Past Workshops

Stubborn Writers Workshop

Description: Join managing editor Maria S. Picone for an open-style inclusive workshop on one poem or prose piece in community with other CR writers.
Date: Saturday, July 30
Time: 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern Time/7pm UTC-0/8pm CET
Duration: 2 hours
Level: All levels welcome
Price: $25, discounts available for contributors, staff, or returning attendees
Add-on: Editorial feedback (document markup and 1-2 paragraphs of overall feedback on your workshop piece or a revised version sent within one month of the class) for $35
Cap: 6 attendees

6 Weeks, 6 Poems

Description: Anyone can poem! An invitation to play, an opportunity for personal expression, a way to write our truths—poetry is a powerful medium for our thoughts and feelings. In this course beginners and advanced poets alike will find the inspiration, community, and tools to write six new poems in six weeks. Each poet will also have a chance to workshop once during the class. Each week we will look at model poems, write and explore together, and celebrate the new work we’ve generated. Optional prompts and readings on craft, as well as poem models, will be sent each week. We will read contemporary poets from marginalized communities such as LGBTQ+ poets, poets of color, and neurodiverse poets.

This course is ideal for beginning poets who want to build a submission packet or begin a thematic project like a microchap or chapbook, and more experienced poets who are already at work in a project and want to try different techniques. Expect to leave with the seeds of six new drafts, a deeper understanding of the craft of poetry, an appreciation for diverse contemporary poets, and tools to continue writing poems in the future. In our last class we will also cover next steps according to what interests the class, for instance, submission opportunities, revision, and/or assembling a collection.

Date: Sundays, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14
Time: 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern Time/7pm UTC-0/8pm CET
Duration: 1.5 hours
Level: All levels welcome
Price: $200, discounts available for contributors, staff, or returning attendees. Payment plans also available!
Cap: 12 attendees

Unpacking Flash (for Stubborn Writers)

Description: Join managing editor Maria S. Picone for a generative 90-minute flash workshop. Meet fellow writers & talk all things flash! Newbies to the genre welcome. We will be using two pieces from CR writers as jumping-off points for our own work. You can expect to leave with starts for 2 new flash pieces, and inspiration for future writing. NB: This will use different pieces and prompts than the 2021 workshop.
Date: Saturday, July 9
Time: 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern Time/7pm UTC-0/8pm CET
Duration: 1.5 hours
Level: All levels welcome
Price: $25, discounts available for contributors, staff, or returning attendees
Add-on: Editorial feedback (document markup and 1-2 paragraphs of overall feedback on one flash sent within one month of the class) for $35
Cap: 25 attendees

June Stubborn Writers Workshop

Description: Join managing editor Maria S. Picone for an open-style inclusive workshop on one poem or 1000 words of your prose in community with other writers in your genre.
Date: June 5 for poetry, June 12 for prose
Time: 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern Time
Duration: 2 hours
Level: All levels welcome
Price: $25 per session, $5 discount for contributors/current and former staff/returning workshop (May 2022 or beforehand) attendees
Add-on: Editorial feedback (document markup and 1-2 paragraphs of overall feedback on your workshop piece or a revised version sent within one month of the class) for $25
Cap: 10 attendees per session

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, www.mariaspicone.com.

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.

Instructor

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.

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

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 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.

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.