Fiction | Workshop

6-Week Generative Fiction Workshop

Though the first submission can be something you’ve already started, this workshop is generative, and we’ll spend most of our time reading and responding to each other's work. The goal of the course is to identify what’s working in your writing, simultaneously develop your intuition and objectivity, and learn what works for you in terms of approach. This course is open to writers at all levels.

If you find yourself overthinking your writing (in a bad way), stressing about whether or not it’s any good, and coming at the process from a blocked place, this class will be a great fit for you. I’ll assign a few short stories and excerpts to read outside of class, and we’ll do writing exercises both in and out of class—all in the interest of starting conversation and getting stimulated to write. Most writing is pretty awkward at first, so, through group discussions and feedback, we’ll learn how to calm down and move forward with a little less anguish with the writing process. You’ll leave this workshop with a better understanding of your own particular strengths as a writer and the tools to build a sustainable writing practice going forward.


- Two workshopped pieces

- A better understanding of your particular strengths as a writer

- A game plan for how to build a sustainable and fulfilling practice after you leave the workshop

- One 1-on-1 meeting with the instructor to discuss your writing and goals

- Access to Catapult's list of writing opportunities and important submission deadlines, as well as a 10% discount on all future Catapult classes

*no class May 27

Halle Butler

Halle Butler is the author of the novels Jillian and The New Me. She is a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and a Granta Best Young American Novelist.


"Halle Butler is a first-rate satirist of the horror show being sold to us as Modern Femininity." -Catherine Lacey, "[Butler] is an incisive curmudgeonly bard of the uniquely precarious times we live in." -Alexandra Kleeman, "Sublimely awkward and hilarious...[Jillian] may be the feel bad book of the year."

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