Workshop Events

So, you want to be a freelance editor?

Join Jaime as she hosts free Zoom video conferences for editorial hopefuls. These conferences are geared toward teaching the basics of establishing your own business, setting pricing, dealing with client relations, and more. Jaime brings four years of editorial experience to the discussion, as well as her creative writing education.

Check out the schedule below and sign up for your slot!

(Any established editors who wish to co-host may voice their interest by emailing Jaime at jd.polishandpitch@gmail.com)

Is This the Job for You?How to know if freelance suits your lifestyle and skills.
Thursday, March 26th @ 8-9pm EST – SIGN UP HERE.

My First StepsHow to acquire experience, build a reputation, and set up your online office.
Thursday, April 2nd @ 8-9pm EST – SIGN UP HERE.

All About PricingHow to navigate the tension between accessibility and your worth.
Thursday, April 9th @ 8-9pm EST – SIGN UP HERE.

Business-y StuffHow to keep your freelancing legal and all parties safe. And taxes. Bleh.
Thursday, April 16th @ 8-9 EST – SIGN UP HERE.

Becoming AWESOME SAUCEHow to be an editor every client returns to.
Thursday, April 23rd @ 8-9 EST – SIGN UP HERE.

UK and Other Peeps!A special mix of all the above for those who missed events due to time zone.
Saturday, April 25th @ 2-until EST – SIGN UP HERE.

All conferences will be hosted on Zoom with a capacity of 100 participants for each. Full capability includes video, audio, and written chat. You are welcome to participate to whatever capacity you feel most comfortable. High speed internet is required for best possible experience. Closed captioning is not available during the conference, but we can provide a summary transcript upon request.



Writing Workshops

Thank you to everyone who joined the January workshop. I had such a blast creating the event for you, and I look forward to seeing where your writing takes you next! -Jaime

Next workshop- To be determined.

The Polish and Pitch writer workshop is an 8-week course that focuses on popular modes of fiction writing, the elements of good storytelling, and the steps to provide useful critique. This intensive educational experience features interactive peer review on a week to week basis for assignments, as well as 3 full draft critique sessions with peer and instructor feedback. Learning material is provided as written lecture accompanied by video. 

This course does not require the purchase of textbooks, though it is encouraged that you consider acquiring a copy of “The College Handbook of Creative Writing” by Robert DeMaria as it is the source used and referred to in the lectures. 

The prospective work schedule for our Workshop is as follows:

Week One-
Lecture: Exploring fiction as short story, poetry, and screenwriting. 
Assignment: Submit an exploratory example of writing in one of the three fiction types and review two peer submissions. 

Week Two- 
Lecture: Establishing setting
Assignment: Submit an exploratory example of writing that focuses primarily on establishing setting and review two peer submissions. 

Week Three- 
Lecture: Developing plot movement and character
Assignment: Submit an exploratory example of writing that focuses primarily on developed plot and character and review two peer submissions. 

Week Four- 
Lecture: Pitching your story idea
Assignment: Submit a pitch that reflects your draft and review two peer submissions.

Week Five- 
Lecture: How to accept and interact with feedback
Assignment: Submit your first full draft for instructor and peer review. Short stories must be 3-5 pages, poetry must be 30-50 lines, screenplays must be one full scene. 

Week Six-
Lecture: Providing constructive developmental feedback
Assignment: Provide constructive developmental feedback to two peers using Track Changes in Word

Week Seven- 
Lecture: Creating tighter prose
Assignment: Revise your draft using lecture notes and feedback from instructor and peers

Week Eight-
Lecture: Finding places to submit
Assignment: Submit final draft for ending notes from instructor, and a brief review detailing one publication you plan to submit to and what you gained most from the experience. 

Assignment submissions are due on every Thursday of the course week. This allows time for peer reviews which are due by Sunday.

While this course is not for institutional credit, it is important that you only commit if you know you can meet deadlines and participate as the schedule entails. This ensures that every participant gets the best possible experience from your feedback and timely interaction. 

Next workshop- To be determined.