I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that Meghan Daum’s workshop changed my life. After years of traditional writing workshops where I was taught all the conventional wisdom about writing, Meghan helped me see my work from an entirely different angle - one that has me more excited about my writing than I’ve been in a long time. And it was obvious how much she cared about making sure that, by the end of the workshop, we were all truly that much closer to launching our careers. Any writer of personal nonfiction would have to be an idiot not to jump at an opportunity like this.
Meghan’s workshop was an incredible experience for me. The group feedback on what I’d written would’ve been useful on its own, but collectively editing the essays of my peers—restructuring or refocusing them, helping each writer discover the piece she needed to write—was equally instructive. Further, the insight from Meghan and two special guests, both of whom have thrived in publishing, gave all of us a deeper understanding of the mechanics of publishing a book, as well as some essential tips to find our own version of success. I’ve already sung Meghan’s praises to various friends in media; if you’re in need of some focused time and attention on the essay or book or reflection that’s bursting out of you, I can’t recommend this workshop highly enough.
Meghan Daum is the teacher/mentor every writer hopes to work with. She has a gift for understanding the essence of each writer’s work and for helping writers shape their narratives. Her weekend workshop was filled with talented and supportive writers who immediately connected with each other. I am so fortunate to have worked with Meghan. My writing benefitted enormously from the direction she gave me and I emerged from the weekend with bonds to a wonderful group of fellow writers.
It was a wonderful experience to be part of such a collaborative, intimate workshop. In addition to really digging in to projects that we were working on and the technical craft of memoir and essay writing, it also covered the more practical elements of publishing: how to query, what agents and publishers are looking for, and the current market for personal essays. I found all of it incredibly valuable.
I’ve been a long time reader of Meghan’s work and jumped at the opportunity to take a workshop with her. The experience was invaluable to me as a professional writer and I walked away feeling more confident and inspired. I’d highly recommend this workshop for writers of all levels who want to learn more about the industry and receive specific feedback on personal essays.
The workshop was everything I hoped it would be and more. I have to admit I was intimidated by the fact that I seemed to be the only unpublished “non-writer” in the room, but Meghan gathered such a wonderfully talented group of women, each in her own phase of work, that I was fully distracted away from my own inadequacies and instead learned a tremendous amount from everyone. Even if it is never published, Meghan and the others gave me exactly what I needed to make my essay something that I will always be proud of.
The workshop was such a magical experience. The apartment is beautiful, the food was great, and the other writers were terrific. Meghan’s insights and suggestions so clarifying, and Phoebe was the perfect touch.