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About Kim Adrian:
Kim Adrian is the author of the acclaimed memoir The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet, and two books of lyric criticism: Sock (a Bloomsbury Object Lessons book) and Dear Knausgaard. She edited the essay anthology The Shell Game: Writers Play with Readymade Forms. More at kimadrian.com
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Manuscript Consultations & Coaching
Kim consults with writers working in memoir, short and long form fiction, the personal essay, lyric nonfiction, and more adventurous forms of cultural, literary, and art criticism. Her biggest strengths as a consultant include helping other writers access an authentic voice, handle issues of time and narration more nimbly, create vivid scenes and imagery, and tackle larger structural and thematic concerns in both short and book-length projects. She offers two kinds of services:
Most useful in the early stages of a project, coaching can help turn an idea or a few notes into a first draft. It tends to be conversation-based, with brainstorming and strategy sessions, and may include writing exercises and reading suggestions.
2. Developmental Edits
Best for projects well underway, a developmental edit provides feedback on large scale issues such as plot or throughline, pacing, voice, and overall structure. Feedback includes a detailed letter responding to macro-level issues, 3-5 marked-up manuscript pages highlighting micro-level issues, and a follow-up voice or video call to review feedback and discuss revision strategy.
Coaching is charged at $95/hour.
Developmental Edits are $120/hour with a minimum of three hours.
To inquire about a consultation or a coaching session, please email Kim with details of your project.
"Kim Adrian is an unusually perceptive critic with a keen sensibility and rare gift for writing. Her reading of my first chapter made me feel she’d caught every nuance I’d put into the material, and even every intention. Her observations and advice—written as a short lyrical masterpiece on pertinent aspects of the craft of fiction writing—helped me enormously and stayed with me as I revised other chapters and also as I produced some new material."
"Kim Adrian is a powerhouse! With a remarkable eye for everything from structure to the smallest detail, she meets you where you are and helps you realize the full potential of your project. I can’t recommend her more highly."
—Ann Tashi Slater
Multi-Week Workshops & Craft Intensives
Kim Adrian has taught creative writing in the Nonfiction Program at Brown University, as well as at Boston and Suffolk Universities, and for many years at Grub Street, in downtown Boston. In 2021, she will be developing classes to offer via Write On. All multi-week workshops and shorter (1-2 session) craft intensives will be taught via Zoom, and limited to eight students.
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If you'd like to be apprised of new multi-week workshops and shorter craft intensives as they are developed, please send a note saying as much and you'll be among the first to know when they become available.
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"Kim Adrian is an excellent teacher. She can describe with such insight and precision what’s working and not working in any given piece being workshopped."
"Zoom was an excellent vehicle for this class! People from all over the country were able to participate and we got to know each other and build the trust necessary for an honest exchange of ideas and feedback. Kim's degree of specificity with writing craft and memoir shaping ideas were excellent. She modeled feedback that was useful, clear, constructive, and actionable."
"It was an invaluable experience. Kim Adrian was great. She was engaging, full of information and ideas. She's a great listener and is especially personable."
"Great class! Immediately established a community. Lots of prompts and writing."
"The silver lining [of Zoom] is that it drew writers from many places well outside Boston. It was engaging, informative and super supportive. Kim Adrian is a gifted instructor with insight, deep knowledge about writing and a firm but gentle approach to bringing out each writers' best."
"Kim controlled the class, while allowing everyone to contribute, an excellent instructor!"
"I thought it was great. I loved the organization, the assignments and thought the teacher was very insightful."
"Kim was terrific. A natural listener with totally relevant and helpful responses to each participant. Balanced and professional."
"The class was excellent. Kim is a great instructor, sharing some of her own story to let us know that she identified with us. Kim offered the right blend of large and small group discussion, small group exercises, individual writing, and helpful feedback. "
"I enjoyed the instructors approach to the class and her personal way of sharing her experiences with us. I thought the material she covered was helpful to me."
"The instructor, Kim, was fantastic."
"Class was wonderful! There were many students (20+) but because Kim is such a skilled teacher and writer, she immediately established comraderie and community. There was a variety of writing expertise and experience, from published writers to those submitting for the first time, yet Kim managed to knit us together into a cohesive group. It was a gold standard Grub workshop and I was so glad that those new to Grub got to experience Grub at its best. Grub is so lucky to have experienced and talented instructors like Kim, who are so knowledgeable and skilled to be able to manage surprises and yet tailor their lessons to deliver the core excellence of Grub's programming. Kudos to Chris and Dariel for continuing to attract and hire instructors who deliver such high quality workshops and to Kim who made the time to develop and teach the workshop among her other professional demands."
KEEP THIS TEXT: IT"S BETTER WITHDRAWAL POLICY:
If you are not able to participate in this class after having signed up for it, a full refund will be given up to one week (7 days) prior to start of class, and a 50% refund if you withdraw after the first class but before the second. No refunds will be given after the second class, but credit (for manuscript consultations or a future class with Kim) can be arranged.
KEEP THIS TEXT>>> IT"S A BETTRER CANCELLATION POLICY:
Class will run only with a minimum of 5 students. If class fails to fill to this point, refunds will be issued the day before class start. Once class starts, individual classes will be cancelled only in cases of emergency and made up as soon as possible.
"Scene-Building in Narrative Nonfiction"
An online writing workshop with Kim Adrian conducted via Zoom
12 Thursdays, January 14 - April 1
11 am-2 pm
This online workshop is geared toward writers in the beginning or middle stages of writing a book-length memoir. Each week, 2 students will share 6-10 pages of their memoir-in-progress with the class. Discussions will address a wide array of common craft concerns, such as working with scene, creating believable dialogue, and developing a rich, authentic voice. Over the course of the 12 weeks each student will work to identify and refine the story at the heart of their memoir.
Limited to eight students, this class runs for 12 weeks. There are no outside time requirements since all reading of student work will be done in class. Relevant published memoirs and books or articles on craft may be recommended but will not be required.
If you are not able to participate in this class after having signed up for it, you can get a full refund up to the day before the first class. After the start of class refunds are no longer possible, but credit (for manuscript consultations or a future class with Kim) can be arranged.
Classes will be cancelled only in cases of emergency and made up as soon as possible.
Cost & Payment Options
Cost: $625 for 12 weeks
Venmo and PayPal options below. If you prefer to pay by check, please email Kim to arrange.
If you're on Venmo and would like to pay with Venmo, click button above, which will take you to Kim's Venmo account (@kim-drain). You'll be prompted to enter her phone number before making a payment. It's 617-680-0608.
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