The Festival is pleased to offer online (weekly video) writing workshops during C-19 shelter-in-place 2020. Each is taught by a published writer and seasoned instructor. Workshops limited to eight writers 

Each workshop will discuss elements of the writing craft as well as peer and instructor feedback. All workshops include a one-on-one 30-minute phone critique with instructor. Times, lengths and costs vary. Please complete the online application form and payment portal. Writers will be notified of acceptance. Email questions to info@connecticutliteraryfestival.org 

Courses will be added on a rolling basis.  

Spring 2020

Kirsten Bakis

Novel Writing Workshop7 Weeks

(FULL)

This course is designed for serious writers writing or revising a novel. Accepted writers will share their narrative vision, workshop and read aloud chapters, and develop a novel outline. Writers can share up to 9,000 words of their manuscript.  

  • 4k workshopped by the entire class and instructor 
  • 1,500 read aloud in class
  • 3,500 words reviewed one-on-one with instructor 

First class will be introductions; classes 2, 3, 4 and 5 workshops; classes 6 and 7 read back pages generated during class.

Kirsten Bakis‘s novel Lives of the Monster Dogs was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won a Bram Stoker Award, was shortlisted for Britain’s Baily’s Prize. She teaches at the Yale Writers’ Workshop and at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.

   Tuesday, May 19 to Tuesday, June 30

   Tuesdays 2pm to 4:30 pm (E.S.T.)

   ONLINE ONLY

   $500

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Personal Essay/Memoir 6 Weeks

(FULL)

This remote course is open to writers at any level interested in writing life stories. The workshop will explore the challenges unique to the personal essay and memoir with a focus on voice, creative angles, emotional depth, experimental structures, and good storytelling. The workshop features discussions of students’ submissions and craft exercises designed to challenge writers to make discoveries on and off the page. Students will leave the workshop with strategies for their revisions as well as ideas for new work. Writers will submit 2,500 words or fewer of unpublished personal essay or memoir material.

Patricia Ann McNair has published nonfiction and fiction. Her essay collection And These Are The Good Times (essays), was a Montaigne Medal finalist. The Temple of Air (stories), won Southern Illinois University Devil’s Kitchen Readers Award. Responsible Adults (stories) is forthcoming in winter 2020. She is the director of undergraduate creative writing programs at Columbia College Chicago. McNair was nominated for the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professor of the Year.

   Wednesday, May 20 to Wednesday, June 23

   Wednesdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (E.S.T.)

   ONLINE ONLY

   $400

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Fiction Workshop 6 Weeks

(FULL)

This course will offer a combination of workshop discussion and craft instruction, specifically concrete significant detail and voice. The group will share revised pages based on feedback received from their peers. Burrello brings his experience as a book editor, and will provide track changes on each manuscript. Writers can submit up to 2,500 words.

Jotham Burrello teaches writing at Central CT State University. He’s the author of the forthcoming novel, Spindle City, and publisher of Elephant Rock Books, and director of the CT Literary Festival. His work has appeared in literary journals and he’s a proud former winner of The New Yorker caption contest.

   Tuesday, May 19 to Tuesday, June 22

   Tuesdays 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (E.S.T.)

   ONLINE ONLY

   $400

Summer 2020

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Strategies and Solutions in Fiction— 6 Weeks

Join Jacquelyn Mitchard for a wide-ranging series of lectures and discussions on every craft element of the practice of fiction. Together, we will consider the building blocks of successful narrative prose, read work aloud, as well as participate in-class discussion of select readings, writing exercises and prompts, and peer and instructor critique of your submissions. Writers will prepare a 2,500-word selection to share with the class for critique. The first meeting will feature procedures and introductions, the second and third critical analysis of assigned reading and critique of one student’s work, classes four-five will comprise critique of several student contributions and an exercise, class six will include a critical analysis of an assigned reading, and publication strategy questions and answers.
Jacquelyn Mitchard is a New York Times bestselling writer of fiction and non-fiction and the author of 22 books. She has won or been short-listed for The Bram Stoker Award, The Heartland Prize for Fiction, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and the Bluebonnet Prize. Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club.

 

   Tuesday, July 7 to Tuesday, August 11

   Tuesdays 6p.m. to 8p.m. (E.S.T.)

   ONLINE ONLY

   $400

Kirsten Bakis

Novel Writing Workshop7 Weeks

This course is designed for serious writers writing or revising a novel. Accepted writers will share their narrative vision, workshop and read aloud chapters, and develop a novel outline. Writers can share up to 9,000 words of their manuscript.  

  • 4k workshopped by the entire class and instructor 
  • 1,500 read aloud in class
  • 3,500 words reviewed one-on-one with instructor 

First class will be introductions; classes 2, 3, 4 and 5 workshops; classes 6 and 7 read back pages generated during class.

Kirsten Bakis‘s novel Lives of the Monster Dogs was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won a Bram Stoker Award, was shortlisted for Britain’s Baily’s Prize. She teaches at the Yale Writers’ Workshop and at the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.

   Tuesday, July 7 to Tuesday, August 18

   Tuesdays 2pm to 4:30 pm (E.S.T.)

   ONLINE ONLY

   $500

Patricia Ann Mcnair Headshot Color

Explorations in Flash Forms – a generative workshop for prose writers and poets

Flash fiction, mini-memoir, prose poems, short-shorts, palm-of-the-hand stories: these are a few of the wide variety of brief prose forms participants will study and attempt in this generative, multi-genre course. Each week we will look at different examples of these structures, and each week we will make new work. Participants may submit one of these pieces for an optional one-on-one consultation with the instructor, to be scheduled once the course begins.

Patricia Ann McNair has published nonfiction and fiction. Her essay collection And These Are The Good Times (essays), was a Montaigne Medal finalist. The Temple of Air (stories), won Southern Illinois University Devil’s Kitchen Readers Award. Responsible Adults (stories) is forthcoming in winter 2020. She is the director of undergraduate creative writing programs at Columbia College Chicago. McNair was nominated for the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professor of the Year.

   Wednesday, July 8 to Wednesday, August 12

   Wednesdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (E.S.T.)

   ONLINE ONLY

   $400