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Work-in-Progress Intensive

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Work-in-Progress Intensive

This unique two-week workshop, open to YWW alumni only, is designed for writers working on book-length material: fiction or nonfiction. This cohort of just eight writers will meet and write for two weeks. (Depending on demand, a second cohort may be added).

Pin:This workshop will be taught by YWW faculty member Kirsten Bakis.

In Week 1, writers will critique 7,000 words from their fellow writers’ manuscripts. Exercises and readings will be assigned prior to arrival. Week 2 will be generative, a mini-retreat if you will, with writers developing new material. The cohort will meet to discuss progress, and strategies to completing confident first drafts. Either workshop is appropriate for any writer who has 7,000 words or more of a draft and a desire to turn that draft into a book. In the workshop, writers  will be doing some intense workshopping, digging deep to look at the strengths, the challenges, the potential. Because the group will be relatively small, you  will really have time get to know each other’s projects.

Writers will complete both generative and revision-based activities. While the Week 1 work will be deep, intense, and slow, the Week 2 generative/revision-based work will be more dynamic, exploratory, and just fun. Writers will talk about structure and how to take that drafted material and shape it. The generative aspect will involve a lot of short exercises to pop writers out of all the ruts we tend to get in and remind people what they can do when they're just playing and having fun. Kirsten Bakis likes to stimulate a writer's curiosity to prompt new ways of looking at the world.

The intensive work-in-progress workshop was so beneficial! I came to the workshop with approximately 20,000 words of my novel written, and I left with strong revisions and additions as well as a solid plan to keep writing forward. I know it's because of the craft activities and the focused feedback that I was able to keep working on my manuscript after I went home from Yale until I had a completed work of 70,000 words by the end of August. I highly recommend the experience! —Andrea Rinard, 2019 Intensive Participant

Flash Interview with Kirsten 

Q: What do you find exciting about this new class format?

Kirsten: This will be my eighth year teaching at YWW, but this is the first time I'll get to stay with the same small group of writers through both sessions I and II. I've been amazed at how much growth I've seen in the past even in short workshops. I expect that in this longer, more intense workshop, I'll see even more of that. We'll have time to get down to the sentence level, to stand back and look at the structural level, to experiment, and revise. I love seeing people make progress in their projects by rising to challenges and making discoveries.

Important Dates

  • Program Dates: June 13-26, 2021
  • Application Opens: January 18, 2021
  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2021
  • Decisions Released: March 1, 2021
  • Payment Due (to secure your spot): March 15, 2021

Costs for 2021

Intensive Workshop Dates Cost
June 13 - June 26, 2021 $1850

We expect a high amount of interest in this intensive workshop and a waiting list will be made if necessary. Writers applying for the intensive workshop should list alternative workshops on their application in case they are not selected.