Workshops & Classes

GrubStreet Workshops

"Write It Like It Is: The Art of Freewriting with a Purpose," Saturday, June 24, 10:00 to 5:00, GrubStreet, Boston  

Write It Like It Is

Stay tuned for upcoming "Write It Like It Is" weekly groups and half-day workshops in Newton.

If you’ve ever wanted to write freely, without censors, editors, or critics, this is your chance. Experience the exhilaration of tapping in to your authentic voice. No holds barred. No worries about publication or perfection. It’s all about letting go and having fun in a safe, creative atmosphere.

Each week, we do a variety of freewriting exercises in response to specific prompts about life experiences, past and present. Sharing is optional but encouraged. Write It Like It Is draws on the work of Natalie Goldberg, Steve Almond, Brenda Ueland, and others.

Freewriting and  sharing over time with the same people deepens the experience of self-discovery and creates new pathways for self-expression. Plus it's fun and enlightening! Bring pens and a notebook, or a laptop if you prefer.   No writing experience is necessary. Just bring your desire, imagination, and willingness to take a risk.

Registration: Send an email to deborahsosin@gmail.com to check if there is room or to ask any questions. Then I'll give you information about where to send a  check to reserve a spot. Cancellation policy: No refund if cancelled within 72 hours of start date.  

Editing & Coaching

Manuscript Editing

I offer a range of services, performed with speed, accuracy, and compassion:

Developmental Editing: We'll  look at the whole picture—organization, form, structure, audience, voice, tone, and purpose. We'll make decisions together about how best to proceed with short or long projects. I offer feedback in person, by phone, or electronically. Honest answers guaranteed.

►  Copyediting: Line editing for grammar, punctuation, redundancy, basic organization. I edit directly on hard copy or electronically with MS Word Track Changes.

►  Proofreading: Checking grammar, punctuation, syntax. Fluent in APA and Chicago styles. Exceptionally persnickety. I'm a writer. I understand the stakes.

► Rewriting: You retain your voice. I collaborate with you to enhance it.

Specialties: personal essays, memoir, creative nonfiction, picture books, marketing materials, web content, author bios, college essays, psychology titles

Sessions may be conducted by phone, via email, or in person at my office in Newton Highlands, Mass. Rates range from $55 (e.g., proofreading) to $100 per hour (e.g., developmental editing, rewriting), depending on the project. Contact me at deborahsosin@gmail.com to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation to discuss your personal needs and goals.

Personal Coaching

Are you stuck or blocked creatively? Is that inner perfectionist or critic interfering with your goals? Do your writing habits need revision? Perhaps you need someone who will provide structure, accountability, encouragement, and incisive feedback to keep you on track.

As a writer, I understand firsthand the struggles and rewards of a regular writing practice. We will work deeply and constructively on understanding and overcoming your internal and external obstacles. Then, we’ll create a personalized  schedule and set realistic but challenging goals to keep you motivated and focused.

Contact me at deborahsosin@gmail.com to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation to discuss your personal needs and goals.

Sessions may be conducted by phone or in person at my office in Newton Highlands, Mass. Rates are $100 per hour. Or pay upfront for a coaching package: $450 (10% off) for five sessions, to be used within three months; $850 (15% off) for ten sessions, to be used within six months.