The Intensive Workshops


Is this the year that you invest in yourself and your writing?  Are you trying to start a project, a story, a script or novel?  Do you know how to compose the right book proposal? Are you searching for your own intrinsic story? Did you know that promoting your book is just as important as writing it? Do you have a strategy for getting your book into the hands of your audience? Are you ready to explore the ins and outs and technology of self-publishing?

Spend the day at Hobart Festival of Women Writers 2017 with one our outstanding Participating Writers in a six-hour INTENSIVE  Workshop.  

Red number fiveTo commemorate five years of readings, workshops and special conversations on the writing craft, Hobart Festival of Women Writers 2017 is offering FIVE exciting, all-day INTENSIVE workshops. INTENSIVES convene on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Group size is limited so DON’T HESITATE to register for the INTENSIVE of your choice. 



The Intensive Workshop is an opportunity for serious, committed writers to explore, to be challenged and to grow by working directly with an award-winning, published writer. Immerse yourself in the inspiration of Hobart’s mountain vistas and focus on your writing craft in a small group setting.  

Take the next step. Seize the opportunity. Choose from our FIVE INTENSIVES

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Elizabeth Searle     

Elizabeth Searle

Beginning Writers’ Bite-Sized Workshop: Constructive Feedback and Comfort Food

Participants’ own work is welcome here; no experience is necessary.  Bring three pages of fiction– flash fiction; the beginning of a novel or short story; YA or script excerpts– for a multi-genre mini-workshop.  Participants will be guided in frank yet friendly critiques, so that students can learn from each others’ works.  Students are encouraged to bring their favorite bite-sized snacks to the workshop to share along with their words. For more about Elizabeth Searle and her work including her recent novel, WE GOT HIM, a well-crafted, suspenseful novel set during the Boston Marathon Bomber manhunt.

 Sophfronia Scott   


Book Proposals 101. Creating a strong book proposal is key if you want to sell your nonfiction book to a publisher, but many writers stumble when it comes to assembling one. Why? Because a book proposal is a business document, not a creative one, and it requires you to think like a publisher in order to write a good one. In this workshop we’ll study each part of a book proposal, discuss what an agent and/or editor looks for when reading a proposal, and examine real life samples. We’ll also look at the pitfalls inherent in each section of a proposal and discuss strategies for how to avoid them. By the end of the class each participant will come away with a working sketch of a plan that will put her well on her way to writing a complete book proposal.  For more information about Sophfronia Scott and her NEW novel UNFORGIVABLE LOVE by Sophfronia Scott, a vivid, vibrant, and panoramic novel of the Harlem Heyday will be available soon.

Esther Cohen      

Esther Cohen

Good Stories: The Deep Red Heart of Life. We each have stories—good stories— only we can tell. Good stories are the living breathing unpredictable deep red heart of life, of writing, of what we want to say, no matter what form we choose. This very popular Intensive will look at examples from poetry and prose, from fiction and non-fiction, and from oral traditions, old and new. The goal will be to create and tell our own story, in the form that matches our own intrinsic voice. This Intensive is for story lovers and story makers who want to make their own stories better. How the world began, all that we know and don’t know, whatever we feel and see and hear– we will look at every part of our lives as rich material for stories, good stories. For more information on Esther Cohen and her work and to subscribe to her daily poems go to:

Mary Johnson   

Mary Johnson

Book Promotion 101: Practical Strategies for Connecting with Readers and Selling Books. How does a writer cut through the confusion to find a promotional strategy that suits her? Does a writer REALLY need a Twitter feed, an Instagram account, AND a Facebook page? Is it better to schedule readings in big chains or in independent bookstores? How much promo will your publisher do and how much must you arrange yourself? Together, we’ll brainstorm ideas for your particular project and discuss best practices for blog tours, media opportunities, social media, author websites, avoiding promo overwhelm, and much more. If possible, come with a specific work in progress or in print that you want to promote–as well as a computer, tablet, or phone with mobile access–and you’ll leave this intensive with a promotional plan tailored to your particular project, skills, interests, and ambition. Mary Johnson has promoted her own work in venues ranging from The Nashua Hippo, living rooms and museums, to The New York Times, NPR, and national television, including live interviews on CNN, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and The Rosie Show. For more information about Mary Johnson, her career as Humanist Celebrant, and her brilliant memoir, AN UNQUENCHABLE THIRST, go to

Julie Enszer   

Julie Enszer

From A-Z: Self-Publishing Fundamentals. Want to publish your book? Technology makes self-publishing available to anyone with the time, commitment, and resources to make it happen. This workshop will explore the phases of self-publishing from initial decision-making through manuscript preparation, book design, production, and distribution with guidelines for various phases and examples of self-published books. A nuts and bolts review of how to create beautiful books and help them reach readers in the world.  Since 2010, Julie Enszer has edited Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal, published three times/year. For more about Sinister Wisdom go to For more information about Julie Enszer and her bold, wise, compassionate, and erotic poetry collection, Avowed go to

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Participants may purchase a lunch at registration.


Elda's Hobart photo
photo by Elda Stifani


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ann Epner says:

    I would like to sign up for Esther Cohen’s workshop on September 8th


    1. Hi, Ann — Happy that you’re going to sign up for Esther’s workshop. Please go to site for registration.



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