What Rejection Letters Really Mean

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Rejection letters from agents, editors, and the like are often written in frustratingly diplomatic and opaque language. In this one-session class, we’ll translate some of the more common phrases into usable advice to help you understand how others are reacting to your prose. Then we’ll try some writing exercises to loosen up your thinking about your work. By the end of this class, you’ll feel better and braver about the process of rejection as well as its potential to enhance your writing!

LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE: This workshop will be held via our online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The dates and times will remain the same. You can view brief tutorials on using the platform here.

About Aaron Hamburger

Aaron Hamburger is the author of the story collection The View From Stalin's Head (Rome Prize), and the novels Faith for Beginners and Nirvana is Here. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Crazyhorse, Tin House, Poets & Writers, Boulevard, and O, the Oprah Magazine. He has taught writing at Columbia University, the George Washington University, and the Stonecoast M.F.A. Program.

Teaching style: As a writing student once himself, one of the things Aaron has learned over the years is that a writing career is a lifelong process that transcends any particular work. When he reads student writing, he's not only looking at how to improve the work at hand, but also trying to figure out which tendencies of word choice, characterization, detail, etc. need encouragement and which ones need sharpening.



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