“Mary Kay Zuravleff is a powerhouse writer, whose novels made me cheer and worry and howl. But she’s also a powerhouse reader and co-inventor. Her notes and questions made my manuscript come alive again—not a completed thing to pick at or mull over but a living creature to keep feeding.”—John Mauk, author of Field Notes for the Earthbound

Fiction and Memoir Classes

Strength Training for Storytelling  or History in Your Attic

1. Fiction – Strength Training for Storytelling. Class size limited to 8

Taught by Mary Kay Zuravleff

  • Write vivid, distinctive dialogue.
  • Create memoriable characters.
  • Use point of view like a boss.
  • Finesse exposition.

Boost your skills in this class. MKZ will teach techniques to help you advance plot, increase tension, and reveal character in every scene. In this class, your problems are our writing prompts! We’ll brainstorm and crowdsource solutions to storytelling struggles. Email

2. Memoir – History in Your Attic. Class size limited to 12

Taught by Alexandra Zapruder

  • Identify your story and map out meaningful narratives.
  • Learn tips for conducting family and historical research.
  • Discuss techniques of successful memoir.
  • Develop strategies for organizing material.

Whether you’re planning, drafting, or polishing a memoir, this class is for you. Alexandra Zapruder guides writers in finding and following the threads of their memoir. This class covers how to get and order the information you need and how to avoid the challenges and pitfalls of this most personal memoir. Email

Meetings, Location, and Cost for both classes

  • 8 sessions, meeting 2 Thursdays per month, 6:30-9 pm, from January 9 to April 16, 2020
  • All sessions take place at Hera Hub, 5028 Wisconsin Ave, NW, on Red Line.
  • Cost of either class is $1600 and includes 1-hour private conference with your instructor.
  • $100 discount for previous clients.

At each meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to visit with members of both classes.

Twice, we’ll combine classes for a discussion with guest writers.

Write MKZ or Alexandra at with questions or to reserve a spot.

I’m pressing on and feeling great about my ability to fix the book, thanks to this course. Mary Kay did an impressive job of keeping us on topic and enthused and guiding us towards useful revelations about our work. She is a terrific instructor.”—Robin Traywick Williams, whose manuscript The Key to the Quarter Pole won Richmond Magazine’s 2015 Novel Contest

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