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I’ve taught 50+ creative writing workshops since 2017 at various organizations in India and the US, both in person and online. My focus is on the craft of fiction. Currently, I offer three workshops at Writing Workshops Dallas: Advanced Fiction (on hiatus), Magical Realism, and Historical Fiction. Please see below for workshop dates and sample participant feedback. I’m also the fiction workshop instructor for the PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship. And here are my frequently-recommended writing craft books. Scroll to the end to message if you’d like more information.

NEXT WORKSHOP: 6-week Historical Fiction Workshop; Online; January 16, 2023 – February 24, 2023

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6-week Magical Realism Fiction Workshop at Writing Workshops Dallas; Online

 Select praise for Magical Realism

“I for one have thoroughly enjoyed this class, the reading, the homework, the workshopping/critiquing. It’s been such a nice, challenging addition to this month. I feel I’ve developed a better command over the basic tenets of MR, and I definitely feel like my flash fiction game has benefited from the weekly writing assignments! Thank You for leading us through the last 4 weeks, Jenny, and thanks to everyone for making the time commitment to writing and reading!” -Naveen R.

“I loved the example articles, the opportunity to share my readings, receive critiques (Jenny’s were long, in-depth and very helpful for future development of pieces), and read others’ writing. Jenny’s suggestions of where to submit and how to find places to submit writing are invaluable.” -Francesca R.

“I found the Instructor and group critiques most valuable as well as the assigned stories chosen for the course. I have a much better understanding of Magical Realism now. I would recommend this class to other writers because of Jenny’s encouragement, feedback, and knowledge, all invaluable.” -Virginia B.

“This workshop has been great at exposing magical realism. I hadn’t really thought I would be able to attempt writing in this genre, but through the excellent material and feedback you provided, am now hopeful.” -Srilatha R.

NEXT WORKSHOP: March 06 – April 14, 2023

  1. September 19 – October 28, 2022
  2. June 13 – July 22, 2022
  3. April 11 – May 6, 2022
  4. February 28 – March 25, 2022
  5. January 10 – February 4, 2022
  6. September 27 – October 22, 2021
  7. August 16 – September 10, 2021
  8. July 12 – August 6, 2021
  9. March 29 – April 23, 2021

6-week Historical Fiction Workshop at Writing Workshops Dallas; Online

Select praise for Historical Fiction

“I’ve greatly enjoyed this class. […] Thank you, Jenny, for expanding my knowledge in historical fiction and writing in general. The material and your feedback is shaping me into a stronger writer. I’m glad my first writing workshop was under your facilitation and look forward to your Magical Realism class come August!” -Jessica O.

“I found everything valuable in this course. Especially the articles (lesson notes) explaining different elements of historical fiction as well as the exercises and the feedback.” -Chaitali S.

“I found Jenny’s direct feedback and engagement so valuable. Her content is very interesting and useful, and there was no shortage of extra reading suggestions. Highly recommend.” -Susan M.

“Jenny was the best part of the course (and I would definitely recommend taking courses with her). Her feedback and also suggestions for reading (both fiction and about craft) were excellent. I learned so much from her lessons, the weekly readings, and also from her responses to the weekly assignments.” -Katie F.

Read an introduction to Historical Fiction here.

NEXT WORKSHOP: January 16, 2023 – February 24, 2023

COMPLETED:
1. August 1 – September 9, 2022
2. May 9 – June 3, 2022
3. February 14 – March 11, 2022
4. October 18 – November 12, 2021
5. July 19 – August 13, 2021
6. June 7 – July 2, 2021

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3-hour private 1-1 writing mini-workshop online (click for more details)

NOTE: 1-1s are currently on pause and will start back up in 2023. You can still use the form linked above and I will respond. Thank you.


8-week Advanced Fiction Workshop at Writing Workshops Dallas; Online

Select praise for Advanced Fiction

“The class exceeded my expectations. Jenny is very knowledgeable and also approachable. She does a good job of creating a safe space to share your work and provides very helpful critiques. Rather than providing general narrative feedback, Jenny breaks down her feedback into categories to provide an in-depth, cohesive plan for your next revision. I now have a much clearer path of how to improve my writing and my next steps.” -Leighanne S.

“Oh Jenny, what a treasure trove you’ve given me! Thanks so much. My writing/composing process is primarily immersive and so it’s remarkably helpful to be given logical, analytic structures to visit before I go back to full immersion mode for revision work.” -Elizabeth B.

“I really enjoy your class and invitations to learn. I’m getting my money’s worth for sure.” -David H

“Working with Jenny exceeded my expectations.” -Cindi S.

NOTE: I’m currently taking a break from teaching this workshop due to personal writing commitments.

  1. January 31 – March 25, 2022
  2. October 18 – December 10, 2021
  3. May 10 – July 2, 2021
  4. January 11 – March 5, 2021
  5. August 24 – October 16, 2020

PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship (Fiction) Workshop Instructor; Private and Online

June – October 2022 (ongoing)

June – October 2021 (completed)


1-hour Webinar on Using Eight Senses in the Short Story at Writer’s Digest University, Short Story Virtual Conference; Online

Saturday; May 22, 2021; 1 PM ET; 12 PM CT; 10 AM PT; 11 AM MT; SESSION 2: How to Use Eight (vs Five) Senses in the Short Story (completed: click above for details)


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