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2-Day Online Fiction Workshop: Don’t Write Alone (Receiving Intentional Feedback)

This workshop is only open to those registered for our Don’t Write Alone virtual retreat. If you would like to register for this workshop after signing up for Don’t Write Alone, or if you have any questions about our virtual retreat, please email us at [email protected].

So often, we leave workshop with a stack of opinions and the rush of discussion–– but did we really get what we needed to move the piece forward? In this workshop, we will all take responsibility for making sure that the workshop discussion is specific, expansive, and above all, helpful to the writer. Writers will be challenged to name what they want for their work and what questions can help get them there, and as readers we will aim to be specific and clear as we view each writer's work on its own terms.

Writers will submit their work (no more than 10 double-spaced pages) to their classmates and instructor by Friday, October 1st, with a note detailing what questions and feedback they would like to focus on in workshop. Each student will prepare a brief bullet point list or short paragraph of feedback that prioritizes the writers’ queries for each submission and will be encouraged to participate in class discussion. By focusing on each writer's feedback requests, we will learn how to look at each other's pieces in the way they are meant to be experienced, rather than the way we might shape them ourselves. Learning to view stories this way can only expand our breadth as writers, readers, and artists.

Half of the class will be workshopped on Saturday and the other half of the class will be workshopped on Sunday. Students will receive guidelines from the instructor on how to format their submissions, how to communicate their intentions and desires in a brief note, and instructions for providing feedback to their peers prior to October 1st.

Writers will leave with a greater sense of how to focus their workshops by being intentional about the feedback they want to receive, and gain more experience in learning to talk about other writers’ work with that writer’s guidelines in mind.

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.

Kyle Lucia Wu

Kyle Lucia Wu is the author of Win Me Something, out from Tin House Books in November 2021. She is the Programs & Communications Director at Kundiman, a senior editor at Joyland, and teaches writing at Fordham University and The New School. 


"In WIN ME SOMETHING, Kyle Lucia Wu examines the biracial experience with razor sharp precision, nuance, and profound feeling. Her prose radiates off the page, with every color, character, and scrap of food animating the world of this story, all of it asking who, and what, is of value in America? I love the gentle candor of Wu’s prose, the sneaky devastation. Her debut is a resonant knockout. "

T Kira Madden

"Kyle is a unique teacher, in my experience, because you can feel in her classes what her intentions are. She seems to arrive with premeditation, forethought, and intention for each and every class/assignment."

former student

"Something I particularly admired about Professor Wu was how much she believes in her students and the little things she does to let us know that she does in fact believe in us. She did something I felt was remarkably outstanding for a professor. Sure, I've had handfuls of professors who were inspiring and passionate about leading their students to do their best. But Professor Wu makes sure her students' work does not go unnoticed and she does little things to inspire us to take further steps in writing."

former student