Skype logoMy private workshops, known as pods, allow small clusters or individuals to pursue work-in-progress with the same level of support and critique I brought to my students in the writing programs at Columbia, Princeton and the City College of New York. Limited to three participants, my pods convene twice a month either in person or by Skype, with email submissions in advance. Sessions last either two or three hours depending on the number of participants. Pod members have worked on projects ranging from memoir to short stories to essays and novels.


$500/ month, with a minimum three-month commitment. Acceptance based on manuscript submission and availability.  Please email director@underthevolcano.org for details.

“The past two years working with Magda Bogin have been some of the most productive in my life. I’ve grown exponentially as a writer, and I’ve drafted and revised my entire short story collection, bringing it to a place I couldn’t imagine on my own.  The time and money I’ve put toward the Pod are some of the best I’ve ever spent, as I’m not the same writer I was before working with Under the Volcano.” - Laura Leigh Morris, University of Texas, State College, TX


“Magda has a unique gift for coaching and guiding the writing of memoir; she is at one with the joyous and painful episodes of the human condition, and delights in the intrinsic value of each writer’s experience.“ - Gobi Stromberg, anthropologist and curator, Cuernavaca, Mexico


“Magda is the best reader of drafts I’ve ever encountered. She sees both the micro and the macro issues. Her feedback is honest and encouraging. The quality of writers I’ve been with has been excellent. I’d recommend one of her pods to anyone who wants a space to read, write and give and receive feedback.” - Ann Stanford, Vincent de Paul Professor of Literary and Inter-Disciplinary Studies, DePaul University, Chicago

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