Nine-Month Fiction Workshop


Nine-month fiction Workshop

This workshop is designed for advanced and intermediate fiction writers who are working on novels or short story collections. The intention is to begin the nine-month class with a specific goal of what you would like to complete during this window of time. The length of the class  provides the opportunity to have five focused critiques from a consistent group of readers/writers. The focus of our discussions and workshops are trained on big-picture issues, such as character development, plot, pacing, structure, point of view, and then moving into the finer details of sentence rhythm and figurative language. About half of the writers have already completed MFA programs. 

In addition to the workshop critiques, about every fifth week will include a reading of a short novel or short story collection. Discussion of these books will revolve around particular aspects of craft as well as interviews (skype and in person) with the authors. Recent visiting authors include: Victor LaValle, Julie Buntin, Elizabeth McCracken, Margaret Sexton, Garth Greenwell, Mary Miller, Karen Olsson, and Karan Mahajan.

Other details: We meet on Monday evenings, 6:30-9pm, Big Medium Gallery, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road (near Airport).

If you are interested in applying to the nine-month workshop, Kirk will begin reviewing and accepting new writers during the summer (usually around late June/early July). For more information, email her at