Works-in-Progress: A Weekly Critique and Motivation Group


Maximum 5 students Duration: 8 sessions $160 Mondays, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Begins Monday, June 20; Ends Monday, August 29. No class July 4th or July 18


 Open to writers of any skill level and experience, with novels or memoirs in progress—no matter what stage or genre. You may need the motivation of a weekly deadline; perhaps you’ve stalled and are seeking inspiration and feedback to recharge your writing; you may just desire the camaraderie other writers making their way through the long-form slog. This weekly workshop will provide a safe, non-critical environment to free the trapped novel/memoir or to polish a complete manuscript before setting it on the road to publication.

Each week, you’ll bring 1000 words from your current work-in-progress to read aloud. Participants will reread your work silently, and then offer constructive feedback. The emphasis of our feedback will be on what shines in your work, helping you determine the novel’s core themes, the characters’ goals, and the story’s narrative arc. We will work on our writing intention, not destination. Our focus will be engagement, not judgment, on helping to determine the possibilities and power in each work.

The goals of this ten-week session are to improve and sharpen your story and writing, to provide inspiration and motivation to finish a work-in-progress, and to learn to give and receive constructive writing feedback.