Fall 2021 Poetry and Flash Workshops

Do you wish you had a small, supportive group of fellow writers to work with over a longer period of time? Would you like to be part of a facilitated workshop that will give you quality feedback on your writing and craft conversation? Then join our fall workshops! No prior publishing or workshop experience is required to participate.

Our fall workshops are small group sessions (8 writers maximum) plus an instructor, and consist of 10 weekly two-hour meetings over Zoom. Each meeting will include craft discussions as well as critique of your work. Participants will be expected to write and critique each week and read assigned writing for group discussion.

Instructors

Poetry: James Rawlings (he/his) is the founder and editor-in-chief of Chestnut Review. He writes poetry, creative nonfiction, and genre fiction as David Galloway; his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Gargoyle, Into the Void, Salamander, Penn Review, and others; his first book-length collection, poyms for people, was published in 2021. 

Flash: Maria S. Picone (she/her) is the prose co-editor of Chestnut Review. A Korean American adoptee, Princeton alumna, and Goddard MFA ’15, her fiction has been published in perhappened, Fractured Lit, and *82 Review; her creative nonfiction in Bending Genres, Whale Road Review and Ice Floe Press. She will be in Best Small Fictions 2021. She loves the ocean, Red Sox baseball, and cats. You can find out more on Twitter @mspicone or on her website, www.mariaspicone.com.


Meeting Dates/Times

We expect that participants will be able to attend all class sessions listed below.

  • Poetry meets Sundays from 7:00-9:00 pm Eastern Time on the following dates:
    September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21.
  • Flash meets Sundays from 4:00-6:00 pm Eastern Time on the following dates:
    September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14. 

Requirements

  • Computer and internet connection sufficient for Zoom video calls
  • Access to Google Drive for assignments and readings

There are no material costs; readings will be provided electronically.

Pricing

  • Early bird workshop registration: $399 (or three installment payments of $133) 
  • Regular workshop registration: $420 (or three installment payments of $140)

To make our workshops as accessible as possible, we offer financial assistance. You can apply for support as part of the registration form below.

Registration

To enroll, please complete the registration form. Once you complete the form, you will receive a Paypal invoice for payment. 

  • Early bird registration closes on 8/25.
  • Workshop registration ends on 8/31.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; if classes fill, we reserve the right to open additional sections as needed. Since class sizes are small, we suggest registering as soon as possible.

Policies

  1. Fees are nonrefundable unless the original instructor must withdraw; in that case, Chestnut Review reserves the right to substitute an instructor of our choice, and participants may elect to continue with the new instructor or withdraw for a full refund.
  2. Sessions will take place on the dates and times specified, and cannot be made up if a participant is unable to attend.
  3. Participants who do not pay outstanding balances will not be able to attend sessions until their balance is paid. Missed sessions due to unpaid invoices will not be made up.
  4. We expect that all participants will interact respectfully with each other. Negative behavior towards other participants is grounds for removal from the workshop without refund. 
  5. To ensure the best experience for the group, we expect that all participants will engage fully in the workshop by attending, completing reading and writing assignments, and participating in discussion.