Daphne Merkin

Events & Workshops 

A Voice of Your Own

A Master CLass for Writers with Daphne Merkin


What is a memorable literary voice? How do you go beyond writing "good enough" prose to creating an original voice that readers will want to stop and listen to? In this class, acclaimed essayist and novelist Daphne Merkin, will explore what Philip Roth described as "something that begins at around the back of the knees and reaches well above the head. How do you achieve this?  Focusing on your works-in-progress and selections by published authors, Merkin, known for her virtuosic prose and “literary ledgermain”, will help you to develop and refine an original and powerful literary voice that will serve to enhance your writing and seduce readers. 


Dates for these five Wednesday night Zoom sessions will run from mid-November to end of December. It is open to 8 writers and the tuition is $900. Writers will be accepted on a first-come basis, based on a writing sample or samples  (not to exceed 20 pages please). This class is not intended for beginning or Sunday writers. 


Please send your writing sample(s) as a Word document to:
The deadline for submissions is November 14th


About Daphne Merkin:


Daphne Merkin is the author of 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love (FSG, 2020), which the New York Times called "an arresting novel that explores the alchemy of contradictions that exist in all great works of literature.” In 1986, her first novel, Enchantment, won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for best novel on a Jewish theme and has just been reissued by Picador (2020).  She has also published two collections of essays, The Fame Lunches (2014) and Dreaming of Hitler (1997),  as well as a memoir about her struggle with depression, This Close to Happy (2017). As a former staff writer for The New Yorker, Merkin's cultural criticism frequently appears in The New York Times Book Review and The New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Bookforum, the New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Departures, Elle, Travel + Leisure, Tablet, and many other publications. Merkin has taught writing at the 92nd Street Y, Marymount Manhattan College, Hunter College, and she currently teaches in Columbia University’s MFA program. She lives in New York City.

Daphne Merkin has been interviewed

on the Following Podcasts

Past Events

McNally Jackson Books Virtual Launch

Thursday, July 16
at 7pm:

McNally Jackson Books Virtual Launch of 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love. Daphne Merkin will be in conversation with Deborah Solomon. RSVP here! 

Greenlight Bookstore virtual event

Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30 pm:

Greenlight Bookstore Virtual Event. Daphne Merkin will be in conversation with Meghan Daum. RSVP here! 

The Hampton Synagogue

Thursday, July 23 at 7:30pm:

The Hampton Synagogue, 24th Annual Author Discussion Series and nationwide telecast on JBC TV. A live, socially distanced reading and discussion with Daphne Merkin. 

154 Sunset Ave, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.

RSVP Required: 631-288-0534, ext 10. 

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Oblong Books Virtual Event

Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00pm:

Oblong Books & Music Virtual Event:   Daphne Merkin will be in conversation with Carol Gilligan. 

RSVP Here!


Sunday, August 30 at 5:00pm:

RJ Julia Booksellers Virtual Event:   Daphne Merkin will be in conversation with David Shields. 

RSVP Here!

Shakespeare & Co. Virtual Event

Tuesday, Sept 1 at 6:30pm:

Shakespeare & Co Virtual Event:    Daphne Merkin will be in conversation with Nessa Rapoport about her new novel "Evening".

RSVP Here!

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