Your Final Writing Class
8 Weeks 16 Sessions
In Crown Heights, Brooklyn
With a Debonair award-winning writer, who is me, Tony Tulathimutte
Most WORKSHOPS are... OKAY
In a standard workshop, you get feedback, structure, and deadlines, you meet other writers, you judge them. Which is good.
But most workshops focus narrowly on craft, at the expense of other vital skills: reading, criticism, revision, research, process, publishing, drinking, revenge, and self-loathing. MFA programs gatekeep with application fees, rec letters, and GRE scores; many charge five-figure tuition. They're often homogenous. The degree itself is worth jack. And you have to move and sell half your books and usually break up with someone (not kidding).
OUR WHOLE DEAL
Basically, CRIT is a creative writing workshop, helping literary writers improve, get feedback, and meet other writers. BUT, on top of manuscript critiques and craft talks, we teach **actually useful** lessons in:
Feedback and editing
Developing a work routine
Forming a writing group
Research + reporting
Ending writers' block
Submissions and publishing
Finding an agent
Working with editors
Most workshops meet once a week. We meet twice: one workshop / lecture, and one reading-based seminar. Each manuscript gets a minimum of 1,000 words of feedback from each other participant—18,000 words total. Sample feedback letters here.
Very Special Guests
Every session, three literary hypebeasts drop by, a mix of fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and publishing.
January Session (Jan 9 - Mar 2)
March Session (Mar 9 - Apr 27)
PAST GUESTS: Carmen Maria Machado, Jenny Zhang, Jennifer Percy, Emma Cline, Alexandra Kleeman, Hua Hsu, Chelsea Hodson, Anna North, Kathleen Alcott, Emily Gould, Darcie Wilder, Adrian Chen, Mitchell S. Jackson, James Yeh, Jia Tolentino, Karan Mahajan, Charlotte Shane, Bijan Stephen
Real diversity means affordability. CRIT offers financial aid; the current fee is $700 (about $44 per class), but aid is available, strictly based on need and available funds. This helps us recruit more talented writers, who are often broke.
Form your own group
Why pay for workshops if you've already learned the basics of craft? Well, not everyone knows enough writers to form one. We'll help match you with other students; you'll have access to an alumni listserv and events. So far, four classes have gone on to form writing groups. With any luck, this will be the last class you’ll ever pay for.
Workshops are only as good as their students. Each session consists of nine serious, talented writers, from a range of styles and perspectives. No publications or degrees required, just a strong writing sample. (Also there's only one instructor, so we have to be picky 😅)
We don't just shove you out the door when the class is over. We'll meet one-on-one to plan and set goals for your writing projects and career. Plus you'll get templates for cover letters, queries, pitches, submission trackers, professional rate calculators, invoices, and lists of publications, agencies, and useful resources.
Our readings and lessons skew toward fiction, but we welcome anything you could call creative narrative: nonfiction, longform journalism, etc. They've all got plenty in common, and it makes the workshop more inclusive and versatile.
You can sign up to get a professional author photo taken for $80, a fraction of the typical rate (>$1,000).
In moderation. Workshop's more bearable that way.