CRITIQUE WORKSHOP APPLICATIONThe Anatomy of Cultural Critique workshop is for disciplined journalists, creative writers, and reviewers with an emerging body of work. We are seeking writers with professsional experience reviewing BIPOC writers, profiling public figures, reviewing media (theatre, film, television, dance), and writing on cultural and social issues affecting minorities, who are versed in in-person and online workshop dynamics, and able to give and receive constructive feedback.
Please only submit an application if you are serious about sharpening your skills and able to commit the time to an intensive twelve-week writing workshop. Please check your availability prior to submitting an application. If interested in applying for a virtual seat in our workshop, please read the following information.
In applying to this workshop, applicants understand that it is not an instructor-led writing class for learning craft. Our workshops are designed for a final or next to final polish of advanced-drafts of creative nonfiction writing prior to submitting to editors, magazines, and anthologies.
The two-part application consists of three (3) creative nonfiction writing samples (maximum of 1500 words each) in our group's format (Courier New, 12pt, double-spaced, 1" margins on all four sides, continuous line numbers, headers with page name/title/page number). (To see what this looks like, click here.)
Participants must have published within the previous three years (2017-2019) (a) at least five reviews, interviews, and/or personality profiles, and (b) at least five essays or cultural or social critiques to qualify for the workshop.
The second component is answers to the following short essay questions:
1. Who are you? Please provide a personal and/or professional biography, including age, and tell us about your educational background.
2. What are your professional goals as a writer?
3. Have you been a member of a writing group before? If so, list elements that worked and which areas that could have been improved?
4. What are your realistic expectations in applying to a writers' workshop?
5. How would you handle a harsh critique?
6. Does your current schedule include time to commit to a weekly workshop for a period of nine or twelve weeks?
7. Please list several writers (women and men from diverse cultures) whose work has been important to you as a reader and your growth as a writer.
We appreciate your interest and application. Potential membership happens in three stages: application/writing sample, a two-way virtual personal interview with moderator, and an audit session with current workshop members. We apologize in advance for not being able to respond to all applicants.
*Morningside Writers Workshops are $300 per nine-week session, discounted until the end of the pandemic. The regular workshop session is twelve weeks and $400. The Fall workshop session is September 3rd - October 29th, 2021 (application deadline is midnight on 08/20/21). The Winter I workshop session is November 5th - December 31st, 2021 (application deadline is midnight on 10/22/21). The Winter II workshop session is January 14th - March 11th, 2022 (application deadline is midnight on 12/27/21 ). We use a non-disclosure agreement and membership bylaws.
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