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1-Day Online Tutorial: Rethinking Workshop

What else can the workshop look like? In this one-hour single session, participants will receive a live demonstration of how the author of Craft in the Real World applies his book’s concepts and strategies in a workshop setting.

Note:  Both sections of this tutorial are now full.

Beginning with a presentation on the key texts and concepts that inform his workshop approach and the step-by-step logistics of carrying out that approach, Matthew will then illustrate the process through an assigned sample short story. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to submit questions about their own teaching or writing in a Q&A portion of the hour.

Class meetings will be held over video chat, using Zoom accessed from your private class page. While you can use Zoom from your browser, we recommend downloading the desktop client so you have access to all platform features.


- Useful ideas and strategies on how to build, lead, and participate in workshops that “free writers from the culturally-regulated boundaries of what it is possible to say and how it is possible to say it”

- All presentation slides

- Essays, articles, and videos relevant to Matthew’s approach


This course is intended to be useful to anyone who participates in writing workshops, whether or not they are teachers themselves. Registered participants will submit questions in class through the platform. Because we hope to respond to as many of your questions as possible, this class is capped. However, it is unlikely that every question can be answered in the hour.

Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea and is the author of three  novels, THE HUNDRED-YEAR FLOOD,  I'M NOT SAYING, I'M JUST SAYING,  and DISAPPEAR DOPPELGÄNGER DISAPPEAR: A NOVEL, as well as  CRAFT IN THE REAL WORLD. In 2015, Buzzfeed named him one of 32 essential Asian American writers. He teaches fiction writing and Asian American literature at Coe College.