Intensive Writing Workshop



It takes time and courage to write and to write well. A regular writing practice and insightful feedback can help everyone who wants to write by reminding them that they are not alone. The purpose of this class is to continue the momentum initiated in the Writing Fiction and Nonfiction Workshop and begin to develop your book with an eye toward finishing it. This class is for the dedicated writer who is committed to seeing her/his project through to completion and being a support to others as they work on their own projects.

How it works: In this intensive workshop class we will meet five times over the fall for three hours, with the bulk of time progressively spent workshopping each others fiction and nonfiction. Each writer will have the chance to submit his/her work to the group on three occasions. During each class a brief period of time will be spent on craft lessons and practical techniques to demystify the writing process and help writers gain insight into their projects and remain inspired. Topics for such lessons will be related to--and generated by--class participants so that course content is always evolving to meet the needs of each particular workshop.

Each writer will submit 10 pages of work for three of the five workshops or 8,000-10,000 words maximum. The bulk of time in this class will be spent working on one’s own manuscript as well as responding to each other’s work with an eye toward how the writer makes artistic choices. Topics to be discussed  in Fall 2019 include the creative process, "the why" of characters, plot, micro-editing and endings.

This workshop is limited to students who have previously taken Writing Fiction and Nonfiction Workshop. If you are interested in this class and have not taken this workshop, please email Melissa for further information about submitting a writing sample for consideration in joining this workshop. THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. PLEASE CONTACT MELISSA FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ADDITIONAL CLASSES. 



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

When is this class offered?

This class is offered once a month for five months and meets from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday mornings on Aug 16, Sept. 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 & Dec. 13 at MatchBOX Coworking Studio in downtown Lafayette, Indiana.

Who should take this class?
Open to writers of all ages and abilities who have previously taken Writing Fiction and Nonfiction Workshop. Class is capped at 7 students and registration closes one week prior to the start of class. If you have not taken the Writing Fiction and Nonfiction Workshop but are interested in joining this class, please email Melissa about submitting a writing sample for consideration of joining this class. 

What is the cost?
$290 and includes the option to meet with Melissa for a 30-minute, one-on-one conference during the first and/or last week of the worksh