Rough to Ready! A 6-week rough-draft & works-in-progress workshop

November 10 – December 15th / Sundays, 11 AM – 1 PM

Lead by AWA Affiliate Leslie Fierro

Nov. 10th, 17th, 24th, Dec 1, 8th, 15th

This 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 in every meeting.

The first meeting of the 6-week session will be an introduction to the workshop process, and a chance for the writers to get to know each other over morning treats, while discussing our rough-drafts and works-in-progress. We will also be scheduling everyone’s critique days as well as doing a bit of writing. If the class is all returning writers, then we may jump right into a verbal discussion on a previously submitted short writing or excerpt. 

In weeks two through six, we will “workshop” three-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. No more than 20 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 and write a one page letter of critique to each writer. Then, during the workshop date, the three or four writers will each get 20 minutes of verbal feedback and critique time. Depending on the scheduling and the ultimate size of the group, a writer will get opportunities for their work to get written feedback and group discussion 3-6 times, while still allowing for some in-class writing to keep our creative fires stoked. 

Week 1, Intros, discussion and feedback on project ideas, scheduling people for critique days, free-writing

Week 2-6, Critique 3/4 people =  60-80 mins total for critique and discussion (20 mins per person), and 40-60 minutes inspirational free-write + verbal feedback

Cost: $375 – includes light snacks 

$25 discount for previous workshop participants (take off $25 at checkout.)

Paypal $375 here* 

*Please note, no refunds are available for sessions missed without prior arrangement. No refunds once you register, so please contact Leslie Fierro if you have any questions or issues regarding the space, workshop, etc., before purchasing. Purchase can also be arranged via Venmo, cash or check. 


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.