The Write Start: Cultivating Creativity

Getting started with a writing project is easy--remaining motivated and inspired is not. In this class we will explore the creative process. We will set goals for our writing, learn how to live a more mindful life, and then explore how to apply this knowledge to our writing. Each participant will leave class with an understanding of how to turn a love for the written word into practical experience, and will offer an inspired start to your fall writing projects.


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 for one session on Thursday, Aug 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at MatchBOX Coworking Studio in downtown Lafayette, Indiana.

Who should take this class? Open to writers of all ages and abilities. Class is capped at 16 students and registration closes AT NOON ON AUG 16. 

What is the cost? Cost $32