Private Coaching

Skype logoMy private workshops allow a handful of writers to pursue work-in-progress with the same level of support and critique I brought to my students in the graduate writing programs at Columbia and the City College of New York. We meet twice a month either in person or by Skype, with email submissions in advance. Individual sessions last two hours. If serendipitous affinities arise, I occasionally create 2-3 person groups, known as pods, which enable small clusters of writers to share work, generally also via Skype.

I read meticulously, with an eye for deep intent and the broad arc of your project and an ear for the curve and cadence of each sentence. I provide an annotated critique of each submission using Track Changes.

Writers have worked with me successfully on projects ranging from memoir to short stories to essays and novels.


$900/month, with a minimum three-month commitment. Acceptance is based on submission of a 20-page writing sample, a one-page statement of your goals for the initial three-month period and my availability.  Evening or weekend sessions are preferred. Please email 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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