Weeding & Pruning


  • September – December
  • Tuesdays 12:30-2:30pm ET
  • Thursdays 3:30 – 5:30pm ET

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Weeding & Pruning is a manuscript group composed of five Writing It Up in the Garden writers. 

The format:

-For the first hour, everyone writes quietly, working on whatever they want to work on.

-Second hour, one of the five writers is on the hot seat with her manuscript, or one songwriter=2 songs, one poet=2-3 poems.

-Hot-seater sends manuscript four days ahead of the meeting, and the rest of the group must review.

Participants would be expected to read the manuscript twice and mark it up on the word document, making note of what works, where the reader gets thrown out, suggestions for improvement or suggestions about where to send the piece for publication. These notes can also be dictated into a voice memo app and saved to send to the submitter––but not until after the piece has been workshopped. Each participant would get to submit up to fifteen pages or two songs twice per ten-week term, so twice on the hot seat.

-Feedback is prescriptive, gentle and honest.

-All forms are welcome: novel-in-progress, short story, poetry, song, essay, memoir

If you are interested, please let me know, and submit a short excerpt of writing or a song to Nerissa@Nields.com


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