Announcing the Spring 2019 Makery Catalog

Make plans to develop your writing practice this spring at The Makery. Workshops start February 11! Registration is now open.

Designed to nurture your imagination in a neighborly, supportive community, our online courses will broaden your literary craft, while deepening your relationship to place. Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, documentary—here the region’s masters share techniques, exercises, and critique in the craft of literature and its business, helping you build a meaningful writing practice, underpin your graduate study, and establish your readership.

This spring’s award-winning faculty include venerable Makery faculty members novelist Kayla Rae Whitaker, journalist Jeff Biggers, poet Mitchell L.H. Douglas, documentarian Roger May, and the novelists Jacinda Townsend and Carter Sickels. 

Please also help us also welcome to the team these new faculty members!  


Bianca Lynne Spriggs 
The Door in the Drawer: Interdimensional Hacks to Generate Fresh, Vibrant, and Memorable Material
Workshop starts March 11! Registration open now.

This generative workshop will help writers create new tread in the familiar terrain of their imaginations. Learning to write what you don’t know can stimulate your material in terms of content, imagery, and form. With an emphasis on interrogating the unknown, we will read a spectrum of writers that seamlessly incorporate speculative influences into their work and then try out some of these techniques on our own! You’ll be encouraged to work on crafting new material in this workshop, however, if you have an older piece that’s flat-lined, this is the perfect workshop to bring it back to life!  


Jesse Donaldson  
Era of Ego: Writing Memoir in the 21st Century
Workshop starts April 8! Registration open now!

This workshop will explore pathways to rise above the din of a memoir-saturated era. Most of these pathways begin with craft, so particular attention will be paid to beginnings/endings, plot/structure, developing a voice through language, and representing place. We will also take a 30,000-foot view of memoir and talk about tapping into memory, issues of truthiness, and the complications that arise when writing about people who know where you live, among other things. 


Justin Bigos
Publishing Poems in Literary Journals  
Workshop starts April 8! Registration open now! 

The literary publishing “landscape” can feel daunting, not only for writers just beginning to send out their work, but also for writers who have been writing and publishing for years. One reason for this is a good thing: the sheer number and vast array of literary journals and presses that are doing wonderful work in promoting literary writing, especially poetry. But it does make for a crowded field.

 So, how does a writer successfully publish poetry in literary journals? In this course, you will receive a head-start to answering that question. Together we will take a look at a sampling of magazines, both online and in print. You will receive my take on a handful of journals, as I “review” an issue of each for editorial judgment; you will then do the same for each other, with one journal issue of your choice. You will also get from me, as a co-founder and current Poetry Editor of Waxwing magazine, a behind-the-scenes look at why I (and my Co-Editor, Todd Kaneko) chose particular poems out of the thousands sent to us in the “slush pile.” Finally, you will workshop each other’s poems, focusing on publication, including a description of the “ideal editor” for your peers’ poems. This class is meant to stimulate your own writing by giving you the sense—dare I say, the courage to believe—that the ideal readers for your poems are out there, and they are waiting at their editorial desks for your shimmering words to arrive. Let’s go find those editors.