I coach poetry, fiction, and non-fiction writers, and teach students how to determine if their story, poem, or memoir is working or not. If it's not, I coach students how to figure out why the poem, short story, novel, memoir, or essay is not working. I teach students of all ages how to develop, critique and edit their work so as not to depend on outside readers.
Students learn how to revise their work line by line and word by word. I workshop craft and ideas and assign individualized exercises to do either with me or outside the workshop. The workshopping process includes developing a professional writer's sense of when a piece of writing needs more work or is truly finished.
I also workshop how to get published, including researching appropriate journals, agents, and publishers. We also workshop how to write effective cover letters and how to prepare manuscripts to send out for publication. I coach students who want to prepare portfolios to send to college, graduate school, or who are already in MFA programs.
The one-hour workshop sessions are intense. An article in The Village Voice quotes a student as saying, "Working with Madeleine is like a ride around the block in a Mazzaratti." I work privately with students in-person, online, on the phone, or via Skype. I offer workshop instruction for students of all levels. National and international students are welcome.
Sometimes I organize readings with my private and my college students. I have hosted readings at Cornelia Street Café, the Motorcycle Café in New York City and elsewhere.
I am a published poet, fiction writer, memoirist, and journalist, and the author of Dead Boyfriends (Linear Arts Books, 1998; and Limoges Press (Kindle, 2012)), a poetry collection. I teach Memoir workshops at NYU Langone Medical School in the Medicine & Humanism Program and am the Nonfiction Editor for IthacaLit.
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