This workshop is limited to 6 students. For the preliminary application, writers will be asked to submit the first 10 pages of their book, plus an author bio, book synopsis, and author statement. Finalists will be asked to submit their complete novel or memoir manuscript in March. Review the manuscript guidelines.

George Hodgman

hodgman-c-sigrid-estradaGeorge Hodgman is the author of the memoir, Bettyville, and a veteran editor in books and magazines. He has worked at Simon and Schuster, Henry Holt, Houghton Mifflin, Vanity Fair, and the start-ups of Talk and Details. He has recently been a guest professor in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Missouri.


Course Description
“Too many conflicting emotional interests are involved for life ever to be wholly acceptable, and possibly it is the work of the storyteller to rearrange things so that they conform to this end,” wrote the late, great William Maxwell. 

This distinctive workshop will cover the fundamentals of rearranging things to create a compelling narrative. Pairing peer-to-peer feedback with guidance from a book industry perspective, our intimate group of six participants will share and discuss each manuscript. A complete novel or memoir is necessary for acceptance. Applicants should submit the first 10 pages of their work, plus an author bio, book synopsis, and a brief description of what they hope to gain from this session. The total submission should be no more than 15 pages. Aspen Words will be in touch with all applicants via email in early March to request full manuscripts, which will be reviewed before making final decisions on acceptances. The workshop-ready manuscripts will be collected in late April.