Thank you to everyone who joined the January 2020 workshop. I had such a blast creating the event for you, and I look forward to seeing where your writing takes you next! -Jaime
Next workshop- To be determined.
The Polish and Pitch writer workshop is an 8-week course that focuses on popular modes of fiction writing, the elements of good storytelling, and the steps to provide useful critique. This intensive educational experience features interactive peer review on a week to week basis for assignments, as well as 3 full draft critique sessions with peer and instructor feedback. Learning material is provided as written lecture accompanied by video.
This course does not require the purchase of textbooks, though it is encouraged that you consider acquiring a copy of “The College Handbook of Creative Writing” by Robert DeMaria as it is the source used and referred to in the lectures.
The prospective work schedule for our Workshop is as follows:
Lecture: Exploring fiction as short story, poetry, and screenwriting.
Assignment: Submit an exploratory example of writing in one of the three fiction types and review two peer submissions.
Lecture: Establishing setting
Assignment: Submit an exploratory example of writing that focuses primarily on establishing setting and review two peer submissions.
Lecture: Developing plot movement and character
Assignment: Submit an exploratory example of writing that focuses primarily on developed plot and character and review two peer submissions.
Lecture: Pitching your story idea
Assignment: Submit a pitch that reflects your draft and review two peer submissions.
Lecture: How to accept and interact with feedback
Assignment: Submit your first full draft for instructor and peer review. Short stories must be 3-5 pages, poetry must be 30-50 lines, screenplays must be one full scene.
Lecture: Providing constructive developmental feedback
Assignment: Provide constructive developmental feedback to two peers using Track Changes in Word
Lecture: Creating tighter prose
Assignment: Revise your draft using lecture notes and feedback from instructor and peers
Lecture: Finding places to submit
Assignment: Submit final draft for ending notes from instructor, and a brief review detailing one publication you plan to submit to and what you gained most from the experience.
Assignment submissions are due on every Thursday of the course week. This allows time for peer reviews which are due by Sunday.
While this course is not for institutional credit, it is important that you only commit if you know you can meet deadlines and participate as the schedule entails. This ensures that every participant gets the best possible experience from your feedback and timely interaction.