The Atelier26 Creative Writing Workshops
Fall 2017 WORKSHOPS (Nov-Dec)
Call for Applications:
Award-winning publisher Atelier26 Books announces its next round of creative writing workshops, to be held in Portland, Oregon beginning in November.
We’re accepting applications for this opportunity to explore and refine your writing in the context of a small and committed group of writers. The group (consisting of no more than 8 writers) will meet on Monday evenings for 6 weeks in Portland.
The workshop will focus on fiction and creative nonfiction and be facilitated by author and Atelier26 editor M. Allen Cunningham.
See below for application deadline, eligibility, and price.
About the Workshop:
This 6-week workshop will consist of 8 writers maximum, each selected through an application process. Participants will focus on shaping and sharpening their manuscripts with reference to the principles of effective and compelling creative writing. Each participant will share work and provide and receive feedback both written and verbal. Participants will hear their writing discussed, interpreted, analyzed, and constructively critiqued within a guided workshop format; they will receive written commentary and suggestions on the manuscript itself from the workshop participants and instructor; and they will offer all of the above to their peers. For the purposes of discussion, the workshop may include outside readings (supplied by the instructor).
About the Publisher:
Atelier26 is the publisher of numerous books, including Margaret Malone’s People Like You (a 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award finalist and Balcones Fiction Prize winner) and Harriet Scott Chessman’s The Beauty of Ordinary Things (called “a song of the soul” by Foreword Reviews). Established in 2012, Atelier26 is dedicated to producing beautifully designed and expressive books that get people listening, talking, and sharing ideas. Atelier26 titles are distributed throughout North America by Independent Publishers Group.
About the Instructor:
M. Allen Cunningham is the publisher of Atelier26 Books and brings a writer’s sensibility to the entire publishing process, from intensive editing to design and distribution. He is the author of six books, including The Green Age of Asher Witherow (Unbridled Books), which was named a #1 Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association and was a finalist for the Indie Next Book of the Year Award; Lost Son (Unbridled Books), which was a Top Ten pick in the Oregonian; and The Honorable Obscurity Handbook: Solidarity & Sound Advice for Writers and Artists, which Cynthia Ozick calls “Ingenious…inspiring and inspiriting.” His short stories and essays have appeared in numerous outlets such as Glimmer Train, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Poets & Writers. He was a finalist for the 2014 Flann O’Brien Award and is the recipient of grants and fellowships from Literary Arts, The Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and two residencies at Yaddo. He is a contributing editor at Moss Literary Magazine, holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and is a frequent public speaker on the subjects of writing, publishing, and literary culture, and an instructor at Literary Arts.
Location: Portland, OR
Inclusive dates: November to mid-December 2017 (one 6-week cycle) – Monday evenings, 2 hours per session
Tuition: $275 ($45 per session) for newly accepted applicants / $245 ($40 per session) for continuing participants.
The balance will be payable (cash, check, or credit card) once a place in the workshop has been offered and accepted (week of Oct 9th), with a $75 portion of the full balance understood to be nonrefundable in the event of a participant’s cancellation.
Eligibility: Applicants must be age 25 or older and committed to the rigors and disciplines of creative writing; prepared to provide and receive serious, well-considered and constructive criticism both spoken and written; and ready to participate in a literary discourse that will include the analysis of published texts (supplied by the instructor).
Please note: Due to the reciprocal nature of the workshop, applicants should be prepared to attend all six sessions.
To apply: E-mail a simple cover letter indicating any prior workshop experience, along with a 5-page writing sample in your workshop genre of choice (fiction or creative nonfiction) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? E-mail us.
Application closing date: Monday, October 9, 2017
For continuing participants, use discount code: CONTINUING