Work in Progress Workshop (with Lindsey Crittenden)

Lindsey Crittenden




SATURDAYS, JUNE 17—JULY 15 | If you have started a writing project—or are longing to get one started—and need some structure and accountability and momentum, this is the class for you. Perhaps you’ve already taken a class and want to keep working in a structured environment. Or maybe you’ve been carving out writing time here & there on your own, and now’s the time to get more disciplined. Whatever your background, if you’re looking to generate pages and gain insight into your project, set aside five Saturdays this summer. You’ll find a supportive community designed to foster productivity and good writing habits.

You’ll leave this workshop with concrete insights into your work-in-progress as well as an implemented writing plan that will enable you to carry on after class has ended.

We’ll set goals, frame a workable practice that makes sense for you, and hold each other accountable – without blame. Each session will start with a check-in and a writing prompt suitable for generating new material or deepening existing work. We’ll share what we’ve worked on in the intervening week, as applicable, and spend time writing. Not checking Facebook, not catching up on email, not texting.

I won’t police you, but I’ll do my best to create a safe space that facilitates your meeting your writing goals. We’ll address specific craft issues as they come up, and I will be available for meeting one-on-one. You’ll have the opportunity to meet in small groups for feedback (with specific guidance), if you choose. Homework assignments are designed to help you meet your goals, wherever you may be in the process.

This class is designed for writers of all levels. The only requirement is a desire to go deeper into a work of narrative prose —fiction, memoir, personal essay, narrative nonfiction, or some combination thereof, even if you’re not yet sure what to call it. Please come to the first class with a good idea of what you want to work on during this class.

Note: if you have taken this class before, or have generated a substantial amount of pages and have your own momentum going and are looking for a place to focus on feedback, please consider the Continued Work-in-Progress Workshop starting in late July.

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, June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15

Course fee: $250 early bird (through June 4); $275 thereafter.

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