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Critique Add-on

Get valuable feedback on your fiction

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Are you ready to grow as a writer? This workshop add-on to is the next step in reaching your writing goals. We may write alone, but we don't write in a void. Ultimately, we want our work to find an audience. When you enroll in this course, you'll receive valuable feedback on your assignments from the instructor.

Who can enroll in this class? Anyone who is enrolled in the fiction writing course Master the Short Story.

What is the purpose of this class? Students in this class will receive weekly instructor feedback on the assignments they complete for Master the Short Story.

Why is this an add-on? Master the Short Story is designed to introduce students to the basic building blocks of narrative craft. Students practice what they learn in the lectures by completing weekly assignments. The class is priced to allow beginning writers to build a background in narrative craft, even if they're not yet ready to share their work. This add-on is an opportunity for those students who are interested in further growth in their writing life to receive one-on-one feedback from a veteran writing teacher.

What can students submit for critique? You can submit eleven writing assignments for critique. There are 15 assignments in MASTER THE SHORT STORY, and four do not lend themselves well to feedback: the character dossier, a listing exercise, a reading exercise, and a research exercise. All of the other assignments may be submitted for critique. You'll find a complete list of assignments in order in the WELCOME section.

Do I have to submit the assignments in a particular order? The assignments are numbered: Exercise 1, Exercise 2, etc. and submitting them in order is a good way to build upon what you've learned. However, you may submit them in any order you wish! You are also welcome to submit them as a bundle at any point in the course.

How should I format the assignments? Please submit your assignments as a WORD doc attached to email. Please use standard manuscript format: double spaced, in a font of 12 points or larger.

How long does it take to receive feedback? You will receive feedback within three business days of submission.

How do I submit my work? As soon as you enroll, you will have access to the WELCOME section, which explains everything in detail.


Your Instructor


Michelle Richmond
Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Year of Fog, and two story collections, including Hum, winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, and The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress, winner of the Grace Paley Prize for Fiction. Her new novel will be published in 2017, with foreign editions forthcoming in 27 languages. She has taught in the MFA programs in creative writing at the University of San Francisco, California College of the Arts, St. Mary's College of Moraga, Bowling Green State University, and Notre Dame de Namur University, where she held the Catherine Julie Cunningham Chair. She has also taught novel writing online for Stanford Continuing Studies. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami, where she was a James Michener Fellow. She is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press.

Her articles on narrative craft have appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, Writer's Digest, and Glimmer Train's newsletter for writers, and her essays about literature have appeared in The Believer and Oxford American. Her stories and essays have also appeared in Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, and many other magazines, newspapers, and anthologies.


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Frequently Asked Questions


What can I submit for critique?
You can submit eight writing assignments for critique (one per week). Each assignment may be up to 1200 words.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts when you enroll and ends after you submit and receive feedback on your final assignment. You have six months from the date of enrollment to complete your assignments.
How long does it take to receive my critique?
In most cases, you will receive feedback within three days of submission.
Who is eligible to enroll in this course?
In order to enroll in this course, you must first be enrolled in Writing the Short Story.

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