Generative Play in May: A Stubborn Writers Workshop

Are you tired and burned down to nothing? Feeling stuck in your writing practice and process? Longing for writing community? We are, too! Come to our weekend playdates on Zoom for writers in May, run by our Managing Editor, Maria S. Picone!

We know that sometimes being stubborn means taking that little bit of time for yourself and your writing, no matter how hard it may seem. We’re here to help! In this supportive environment you can try our no-pressure prompts and set small weekly goals that will help you make progress on your writing and/or get the rest and nourishment you deserve. Expect to leave with the seeds of six new pieces, new writing friends, and plenty of inspiration!

All genres and levels welcome—a variety of prompts and exercises will be provided.

20% of the proceeds from this workshop will be donated to Nova Ukraine and other relief funds.

Dates: May 8, 15, 22, 29

Time: 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern/7pm BST/8pm CET

Duration: Four 90-minute sessions

Price: $99

Location: Zoom

Level: All levels welcome

Instructor: Maria S. Picone (she/her) is the Managing Editor of the Chestnut Review, a teaching artist, and multi-genre writer and poet. She won Cream City Review’s 2020 Summer Prize in Poetry and was selected for inclusion in Best Small Fictions 2021. Her work has been supported by Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Tin House Writers Workshop, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, VONA, GrubStreet, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, The Juniper Institute, and others. She holds an MFA from Goddard College. You can find out more on Twitter @mspicone or on her website,

Winter/Spring 2022 Poetry 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 workshops! No prior publishing or workshop experience is required to participate.

Our winter/spring workshop consists of small group sessions (8 writers maximum) plus an instructor, and meet two hours a week for ten weeks 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.


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. 

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:
    January 23, 30, February 6, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10.


  • 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.


  • Early bird workshop registration: $199 (or three installment payments of $66.33) 
  • Regular workshop registration: $240 (or three installment payments of $80)


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 1/10/21.
  • Workshop registration ends on 1/20/21.

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.


  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.