Writing Workshop

Sign up for the January-February 2020 Writing Workshop is now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who joined. We are thrilled to create this event for you, and we look forward to sharpening our skills together!

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 2020 Workshop is as follows:

Week One (January 5th-11th)-
Lecture: Exploring fiction as short story, poetry, and screen writing. 
Assignment: Submit an exploratory example of writing in one of the three modes, and review two peer submissions. 

Week Two (January 12th-18th)- 
Lecture: Establishing setting
Assignment: Submit an exploratory example of writing that focuses primarily on establishing setting, and review two peer submissions. 

Week Three (January 19th-25th)- 
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. 

Week Four (January 26th-February 1st)- 
Lecture: Structuring engaging dialogue
Assignment: Submit an exploratory example of writing that focuses primarily on engaging dialogue, and review two peer submissions.

Week Five (February 2nd-8th)- 
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. 

Week Six (February 9th-15th)-
Lecture: Providing constructive feedback
Assignment: Provide constructive feedback to two peers using Track Changes in Word

Week Seven (February 16th-22nd)- 
Lecture: Creating tighter prose
Assignment: Revise your draft using lecture notes and feedback from instructor and peers

Week Eight (February 23rd-29th)-
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 Saturday.

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.