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Craft Classes & Writing Workshops

We offer 3 eight-week writing workshops in the fall (September-November) and another 3 eight-week writing workshops in the spring (January-March) as well as shorter weekend intensives throughout the year. Generally, introductory workshops are offered in the fall, with more advanced classes offered in the spring.

Tuition for our full-length classes is $400, a fee we set intentionally so we can adequately compensate our instructors; we pay our instructors between $2000-3000 per course, depending on enrollment. Tuition for weekend intensives is $250 and instructors receive $600-1300 depending on enrollment. Financial aid is available for both our eight-week and intensive classes, including full scholarships. Click here for more details on financial aid.

If you have college teaching experience and a record of publication and would like to propose a class, contact us. For a list of our past classes, click here.

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Foundations of Writing Criticism

  • Pen & Pencil Club 1522 Latimer Street Philadelphia, PA, 19102 United States (map)

This 8-week class will meet Wednesdays from 9/11-10/30 6-9pm
Location: Pen & Pencil Club upstairs, 1522 Latimer Street 
6-12 students; class will not run with less than 6 students
$400, financial aid available
To apply, send a paragraph about you and a writing sample of up to 5 pages of any genre of writing to
Students must apply by 11:59pm August 19. If admitted, must pay by August 30 to reserve their spot

Culture is a multiverse, an intersection of time, place, and identity. There is no one genre of music, one canon of literature, or one growing trend. In this eight week course on cultural criticism, you will consider the unique creative possibilities of using your perspective to explore the larger implications of the art, rituals, and social institutions that make up a place. Students do not need to have written cultural criticism before, only to be open and interested in the exploration of their ideas as it intersects with our collective cultural ideas.

In this course, students will read cultural criticism from a diversity of writers (possibilities include Hannah Giorgis, Wesley Morris, Doree Shafrir, Susan Sontag, Greg Tate, etc.) to develop an understanding of the structure and language of criticism. Students will then brainstorm, research, and work on short writing assignments in preparation to draft a longform essay. In the second half of the course, students will workshop their essay drafts to give the writer direction to rethink and revise. The class will also allow for discussion of publication possibilities.

Camille Acker is the author of the short story collection, Training School for Negro Girls, published by (Feminist Press in 2018. She grew up in Washington DC and holds a B.A. in English from Howard University as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University. Her writing has received support from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Voices of Our Nations Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, Norman Mailer Writers Colony, and the Callaloo Writers' Workshop, among others. She was a fiction co-editor for Dismantle: An Anthology from the VONA/Voices Workshop (Thread Makes Blanket Press, 2014). She has taught at New Mexico State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Chicago Writers Studio. Her writing has appeared in a number of outlets including The New York Time Book Review, LitHub, Publishers Weekly, Electric Literature, VICE, and DAME Magazine.

Earlier Event: September 9
Foundations of Writing Fiction