NEW 8-WEEK WRITING WORKSHOP
WITH AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, COLUMNIST AND SPEAKER HEATHER KING
Eight weeks, Wednesday nights from 7-9, at my beautiful Craftsman apartment in Pasadena. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.
February 12 through April 8, with a week off on March11.
8-PERSON MAX , CAUSE WE WANT THINGS INTIMATE. SO SECURE YOUR PLACE!
PAYABLE UP FRONT.
The workshop (with one-on-one instruction, editing, and/or coaching-critique available separately) is for those interested in honing their fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writing skills.
We’ll read from our works-in-progress, give/receive notes, and share our concerns, challenges, and triumphs.
We’ll talk about ordering our lives and hearts to our craft.
I’ve published twelve books, including top NY-agented, unagented, and self-published. For the last six years, I’ve written a weekly arts and culture column for Angelus News, the archdiocesan newspaper of LA, and a monthly column on an unsung saint.
TOP EDITING/STORY SKILLS:
I’ve been writing my life for 25 years. I’ve written and recorded over 30 slice-of-life commentaries for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” I’ve published memoir, essay collections, creative non-fiction, blog posts, spiritual reflections, columns, and features.
TEACHING AND EDITING EXPERIENCE:
I’ve been providing editing, critique, and one-on-one coaching services for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for over ten years.
I’ve taught at the LA Writer’s Lab. I’ve received a dramaturge credit for a play that was nominated for Best Play by the LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards. I’ve edited and helped shepherd over 50 manuscripts of nonfiction, memoir and poetry.
I’m also a nationwide speaker, lecturer, and retreat giver.
I’ve been featured in the Best American Spiritual Writing series, and received numerous “Notable Essay” citations in the Best American Essays series. My memoir Parched was named by The Fix as one of their top ten addiction memoirs. My memoir Holy Desperation (Loyola Press) won both “Book of the Year” (2018) and also placed first in the Inspiration category from the National Association of Catholic Publishers. I’ve received countless awards over the years from the Catholic Press Association for columns, reflections, and essays.
For my history, sensibility, and approach, this INTERVIEW is a start.
Heather is one of the country’s premier writing coaches. Just when I was ready to give up on my project and myself, she rescued me. It’s amazing to sit back and listen to her brilliant mind spill forth as she shapes my rambling thoughts and pulls out all the good stuff. Heather can look at a piece of my writing and give me more insight into what it’s really about than I even knew was there. My fear, anguish, and head-banging (so to speak) have turned to confidence. I’m eternally grateful.
–Karin Esterhammer, author of the 2017 memoir So Happiness to Meet You, based on an L.A. Times Travel section article about her two years in Vietnam that received the most hits of any piece that year.
Heather King is queen of encouragement for new writers. She has helped me to be consistent and confident in my work.She is a writer’s companion.
–Rita A. Simmonds, Winner of the Catholic Press Association Award, Best Original Poetry, 2010, 2011, and 2012
Thanks to the editing and the mentoring skills of Heather King, my book, The Oxygen Mask Rule – How My Struggle With Anorexia Taught me How to Survive, is a finalist in the International Book Awards and was given Honorable Mention in the New York Book Festival awards in 2012.
–Martha L. Thompson
“Heather King is an incredibly honest and insightful critic. She helped me see the issues in my new poetry manuscript and suggested ways to correct the problems in tone, image, and even at the level of the word. Heather is an astute and generous reader. She is also very responsive and clear. I’m so glad I asked for her help!”
–Leslie Williams, author of Success of the Seed Plants (Bellday Books, 2010), winner of the Bellday Prize, and Even the Dark (2019), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.
4 Replies to “SIGN UP FOR MY WRITING WORKSHOP!”
Dear Heather, I wish I could join your writing workshop , but alas, I live in Plymouth, Mass. Do you ever consider doing it on line with FaceTime or something similar?I have read 2 of your books and just ordered , “Ravished”. I find you very inspirational and rational in your writing. thanks
Mary, thank you–you’re not the first person who’s suggested a FaceTime or Skype type of thing. I’m very much a flesh-and-blood type, and have never even used either of those “platforms”–but I’m always called out to the world in new ways, so this is definitely something to consider. Our first Writing Workshop class is next Wed so I’m going to give myself fully there and see how it goes. But I will put you on my mailing list in the event I decide to try to get on online workshop together. Could be fun! And all the best to you out there in Plymouth, MA–as you may know, I grew up on the coast of NH…
Hi Heather! I’m in Colorado, and I’d also love to take a class with you! I’m reading PARCHED, and I love it. Or if you ever do retreats, I’d love to fly out for an in-person class. Thank you!
Oh Jennifer, thank you! I am adding you to my mailing list this instant! I’ve also been pondering/praying about/racking my brain and heart re possibly putting together some kind of retreat that addresses…EVERYTHING!!! Stay tuned…or maybe I’ll put a call out on the blog for retreat themes people may be hungry for…anyway, happy writing for now and blessed Lent! So glad you’re digging Parched…in a way, that’s still and forever my favorite…