My focus is on the craft of fiction. Currently, I offer three different workshops at Writing Workshops Dallas: Advanced Fiction (on hiatus), Magical Realism, and Historical Fiction. Please see below for workshop dates. There’s also a sampling of workshop student feedback. Thank you.

And here are my frequently-recommended writing craft books.


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

NOTE: 1-1s are currently on a pause and will start back up in late-2022. You can still use the form linked above and I will respond. Thank you.

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

Praise for Magical Realism (click to expand and read)

“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.

September 19 – October 28, 2022 (6 weeks; upcoming; please click the link above for availability)

June 13 – July 22, 2022 (6 weeks; upcoming; please click the link above for availability)

  1. April 11 – May 6, 2022 (completed)
  2. February 28 – March 25, 2022 (completed)
  3. January 10 – February 4, 2022 (completed)
  4. September 27 – October 22, 2021 (completed)
  5. August 16 – September 10, 2021 (completed)
  6. July 12 – August 6, 2021 (completed)
  7. March 29 – April 23, 2021 (completed)

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

Read an introduction to Historical Fiction here.

Praise for Historical Fiction (click to expand and read)

“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.

August 1 – September 9, 2022 (6 weeks; upcoming; check the link above for availability)

May 9 – June 3, 2022 (ongoing)

  1. February 14 – March 11, 2022 (completed)
  2. October 18 – November 12, 2021 (completed)
  3. July 19 – August 13, 2021 (completed)
  4. June 7 – July 2, 2021 (completed)

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

Praise for Advanced Fiction (click to expand and read)

“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.

“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 (completed)
  2. October 18 – December 10, 2021 (completed)
  3. May 10 – July 2, 2021 (completed)
  4. January 11 – March 5, 2021 (completed)
  5. August 24 – October 16, 2020 (completed)

2021 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship (Fiction) Workshop Instructor; Private and Online

June – October 2022 (upcoming)

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)