"If you’re craving some constructive, insightful feedback from a supportive group of fellow writers, it’s time to dip your toe into the workshop," says instructor Steve Mitchel.
Over the course of six weeks, the group will discuss two or three of your drafts (all stages of development are welcome) with an eye toward discovering what resonates. Which characters, scenes and sentences are most engaging? Which ones most effectively advance your narrative and which seem to be at cross purposes with the process of bringing your story to fruition? In addition to the group’s comments, Steve will provide you with written feedback and reading suggestions.
In between class meetings, participants will read two or three classmates’ drafts along with a published story illustrative of various craft elements. Each writing submission will be capped at 20 pages, double-spaced.
Steve says, “Whether you’re struggling to complete your first full draft of a story or gearing up to submit to literary journals or MFA programs, the inspiration and direction you gain from the workshop experience will leave you eager to dive back into your stories.”
*To create an intimate classroom environment and to ensure each student receives ample workshopping time, this class will be capped at 9 participants.
About The Writing Salon's In-Person Classes
In-person class schedules are subject to sudden change or cancellation due to Covid. We will communicate any course changes to you as quickly as possible. Masking, social distancing, and other Covid measures will be enforced in accordance with local guidelines. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about your class. If you have any questions about in-person learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Mitchel was awarded the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for his story, “Dog People.” His story “The Return of the Capellmeister” was a finalist for LitMag’s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction. He earned a B.A. in political science from Stanford University, a J.D. from Northwestern University and an MFA in fiction writing from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He’s led fiction writing workshops throughout the Bay Area and has taught legal writing to law students at Northwestern and U.C. Berkeley.
- Tuesday, May 09, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Tuesday, May 16, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Tuesday, May 23, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Tuesday, May 30, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Tuesday, June 06, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Tuesday, June 13, 7:00pm-9:30pm
Steve was terrific: gracious, insightful and balanced. I enjoyed reading stories closely for their literary merit and found the open, forgiving atmosphere encouraging.
I've done workshops before and this was by far the most beneficial one I've taken in recent years. I walked away with three coherent(ish) chapters and a really solid roadmap of where to go. A truly valuable experience for me.