Rebirth Your Writing

Memoir Large & Small

Generate new work, connect with fellow writers, shape your memoir or collection, and explore publication.
Come and write...

with Dinty W. Moore & Allison K Williams

January 24-28 2021 (virtual event)
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Your rebirth begins in...
New Year. New Plan. New Writing.
Three new essay drafts
Whole-Book Guidance
Publishing Opportunities
...reinvigorated my writing habit.
I left the intensive feeling more in tune with my writing goals
and intentions, excited for my various projects and with
more tools under my belt to accomplish them.

Scott Russell Morris

The Rebirth Difference

Five focused days with craft lessons, publishing & writing seminars, and literary connections.
Your Own Safe Location

Virtual Intensive

5 days/4 nights

January 24th - 28th, 2021
10AM-3PM USA Eastern Time

Community Connections

Facilitated networking, social time & small-group feedback sessions




Virtual Intensive

Write Where You Are

A Virtual Intensive

Join from any quiet, focused location with internet access. All classes, workshops and community time happen via Zoom. We'll send a Do Not Disturb sign for your door.

All sessions are recorded for you to review or refresh in the 30 days after the intensive.

Schedule

Your Guides

Dinty W. Moore and Allison K Williams
photo of Dinty W. Moore

Dinty W. Moore is author of The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir and the memoir Between Panic & Desire among many other books.

Dinty has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Arts & Letters, The Normal School and elsewhere. A former professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, he serves as Editor-in-Chief for Brevity, a noted online journal of flash nonfiction.

Dinty consults regularly with authors and publishers on book proposals and revisions, many going on to publish with Big Five houses and university presses. A well-known and popular workshop leader, he has led workshops in Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, and throughout the United States.

photo of Allison K Williams

Allison K Williams is the author of Get Published in Literary Magazines and Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro From Blank Page to Book (March 2021, Woodhall Press)

She has edited and coached writers to deals with Penguin Random House, Knopf, Mantle, Spencer Hill, St. Martin’s and independent presses. She’s guided essayists to publication in the New Yorker, Time, the Guardian, the New York Times, McSweeney’s and TED Talks. As Social Media Editor for Brevity, she inspires thousands of writers with blogs on craft and the writing life.

A former circus performer, Allison has written for NPR, CBC, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, McSweeney’s, Kenyon Review Online and Travelers’ Tales.

Your 2021 Writing Year Starts Here Stay in safety and comfort.
Connect with fellow writers and spark new work.
This is your creative reboot.

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Understand The Experience

Craft, Community and Career

Daily craft lessons are tailored for memoirists to generate new writing. You'll start three new essays and a blog post, or channel new writing into your existing project.

Sweet Memories: An exploration of the senses we too often neglect – taste, smell, and texture. All springing from a childhood treat!

Experimental Essay in a Can: Enjoy an unusual prompt that leads to an unconventional flash essay.

“My Face”: Robert Benchley’s classic essay transforms into a writing prompt for the Zoom age.

Writing for Social Media and the Literary Blog: How short-form, service-driven writing sharpens your skills while engaging readers and building platform. Includes an opportunity to publish on the Brevity Blog.

Further your craft, refine your essays, and plan (or finish!) your book with in-depth explorations of structure, sentence, voice, and scene.

Structuring Your Memoir
What's an "inciting incident" or a satisfying ending when you're writing your own life? What events belong in your book? Learn to structure your memoir or essay collection to engage readers, agents and publishers.

Writing Powerful Sentences
Strong sentences are every writer's foundation. Go beyond grammar to discover how words and sentence structures deliver comedy, drama and meaning.

Memoir in Small Doses
Flash Nonfiction can open new doors for memoirists. Learn what works in a flash essay, what doesn’t, and how short flash moments can strengthen book-length work.

Making the “I” a Character in Creative Nonfiction
Creating compelling and realistic characters is always challenging in memoir because we know the people we are writing about so well, particularly when writing about ourselves. But presenting ourselves as living, breathing characters on the page remains crucial, because our potential readers have never met us.

Grab the Reader by the Brain: Fabulous First Pages
Hear what agents, editors and readers are looking for when they pick up your query, essay or book. We'll give feedback on volunteers' first pages.

Monday and Wednesday, you'll attend one seminar live and receive a recording of the other.

Tuesday and Thursday have one seminar each afternoon.

Each morning craft lesson includes a generative prompt. Then, writers set intentions. You can:

  • Use this time to develop the prompt further, as the seed of a new essay
  • Look for ways to fold the raw material from the prompt into the project you're currently working on
  • Or, treat the prompt as a warm-up, and turn to your current project because you're "on fire" to work on it!

During Writing In Company, writers work individually, with or without their Zoom window active. Post-writing check-ins affirm your work. It's like writing at your favorite cafe—with a community of support.

Focused time and a committment to "show up" helps you plow through revisions or create new work.

Writing craft lessons and suggested prompts ignite your daily practice.

All teaching sessions are recorded, and you'll be able to rewatch for 30 days.

Rebirth Your Writing combines dedicated time with education, networking, and writing career growth. You'll leave with new work, new ideas, renewed commitment to your craft and at least one publication opportunity.

In optional post-intensive one-on-one editorial sessions, you can discuss your writing in general or a particular project, get feedback on your pages or query, or seek guidance on your publication goals.

Additional fee applies; limited bookings available. You'll have the option to select a one-on-one when you register for the intensive.

With Dinty W. Moore:

  • Discuss your book, essay, or writing craft, including feedback on 10 pages and a 30-minute call or Zoom chat. Normally $175, with Intensive $115 (Sorry, SOLD OUT)

With Allison K Williams

  • Platform evaluation and strategy, including review of your existing platform and a 60-minute call or Zoom chat about building your personal bridge to the readers who need your book, without losing your soul to social media. Normally $275, with Intensive $195 (1/3 available)

  • Discuss your book, essay, or writing craft, including feedback on 10 pages and a 30-minute call or Zoom chat. Normally $175, with Intensive $115 (Sorry, SOLD OUT)

  • Feedback on your query, synopsis or proposal overview, including line editing of up to 1000 words and a 30-minute call or Zoom chat. Normally $175, with Intensive $115 (Sorry, SOLD OUT)

  • Review of your book proposal, including line-editing the proposal and identifying areas to strengthen, a big-picture read of up to 5000 words of your sample chapters, and a 30-minute call or Zoom chat about the viability of your book idea and potential markets. Normally $425, with Intensive $375 (Sorry, SOLD OUT)

As much as we love travel retreats, "re-entry" is always tough. The virtual intensive happens in your regular writing place, helping you create a sustainable practice within your daily life.

Your Itinerary

This Week You'll Be Writing
Chapter 1: Connect & Focus January 24, 2021—All Times USA Eastern
1:00PM
Welcome Session Introductions & Technology Orientation
2:00PM
Set Intentions & Small-Group Chat
2:45PM
Closing Words (Day Ends 3PM)
Chapter 2: Senses and Structure January 25, 2021—All Times USA Eastern
9:30AM
Cafe Time Zoom Room open for casual chat
10:00AM
Craft Talk & Generative Writing: Sweet MemoriesStart a new essay from the senses
10:30AM
Writing In CompanyRevise your new words or work on an existing project
11:45AM
Check In—How Was Writing?
12:00PM
Lunch break On Your Own—Zoom Room open for casual chat
1:00PM
Publishing Seminar:
Structuring Your Memoir or Collection
Beginning, ending & shaping your book
Craft Seminar:
Memoir in Small Doses
How flash essays create memoir scenes
2:45PM
Closing Words
Chapter 3: Words in the World January 26, 2021—All Times USA Eastern
9:30AM
Cafe Time Zoom Room open for casual chat
10:00AM
Craft Talk & Generative Writing: Essay in a CanA first draft of a new essay
10:30AM
Writing In CompanyRevise your new words or work on an existing project
11:45AM
Check In—How Was Writing?
12:00PM
Lunch break On Your Own—Zoom Room open for casual chat
1:00PM
Publishing Talk: Fabulous First Pages with feedback for volunteers
2:45PM
Closing Words
Chapter 4: Write with Passion, Edit with Precision January 27, 2021—All Times USA Eastern
9:30AM
Cafe Time Zoom Room open for casual chat
10:00AM
Craft Talk & Generative Writing: "My Face" Start a new essay for the Zoom era
10:30AM
Writing In CompanyRevise your new words or work on an existing project
11:45AM
Check In—How Was Writing?
12:00PM
Lunch break On Your Own—Zoom Room open for casual chat
1:00PM
Craft Seminar:
Writing Powerful Sentences
How words and structures make meaning
Craft Seminar:
Making the "I" a Character in Creative Nonfiction
Meeting the reader on the page
2:45PM
Closing Words
Chapter 5: Sustaining the Work January 28, 2021—All Times USA Eastern
9:30AM
Cafe Time Zoom Room open for casual chat
10:00AM
Publishing Talk: Writing for Social Media and the Literary BlogIncludes an opportunity to publish on the Brevity Blog
11:30AM
Support & Connect Make Lasting Bonds
12:00PM
Break
12:30PM
Share & Respond Reflecting on the Work We've Done
1:30PM
Closing Words
Return to your life...
...and write some more! (or take a day off)
Ready to Start Your 2021 Writing Year? Get In Touch With Any Questions
Early Bird Rate
$ 345

Until December 15th, then $395
PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE

  • Four Craft Lessons: $150
  • Two Live Craft & Publishing Seminars: $150
  • Two Recorded Craft & Publishing Seminars: $80
  • Fabulous First Pages & Pages Feedback: $75
  • Facilitated Networking & Platform Building $125
  • Workbook with Readings, Structure Worksheets and Writing Planner $35
  • Expanding Your Writing Community: priceless
  • INTENSIVE VALUE: $615

Frequently Asked Questions

You probably have a few

Joining the Intensive

it starts with one email

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Nope!

You can be working on a memoir, essays, or exploring your own writing process. You don't need any pre-existing material.

  • You DON'T need a degree in writing (or anything else!)
  • You DON'T need previous publication credits

Everyone focuses on their own pages, so the experience level of your fellow writers isn't a big factor in your work.

Some writers will work on existing drafts, others will start from ideas they already have. Some writers will start from scratch and generate new material from the daily prompts.

Yes. You'll get a tip sheet to help you strategize around children, partners and pets.

Your Time & Tech

log in and get writing

Your own computer and internet connection.

Our first day includes a Zoom orientation. We'll cover how to participate verbally and in chat, how to spend time with your fellow writers in breakout rooms, and what options you have for questions and communication with Dinty and Allison.

All teaching sessions will be closed-captioned. If you have accessibility concerns, let us know. We'll work with whatever technology you need to make the virtual intensive work for you.

Allison and Dinty have (between them) worked with writers who are d/Deaf, hearing-impaired, blind, visually-impaired, neuro-atypical and with physical disabilities. We want to work with you—let's discuss how to make it an excellent experience.

You're responsible for your own food throughout the intensive. We'll have some scheduled coffee-and-chat times, and you're always fine to snack on- or off-camera during Zoom classes.

Intensive Days

write, learn, plan

Develop the day's generated writing or work on an existing project. Everyone works on their own, with the energy of a shared virtual writing space. As Allison says, "If I'm writing with a buddy and I start to get bored or frustrated, I look up and think, I can't quit now—she's still going!"

At the beginning of each session, we set our intentions for the day. Afterwards, we check in on how our writing went.

We'll do some optional small-group sharing, focusing on initial responses, but no intensive workshopping. Your focus is on your own words.

Yes! You can discuss your writing in general or a particular project, get query feedback or seek guidance on your publication goals.

Additional fee applies; limited bookings available. You'll have the option to select a one-on-one when you register for the intensive.

To develop close peer connections and allow plenty of discussion time in seminars, we're limiting enrollment to 40 writers (two Zoom screens).

Booking & Payment

let's work with your budget

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Rebirth Your Writing accepts Venmo, Zelle, Canadian e-transfers, US checks, PayPal and credit cards via PayPal.

Early Birds pay $345 before December 15th.

After December 15th, the cost is $395.

If you'd like to use a payment plan:

  • $150 Deposit to reserve your place
  • $125 December 20th
  • $120 January 20th

Or talk to us about a plan that works for you.

Rebirth Your Book participates in AWP's Kurt Brown Prize, which awards $500 each year to emerging writers in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. Winners and six finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP. For more information, visit the AWP website.

Before You Arrive:

  • Tip Sheet for planning your intensive at home and Do Not Disturb sign
  • Workbook with Readings, Structure Worksheets and Writing Planner

During the Intensive:

  • Four daily craft lessons
  • Four Craft & Publishing Seminars: two live, two recorded
  • Fabulous First Pages session, including the opportunity to have your first pages critiqued
  • Facilitated networking with fellow writers
  • Daily casual chat time with fellow writers
  • Publishing opportunity with the Brevity Blog

After the Intensive:

  • Social media connections with the entire group (opt-in)
  • Optional one-on-one editorial sessions (additional fee)

  • Your daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Travel and accommodations
  • Individual feedback from Dinty and Allison outside seminar time

If you are unable to attend and we can fill your place from the waitlist, we will refund your tuition minus a $25 administrative fee.


If we can’t fill your place from the waitlist, you may apply 50% of any payments made to a future live or virtual Rebirth Your Book event.


Refunds will be sent within 30 days of receipt of notice of cancellation.


Rebirth Your Book reserves the right to cancel the intensive in the event of civil unrest, natural disaster or Act of God. In the event of cancellation of the intensive in its entirety, you will receive a full refund of any fees paid. You agree to release Rebirth Your Book and its agents and/or representatives from any liability, including consequential expenses you may have incurred in planning to attend.

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In optional post-intensive one-on-one editorial sessions, you can discuss your writing in general or a particular project, get feedback on your pages or query, or seek guidance on your publication goals.

Additional fee applies; limited bookings available.
You'll have the option to select a one-on-one when you register for the intensive.

With Dinty W. Moore:

  • Discuss your book, essay, or writing craft, including feedback on 10 pages and a 30-minute call or Zoom chat. Normally $175, with Intensive $115 (Sorry, SOLD OUT)

With Allison K Williams

  • Platform evaluation and strategy, including review of your existing platform and a 60-minute call or Zoom chat about building your personal bridge to the readers who need your book, without losing your soul to social media. Normally $275, with Intensive $195 (1/3 available)

  • Discuss your book, essay, or writing craft, including feedback on 10 pages and a 30-minute call or Zoom chat. Normally $175, with Intensive $115 (Sorry, SOLD OUT)

  • Feedback on your query, synopsis or proposal overview, including line editing of up to 1000 words and a 30-minute call or Zoom chat. Normally $175, with Intensive $115 (Sorry, SOLD OUT)

  • Review of your book proposal, including line-editing the proposal and identifying areas to strengthen, a big-picture read of up to 5000 words of your sample chapters, and a 30-minute call or Zoom chat about the viability of your book idea and potential markets. Normally $425, with Intensive $375 (Sorry, SOLD OUT)

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