Generative Workshop in Fiction

December 10, 2015


Put new work to the page, and explore.

The Generative Writing workshops emphasize the production of new work. You’ll have four weeks to generate up to twenty pages of fiction, in the form of one or more stories, several micro-fictions, or a series of vignettes, or any combination thereof. There will also be optional prompts each week, and you are welcome to share your responses with the class, or not, as you choose.

 About the Instructor

Catherine Carberry earned her MFA from Bowling Green State University, where she was awarded the John Divine Fellowship and Deborah Sparkman research grant. She has served as Assistant Editor of Mid-American Review and Bartleby Snopes, and as a reader for The Paris Review. Her fiction has appeared in publications including Harvard Review, North American Review, Indiana Review, Sou’wester, Greensboro Review, and Tin House online, and has been broadcast on NPR. She currently lives in Spain.


This course will “meet” throughout the month of December and the beginning of January. You will have continuous access to a shared, secure course space throughout the span of the workshop, and will receive a set of exercises, examples, and prompts at the start of each week.

Go at your own pace, but generate as much as you can, and you are encouraged to post your results, marathon-style, to the class space (and give feedback if you’ve got time!).

At the end of each week you’ll have the opportunity to turn in up to 3-5 pages for formal feedback from your instructor, who will give you editorial comments, as well as suggestions for expansion in your reading and craft. You’ll also be able to ask questions in the course space, including the “office hours” forum.

Apiary’s workshops are designed to provide both one-on-one instructor feedback and guidance, and a learning environment and supportive community to share in with your peers.

What you can expect

  • a password-protected space in which to share work with your workshop leader and peers
  • 4 rounds of feedback and instructive support with your workshop leader (up 3 to 5 pages each week, suggested readings); and encouragement of peer feedback
  • “office hours” in the form of private messaging and forum responses
  • focused attention to the development and exploration of your own craft and language. This is about your work, and where you want to go.
  • a supportive environment for your writing, always.

Sign-ups will remain open through Sunday the 13th, midnight PST

Generative Writing Workshop – Fiction
four weeks
Image credit: Thomas Huang