Friday, September 11, 2015

New Online Class for September: Get Writing

This course is underway. Please let me know if you'd be interested in taking it in the future.

Is there a story or novel you want to work on? Do you need a daily dose of encouragement, structure, and guidance? Try this course!

How it works: You'll get short daily assignments by email, which you'll share with the class. Twice during the course, you'll share a few pages of your story. You'll read everyone else's pages, but this is not a workshop, so there's no need to write critiques. You will get comments on your pages from me.

The exercises are designed to move you forward on your current writing project, by helping you explore character, stakes, plot and other elements of your narrative.

Each daily assignment will require only about 15 minutes of writing time. Do you have to do them? Yes. I will be reading and replying (briefly) to each one. Do they have to be brilliant? Absolutely not. Messiness and experimentation are encouraged.

This course is conducted entirely by email, so you can do the assignments whenever you have time, without leaving the house, yet still have a sense of community, accountability and structure.

Class runs from Monday, September 21 to Sunday, October 18. Cost: $100.

Best of all, you can try it for the first week for just $20, then pay the balance if you'd like to continue.

About me: I am an award-winning author, educated at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and I have over twenty years of teaching experience. I'm currently a resident faculty member at the Yale Summer Writers' Conference and an editor at Origins Journal. I have a story in this month's issue of Tin House Magazine. More about me here.

Use the CONTACT ME form on the right to sign up!

Rene Magritte, Sixteenth of September, 1956


  1. Hi Kirsten,
    I'd like to start writing (have always been. Good writer bit never had confidence to write fiction or creative writing). How should I get started? I need structure 😊

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