Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

— Virginia Woolf

Our workshops are intensive, four-week programs designed to give you the tools to craft, revise, and successfully publish your poetry and short fiction!

"If I told you just how worthwhile this was, you wouldn't believe me. Sign up, writer peeps!!"

 

—Michele Finn Johnson, May 2016

Our Workshops include:

 

Access to our Submittable Staff Account

You'll become a temporary staff member, seeing what journals see when they review your submissions.

 

Extensive and Constructive Critiques of your Work

The exhaustive peer review provided by our workshops includes one guaranteed critique from a Senior Editor!

 

Individualized Round Table Discussions

After receiving your collected feedback, we'll embark on a two-week round table discussion period, in which we'll utilize our exclusive private Facebook group to devote an entire day of discussion to each workshop participant's submission! Contextualize your feedback and explore additional ways to improve your work!

 

Practical and Valuable Instructive Materials

We provide information designed to help you increase your odds at acceptance. We'll cover often-overlooked details like cover letters, formatting, mistakes we most often see from submitters, and more! Our workshops aren't designed to "teach" the craft. Instead, we focus on refining your tools through peer review and providing pragmatic guidance designed to give your submissions an edge in a competitive industry.

 

Exclusive Access to our Editors

Most editors just don't have time to answer your questions and provide individual attention. As a member of our small workshops, you'll have the freedom to pick our brains throughout the workshop. We've covered a multitude of topics in these informal discussions, and many workshop participants find this to be among the most beneficial components of our programs!

 

Ongoing Networking Opportunities

You'll be added to our growing network of workshop alumni, where we talk shop, share successes, and keep connected as we navigate the submission process.

 

Publication Opportunities

Our most recent fiction workshop resulted in one acceptance for print publication in our Fall 2016 issue, as well as two online features on The Indianola Review's website!

 

 

Start Date: TBA

End Date: TBA

Cost: $99

 

 

Our next four-week Fiction Workshop starts on January 23rd.

 

Our Fiction Workshops are led by Danny Judge, Editor of The Indianola Review. Additional materials and resources will be provided by Katie Flynn, Fiction Editor of The Indianola Review.

FICTION

TBA

For peer review: Your fiction should be limited to 6,000 words.

 

Visit our Submittable page for details.

 

HPAQ

(Hypothetical Potentially Asked Questions)

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

 

The workshop runs $99.00. We do offer premium editing services for an additional cost, but these are entirely optional.  Because not everyone will be in position with their revisions to take advantage of these services, we do not build them into the workshop fee.  Instead, we elected to drive the overall cost as low as possible, giving the participants the freedom to choose add-on services, if so desired.

 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SIGN UP?

 

When you sign up today, you'll have the opportunity to consider our optional editing services. You'll pay nothing right now. We'll send a PayPal invoice as the start date of your workshop draws near. On the first day of your workshop, we'll log you into our staff Submittable account, accept you into our exclusive IR Workshop Facebook group, and orient you to the submissions system with introductory materials. From there, you'll begin the process of peer review, followed by our two-week discussion period. Every step will be clearly explained and preceded by emailed instructions. Follow the link above to our Submittable page to sign up!

 

WILL YOU TEACH ME HOW TO WRITE?

 

Oh, gosh, no. We don't propose to do that in a four-week workshop. However, our peer-review format will help you identify the problematic spots in your fiction, and your access to our staff portal and our Editors will give you a much firmer grasp on just how the heck journals read submissions, what they're looking for, and what you can do immediately to improve your chances. We offer guidance on cover letters, formatting, and tips and tricks from our staff on how to catch a reader's attention and not let go. Our aim to is help you refine the craft tools you already have, as well as giving you the knowledge to better compete in an increasingly competitive industry.

 

WHO KILLED KENNEDY?

 

Really? This hypothetical potentially asked question takes us off guard, but we have an answer: Orson Welles, probably.

 

DO YOU EVER PUBLISH WORK FROM YOUR WORKSHOPS?

 

Yes. We always keep an eye out for promising work, and our workshops are a great source of dynamic writing. All workshop writers are encouraged to submit their revised drafts to be considered for online publication.

 

DO YOU HAVE A COOL SUBMITTABLE LINK FOR ME TO CLICK?

 

We're way ahead of you.

 

 

 

The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.

—Cervantes, Don Quixote

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