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Creative Writing Workshops

Heather's fiction and nonfiction classes are ongoing in various towns of Long Island and in NYC.

December/2019: Oyster Bay, NY

(Private class by invitation, Wed. 7:00-9:00 pm)     

January/2020: Southampton, NY

(Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference; Creative Nonfiction Workshop 1/11 9:00-12:00)

February/2020: Farmingdale, NY  

(open to all, beginner to advanced, Tues. 7:00-9:00 pm)

February/2020: Syosset, NY

(open to all, beginner to advanced, Wed. 7:00-9:00 pm)

March/ 2019: Port Washington, NY

(open to all, beginner to advanced, Thurs. 7:00-9:00 pm)

Editorial Services for Creative Writing

Heather offers remote editorial help at affordable rates for fiction and nonfiction creative works.

1. Pre-writing Assistance:

Help with brainstorming for a project, finding the right structure, creating an outline, and considering all the elements involved to see the project through to completion.

2. Developmental Editing and Manuscript Consultation:

Help with conceptual and developmental editing for works in progress and completed works, considering elements such as story arc, character development, tone, theme, pacing, POV, voice, language, description, dialogue, and metaphor, helping the writer close the gap between vision and execution.

3. Line editing:

Help with micro-editing to improve clarity, readability, accuracy, and consistency of the writing. 

4. Ghostwriting:

All the above, only Heather will write your project for you. 

College Essay Help

Heather enjoys helping college students with their academic works, as well as mentoring high school students to write winning college entrance essays. She offers courses as well as private help. 

Upcoming Course:

Fall/2019, Syosset, NY: College Admissions Essay Bootcamp

Editorial Services for Business

1. Resume Writing and personal statements:

Help starting from scratch or revising an existing resume to make sure your message is clear, your accomplishments are in the right order, and the narrative arc of your experience shines though.    

2. Business Writing: 

Help with branding, content development, purpose, genre, research, message, tone, voice, and clarity.

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Emily Fatscher, High Point University

“Thank you for all your input on my college essay. I am thrilled with the final results.”

Lisa Barshay MSW graduate, University of Tampa

“Heather has provided insight that has guided me to become a better writer and given me the confidence in my skills. She is knowledgeable, honest and a master of her craft. I am proud to call her my mentor.”

“Heather, I cannot thank you enough, I was nervous sending you my work, but I really needed to hear your critique. It helped tremendously.”

“Heather, thank you for being so proactive with the students.”

“Heather pays attention to each individual student. She is one of the best writing teachers I’ve had in a long time.”

Cara Ryan, St. Joseph's College

Diana Fiara Creative Writing Student

R.B., Freelance Writer

Jordan Bryan, Cornell University

“Thank you so much for all your help Heather. You've helped me so much to create an essay that I never could've created completely by myself. The program was great, and I hope that you continue doing it to help other students as much as you helped me!”--

Sallyann Mayer, Creative Writing Student

“Heather is informative and extremely helpful with her advice. She gives polite constructive criticism with positive feedback.”

Academic Student

Today Heather opened my world to Themes. I was really confused but through her questions, I was able to get valuable information that otherwise I would not have seen. 

H.G., YA Novelist

“This was very hard work. Thank you for pushing me.”

Academic Student

Heather is amazing and sweet, very patient and understanding! 

Linda Krummenacker, creative writing student

"I have taken two seasons of Heather's writing workshops, and have to say that after the last workshop a week ago, I will miss seeing everyone and experiencing their stories.  I feel that I know more about the people in my group than I know about people I have known my whole life!  We all grew with each other as did our knowledge of writing.  I look back at a story I wrote five edits ago, and cannot thank Heather enough for helping me through each edit. I wasn't always happy with her comments, but she tells it like it is.  Thank you Heather!  I am so looking forward to your next workshop.”

Paula Camacho, creative writing student

“Heather Siegel is great teacher of creative writing.  During critiques of our work she gives constructive criticism that makes me stop and think about what is missing from my stories. I have been able to revise them based on her comments and realize how much better they work. Her critique of other writer’s stories also makes me aware of writing techniques I would not have thought of.”

Crissy Maier, creative writing student 

“Heather taught our class both basic fundamentals of writing, and also helped each member of the class develop their own writing within their own styles. It was a pleasure to see each person grow and to see how much I could develop my own writing skills.”

Regina Chile, creative writing student 

"I have thoroughly enjoyed taking Heather’s class and look forward to taking it again.  Her critiques get you to dig deep within yourself, to become a better writer.  I particularly like that Heather is so in tune with your writing style and that she will recommend an author that she feels you would enjoy reading.  I definitely feel that since taking her class, that I can appreciate the hard work that it takes to become better a better writer."

Terryl Donovan, creative writing student 

"This workshop is an opportunity to get meaningful feedback on a writing project and go through the re-writing process that it necessary to produce your best work. I have taken many workshops, and find Heather one of the best coaches I’ve experienced. This is a workshop for serious and aspiring writers."

Sharon Brickell, creative writing student

I have been in Heather's workshop a little over a year now and this is what I know. If you have an idea, Heather will help you turn it into a fully developed story, article or essay beyond what you ever thought possible! She is extraordinarily creative, supportive, encouraging and hugely knowledgeable about the craft of writing. If you have ever dreamed of being a writer and are willing to put the hard work in, this is the class for you.