Writing Workshops at the Jalopy Theater

Rough ‘n’ Ready! A rough-draft & works-in-progress workshop

Sundays, 11 AM – 1 PM

Lead by MFA and AWA Affiliate Leslie Fierro
Jalopy Theater and School of Music
315 Colombia Street, Brooklyn, NY

Limited to 6 participants, minimum of 3 workshops required

June 2
June 9
June 16 (Father’s Day, treat your dad/yourself to a writing workshop?)
June 23
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 21

This small, friendly workshop is the pleasant plank-walk you’ve been needing to get your creative writing ideas and projects up through the battened hatches of your mind and out into the light of day. In this workshop, you and your fellow writers will take turns submitting, in advance, a writing project that would benefit from honest, constructive critique and feedback, while also exercising your creativity and strengthening your craft through free-writing exercises.

The first meeting of the session will be an introduction to the workshop process, and a chance for the writers to get to know each other over morning treats/snacks, while discussing our rough-drafts and works-in-progress, and potential feedback for returning writers and writers who submit pages prior to the workshop. We will also be scheduling everyone’s critique days, as well as doing a bit of prompted free-writing.

In subsequent weeks, we will “workshop” up to four writers per session (depending on the schedule and group-size). Each writer will submit a rough draft of a writing project in the genre of Fiction (short story or novel excerpt), Creative Non-Fiction (personal essay or memoir except), or Poetry. 25 pages max please, per the writer’s scheduled workshop day. Submissions must be emailed as an attachment to the group by Thursday night, 11:59pm, the week that the writer will be workshopped.

At home, the group will read the submissions, comment on a hard or digital copy (such as Google Docs), and write a one page letter of critique to each writer. Then, during the workshop date, up to four writers will each get up to 30 minutes of verbal feedback and critique time.

Week 1, Intros, discussion and feedback on project ideas, feedback on any pre-submitted writing (more likely for returning writers) scheduling people for critique days, free-writing

Subsequent weeks: Critique up to 4 people = 30 mins max per person, give or take one round of prompted writing and group response. 


Please indicates desired dates in the Paypal message or email.

*Please note, no refunds you once you register, so please contact Leslie Fierro if you have any questions or issues regarding the space, workshop, pricing, etc., before purchasing. Purchase can also be arranged via Venmo, cash or check.

You might even want to dip your toe in before committing, and sign up for the “Write Around The World! A Pay-What-You-Wish Fundraiser to Inspire New Writing” Sunday, May 12th, 11 AM – 1 PM, although this one will be strictly in-workshop prompted free-writing, so pretty different.

3 workshops – $200

4 workshops – $260

5 workshops – $310

6 workshops – $360

7 workshops – $400

8 workshops – $440

*Remote critique of work on days missed can be arranged in advance.


Located between the vibrant Carroll Gardens and Red Hook neighborhoods of Brooklyn, NY, the Jalopy Theatre and School of Music has been home to musicians, artists, neighborhood locals, far-flung travelers and more than a few writers since its doors opened in 2006. We’ll be in one of the cozy upstairs classrooms appointed with vintage instruments from around the world.