Courses & Testimonials

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I am so grateful to Meg for her mind bending prompts. —Melissa Goode

I’ve just completed Meg Pokrass’s micro-memoir writing workshop on Facebook. She is expert at facilitating such groups, and I found my fellow writers unbiased, knowledgeable, and careful readers. Meg usually weighed in after they did, and her comments were always thoughtful, positive, and insightful. During the four-week course, she gave participants two prompts per week based on a story or photo. Such prompts were often ingenuous—and led to such incredible breakthroughs! I suffered from writer’s block for many years. But I’ve become a much more productive writer since taking Meg’s class. I’ve also become more disciplined in submitting new work. In the ten days since completing the micro-memoir workshop, I’ve had two new stories accepted (from BlazeVOX and Beyond the Margin). I also have three other new stories in circulation, and I’m busy writing/rewriting a dozen new flashes. Meg has turned my writing life around. Thank you so much! —Joseph Lerner

Meg Pokrass is a seriously awesome teacher. Something about her writing prompts tap directly into my writing mojo, they are creative and fun and filled with play, I never feel like I am working too hard, but at the same time produce my best work. A piece I wrote for her class was a finalist in Black Warrior Review’s inaugural flash prose contest, and another is forthcoming in Blue Five Notebook. Meg is not only brilliant, she’s supportive and encouraging. This creates a classroom vibe that’s filled with comradery. Her classes are perfect for writers at all levels, from the beginning to the experienced. I am on my fourth. —Leonora Desur

“Recently, I wrote a 200-word story… and a brilliant editor, Meg Pokrass, helped make smart, delicate cuts.” —Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture

“I don’t write short fiction, but Meg encouraged me to try my hand. I did have a failed poem sitting around that I just couldn’t wrangle into shape, so I pulled it out of form and began to work on it like a story. I sent it to Meg and she did a fantastic job of editing the piece. It was published in SmokeLong Quarterly. Meg wrote me that the piece was later chosen by Wigleaf Top 50,long listed as one of the best shorts on the web. I thought that would be the end of it, but then she wrote again and asked for more so I went back into my files and found another failed poem. With Meg’s super fine editing skills, was also published.”  —Dorianne Laux

“Meg Pokrass is a writer with a gift for mentoring, encouraging and teaching others some of the many roads into the writing world. I am indebted to her for the inspiration her writing prompts have provided me over the past several years.” —James Claffey, author, Blood a Cold Blue: Stories.

“Lets see: She takes personal interest in her students. Sticks her neck out for them. Hints and nudges them forward gently without aggressive editing. Gets excited on reading their work. Drops too many “wowzers”. Doesn’t talk about herself and her own writing. Gets them critiquing each others’ work. Yes. Meg Pokrass is a terrible mentor.” —Jamal H. Iqubal, Writer, Producer, Designer

“Meg Pokrass is a creative force. Her prompts get you writing–and excited to write–and her editorial suggestions are first rate. After taking her flash fiction workshop, I published three stories in prominent flash journals within months. Work with Meg. You’ll get results.” —Beth Keefauver, author

Work with Meg is serious play. When I find myself stalled, needing to shake it up, I know her prompts will help me write beyond my habits to find the fresh slant on what’s brewing in my head. I can rely on her to feed me great readings, to discuss craft, and to provide solid feedback on my stories. Her encouragement to develop my “practice” and to trust my writing has been invaluable.—Ashley Nissler, author

For more information on workshops, courses, and private tutoring, please send an e-mail to Meg at megpokrass(at)gmail(dot)com

Not sure yet? You may want to read some of Meg’s craft essays for free online:

At Talking WritingFlash Novella Writing