Zoom Seminar, Sunday, October 8th, 2023
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Carving Out Space In The Literary World with Chloe Caldwell Zoom Seminar, Sunday, October 8th, 2023

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Sunday, October 8th, 2023

Live Seminar Via Zoom 6:30PM EST – 8:30PM EST

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Led by Chloe Caldwell, author of three books: the essay collection I’ll Tell You in Person (Coffee House/Emily Books, 2016), the critically acclaimed novella, WOMEN (SF/LD 2014 and Harper Collins UK, 2017) and Legs Get Led Astray. Her memoir, The Red Zone: A Love Story was published on April 19th, 2022 from Soft Skull. Her next book, Orphaned Passages: Notes on Trying, is forthcoming from Graywolf in 2024. Read her work in the The Cut, NY Times, Vice, Salon, Longreads, Nylon, Bon Appétit and many more publications.

Breaking into the literary world can feel isolating and daunting. In this Zoom seminar, Chloe will describe all of the ways she was able to carve out a place for her writing—she began with zero contacts, community, or writing degree. She will guide you in figuring out where to submit your writing, how to make writer-friends, and strategies for knowing where your book would fit on the shelf.

Chloe will share concrete and actionable ways to build a literary name for yourself. Places to submit, how to reach out to an agent, risk-taking, and building a writing community are a few of the topics that will be covered. There will be time for a Q & A and a few in-class exercises.

Using her personal experience, Chloe will frankly share the ins and outs of creating a writing career from the ground up, how to create something from nothing.

  • Concrete ideas for breaking into the industry
  • New goals set
  • New writer-friends
  • What to expect when submitting
  • List of literary journals
  • Tools for maximizing exposure
  • And demystification of the literary world


"I just finished Chloe's 'Carving out space' seminar— incredible. And real. This is one of the most refreshing moments/conversations/classes I have experienced in a while, so thank you." -Angela Giles Patel

"I just want to let you know how much I enjoyed your seminar, Chloe. It was incredibly helpful--one of the best I've ever attended!" -Carrie Vrabel

"The class was exceptional in every possible way. I am still processing it all." -Denise Osso

"After your class, I felt so inspired to write. I finally started writing in my journal last night and it was very freeing. You really broke down a fear of mine about even considering to be a writer. You made me believe this is something I can do."
-Michaell Crews

"I took your writing & community class on Sunday, and I just wanted to thank you. It was fabulous and a balm on this long writing road." —Amy Reardon

"Chloe, thank you so much for this class today! It was just what I needed to re-motivate myself in my writing journey. You've given me a lot to think about (and take action on)!" —Natalie Posgate
"This seminar exceeded my expectations. I so appreciated Chloe's perspective as someone starting in the writing world without an MFA or connections, how to meet writers, and the idea of good karma through supporting small presses + journals. This came at just the right time for me, and I'm so grateful for it."

"This class was excellent. Thank you for all your helpful tips, prompts, and your vulnerability." -Jess Barron

"My mentorship with Chloe Caldwell was truly my greatest workshopping experience yet. As a professional copywriter, essay writing has become a passion project I do on the side for my own fun, and hadn't much considered publishing until Chloe gave me the confidence to pitch to my dream publication—and they took it! From her extensive and wildly helpful in-line edits to just chatting on the phone about my seemingly endless ideas, Chloe's mentorship has left me a better, more confident, and more inspired writer. Run! Don't! walk! to sign up for her next mentorship." -Emma T., former student

"Chloe’s classes changed my life. She is so honest, thoughtful, and enthusiastic about her students and their work. She attracts smart, funny, open people to her classes. I’ve taken nearly a dozen workshops with her now and I consistently walk away feeling energized, inspired, and like I’ve known the people in the class for years. Chloe’s guidance, support, and genuine interest in her students gave me the courage to take my writing seriously. I’ve learned so much from her and can’t recommend her workshops highly enough." – Emily Smith, former student

"Chloe is a dreamy writing teacher. As an editor, she is precise and discerning, and she has a knack for mining insights from even the roughest of drafts. She’s also kind and compassionate, building our confidence to tell our stories. Her classes are engaging and generative: I have found new favorite writers from essays we read together, and started several new pieces from in-class prompts." —Jasmin Sandelson, former student

"Everything I know about good writing I know from Chloe. She helped me get published for the first time on Longreads. Her feedback is invaluable and elevated my writing to a whole new level. I’d be hard pressed to find someone with writing prompts and reading assignments as unique and powerful as hers. I always tell everyone, if you want to expand your writer’s brain, talk to Chloe." – Vanessa Golenia, former student

"I first became acquainted with Chloe through her writing, and was so excited to find that the combination of heart and discernment I love in Women and I’ll Tell You in Person also comes out in her teaching. Her edits are sharp and her ideas for opening a piece up are plentiful–she’s helped me gain a lot of confidence and drive when it comes to drafting, rewriting, and editing my own work." – Audrey Moyce, former student

Selected essays published under Chloe’s guidance:

"TikTok Made Me Gay" by Emma Turetsky in The Cut

"We Should Really Stop Using The Phrase 'Put Up For Adoption'" by Chris Phillips in romper

“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

"Teeth" by Rachel King in The Sun

My Break Up Survival Plan by Courtney Kocak in The Washington Post

Infinity” by Audrey Moyce in Vol. 1 Brooklyn


This Zoom seminar will meet on Sunday, October 8th, 2023.

Live Seminar Via Zoom 6:30PM EST – 8:30PM EST

*A recording will be made available to everyone who enrolls.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this program.

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 memoir, THE RED ZONE: A LOVE STORY, published on April 19th, 2022 from Soft Skull. Chloe’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The Strategist, Buzzfeed, Longreads, Vice, Nylon,, Medium,The Rumpus, Catapult, Hobart, The Sun, Men’s Health, The Nervous Breakdown, 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 2017 Best American Non Required Reading. Chloe lives in Hudson, NY.