Individual Coaching/Critique

This service is offered to individual fiction and non-fiction writers who are interested in working one-on-one with Pamela to explore creative writing techniques and bring their work to fruition.

Creative Writing Master Class

This class is designed for writers who are working on long-form fiction or creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essay, or a compilation of essays). It is an opportunity to workshop your whole manuscript, (even if the form or structure has not yet gelled) gaining feedback from other writers and a concentrated critique from Pamela. (A ten page sample of your writing must be submitted for acceptance into this class.)

Creative Non-Fiction Writing Group –
Personal Essay, Memoir, Family History

Join award-winning, widely published non-fiction author, Pamela Toutant in a stimulating and supportive environment where you will get helpful, personalized feedback on your writing and bring your work to fruition.  Polish a piece you have tucked in a drawer, or create something fresh. Learn techniques from reading the masters and explore options for publication. Get help and support for developing and sticking to a writing schedule.

Writing the Personal Essay


The personal essay combines a wide range of techniques to make personal stories compelling to a general audience.  Primarily through the participants’ work, we will explore the use of voice, reflection, and dialogue, as well as other techniques that shape personal stories and make them resonate with the reader. There will be some time spent writing in the workshop sessions, and one short writing assignment.  Most of the time will be focused on giving constructive and supportive feedback on participants’ manuscripts.  Beginning and experienced writers welcome.

Advanced Personal Essay

This workshop is for writers who already have a working knowledge and understanding of the personal essay genre.  Designed to strengthen a wide range of skills and techniques including pacing, dialogue, structure and voice, this workshop will bring both more depth and polish to your personal stories. Some time will be spent writing in the workshop, discussing assigned reading by published authors, as well as completing one short writing assignment.  Most of the time, however, will be spent giving constructive and supportive feedback on participants’ manuscripts with the goal of publication.  To apply for the workshop, all applicants should submit a personal essay or excerpt of no more than five pages along with their registration form.


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"Pamela's response to work is masterful. She sees and intuits what might be fruitful paths to follow in each manuscript." Martha

"I finally got published! I want to thank you for everything you taught me -- every suggestion, every bit of encouragement has been held close to my heart" Kimberely

"Thank you so much for your advice and support on my novel revision!" Ursula

"Here at last is my first published essay. Thanks to everyone for your comments, most especially Pamela." Fernando

“Pamela creates an enormously supportive environment and positive tone for her classes. It has been a wonderful experience.” Valerie

“Thanks for your insightful and constructive feedback. My work is definitely stronger because of it.” Carol

“A great instructor and coach. Pamela’s gentle hand helped me to excavate and then craft my family’s story.” Beth

“Your writing group has been a very bright spot in my week.” Mary