our goal

to provide affordable, accessible, intensive, and fun, online classes for writers of all skill levels.

the truth is, we've been disappointed with many online educational options for writers: programs that charge top dollar only to cycle through as many students as possible with little personalized attention, and then leave those students behind once the class is done. that is not us. we are real people, working in the industry, with knowledge and skills we are committed to sharing with each and every one of our students. we hope to inspire a collaborative, warm, learning environment, where students feel comfortable to take risks in their work, and try on new ways of reading and writing they may not have previously imagined. even more than that, we want to exist as your go-to resource for all things literary, and you can expect us to be your biggest hype people for as long as we're around.

why we're different

writing and publishing today is different than it used to be. even 5-10 years ago. we understand this, and will act as both a resource for improving your work on the page, but off of it as well. writers nowadays have to not only produce great work, but do much of their own PR and promotion too. our approach incorporates all of this: everything from querying and MFA prep, to designing your own advertising materials, to promotion and navigating Twitter, to starting your own publishing company. 

special guests

special guests will be frequent. we will use our network to bring you the best and brightest minds from all aspects of the industry. this includes writers, publishers, editors, agents, publicists, designers, etc.

summer 2020 courses

seminar: baseball lit

“Announcement: Today we will discuss the energy in a wing / and something about first basemen.” 

― David Berman, Community College in the Rain

 

baseball and writing go hand in hand—both require patience, mental dexterity, and bursts of creativity. there is also an undeniable and intimate tradition of America’s pastime in literature—from authors like Don DeLillo, Robert Coover, and Emily Nemens, to baseball themed lit of all different forms from the contemporary online literary scene. this summer, spend 3 hours with us talking baseball, baseball history, baseball literature, as well as generating and sharing your own new baseball-themed work.

3-hour seminar: $75.00

online

june 20, 12-3 pm (est)*

instructor: david queen

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short fiction workshop 1

topic:

micro fiction
 

“micro fiction,” “short shorts,” “matchbook stories”—here, smaller is better. and even smaller is even better. and even even smaller is—well, you get the idea. in this generative course, students will be responsible for writing and sharing their own micros (based on unique, in-class prompts) in the span of each meeting. they’ll also read and discuss a vast history of sublimely succinct fiction: Franz Kafka, Robert Walser, Lydia Davis, Jorge Luis Borges, Donald Barthelme, Grace Paley, Etgar Keret, Diane Williams, Kiley Reid, Amelia Gray, Jamaica Kincaid, Amy Hempel, Padgett Powell, Roberto Bolaño, Yasunari Kawabata, Kathy Fish, Zadie Smith, and more.

class size: 8 max

5-week workshop: $200.00 ($40/session)

online

wednesday 7-9 pm (est)*

june 3 - july 1

instructor: david queen

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seminar: start your own publishing co.

have you ever thought about starting your own indie publishing company? consider this your crash course. in 3 hours, we'll cover everything we've learned from doing it ourselves. this includes cover design, layout, choosing a printer, distribution, brand identity, managing submissions, marketing strategies, e-commerce solutions, soliciting blurbers, fulfilling orders, ISBNs, and more.

3-hour seminar: $75.00

online

june 13, 12-3 pm (est)*

instructor: david queen

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short fiction workshop 2

topic: the comedic story

 

“Humor is what happens when we're told the truth quicker and more directly than we're used to.”

 

― George Saunders

 

a great story is like a great joke. it has a beginning, middle, end, and works to generate a sense of speed and surprise, before cutting off just after the height of its conclusion. most of all, joke-telling is storytelling, in its most stripped down and truthful form. it’s no wonder contemporary short fiction writers have long been drawn to the art of comedy: from George Saunders’ obsession with British comedy troupe Monty Python, to Amy Hempel spending a good part of the 1970s in and out of comedy clubs, absorbing the ways brevity and surprise were used to maintain an audience’s interest. in this 5 week course, students will develop the tools needed to identify the humor in their own writing, as well as utilize the structural devices of comedy in their fiction. they will also read comedic short stories of all kinds—from the deranged satire of George Saunders, to the acerbic irony of Sam Lipsyte and Ottessa Moshfegh, to the observational wit of Amy Hempel.

5-week workshop: $200.00 ($40/session)

online

tuesday 7-9 pm (est)*

june 2 - june 30

instructor: david queen

sign up here

* time subject to change in order to better accommodate student time zones/schedules.

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