Private Professional Writing Instruction with Madeleine Beckman Awards

Private Writing Instruction:
Workshops with Madeleine Beckman

Hyacinths from the Wreckage
by Madeleine Beckman
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Hyacinths from the Wreckage by Madeleine Beckman
I provide private writing instruction in poetry, fiction and nonfiction writing including

  • manuscript analysis
  • manuscript editing
  • craft development
  • story development
  • the creative process
  • writing and revision exercises
  • indepth workshopping
  • book doctoring
  • and the publishing process

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 Caf�, the Motorcycle Caf� in New York City and elsewhere.

I am a published poet, fiction, and nonfiction writer, and journalist. My three poetry books include Dead Boyfriends (Linear Arts Books, 1998; and Limoges Press (Kindle, 2012)), Hyacinths from the Wreckage (Serving House Books), and No Roadmap, No Brakes (Red Bird Chapbooks). I teach Narrative and Reflective Writing; Poetry; and Memoir at NYU School of Medicine/Division of Medical Humanities. I served as Nonfiction Editor for IthacaLit, the Gallatin Review, and currently serve as Contributing Reviewer for the Bellevue Literary Review.

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Private Writing Instruction
Madeleine Beckman
New York, New York

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