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 they often focus on craft at the expense of other skills: reading, criticism, revision, research, process, publishing, drinking, revenge, and self-loathing. MFA programs require application 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 kidding).

OUR WHOLE DEAL

Basically, CRIT is a creative writing workshop, providing emerging writers feedback 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

  • Submissions and publishing

  • Pitching articles

  • Querying agents

  • Working with editors

  • Promotion

  • Freelancing

  • Money management

 
 

We've worked on the curriculum for years; here's what past students say, and here are the complete rules.

 

PLUS:

intensive

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

Special Guests

Each session three hypebeasts drop by, a mix of fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and publishing:

January Session (Jan 9 - Mar 2)

Alice Sola Kim,   Whiting Award Winner

Alice Sola Kim, Whiting Award Winner

Kevin Nguyen  ,  The Verge  Features Editor,  GQ

Kevin Nguyen, The Verge Features Editor, GQ

Alexander Chee  ,  Queen of the Night + Edinburgh

Alexander Chee, Queen of the Night + Edinburgh

March Session (Mar 6 - Apr 27)

Hermione Hoby  ,  Neon in Daylight , formerly  The Guardian

Hermione Hoby, Neon in Daylight, formerly The Guardian

Kristen Radtke  ,  Imagine Wanting Only This  , Art Director / Deputy Publisher @  The Believer

Kristen Radtke, Imagine Wanting Only This , Art Director / Deputy Publisher @ The Believer

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

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

Financial aid

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

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 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.

Author Photos

You can sign up to get a professional author photo taken for $80, a fraction of the typical rate (>$1,000).

Drinking Permitted

In moderation. Workshop's more bearable that way.

Hey: apply here

👏🏼 why the fuck not 👏🏼