About

Willow Writers’ Online Classes and Workshops

Writing and leading writing workshops are two of my passions!

I’m offering Zoom workshops. These very affordable courses will be fun and productive!

They feature:

Time to write; Writing workshops; Writing Prompts; Discussions on Craft elements; One-on-one manuscript consultations, that can help you take the manuscript to the next level.

Also, I offer 1-on-1 manuscript coaching sessions and consultations. We can connect using email and Zoom.

Send me your story, of up to 10,000 words, and I will offer detailed and generous written feedback. I will comment on things such as voice, structure, sense of place, character development, point of view, syntax, theme, tone. In addition to the written feedback, we will meet on Zoom to chat about your story. Email me for pricing for individual consultations.

Meet the Instructor:

Susan Isaak Lolis, published and award-winning writer. She has been a teacher of creative writing at the Muse Writers Center, University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University, Loyola Marymount University, and at Georgia Military College. She will bring extensive experience helping you shape your story and bringing it out into the world.

Susan was shortlisted in the William Wisdom-William Faulkner novel contest and long-listed in the Santa Fe Writers Project Novel Competition. One of her stories, ‘Vivien’s Sister,’ won the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction and is published in Bayou Magazine.

Kiese Laymon, writer of Heavy and How To Kill Yourself and Others in America, said this about “Viven’s Sister,” the winning story:

“Vivien’s Sister” is a “how to” in the importance of texturing subtext in storytelling. While giving us a layered story filled with love, sex, loss, fear and memory, the piece most amazingly shows us how terrifying literal and metaphoric consumption is to families, and specifically to women. Food plays a huge role in this piece from beginning to end, and the minutiae of the storytelling is never overwhelmed by stunning descriptions of food cooking, food simmering, food ultimately being consumed. “Vivien’s Sister” is a marvelous literary achievement.”

Susan was also a finalist for the following contests:

River Styx Microfiction Contest

Big Muddy Mighty River Short Story Contest

Fiction Southeast Editors’ Prize

Blood Orange Review Short Story Contest

Her work has appeared in Bayou, New Madrid: Journal of Contemporary Literature, Yemassee, Yalobusha Review, and elsewhere. She has a flash forthcoming in Fiction Southeast and a short story forthcoming in Drunkmonkeys. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Miami. While there, she was a James Michener fellow and won a University of Miami fiction award.

Contact Susan:

954-806-3878 or email: s.isaaklolis@gmail.com

Choose one of these! Or, all of them!

Seminars: Seminars meet one time for two hours; they cost $20. Morning, afternoon, and evening times are offered.

Workshops: Workshops meet 4 times; once a week for four weeks. They cost $80. The times are Eastern Time Zone.

Seminar: Generating Story Ideas and Creating a Strong Sense of Place

We’ll talk about generating ideas and help you shape them into intriguing narratives. This course is a two-hour seminar. We will work on writing prompts and workshopping your new material.

Dates and Times: Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 -9:00 p.m. $20.

Another starting date: Tuesday, September 22 1:00-3:00 p.m. $20.

A 3rd starting date: Thursday, October 1 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. $20.

Seminar: Gothic Fiction

Many contemporary novels and short stories draw inspiration from Gothic literature. We will explore the monstrous and the sublime by reading such writers as Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Mary Shelley, Horacio Quiroga, Neil Gaiman, and Karen Russell. Discussions will include identifying Gothic characteristics and incorporating them in your own work in fresh ways. The class will consist of writing prompts, discussions, and workshops.

Dates and Times: Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00-9:00 p.m. $20.

Another Seminar date for Gothic Fiction: Wednesday, October 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m. $20.

Seminar: Flash! Writing Short, Short Prose

We will read and discuss some amazing flash fiction, then write some of your own. We’ll talk about telling a story that packs a punch! (in 1000 words or less!)

Dates and Times: Friday, September 18. 7:00-9:00 p.m. $20.

Another time: Monday, September 28. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. $20.

Workshop: Writers’ Workshop on Thursday Nights

In this workshop, we’ll be meeting for four evenings discussing craft and workshopping your stories. All levels are welcome.

Dates and Times: Beginning Thursday, September 17. 7:00-9:00 p.m. $80.

Another starting date: Thursday, October 22. 7:00-9:00 p.m. $80.

Writers’ Workshop on Sunday Afternoons

In this workshop, we’ll be meeting on four Sunday afternoons discussing craft and workshopping your stories. All levels are welcome.

Dates and Times: Beginning Sunday, September 20. 1:00-3:00 p.m. $80.

Another starting date: Sunday, October 18. 1:00-3:00 p.m. $80.

A 3rd starting date: Sunday, November 15. 1:00-3:00 p.m. $80.

Writers’ Workshop on Saturday Mornings

In this workshop, we’ll be meeting on four Saturday mornings discussing craft and workshopping your stories. All levels are welcome.

Dates and times: Beginning Saturday, October 3 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. $80.

Writers’ Workshop on Monday Mornings

In this workshop, we’ll be meeting on four Monday mornings discussing craft and workshopping your stories. All levels are welcome.

Dates and times: Beginning Monday, October 5 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. $80.

If you wish to sign up for a seminar or a workshop, or if you have any questions, please contact me.

s.isaaklolis@gmail.com

Registration

Willow Writers’ Online Workshops

Your workshop will offer writing prompts, discussions on craft, and written feedback on your work.

$80.00