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Fiction Writing Workshops

Literati Bookstore's Fiction Writing Workshop is an 8-week writing intensive to be held in May and June 2019.  The workshop will focus on elements of prose--narrative structure, context, and especially, voice. The arc of this course will be shaped by the curiosities and obsessions of the group. Each writer will be workshopped by the group, and will write and receive in-depth, typed critiques of work from other participants and the instructor. At the conclusion of the session, participants will receive two craft texts, as well as three texts selected personally for them by the instructor, to complement and inform their writing, a one-on-one conference with the instructor, and the opportunity to give a public reading of original work. The workshop is taught by Gina Balibrera Amyx, graduate of University of Michigan's Helen Zell MFA program in Prose,  and currently,  Creative Programs Manager at Literati. Her writing has been featured in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Wandering Song, an anthology of the Central American diaspora. 

All workshops will take place on Thursday evenings, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. 

Workshop Dates:

May 9
May 16
May 23
May 30
June 6
June 13
June 20

Final Reading at Literati Bookstore: June 27th


All meetings will take place at Hathaway's Hideaway, a historic, private, meeting space in downtown Ann Arbor, at 310 S. Ashley, except for the workshop's culminating reading, which will take place at Literati Bookstore, in our upstairs Events Space, and will be open to the public. 

Interested parties, please submit a manuscript up to 20 pages before February 15th, 2019, to, as well as a short statement introducing yourself, your writing, and your goals for the workshop. As space and time are limited, only eight applicants will be accepted for this round. We will contact accepted applicants before March 31st, 2019 via email. Please confirm with instructor and register by April 15th

Cost of Registration: $500.* Once accepted to the workshop, please confirm with instructor and register by April 15th, 2019. Cancellations will be accepted up to one week before workshop session begins, and a $25 fee will be assessed. Unfortunately, registration fees cannot be refunded after this window. 

*And we do realize that this is a hefty fee. We've done our best to account for the many hours of work Gina will put into this program, the cost of space rental, and the staffing costs required to put on this program, and we have thoroughly researched price points of other, similar programs. Please know that we are doing our best to charge a reasonable rate for this program. And if you break it down by the hour, and consider the support and nourishment your writing will receive during these eight weeks, as well as the possibility of meeting life-long readers of your work, not to mention the two craft books, the fly Literati notebook, and the three books of fiction selected especially for you, that are bundled into this program, we hope you'll find the writing workshop something worth your time, your precious words, and your hard-earned cash.