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:
Feedback and editing
Developing a work practice
Forming a writing group
Research + reporting
Ending writers' block
Book and story publishing
Working with editors
Promotion + publicity
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.
Each session we invite three writers from fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and publishing to speak:
May Session (May 1 - June 19)
July Session (July 3 - Aug 24)
October Session (Oct 2 - Nov 23)
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
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.
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.
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 😅)
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 all literary narrative prose: nonfiction, longform journalism, etc. They've got plenty in common, and it makes the workshop more inclusive and versatile.