Writing Fiction and Nonfiction Workshop


Writers need one another for feedback and community, but also to generate ideas and foster learning. In this workshop writers will have the opportunity to come together to evaluate published work as well as that of our peers. This workshop will be demanding in that you will be expected to read 30-40 pages of material every week (both published work and that of your peers), to prepare written feedback for your peers' work for each two-hour class session, and to submit at least two original pieces of writing for workshop during the course.

We will read the memoir Trespasses by Lacy M. Johnson, of which Claudia Rankine said, "I was riveted by Trespasses--written with the haunting interiority of poetry and the compelling drive of prose."  Johnson has agreed to speak with our class about her memoir and the writing process. 

During each session we will discuss Johnson's book for insight into what makes for compelling reading, generate new work, and also workshop two original short pieces (short stories or memoir essays; each writer may submit up to 10 pp. for each session). Together we will work to figure out your writing strengths, and we will also identify areas for improvement all while helping you better understand your voice.  Your tuition includes a new copy of Trespasses.


Who is the Instructor?
Melissa Fraterrigo is the author of the novel, Glory Days ( University of Nebraska Press), which was named one of "The Best Fiction of 2017" by ​Chicago Review of Books. 

Melissa is also the author of the short story collection, The Longest Pregnancy (Livingston Press). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of journals including Puerto del Sol, Massachusetts Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou’wester and Shenandoah. She has twice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

In addition to her publications, she has taught creative writing at Bowling Green State University, Southern Utah University, Penn State-Altoona, and at the Indiana Writers’ Center. Melissa is the founder of Lafayette Writers’ Studio. 

She lives with her husband and two daughters in West Lafayette, and is a native Chicagoan. Despite horrible bouts of insecurity, through praise and plenty of rejections, Melissa has continued to write and looks forward to the opportunity to help you do the same. To learn more about Melissa or read some of her work, visit melissafraterrigo.com

When is this class offered?

This class is offered for eight weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; and Nov. 6 at MatchBOX Coworking Studio in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. THIS CLASS IS FULL. PLEASE EMAIL MELISSA TO BE ADDED TO A WAITLIST OR CONSIDER REACHING OUT TO HER AS A WRITING COACH FOR YOUR SPECIFIC PROJECT.

Who should take this class?
Open to writers of all ages and abilities. Class is capped at 8 students and registration closes one week prior to the start of class. 

What is the cost?
Cost $320 / $304 discount of 5% for previous students, which will be given in the form of a gift certificate to Second Flight Books in Lafayette.