This is a weekly workshop for anyone interested in writing with the intention of submitting their work for publication; flash (F/CNF), short stories, and/or creative nonfiction essay (lyric, personal, memoir, travel) are all welcome forms.
While we can never guarantee our own publication, this workshop is about fostering the shared intention of being published. If you dream of being published in literary magazines, this workshop is for you! This group is less for folks needing motivation to finish a draft, and more for folks sitting on complete or mostly complete work that is stuck, in need of revision.
In short, we will discuss “outside” readings, (a short story or essay) techniques for submitting (cover letters, rejection, contests, etc. by demand/interest) followed by critique.
We will not critique any of the following:
excerpts of book-length work (prologue, epilogue, chapter)
Fantasy or romance
strictly academic writing
writing you wouldn’t see in a literary magazine. (for example, Tin House or Hobart, etc.)
If you write fiction with magical elements, cool! If you have some literary sci-fi you want to submit – wonderful! Hybrid essay? Flash? Sweet.
Workshops will take place every Tuesday and last about 2 hours. We will read/discuss submitting or an “outside story” (something published online like a short story) and then critique.
Each member of the group is expected to provide notes to the submitting writer. If you have to miss a meeting, the notes are still required.
I think this link describes well the successful flow of a workshop, one that is mutually beneficial for the group as a whole. https://lithub.com/unsilencing-the-writing-workshop/
We all share the desire to tell our stories; ideally, this workshop will be honest, respectful, and constructive for everyone in our attempts to grow and (fingers crossed) publish!
For our first meeting, we’ll give introductions, talk about the group format, and schedule our upcoming critiques and readings. This is a lot of information and I will go over everything in depth when we meet.
To sign up: email me (Lily) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send me a brief description of what you are currently working on writing-wise, and what you hope to get out of this critique group. Also, a short list of your favorite authors. (2-3) I will respond with the Zoom meeting password, and any materials you might need for our first critique.
If you’d like to know what we have been reading/discussing in the current rotation, here are some titles – they should come up okay in a google search. (I failed to make hyperlinks work)
Bearing by Alissa Hattman (Carve Zine)
Orange World by Kate Russel (The New Yorker)
Malliga Homes by Sindya Bhanoo (Granta)
To Love A Mosquito by Jane Wong (Shenandoah)
Lily Blackburn is a writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. She studied English and creative writing at Portland State University and graduated with her BA in 2017. She writes memoir, flash, and book reviews and has been editing at Typehouse Literary Magazine since 2016. You can find her work at or forthcoming in Little Fictions | Big Truths,*82 Review, Write or Die Tribe and more.