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 and deadlines, you meet other writers, you judge them. And that’s fine.

But most classes tend to focus on craft at the expense of other skills: close reading, research, process, pitching, publishing, drinking, and self-loathing. MFA programs require app fees, rec letters, and GRE scores; most charge five-figure tuition. They're often homogenous. The degree is worth jack. And you have to move and sell half your books and usually break up with someone (not even kidding).

OUR WHOLE DEAL

CRIT offers all the basics of a creative writing workshop: feedback, mentorship, and community. But we also teach *actually useful* lessons in:

 
 
  • Close reading

  • Revision

  • Feedback and editing

  • Developing a work practice

  • Forming a writing group

  • Research + reporting

  • Ending writers' block

  • Book and story publishing

  • Pitching articles

  • Querying agents

  • Working with editors

  • Promotion + publicity

  • Freelancing

  • Money management

 
 

We’re also deeply invested in the success of our students over the long haul, connecting them with resources and opportunities as they come up, and the CRIT community keeps in touch long after the class ends, with a seasonal bookswap party, a listserv, a Slack channel, and student-run writing groups.

Here's what past students say, and here are the complete rules.

 

PLUS:

Special Guests

Each session we invite three writers from fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and publishing to speak:

May Session (May 1 - June 19)

Leopoldine Core  ,  When Watched,  Whiting Award winner

Leopoldine Core, When Watched, Whiting Award winner

Doreen St. Felix  ,  The New Yorker,  MTV News

Doreen St. Felix, The New Yorker, MTV News

Andrew Ridker  ,  The Altruists

Andrew Ridker, The Altruists

July Session (July 3 - Aug 24)

T Kira Madden  ,  Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

T Kira Madden, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

Thessaly LaForce  , Editor @  T Magazine,  formerly  Garage, Vogue

Thessaly LaForce, Editor @ T Magazine, formerly Garage, Vogue

Evan James  ,  Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe

Evan James, Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe

October Session (Oct 2 - Nov 23)

Mira Jacob   ,   Good Talk, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

Mira Jacob, Good Talk, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

Isaac Fitzgerald  ,  AM to DM, Buzzfeed Books, Pen + Ink

Isaac Fitzgerald, AM to DM, Buzzfeed Books, Pen + Ink

Jazmine Hughes  ,  NYT Magazine, The Hairpin

Jazmine Hughes, NYT Magazine, The Hairpin

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, Alice Sola Kim, Alexander Chee, Kevin Nguyen

Financial aid

Real diversity means affordability. CRIT offers financial aid; the current fee is $750 (about $47 per class), but aid is available, based on need and available funds. This helps us recruit more talented cash-strapped writers.

Intensive

Most writing classes are weekly. We meet twice a week: a workshop and a seminar. Each manuscript gets a minimum of 1,000 words of feedback from each other participant—18,000 words total. Sample feedback letters here.

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. You’ll have access to an alumni listserv, Slack channel, and events. Most classes have gone on to form writing groups; hopefully, this’ll be the last class you ever pay for.

Selective

Workshops are only as good as their students. Each session consists of nine serious, diverse, talented writers. No publications or degrees required, just a strong writing sample. (Also there's only one instructor, so we have to be picky 😅)

career Prep

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.

Genre-agnostic

Our readings and lessons skew toward fiction, but we welcome all literary narrative prose: nonfiction, longform journalism, etc. They've got plenty in common, and it makes the workshop more inclusive and versatile.

Author Photos

CRIT students can get a proper author photo for $40, a fraction of the typical rate ($1,000+!!!). See past author photos here. The current rate for non-students is $100. Any questions, inquire here.

Hey: apply here

or use the contact form if you have questions

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