2019 Schedule

Summer Co-Working Now In Progress - Space Still Available!

See you in September for more live classes. Read the class descriptions below!

 

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Summer Co-Working Now In Progress - Space Still Available!

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PODCASTING 101 w/MATT PEIKEN

Flatiron Writers Room | 5 Covington Street | Asheville, NC 28806

Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Podcasting today is like blogging a decade ago—seemingly everyone is either doing it or plans to. But of the more than 750,000 podcasts available through Apple’s podcasting app, fewer than 1 percent crack 1,000 listeners per episode, and most don’t reach 200. What will you do to stand out and succeed?

In this fast-paced course, Blue Ridge Public Radio producer and veteran podcaster Matt Peiken will help you sort through your show concepts, recording and editing options for modest budgets, potential time and money traps, and the marketing of your proposed podcast.

This three-hour course is for everyone: from beginners who don’t know where to start to current podcasters who want to improve the quality of their shows.

Class meets Sunday afternoon September 8, 2019, 2pm-5pm with a short break.

Cost: $50 General Admission, $45 for current FWR Co-Working members.

REGISTER HERE. To register by check instead of Eventbrite, mail your check and a valid email address to the Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC 28806. You will be registered when we receive your check, space permitting.

Matt Peiken moved to Asheville in August 2017 to become the Arts & Culture Producer with Blue Ridge Public Radio. He's a career journalist—a former longtime staff arts and features writer with the St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press and an arts reporter with the digital arm of WCPO-TV, in Cincinnati. He founded and managed a variety of online journalism efforts, including the video program 3-Minute Egg, the music-talk podcast Metal Brainiac, and the community op-ed page Opine Season. He also served as managing editor of the Walker Art Center’s magazine and as a longtime contributing writer to Modern Drummer Magazine.

REFUND POLICY: The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until one week before the class starts via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.

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GRANT & PROPOSAL WRITING

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Flatiron Writers Room | 5 Covington Street | Asheville, NC 28806

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at 6:00 PM - Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 at 8:30 PM (EDT)

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This 3-session workshop is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of developing a winning grant or government proposal. It covers the key strategies important to being awarded any type of contract solicitation or grant competition (government, commercial, non-profit) of any scope and scale.

Among other things, you’ll learn the important process of understanding the client requirements and how to respond to each requirement, how to develop “win themes” that set you apart from your competition, how to present your strengths and “ghost” your competitor’s weaknesses, how to avoid the trap of writing “fluff,” how to pass the “who cares?” test, and how to conduct a series of “murderboards” to ensure that your writing captures the attention of the reader. REGISTER HERE.

During this workshop you’ll work together in one or more teams to respond to a real-world grant solicitation. In each workshop the instructor will guide you through the proposal development process and help you brainstorm a winning response to the grant requirements. At the end of each of the first two workshops you’ll be given team homework and will work together as a team, just like the pros, to create a draft proposal that will be evaluated using real-world criteria at the start of the next workshop. If there are enough attendees to form multiple teams, each team will compete to win our grant competition.

Be aware that signing up for this course requires that you commit to the homework! You will work together within your team to create a draft proposal and supporting documents. You should anticipate 3-4 hours of homework after the first two sessions, preferably meeting as a team. You’ll submit your team draft to the instructor no later than 1 day prior to the next session.

This isn’t a class on writing. It’s a class on winning. Open your mind--this may not be the class you expected! During your final session the instructor will lead an open discussion about how you might use the workshop information in your own professional situation. You will also receive follow-on readings and resources if you want to hone your skills. This class is a fundraiser for the Flatiron Writers Room. Proceeds will go to support FWR programming and scholarships.

REGISTER HERE. Cost$180 General Admission, $162 FWR Co-Working members. To register by check instead of Eventbrite, mail your check and a valid email address to the Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC 28806. You will be registered when we receive your check, space permitting. Partial need-based scholarships are available for this workshop.

Patrick Cumby loves to bring lots of storytelling and fun classroom sharing to his popular business writing workshops. He holds an MBA from the Mason School of Business at William & Mary, where he also occasionally teaches. Over the past decade he’s delivered proposal writing workshops to graduate programs internationally, and has participated in proposal efforts resulting in over $100M in awards. In his former day job as an executive consultant, he led large-scale strategic change programs for a variety of U.S. Federal government agencies and large corporations. He lives with his wife in North Asheville, surrounded by chipmunks, turkeys and bears.

REFUND POLICY: The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until one week before the class starts via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.

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STORYTELLING FOR PERFORMANCE w/TOM CHALMERS (7-Week Workshop)

The Flatiron Writers Room | 5 Covington Street | Asheville, NC 28806

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM - Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

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“So this memorable thing happened to me and I want to tell you all about it!”

More and more people in Asheville and elsewhere are crafting short personal narratives to be told on stage for story-slam shows like Stories at The Moth, curated series like Listen to This, and popular podcasts like This American Life. But those who do it well know that it is more than just getting up on stage and winging it, more than simply reporting the recollections of the past.

This seven-week course (including final performance) covers techniques for creating a compelling personal narrative piece to be shared on stage; one that speaks to the assigned theme of a storytelling event, comes in on time, and through image-driven language gives the listeners the sense of having lived the memory themselves. Students will learn how to choose a story to tell, how to write a compelling first line, how to structure and deliver their story, and how to know when to end, resisting the temptation to tack on a lesson-learned epilogue. Participants will be given a series of writing prompts to spark different short personal narratives. Class meets Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm. For their final class, each student will perform their best piece as part of a special student-showcase version of the monthly storytelling series, Listen to This, at 35 Below on Thursday, on October 24, 2019, at 7:30 PM. REGISTER HERE.

Class will meet at the Flatiron Writers Room on September 12, 19, and October 3, 10, and 17. It will meet at 35 Below on September 26 (class 6pm-7pm + Listen to This at 7:30pm, tickets provided), and October 24 (student showcase). 

REGISTER HERE. Cost: $275 General Admission; $247.50 FWR Co-Working Members. Partial need-based scholarships are available for this workshop.

Tom Chalmers is the host and producer of Listen to This: Stories On Stage, now in its tenth season, three years in Los Angeles and seven years here in Asheville. A graduate of Columbia University, Tom came out of the NYC storytelling scene in the 90s where he performed at Collective Unconscious, Surf Reality, and the original Stories at The Moth. He has done two one-man shows of his personal stories, Every Bone In My Body and Harm for the Holidays. While in New York, Tom was a company member and artistic director of Groundlings East and a member of the original Upright Citizens Brigade house team. After New York, Tom moved to LA where he was a writer for SHOWTIME Television and literary manager of the renowned Sacred Fools Theatre Company. He has taught at NYU and Warren Wilson College. He currently teaches classes through the Flatiron Writers Room and the Asheville School of Improv. He is a member of the Asheville improv troupe, Reasonably Priced Babies, and is the co-host of the sports talk radio show, Steve Sax Syndrome, on AshevilleFM 103.3

What's the refund policy?

The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until one week before the event starts, via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.

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BLACK FROM THE FUTURE: A COLLECTION OF BLACK SPECULATIVE WRITING *FREE EVENT*

Flatiron Writers Room | 5 Covington Street | Asheville, NC 28806

Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Please join us Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 6pm for a FREE reading and book talk by Stephanie Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle, editors and contributors to the anthology Black From the Future: A Collection of Black Speculative Writing.

This anthology from BLF Press encompasses the broad spectrum of Black speculative writing, including science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, and Afrofuturism, all by Black women writers. Editors Stephanie Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle have gathered the voices of twenty emerging and established voices in speculative fiction and poetry; writers who’ve imagined the weird and the wondrous, the futuristic and the fantastical, the shadowy and the sublime. REGISTER HERE.

“Within this revelatory 22-piece anthology of prose and poetry across the horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres, editors Allen and Cherelle have gathered works by some of the best and boldest voices in African-American speculative writing... There’s something for everyone in this outstanding anthology.”

— Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)

Books will be available for sale at the event.

This event is FREE but your RSVP will help us plan. Refreshments will be served. REGISTER HERE.

Stephanie Andrea Allen, Ph.D., is a native southerner, writer, scholar, and educator. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at IU-Bloomington, co-directs a literary non-profit for Black women writers, and is publisher and editor-in-chief at BLF Press. Her work can be found in Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short FictionSinister Wisdom, and in her debut collection of short stories and essays, A Failure to Communicate. She is also co-editor of Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color, and Black From the Future: A Collection of Black Speculative Writing (Forthcoming 2019). She is a Hurston/Wright Foundation Workshop Alum. Stephanie is currently working on a collection of Black speculative short fiction and her first novel.

Lauren Cherelle uses her time and talents to traverse imaginary and professional worlds. She is an independent publishing consultant and editor with a BFA in graphic design and MBA from the University of Tennessee, and writing certifications from the University of Louisville. She recently co-published an IGI Global book chapter about Black feminist treatment for sexual trauma survivors. In 2016, Lauren co-founded a literary collective for Black lesbian and queer women of color. Her co-edited projects include Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color and Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction. You can find her southern/Black characters in Lez Talk, The Dawn of Nia (Resolute Publishing, 2016), and G.R.I.T.S: Girls Raised in the South — An Anthology of Queer Womyn’s Voices & Their Allies (Freeverse Publishing, 2013).

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FROM PAGE TO PODIUM: READING YOUR WORK ALOUD

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The Flatiron Writers Room | 5 Covington Street | Asheville, NC 28806

Sat, September 28, 2019 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT

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Writers are often daunted by the idea of reading their work aloud, whether in a classroom situation or public presentation. This workshop will teach writers to prepare and present confident, clear public readings using the same tools employed by professional actors:

  • Warming up the vocal instrument

  • Rehearsing the material

  • Calming the nerves

  • Delivering the work

Whether reading for an audience of one or one hundred, every writer can benefit from the self-editing techniques learned when reading their work aloud. Neither acting nor public speaking experience is necessary to benefit from the craft of acting. REGISTER HERE.

During the course of this workshop you will:

  • Bring a piece of your work you wish to read (one page, double-spaced, two copies).

  • Be led in voice and body warm-ups using breathing and vocal exercises.

  • Read aloud excerpts of published works by other writers to study pacing, phrasing, word choice and themes.

  • Be coached individually by Mel as you read your work, with the class observing.

  • Time permitting, you will get a second opportunity to read for the class integrating the techniques you've learned.

What participants have said:

--"FANTASTIC CLASS. Mel is my hero! I learned. I faltered. I listened. I tried. I faced my fear and she changed my life. Truly inspiring. A great coach. Unforgettable!"

--"I would highly recommend this workshop! I've already put it to use to increase my confidence at delivering readings."

--"This workshop helped me understand my own writing better— how to interpret it."

REGISTER HERE. Cost: $85 General Admission$76.50 for current FWR Co-Working members. To register by check instead of Eventbrite, mail your check and a valid email address to the Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC 28806. You will be registered when we receive your check, space permitting.

Mel Ryane is the author of the acclaimed memoir TEACHING WILL: What Shakespeare and 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn't (Familius). Her writing has been published in the LA Times. In her distinguished acting career, Mel has performed on stages across the U.S. and Canada. She has coached actors on television and film sets and public speakers on the corporate level. She had taught her workshop PAGE TO PODIUM for the last twelve years at writers' conferences across North America.

REFUND POLICY: The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until one week before the class starts via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made. Refund and Cancellation Policy

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SCRIVENER BASICS: UNLOCKING THE BEST SOFTWARE FOR WRITERS w/CHARLOTTE LIT'S PAUL REALI (1-Day Class)

The Flatiron Writers Room | 5 Covington Street | Asheville, NC 28806

Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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Scrivener is an invaluable piece of software for writing and organizing a book-length project—when you know how to use it. Developed by writers for writers, it does so much, but how do you know where to begin? How do you customize it for the way you work, and what can you leave aside? This course will enable you to unlock Scrivener’s most important features and leave ready to work. Students should download Scrivener in advance (30-day free trial available at www.literatureandlatte.com). If you bring your laptop with work in progress, you’ll get your book project set up before you leave.

This workshop meets from 10am-3pm on Saturday, November 2, 2019, with a one-hour lunch break between noon and 1pm.

REGISTER HERE. Cost: $85 General Admission, $76.50 FWR Co-Working membersPartial need-based scholarships are available for this workshop.

This workshop is taught by Paul Reali, co-founder of Charlotte Lit. He is the co-author of Creativity Rising: Creative Thinking and Creative Problem Solving in the 21st Century. In addition, his work has been published in Winston-Salem JournalInSpineOffice SolutionsLawyers Weekly, and others. His fiction has been awarded first place in the Elizabeth Simpson Smith and Ruth Moose Flash Fiction competitions, and he received a Regional Artist Project Grant from Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council in 2018. Paul has an M.S. in Creativity from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State, where he also is an adjunct instructor and the managing editor of ICSC Press. Paul has been a trainer and facilitator for more than 25 years, in the areas of creativity, innovation, and business and writing skills.

REGISTER HERE. To pay by check instead of via Eventbrite, mail your check to the Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC 28806. You will be registered when we receive your check, space permitting.

Inclement Weather:

If the instructor has to cancel the workshop due to weather, the Flatiron Writers Room will email you by 9 am. the day of the workshop. If you cannot attend the make-up date, you will receive a refund.

Refund Policy:

The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may cancel your registration up until seven days before the first class session, via Eventbrite for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.

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FICTION TOOLS FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITERS

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The Flatiron Writers Room | 5 Covington Street | Asheville, NC 28806

Mon, Nov 4, 2019, 6:30 PM –Mon, Nov 18, 2019, 8:30 PM EST

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Creative Nonfiction, particularly memoir, begins in a very personal, sacred and beautiful space. As we move deeper in the drafting process, we discover wonder and insight. Alas, as with everything in life, there's a downside. Writing Creative Nonfiction can lull us into a state of explaining or navel-gazing. We get caught up in our own research and self-discovery and forget the reader is there, waiting for us to talk to them, to thrill them even.

Elements of Story are the same for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction, and in this 3-session workshop (Mondays 6:30pm-8:30pm), you will begin new work or revise current work to incorporate well-wrought characters, settings, conflicts, and atmospheres that will keep your readers turning the pages. REGISTER HERE.

We will look at excellent works of Creative Nonfiction: Wild by Cheryl Strayed, American Eden by Victoria Johnson, and Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward. These three represent the memoir, journalism, and essay within the Creative Nonfiction fields. We will also look at examples of short fiction from such works as Zadie Smith's "The Embassy of Cambodia," Kazuo Ishiguro's "Crooner," and Alice Munro's "Dimension," as well as other works. The instructor will provide handouts. Reading like writers, in 20-minute discovery sessions, we will identify narrative elements--dialogue, setting, voice, structure, gaps, time, etc.--used in both genres--and then in 10-minute creative sessions we will write our own applications of these tools and share our processes.

This workshop will be energetic and inspiring, and it will provide you with instruments for keeping your writing, even in the drafting process, fresh and exciting. It may also open new pathways for storytelling, memory, and self-discovery.

To register by check instead of through Eventbrite, mail your check to the Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC 28806. You will be registered when we receive your payment, space permitting.

REGISTER HERE. Cost: $180 General Admission, $162 for current FWR Co-Working members.

Laura Hope-Gill holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers and is a North Carolina Arts Fellow for Creative Nonfiction. She is the author of two architectural histories of Asheville (Grateful Steps, 2010, 2011) and one collection of poems (The Soul Tree, Grateful Steps 2008) for which she was named the poet laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway. ParabolaBellevue ReviewFugueCincinnati ReviewNorth Carolina Literary Review, and other journals have published her essays, memoir, short stories, and poems. She currently directs the Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne University's graduate campus in Asheville. Her work in narratology in healthcare opened her eyes to the value of the study of narrative in creative writing, and she is excited to present this approach in a live-action and high-creativity workshop for writers at all stages in their craft. She heads the Asheville Wordfest literary festival.

REFUND POLICY: The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until one week before the class starts via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made. 

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STORIES THAT SELL

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The Flatiron Writers Room | 5 Covington Street | Asheville, NC 28806

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM - Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 8:30 PM (EST)

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Whether you plan to self publish or traditionally publish your work, every decision you make--from the initial idea to the revision process--will determine how well it will sell. In this five-week course, NY Times bestselling author Beth Revis will take you through the process on coming up with, writing, and revising a book that will sell in today’s competitive market. This course is suitable for someone just starting to develop their idea, all the way to someone who’s completed a first draft and needs to know what to do next. Beth will conclude the course by personally critiquing each student’s final pitch or query.

REGISTER HERE. To register by check instead of via Eventbrite, mail your check to Flatiron Writers Room, LLC, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC 28806. You will be registered when we receive your payment, space permitting.

REGISTER HERE. Cost: $230 General Admission, $207 for current FWR Co-Working members.

Read your Eventbrite confirmation email for information you will need for the class.

Beth Revis is a New York Times bestselling author with books available in more than 20 languages. Her newest title, Give the Dark my Love, is a dark fantasy about love and death. Beth’s other books include the bestselling science fiction trilogy, Across the Universe, and a novel in the Star Wars universe entitled Rebel Rising. She’s the author of two additional novels, numerous short stories,and the nonfiction Paper Hearts series, which aids aspiring writers. A native of North Carolina, Beth is currently working on a new novel for teens. She lives in rural NC with her boys: one husband, one son, and two massive dogs.

REFUND POLICY: The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until one week before the class starts via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made. Refund and Cancellation Policy

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FAILING BETTER: OVERCOMING REJECTION TO CLAIM SUCCESS AS A WRITER

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Flatiron Writers Room | 5 Covington Street | Asheville, NC 28806

Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM (EST)

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“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” --Samuel Beckett.

Rejection is an integral part of being a writer. Stephen King received 30 rejections from publishers before selling Carrie. Kathryn Stockett received 60 rejections from agents before she found representation for The Help. How can we keep from giving up in discouragement as the pile of rejection slips grows? How can we avoid the unproductive emotion of envy when we compare ourselves with others? How can we feel good about our writing lives if we never publish? This workshop will give you practical strategies for managing submissions and attending to self-care so that you don’t give up writing. It will help you redefine success, and present ways to think about your creative life so that you can draw satisfaction from your identity as a writer whether or not you ever get that big publishing contract.

REGISTER HERE. This class meets from 2:30pm-4:30pm on Saturday, November 23, 2019, then adjourns to UpCountry Brewing next door to the Flatiron Writers Room (cost not included with your ticket), where we can commiserate and share our not-yet-success stories.

REGISTER HERE. Cost: $45 general admission, $40 for current FWR Co-Working members.Partial need-based scholarships are available for this workshop.

Heather Newton’s novel Under The Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection and named an “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, and is forthcoming in audiobook from Dreamscape Media in fall 2019. Her short prose has appeared in Enchanted Conversation Magazine, The Drum, Dirty Spoon and elsewhere. Mixed in with these successes, she has received hundreds of rejections, written novels nobody would publish, made bad judgements, missed opportunities or had them snatched from her by forces outside of her control. In short, she has long experience with failing (or as she likes to call it, “not yet succeeding”) and looks forward to exploring with you ways to fail better.

REFUND POLICY: The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until one week before the class starts via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at]gmail.com for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made.