SATURDAYS, JULY 29—AUGUST 26 | This class is designed as a follow-up to Work in Progress Workshop. It is limited to students who have already taken the Work in Progress Workshop (or will have done so by end of July). Please do not sign up if you haven’t completed Work in Progress by the end of July, or if you haven’t written me to make sure this is a good fit for you. If you are looking to generate pages, my first class is the one for you.
This class focuses exclusively on the exchange and reading of your fiction or narrative nonfiction. Each week, two or three students will have their pages read and commented on by the entire group. Depending on the number of students and the projects themselves, there will be a page range for the submissions (generally 5-12 pages).
As a member of the class, you will be expected to submit your own work for feedback and to spend time ahead of class and in class giving thoughtful, constructive comments to others’ pages. Guidelines will be made clear at the first class meeting, and may vary on where each piece is in terms of completion. (In other words, the first 10 pages of a memoir will have different needs from those of a complete short story or essay.) I maintain an atmosphere of specific, supportive feedback. While we may do occasional in-class exercises, this is not a generative class.
Please note: This is not a class for rough first drafts. While we do not expect “perfection” (if such a thing were possible, why would you take a class?), we do ask that you have taken your work as far as you can at this time on your own and are ready for outside readers. If you’ve reached that place and are looking for helpful, concrete feedback, please join us.
And, please, if you have any questions about this class or the earlier prerequisite, write to me.
Lindsey Crittenden is the author of an award-winning short-fiction collection, The View From Below, and a memoir, The Water Will Hold You (“exquisitely written,” Publishers’ Weekly starred review). Her short stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Glimmer Train, Arroyo Literary Review, Best American Spiritual Writing, Pisgah Review, Quarterly West, and other publications. An Honored Instructor at U.C. Berkeley Extension, she has taught and helped develop creative writing curriculum for 16 years.
Number of sessions: 5
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Dates: Saturdays, July 29; August 5, 12, 19, 26
Course fee: $250 early bird (through July 14; $275 thereafter.