This course is designed for writers who have a work in progress. Participants will submit a chapter in advance and sessions will focus on critique and encouragement.


Synergy — the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects — is what emerges when a group of writers get together for a critique workshop. Your piece of writing, be it part of a novel, memoir, creative non-fiction, or short story, will have the benefit of the opinions (which may vary) of the group as well as a thorough, nit-picking line-edit by the instructor. This is your chance to get honest (and polite, as befits the Victorian surroundings of Rugby) feedback on your writing. The emphasis will be on discovering what is working well and building on that while addressing what isn’t working and suggesting ways to improve.

For this workshop, each participant will submit by email one or more chapters (up to 20 pages — double-spaced, Times-New Roman 12 pt.) by July 25 to Vicki and to each of the other registered participants. She and class members will then have two weeks to read, edit, and prepare for a productive weekend of critique.

Participants are encouraged to register by calling Historic Rugby at 423-628-2441 or toll free at 1-888-214-3400 before July 18. Space is limited.


Cost: $150 Includes textbook, course tuition, 2 breakfasts, and 2 dinners.

Or, 3-Day “Residency” Package: $250, Includes the registration package, above, plus 2 nights lodging in an historic, Victorian building. (One additional night’s lodging available at $50/person.)