Sabrina Orah Mark's workshops have been (and will continue to be) ports in my storms. Not only has Sabrina opened doors for me, but she has also guided me through these doors and, on occasion, helped me rip them from their hinges! She leads me toward breaking new ground, both as a writer and as a human being-constantly-and, oh, if she were only here right now, sitting across from me as I write this! She would teach me how to better express-more earnestly, more honestly-my gratitude! The world feels so satisfyingly more and less like a mystery because of Sabrina Orah Mark.
Sabrina Orah Mark runs a workshop for writers that could better be called a miracle-shop. Strange things happen there. Think water into wine, except the water is your subconscious and the wine is the pages you wake up and write each morning. When you work in Sabrina’s miracle-shop, you follow Baudelaire’s advice and get drunk “with wine, with poetry, or with virtue,” only it turns out all three are the same thing. Until one day, your water turns into Internet or paper and you start asking what is water, anyway? and people become interested in what you have to say about that too. You might become confused, and I wouldn’t blame you. But the truth is, miracles, like successful writing workshops, are easily explained. They are astonishing feats performed by saints or other divinities. You see where this is going. Do your soul a favor, or your work, or your subconscious—wherever it is your writing lives—and take this workshop.
- Daniel LoPilato is a fiction writer from Atlanta. His stories and essays have appeared in The Indiana Review, American Short Fiction, The Southeast Review, and The Tusk. He is currently pursuing an MFA in the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University.
Over the past five years, I've taken several workshops with Sabrina Orah Mark. During this time, my approach to writing has been transformed. Sabrina is an intuitive instructor who creates assignments reflecting the needs of the group or of the individual. She writes detailed critiques focusing on one's strengths, often providing suggestions for further avenues to explore. Since working with Sabrina, I’ve signed with an agent at an established agency and have had interviews published in Guernica, the Rumpus, and Electric Literature. I cannot recommend her workshop highly enough.
- Deirdre Sugiuchi is co-founder and curator of the New Town Revue. Her work has been featured in Electric Literature, Guernica, the Rumpus, and the Nervous Breakdown. She's been a fellow of the Albee Foundation, the Hambidge Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Wildacres. She is currently writing her teenage boot camp captivity narrative, Unreformed
I’ve taken Sabrina’s workshops for about 2 years now. After learning from her how to take my writing to the simplest, most powerful level, I’ll simply say this about her: she takes you and your writing seriously. I am awed by her way of listening. It doesn’t matter if you’re “just” a mother (like me) or a published writer, or if you think you’re a writer but can’t remember why or what you’re writing about anymore, or if you just have a story to tell. I’ve seen her work with all kinds of humans with equal seriousness, careful insight, and challenging perspective. The guarantee of this workshop is that you’ll leave having answers to questions you didn’t think you had. And the questions you did have don’t really matter any more. Basically she’ll rock your world.
Sabrina has created a physical/mental/emotional space in that luminous realm between enCouragement and flight. Enter and you will write your way into the dark wood. Stay and she will show you the flowers that mark the way back.