Weeding & Pruning


  • September – December
  • 3:30 – 5pm
  • teleclass

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Weeding & Pruning is a manuscript group composed of six Writing It Up in the Garden writers. We have been meeting for the past 10 years, on and off, via teleconference.

The format:

-we receive manuscripts three days ahead of the meeting, and we have reviewed them either in a word doc, or in feedback over the phone.

-we call in at the designated time, do a quick round of check ins about our literary life

-in any given session, half of the group are on the “hot seat” (3 writers), and we alternate weeks (in a 10 week session, each writer submits 5 times)

-feedback is prescriptive, gentle and honest.

-We discuss each writer’s work for approximately 20 minutes.

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

-Up to 2700 words max

Here are the guidelines. Starting Sept. 2019, we meet on Thursdays from 3:30-5pm. Cost for the 10 week session is $350. 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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