Necessary Writers Classes and Workshops

Posted by: Birgitte  :  Category: Classes and Workshops

What you get:
Detailed evaluation of your work by Birgitte Necessary, with focus on story structure, character analysis, scene structure, voice, theme, line edits, and any other aspect of writing that you specifically request.

What you give:
If you are in a workshop with other writers (recommended) you are required to offer a brief critique of their submissions. Don’t worry if you feel like you’re just learning, and would have nothing constructive to say. If you read fiction, you know what you like. You can speak to that aspect of anyone’s writing. “I like your character because….”

If we are working one-on-one, you give me your pledge that no matter how frustrated you get, (and you will get frustrated) you’ll never trash talk your own writing or story. (You can call your main character bad names though, if you want.) Oh, and I guess I have to take my own advice on that one. Sigh.

Novels: $250 for 10,000-12,000 words submitted over a 10-week period, approximately 2,000 words every two weeks. Submitting less words (1,000 every week, for instance) is not as productive for either of us because I need a certain amount of material to get a feel for the  flow of your story.

Short Stories: $300 for no more than 10,000 words, (Shorts usually max out at 5,000-7,000 words, but I know you’ll have to write more to write less.) submitted over a 10-week period approximately 2,000 words every two weeks.

Short-Shorts: These are the hardest form of fiction to write. Every single word has to do double and triple duty to carry the story. Short shorties max out at about 1,000 words, but you will be writing a lot more before I slash them all down. (I mean before I edit them). I charge an upfront fee of $100, (for the first 1000 words submitted) and then $25 for every additional 500 words. The timeline for short shorties can vary, and I’m not strict about the every 2 week submission rule like I am above.

If you are under deadline, let me know and we can negotiate an alternate schedule.

If you consistently go over the maximum number of words, or need to structure special or additional critiques, we can incorporate fees from the ala carte menu.

A la Carte Rates:
Per page rate: $10 (includes line editing)
Per hour rate: $50 (for phone consultations regarding plot, story structure, brainstorming, character analysis, story marketing.

**Note: All work MUST be submitted according to industry submission standards. That means 12 pt Courier font (I’ll take Times New Roman too, I’m not snarky), double spaced (no extra returns between paragraphs), first line of each paragraph indented, 1” margins all around. If you submit work in any other format, I will not read it until it is in compliance with these industry standards. If your aim is to get published, you might as well learn proper submission formatting.

Why hire me? Read the comments below or find out a little more about me here.

16 Responses to “Necessary Writers Classes and Workshops”

  1. Rachna Chhabria Says:

    That’s wonderful, Birgitte. I am sure it will be a great success. We writers desperately crave feedback
    and editorial advice. And, I have personally benefited from your sound advice regarding character arc and scene tension.
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  2. Claudine Says:

    Hey, where’s the place for testimonials? I personally know of your editing and crit genius. You have a wonderfully clear head, a great knowledge of the craft, and are able to help a writer put on paper, the vision that is in their head.
    I’m excited for the lucky folks who are able to enlist your services.

  3. Birgitte Says:

    Wow, thank you so much, Rachna and Claudine! You guys rock! I guess I need to make a place for testimonials. :)

  4. Maryanne Says:

    Nice work Birgitte. Lucky are they who enlist your services. Mention how much fun it is to work with you. Ok I will say it: Hey folks when you hire Birgitte, you not only get a great writer/mentor to work with but you will the time of your life. Honest. I know. Been doing it.

  5. Birgitte Says:

    Thanks, Maryanne, but you let the secret out. Now everyone knows writing is fun! At least most times. Okay, some times. Well, every once in awhile… (Grin)

  6. Maryanne Says:

    I can’t stop…grinning! :-)

  7. Anthony Says:

    You provide an amazing service Birgitte. I know a lot of writers who are in desperate need of such help. I heard a lot of positive feedbacks on your service and I will give it a try for my future works.
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  8. Birgitte Necessary Says:

    Thank you, Anthony! I look forward to working with you some time in the future. :)
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  9. Gift subscription Says:

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  10. Anderson P. Says:

    I’d like to attend workshops like this since I love writing but my time is very limited. What time does this start by the way?

    I hope there would still be more workshops or classes to come!


  11. Birgitte Necessary Says:

    Hi Anderson,

    We can tailor the workshop to fit your schedule. I understand limited time issues. What are you looking for in a writer’s workshop?

  12. Les Edgerton Says:

    I just want to say I give my heartiest recommendation for Birgitte as a writing coach. She is one of the best writers I know and she knows how to teach writing as well if not better than anyone out there. If your goal is getting your work published, there is no one better to guide you.

    Blue skies,
    Les Edgerton

  13. Birgitte Necessary Says:

    Aww, thank you, Les. That means the world coming from you! (Remind me again where I need to send the endorsement check?) :) Seriously. Thank you.

    Hugs, Birgitte

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  16. Chris Says:

    wow great!!!
    I think An English professor wrote the following words on the chalkboard and asked the students to punctuate it correctly:
    “A woman without her man is nothing”

    All of the males in the class wrote:
    “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

    All of the females in the class wrote:
    “A woman: without her, man is nothing.

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