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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 Kiirsten Bakis and Jacquelyn Mitchard.

This unique two-week workshop, open to YWW alumni only, is designed for writers working on book-length material: fiction or nonfiction. This is a competitive program. Writers will complete both generative and revision-based activities in a dynamic, exploratory, and energetic environment. This cohort of just eight writers will meet and write for two weeks. The first week writers meet in-person on campus; week two writers meet virtually for three additional workshops. Individual conferences will be arranged by faculty.


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 allow writers to process their on-ground experience to the page, and meet virtually with the established cohort to discuss revision, and strategies to completing confident first drafts.


The Work-In-Progress Intensive 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 dig deep to look at the strengths, the challenges, and potential of their manuscript. Because the group will be relatively small, you will really have time get to know each other’s projects.


Writers participate in a total of nine workshops over fourteen days. The instructors will 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: I've been amazed at how much growth I've seen in the past with writers in this intensive workshop. We 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 4-18, 2022
  • Application Opens: January 14, 2022
  • Application Deadline: January 28, 2022
  • Decisions Released: February 4, 2022
  • Payment Due to Secure Your Spot: February 11, 2022

Costs for 2022 (costs will be updated shortly)

Intensive Workshop Dates Cost
June 4 - June 18 $

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.