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].
If you’ve taken part in traditional workshop protocol—where the author sits silently while the class dissects their work—and found it frustrating or less-than-helpful in your development as a writer, then this workshop is for you. Essayists, memorists, and other nonfiction writers are welcome.
After beginning each of our sessions with a short exercise to inspire our creative thinking and foster community, we’ll engage in deep, accountable, author-led discussions about the work at hand. Authors will be asked to think about their audience as well as the intentions and aims of their piece, and will have the opportunity to pose questions about their work to the table. We’ll make space to talk process, not in order to label strategies “right” or “wrong,” but to share and brainstorm effective ideas and practices.
At the end of our time together, authors will walk away with greater knowledge about what elements of their writing are meeting their goals, and with more confidence, enthusiasm, and insight that they can bring to bear on edits and revisions.
Writers will submit their work (no more than 10 double-spaced pages of nonfiction writing) to their classmates and instructor by October 1st. Participants will be expected to read their peers submissions thoroughly prior to class, but do not need to turn in any written feedback, as all feedback will be given verbally during class time. Half of the class will be workshopped on Saturday and the other half of the class will be workshopped on Sunday.
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.
Brian Gresko is a widely published writer and editor of the anthology When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood. He cohosts Pete’s Reading Series, the longest running literary series in Brooklyn, New York. You can find him online at briangresko.com.
"Brian's supportive listening and willingness to see the potential value of his student's ideas created the perfect atmosphere, encouraging our creativity and imagination. His class was well organized, extremely well-informed and offered plenty of practical details and advice about publishing."
"I took Brian's workshop in non-fiction and worked on two pieces with the class, while also reading and giving feedback on students' work. That experience reignited my writing process in a serious way. I continued to work on the second piece from the class with Brian one-on-one, and he encouraged me to submit it for publication. He helped me understand the submission process, and tracked down contacts at the publications on my short list. That piece kinda blew up on the Internet and the next thing I know I have a literary agent and am working on a full-length book project. Will you get an agent by taking Brian's class? Unclear. But you will gain an honest understanding of both your strengths and tics as a writer, and hopefully a kick in the motivation pants while you're at it."
"In Brian's class, I felt like I “leveled up,” learning creative strategies to organize and make my work more readable and interesting. I gained an excitement and enthusiasm for writing that I didn't have before - an energy that I plan to keep flowing now that the class is done!"