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8-Week Mixed Levels Fiction

Class Begins Wednesday, October 9, 2019


$415 New Student | $390 Returning

Writing can be a solitary experience and the greats leave behind warnings with their masterpieces. According to Franz Kafka, “Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.” Hemingway famously said of his craft, "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

Daunting, no?

But while every writer has to face the page alone, this mixed levels workshop for short story writers and novelists offers a supportive, enthusiastic community for exchanging stories and ideas. Together, we'll explore the craft of fiction, read great writing, and support each other in a workshop centered on constructive critique. We will explore techniques such as narrative voice, place, character development, and plot. Each writer will have two opportunities to workshop up to 25 pages and receive typed commentary from the instructor and peers. No prior experience in fiction is required, but courage is highly recommended.

NOTE: Students must purchase Best American Short Stories 2018 as the foundational text for the course.

  • Kelsey Ronan, Instructor

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • Meets Wednesdays 7:00PM to 9:00PM / October 9, 2019 - December 4, 2019

  • Note: Class does not meet Thanksgiving week

  • Class meets at Bamboo Detroit at 1420 Washington Blvd #301, Detroit, MI 48226

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

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Instructor Kelsey Ronan holds an MFA in creative writing from Purdue University and is the former writer-in-residence of the Hub City Writers Project. She grew up in Flint, Michigan and lives in Detroit. Her stories and essays have appeared in many magazines and literary journals, including Michigan Quarterly Review, New Ohio ReviewUtne ReaderKenyon ReviewBelt MagazineIndiana Review, and others. Her essay on the Flint Water Crisis, "Blood and Water," was honored as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2017, and she was the winner of New Ohio Review's 2018 Nonfiction Contest, judged by Roxane Gay. She recently completed a collection of linked short stories set in Flint, and is working on a memoir.

Student Testimonials

“I recently took the 8-week Intro to Memoir workshop with Kelsey Ronan. My experience was productive, instructive and wholly worthwhile. Kelsey was interested, engaged and clearly prepared for every session. She provided reading assignments, in-class writing prompts and two workshop sessions for each student, along with written critique. The critiques were insightful and thorough. I highly recommend Kelsey and encourage anyone seeking guidance and inspiration to take a class!”

“Kelsey was a wonderful facilitator and was extraordinary at giving feedback. Her positive and honest assessments were very helpful. Highly recommend!!”

“I really enjoyed the fiction workshop with Kelsey Ronan. The class bred great discussions and also helped me better identify my work and who I am as an artist. Thanks to the encouragement and new knowledge, I was able to walk away with the start of several stories. Fantastic experience!”

“This past class with Kelsey was extremely valuable to me. I finally started a writing path that I had not been able to get started on my own. Kelsey was a wonderful, informative, compassionate instructor that took the stress out of writing. I am looking forward to the next round!”

“I've taken the eight-week workshop and the one-day setting seminar with TM De Vos and Kelsey Ronan. Both were excellent workshop instructors. I enjoyed the small, focused setting to hone my craft and support other writers.”