This group will focus entirely on what the participants are working on. There will be no lectures or exercises. You will each have the opportunity to offer three submissions of 7500 words, with a two-week break between them to work on your writing. Critiques of the other participants will be expected, of course. We will focus on all elements of the craft of writing.
The group will be capped at 5 writers plus Russell to keep the workload manageable.
Who this workshop is for: This workshop is best suited to an individual who has completed or made significant progress on their rough draft. Workshopping large sections enables our instructors to give the story-level feedback needed for writers to submit their best work. Russell is glad to work with authors writing in many genres, but he is not the best reader for fantasy or romance pieces (science fiction is fine).
Focus: literary fiction - and Adult fiction - non-fiction
Group size: 6 writers
Submissions: There will be three 7,500-word submissions, for a total of 22,500 words.
Members: $350; Non-members: $390
Russell Rowland's first novel, IN OPEN SPACES (Harpercollins 2002) received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, and made the San Francisco Chronicle's bestseller list. His next two novels, THE WATERSHED YEARS (Riverbend 2002) and HIGH AND INSIDE (Bangtail Press, 2013), were both finalists for the High Plains Book Award. Russell also co-edited an anthology, WEST OF 98: LIVING AND WRITING THE NEW AMERICAN WEST, with Lynn Stegner. His latest book, FIFTY-SIX COUNTIES: AN AMERICAN JOURNEY, is about his travels to every county in Montana. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. He lives in Billings, where he teaches private workshops and does private consultation with other writers.
September 22 - First submission due
October 6 - Feedback on first submission due
October 20 - Second submission due
November 3 - Feedback on second submission due
November 17 - Third submission due
November 31 - Feedback on third submission due