Small group writing workshop & masterclass

I lead a series of 2 -3 small group writing workshops each year. Each workshop runs for approximately 3 months. They support writers to do their best writing in an enthused and supportive environment, while receiving expert guidance and feedback from me, along with feedback and a sense of community from the other writers. I ensure that each of the 9 writers in the group feels supported and their creative work valued. Participants produce thousands of words, explore new ideas and projects, and very often return to ‘old’ manuscripts with new insights and enthusiasm. Quite a few novels and short stories have been finished in my workshops. Read on for information about the next available workshop.

Next — Winter 23 Writing Workshop, 6th June – August 15, 2023

Full details for Winter 23 including dates and times: email me @ ink@janemesser.com

The workshop is a ‘masterclass’—suitable for people who’ve already had some creative writing experience. For example:

  • You’re starting, planning or underway with a work and keen to have feedback on it, 
  • You’re writing a short story, flash fiction/nonfiction, memoir, novel (all genres), hybrid works of narrative essay or narrative poetry etc. You’re writing, but you’re not sure ‘what’ exactly you’re writing.
  • You want to be challenged to try new techniques and develop new skills in the craft of writing, 
  • You’re blocked or stuck with an idea or manuscript and need feedback to find ways to approach the work and get it going again, 
  • You’re feeling that you urgently need a deadline and insightful readers, and for whatever reason (demands of work or family etc) are finding it challenging to maintain a regular writing habit, 
  • You want to spend time talking to other writers about what you love most, writing and reading, 
  • AND, you’re prepared to provide and to receive written feedback, and meet the fortnightly writing and feedback deadlines.

2023 WORKSHOPS

  • Summer 23 Workshop, Jan 17 – April 11th
  • Winter 23 Workshop, June 6th – August 15th.
  • Spring 23 Workshop, Sept 26th – Dec 19th (tbc depending on enrolments)

Content

You’ll be working on whatever writing you’re wanting to develop. This might be an ‘old’ novel or short story, memoir or hybrid work; it might be a new work that you want to embark upon; or perhaps you want to experiment with something and need feedback to see if you’re on the right track. Whatever your project is, this workshop is dedicated to supporting each writer to write their best work and to feel good about the writing experience.

As a very, very experienced workshop leader and writer dedicated to creating workshops that inspire writers to produce their best work, I ensure that there’s no bad vibes, no competition, and that everyone feels confident to share their work. Diversity is acknowledged and supported.

The workshop is comprised of six 2-week blocks. In the first week of each block you focus on writing and then posting your work. The second week of each block involves you in reading the work of two other writers, giving feedback and of course receiving feedback from them and myself. I provide feedback on everyone’s work throughout. Each writer also workshops in one of the fortnightly zoom events. 

A selfie from a Spring 2022 workshop zoom

Testimonials

“It was  a joy and a relief to talk to like-minded people in the workshops, who share a common goal, to write and to be better writers. I enjoyed the workshopping, the encouragement and throwing ideas around. When I re-read the work I have submitted, I can see an improvement from workshop one to six.” Denise Pride, historical fiction writer

“Having completed three of Jane’s workshops, I can highly recommend this to anyone considering it. It encouraged me to adopt a regular writing schedule, enabled me to be part of a like-minded community, helped me achieve my writing goals and greatly improve my writing.” Susannah MacAlwey, rom-com novelist, has participated in three workshops and is now finishing her novel, If Not Right, Go Left.

“I do love that you cap it at 9 people – it gives us much more flexibility in the zoom sessions to get deeper into discussions and also follow them organically, plus it means I can get to know the other participants and their work better. That camaraderie is something that really made this particular course stand out for me.” Editor and writer Jacqui Brown has done the past three workshops, completing her YA novel Nodding Donkeys.

“I returned to workshopping after a long break by signing up to Jane’s Spring workshop. Jane brings so much experience to workshopping and creates a compassionate environment for writing at the same time as pushing her writers to challenge themselves. Her exercises and notes on craft are so helpful and enrich an already excellent experience. It was so wonderful, I immediately signed up for the next one.”Liv Hambrett, literary novelist and essayist

I can’t recommend Jane’s workshops highly enough. After a long period where the demands of family life and a hectic work schedule hijacked my writing, the course allowed me to focus on my passion again and what a pleasure it was! Workshopping with a small, like-minded group allowed for in-depth exploration and feedback on everybody’s work in a supportive environment. I learnt so much from the other participants and Jane’s wonderful insights, experience and encouragement.

Although life on the domestic front and at work only intensified, carving out some time just for me, to hone my craft, allowed me to take my writing seriously again. The kids, pets and partner learnt that they could survive without me for an hour or two and they got a slightly more sane, re-energised, writer-mother in return. I’m still a rubbish cook but a much more creative and productive writer. Just do it!” Anne Douglas, writer & digital content producer

Cost & Payment

Select either the Workshop enrolment on its own, or combine with the Manuscript Assessment offer. Following payment, you’ll receive a receipt from Stripe.com and an email from me confirming payment and providing you with further information about your enrolment and the workshop.

Please email me with any questions you have, happy to discuss: ink@janemesser.com or click here for the contact form.

Credit card and ApplePay payment options. Select:

NEW PARTICIPANT $685 Workshop Enrolment

CONTINUING $635.00 Available to individuals who’ve completed one or more of the workshops.

NEW + MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT $910 Workshop enrolment + Comprehensive written feedback to a final piece of your creative writing from the workshop (up to 3000 words). This is a saving of over $75.00 on my usual manuscript assessment rate.

CONTINUING + MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT $860 Workshop enrolment + Comprehensive written feedback to a final piece of your creative writing from the workshop (up to 3000 words). Available to individuals who’ve completed one or more of the workshops. This is a saving of over $75.00 on my usual manuscript assessment rate.

CANCELLATION/Refunds

A 100% refund is available within a week following payment as long as the course hasn’t started, and a 50% refund is available up to two weeks prior to the course starting. No refunds after that date, though the payment can be transferred to another suitable participant if they’re available and the workshop has not yet begun. Once the workshop commences missed weeks/absences do not receive a partial refund or credit. If I am not able to provide the Workshop due to an unforeseeable major incident, I will refund each participant their payment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.