This is a workshop designed to focus entirely on whatever you're working on. There will be no exercises, no lectures. You will have the opportunity to submit three 7500-word pieces of your choice, and will receive extensive feedback from your peers and instructor, both in terms of line editing and overall craft and story. Of course you will be expected to provide similar feedback to your fellow workshop participants.
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: Creative Non-Fiction - non-fiction - fiction
Group size: 7 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.
January 9 - First Submission Due
January 23 - Feedback on First Submission Due
February 6 - Second Submission Due
February 20 - Feedback on second submission due
March 6 - Third submission due
March 20 - Feedback on third submission due