This class is for students who want to be part of a regular workshop where they can share work, receive feedback, and give feedback to others.
Workshop is a model used in many creative writing programs. In a workshop, students submit their work to their peers and instructor in advance; everyone reads and comments on the work; then, day-of, the author remains silent while the class and instructor discuss the work and give feedback on what’s working well and what could be improved. Finally, at the end, the author has the opportunity to ask questions and make comments.
Who can take this class?
Anyone who has taken a previous Redbud class is eligible. Alternately, if you’ve taken another workshop class in the past, please get in touch and tell us about it; there’s a good chance that your previous experience will count as a prerequisite.
How does it work?
The workshop meets once a week from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. We will read and critique up to three stories or essays during each meeting. Students who are being critiqued must submit their work via email at least five days before meeting (so if the workshop is meeting on a Tuesday, stories must be submitted by the previous Thursday). The rest of the class, and the instructor, will use those five days to read and reflect on the stories/essays.
Students are not required to submit written critiques to authors, although the instructor will give a brief written summary of her thoughts on each story.
Who gets critiqued when?
A sign-up sheet for each workshop will go live a week prior to the meeting. You can sign up to have your piece workshopped then. If you’ve just been workshopped, we ask that you wait a week before signing up to be workshopped again; we want to make sure everyone has the chance to share their work.
What can I submit for feedback?
You can submit up to 5,000 words of a short story, personal essay, or novel/memoir excerpt.
Who are the instructors?
Arshia Simkin and Emily Cataneo will take turns leading workshop.
Do I have to make a longterm commitment, or can I sign up for just one week of workshop?
We ask that you commit for at least four weeks at a time. Each session costs $50, which means you’ll pay $200 for four weeks.
When does this class begin?
Our first workshop will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2019. We will continue to meet every Saturday, with breaks for holidays announced at least a month in advance.