Your Final Writing Class
Eight Weeks In Crown Heights, Brooklyn
With Tony Tulathimutte
Most WORKSHOPS are uhhh fine
In a standard workshop, you get feedback and deadlines, you meet other writers, you judge them. Which is fine.
But most classes focus on craft at the expense of 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 the basic feedback and mentorship of a creative writing workshop. But we also cover:
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 invested in the success of our students over the long haul, connecting them with resources and opportunities as they come, and the CRIT community keeps in touch long after the class ends, with a seasonal bookswap party, a listserv, a Slack channel, and student-organized writing groups. We’ve helped students pitch book, land jobs, and score funded MFA spots.
Each session we invite three writers from fiction, nonfiction, journalism, and publishing to speak:
July Session (July 3 - Aug 24)
October Session (Oct 2 - Nov 23)
January Session (Jan 8 - Feb 29)
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, Leopoldine Core, Doreen St. Felix, Andrew Ridker
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 750 words of feedback from each other participant. 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.