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This class—which will be capped at just 9 participants—will offer advanced fiction writers the opportunity to submit two new pieces of fiction and one revision and to receive rigorous, supportive, and constructive feedback on all three.

“Revision, which is often overlooked in the writing process, will be a main component of the class,” says instructor Lori Ostlund. “That is, feedback will not just go into a drawer for later.” Along these lines, the class will be structured as follows: during the first six weeks, each participant will submit two pieces for workshopping. This could include novel chapters/excerpts or complete or excerpted stories. After a one-week break (during which participants will work on revising one of their two submissions), we will spend the last three weeks workshopping these revisions. Though workshops will be at the core of the class, the class might also involve short readings and mini-craft sessions.

This workshop is for writers who have completed fiction classes at The Writing Salon or elsewhere. Participants are encouraged to have one or both submissions completed prior to the start of the class as the weekly reading-and-critiquing component will be rigorous. Since each class will involve reading and discussing three submissions, each submission will be capped at 2,500 words (around 10 double-spaced pages), though participants working on a long short story would have the option to bundle their first two submissions into one 5,000-word chunk. (Prior permission needed as this would involve changes to the workshop schedule.)

Lori says, “Participants will leave with extensive feedback on submitted work and a better sense of their own revision process, achieved both through discussing the work of others and by grappling with feedback.”



    Lori Ostlund’s novel, After the Parade, was a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her story collection, The Bigness of the World, won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and was a Lambda Finalist. Lori’s work has appeared in the Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories as well as in ZYZZYVA, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, and other journals. Lori has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award and was a finalist for the 2017 Joyce Carol Oates Prize. She has been a teacher for over twenty-five years in New Mexico, Spain, Malaysia, and North Carolina and is currently on the Mile-High MFA faculty. Since 2022, she has served as the series editor of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She lives in San Francisco, where she is at work on her fourth book, a novel entitled The Proprietresses, based on the years that she and her wife owned a furniture store in Albuquerque. Her third book, a story collection entitled Are You Happy?, will be published by Zando Projects in April 2025.

  1. Sunday, September 22, 10:30am-1:00pm
  2. Sunday, September 29, 10:30am-1:00pm
  3. Sunday, October 06, 10:30am-1:00pm
  4. Sunday, October 13, 10:30am-1:00pm
  5. Sunday, October 20, 10:30am-1:00pm
  6. Sunday, October 27, 10:30am-1:00pm
  7. Sunday, November 10, 10:30am-1:00pm
  8. Sunday, November 17, 10:30am-1:00pm
  9. Sunday, November 24, 10:30am-1:00pm
  • Lori is a great teacher, and came with a plan. She was kind and patient, and steered/started conversations in a tactful way.  She skillfully led discussions of the samples we read. When it came to critiquing our own work, any comments were couched in constructive language, and she set the tone for critiques.

    She was much more accessible than other teachers I have had in the past. She even went so far as to think further about questions she had already answered in class, and e-mail her thoughts to us later.

    Carole Stivers
  • Lori is the best writing teacher I've ever had and I will take any class she offers as long as I don't have any scheduling conflicts.



Sunday, September 22, 2019 @ 5:30 pm PDT
Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 9:00 pm PDT
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San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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