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.

winter 2020 courses

fiction/poetry/CNF workshop 1

topic:

words of the west
 

in an interview in The Nation, author hernan diaz stated that “[the western] is so ideologically charged and neglected that it’s ripe for subversion. its scaffolding is there, ready to be hijacked and repurposed.” it may come as no surprise we’re interested in “the west.” i mean, we were founded in montana, and it’s right there in our name. but where are the “westerns” of today? Who are the writers writing about the west? In this course, we will explore some of the finest contemporary fiction/poetry/CNF about “the west” as an idea, a construct. we will focus on writers who, as hernan diaz put it, have “hijacked and repurposed” the western, and have mined and twisted its themes, tropes, and ideological concerns, to unearth a vibrant new vision. along with reading authors such as tommy orange, hernan diaz, percival everett, claire vaye watkins, annie proulx, c pam zhang, colin winnette, each week, writers will submit one “western” of their own for workshop.

class size: 6 max

short fiction workshop 2

topic:

joy williams
 

this should come as no surprise if you’ve seen our twitter account (or taken our classes), but joy williams is one of our very favorite writers. if you don’t already know her, joy williams maintains a singular presence in contemporary american fiction; her work combines the mundane with the fantastic, in ways that are strange, dark, biting, frequently transcendent, and always incredibly funny. in this 5-week workshop, we will celebrate and learn from all things joy, while pulling lessons from her work and applying them to your own stories to be workshopped each week in class.

class size: 6 max

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

online

tuesday jan 19 - feb 16 7-9 pm (est)*

instructor: david queen

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

online

monday jan 18 - feb 15, 7-9 pm (est)*

instructor: david queen

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short fiction workshop 3

topic: experimental fiction

 

“every great story is experimental” - tobias wolff

 

what more can fiction do? how many other new, unexplored ways are there to tell a story? this is your chance to try your wildest, most ‘out there’ story ideas, to take risks and really push the boundaries of the fictional form. we’ll read people like alejandro zambra, blake butler, jesse ball, lydia davis, georges perec, and more—from ultra high-concepts, to the application of experimental techniques within more realist modes, we will explore anything and everything fiction is able to do and, hopefully, discover new possibilities in the process. 

class size: 6 max

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

online

wednesday jan 20 - feb 17 7-9 pm (est)*

instructor: david queen

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build your own workshop

this 5-week personalized workshop is designed for students who need an extra push on their creative writing projects (short stories, novels, essays, poetry, etc.), but may not have the time and energy for a more formal workshop setting. what we’re offering is a bit of customization: each week you choose the work, you set the goals, you do the work on your own schedule, and then our instructor david queen will meet with you at the end of the week for a 30 minute “check-in.” these check-ins will be personalized as well, tracking your progress, and drawing from whatever would best benefit your work—through encouragement, one-on-one instruction, verbal feedback, craft lessons, reading recommendations, and more. part intensive mentorship, part accountability program, this workshop aims to provide a more flexible option for writers of all levels.

5-week workshop: $150 ($30/session)

online

ongoing / meeting times based on student schedule

instructor: david queen

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

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