Online | Fiction | Nonfiction | Seminar

1-Day Prose Seminar: Shortcuts to an Expert’s Writing Process

Writing is an art. But it is also skilled work. All too often, we expect great writing to bubble out of us unprompted, as long as we make space for the muse to arrive. But what really makes space for the muse is a whole lot of skills and strategies.

Research shows that expert writers know how to make much of their process automatic, so that their full attention can be on creative generation. But you don’t have to wait for expertise. You can build a process that breaks writing up into small, manageable steps, and in doing so clear space for creativity.

In this one-day intensive for writers of all experience levels, through lecture and individual exercises, you’ll learn about the science of writing development and how you can use that knowledge to build a better writing process for yourself. We’ll talk about working memory, generation vs. assessment, how to quiet your inner critic (or at least tell her to wait her turn), and revision strategies that will make writing better and more enjoyable, every step of the way.

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.

Check out this page for details about payment plans and discount opportunities.  


- Gain a better understanding of the writing and revision process, and how to make this work less overwhelming and more enjoyable.

- Identify the smaller steps of a writing process that will make space for creativity and surprise in your writing.

- Practice brainstorming, writing, and revision techniques that you can continue to adapt and apply.

- 10% discount on all future Catapult classes


In-class reading and writing, no prior reading or preparation required.

Jaime Green

Jaime Green is a full-time freelance writer and editor. She received her MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia, and she has taught writing at Columbia, The New School, and the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, BuzzFeed, The Cut,, Popular Science, Backstage, American Theatre online, and elsewhere. She is associate editor at Future Tense and series editor for Best American Science and Nature Writing. Her book, The Possibility of Life, will be published in 2023 by Hanover Square Press. 


"I loved this class! It was so helpful, I really think I’ll use everything I learned. The frameworks were clear and I liked how Jaime had us do exercises to apply concepts. One of the best writing classes I’ve taken."

former Catapult student

"Jaime was such a great instructor, and created a great atmosphere for discussion, even with being virtual. Such a great concept of including the "science" of writing and applying to creating your own process."

former Catapult student

“Her class changed my perspective on creative writing and motivated me to be braver, bolder, and more creative.”

former student

“Jaime always brings an energy to each class that always makes me want to push myself to think of new questions and explore new writing techniques.”

former student

“Jaime is a wonderful editor. She pushed me to make my essay much better and more vulnerable.”