This course is recommended for those who have taken “The Craft of Writing I” or for writers currently working on an ongoing project (memoir, novel, book of personal essays or short stories, etc.). In this class, students will share their work with one another as they learn to actively participate in a traditional writing workshop setting. Focus will be placed on learning how to provide constructive feedback, how to critique without criticizing, how to edit and re-write after a workshop, and how to “read like a writer.” To enroll in this course, students must be able to provide a writing sample of 10-20 double-spaced pages to be discussed with the group. Additional writing exercises and readings will be provided during class time to inspire further creativity! Students should bring a notebook, something to write with, and a willingness to be part of a non-judgmental creative space. A recent transplant to southeast Idaho, Ainsley McWha earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from The New School in New York City.
Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, xoJane, as well as goidaho.com and Idaho LIFE publications; her latest published piece was voted as Salon.com’s #4 personal essay of 2017.