Need a Writing BFF?


I split work early yesterday for a sweet date with Greta Gerwig (actress and writer) and Noah Baumbach (writer and director)–one of my absolute favorite writing teams–to see Mistress America this afternoon. It was like seeing old friends.

SPOILER ALERT: The image above–thank you–is toward the end of the movie, after Tracy (Lola Kirke’s character) violates a trust in their friendship by writing a beautiful piece of “fiction” based on Brooke, Greta Gerwig’s character. The many ways that Gerwig and Baumbach explore the profound love in female friendship never leaves my eyes dry, and it often reminds me of my girlfriends. SPOILER OVER

I’ve been thinking about close relationships a lot lately as Carolyn and I build this incredible workshop (launches in less than two weeks, y’all!). And the two of us have been considering famous literary matches and writing teams that have produced incredible work. (BTW: Did you hear J.Law and Amy Schumer are finishing up their first script together? And then dancing on pianos to celebrate?) The more I think about my heroes–Virginia Woolf, Amy Poehler, Toni Morrison, and countless others–I can also think of the fellow writers, friends, lovers, family, and spouses that made their writing possible, and better than it would have otherwise been.

Mistress America is, in part, about the connections that make for incredible writing and stories. Nearly anywhere you look in literary history, past or present, I dare you not to find a profound relationship or web of relationships behind beautiful work.

This is why we’re teaching this class. We want to build your community, and ours. We want you to have access to our brains for guidance because we know how important it’s been to have access to writers who’ve come before us. We want you in our inner circle. We know you want in, too.

So pass the word along. Get your friends involved. (We’re still offering that 2-for-$200-each discount for writer friends. To get access to that deal, email us at

Don’t keep writing all by your lonesome. Write with us. Click here.

Literary Friendships


In this week’s newsletter for the The Shape of Story: A Writing Workshop in Craft, Carolyn and I sent out some killer material about literary friendships throughout the ages and prompts to encourage new ones.

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We spent some time thinking about these relationships not only in honor of our own friendship, literary and otherwise, but also because we want to support this phenomenon anyway we can. That’s why we’re offering the 2-for-$200-each special: We want you to foster and grow your literary and writing community along with us. (You can contact me here to find out more about this deal.)

Because lord knows, I don’t know what I’d do without my writer friends to call up for a last minute opinion or edit on a piece that is way too something-it-shouldn’t-be. These relationships are what’s made it possible for me to grow as a writer–and to publish my work.

It so happens that I came across this gem from Alexandra Kleeman and Kathleen Alcott about just such friendships and their benefits.

Here’s a sweet quote I pulled right off the top of the piece that says a whole lot about why these relationships are so important:

Writing can be a lonely profession, but when you meet someone whose mind you trust, whose opinions you adore, and whose brain you’d like to smash into yours until they form a single powerful thinking entity, it’s not so bad. –Alexandra Kleeman

Amen to some hypothetical, theoretical brain-smashing. Have a friend you haven’t brain-smashed with in a while? Get in touch to get started. Or looking to do it more often with some fresh brains? Click here.

It’s all here!

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Fall Workshop Inspiration and Discounts Are Here!

We’ve been talking all week with our early subscribers about their writing desires and how this Fall’s Writing Workshop in Craft can get them where they want to be with their craft.

Today, our first of six emails was sent out, filled to the brim with inspiration, writing prompts, and curated readings for the folks who already know how much this class is going to rock. And we want to share it with more of you!

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to subscribe for absolutely free writing help and access to discounts we’re only offering to those who sign up.

But! There is one discount we can tell you about…

The full price of the class for 6 weeks of structured craft lessons, individual feedback, and special treats that will expand your knowledge of writing craft and get you pumped: $360. But until August 18, Carolyn and I are offering a


So if you know you want in, get it while it’s hot. Register here!

What Happens in Hillsborough, NH… Gets Posted on the Internet: Planning the Fall Writing Workshop

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So I reported a few weeks ago that myself and the lovely Carolyn Silveira were splitting town for Hillsborough, New Hampshire to raise a few glasses of beer, put our feet up, and fire up creativity and lesson planning for this Fall’s creative writing workshop. I’m happy to report we accomplished all of that, and we went hard. There were laughs and creatures of all sorts, hikes and fireworks, berries and libations, and we got down to work.

Here is the beautiful desk and incredible library we had to work from:


…some of our messy notes shared from either end of the table and taken, of course, in marker:

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And scenes from the adventures that inspired us:

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This week, we’re nailing down our syllabus, picking out just the right online format so you get the most out of our class, and setting dates. More oh so soon….