Finishing School

 finishingschoolThis intensive, online workshop provides a space for writers to complete unfinished projects and share them with their peers in a supportive critiquing environment. They will also discuss issues of craft, the writing life, submissions, networking, and netiquette. While we do not presume to “finish” our writers, we do aim to help them polish their skills on and off the page.

Over the course of twelve weeks, participants will submit three stories for review, receive feedback, and have further opportunities to revise. Assigned reading will include published stories that address specific questions of craft, as well as essays and editorials in the field. While some conversations might bend particularly toward speculative fiction, experimental and realist writers are also welcome to join Finishing School.

As with any Storied Imaginarium course, this intense practicum has been created with the intention of creating a safe community for discussion and feedback in a semi-formal fiction workshop setting. Although this course has been created primarily for writers working at an intermediate level, it’s open to all writers looking to develop their craft and finish their stories.

This immersive course is designed to accommodate flexible scheduling options with no more than six participants assigned to each workshop. Weekly meetings will include critiques of 1-2 stories, investigation of craft questions via published work, and conclude with informal discussions about being a working writer.

Participants will have access to a private Facebook forum and will be expected to submit stories on the first workshop of the month in order to allow other participants the time to read and comment on each piece. Submitted works should be complete drafts, ready for conversations about revision. During the workshop, which is held online, writers will be reading their stories and then receiving roundtable feedback. Writers will be assigned a weekly meeting time according to scheduling preferences and are expected to participate in the critique process. Throughout the course, participants may work on revising up to 3 pieces and submit them for final notes from classmates and the instructor.

Participants are expected to have access to a computer with Internet connections and a webcam. (Headphones are suggested.) Other requirements include the ability to access Google Docs and basic programs including Microsoft Word and Adobe Reader. Finishing School workshops are limited to 6 participants in each session.

REGISTRATION: To save a seat for Finishing School, send an email request for an invoice to Carina Bissett at The fee to attend the summer workshop is $375, payable to via PayPal. There is a $100 non-refundable deposit required to hold your spot with payment in FULL prior to the first class. Returning students receive a 10% discount. Registration packet includes detailed information on each module, expectations and etiquette, and educational materials. Space is limited.