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Our popular workshops give members and nonmembers a chance to develop their craft. We offer workshops in a variety of genres (poetry, prose, memoir, plays, etc.) and on a variety of topics — all with experienced, published workshop instructors.


We offer our popular Three-in-a-Row online workshops for three consecutive for three consecutive Saturdays in January, plus additional workshops in the Spring and Fall.


January 14, 21, 28:

Three-in-a-Row, 2023

February 4:

Giving Feedback in a Critique Group

Have an interesting story to tell about your life, but don’t know how to tell it? In this workshop, we’ll read some contemporary pieces of creative nonfiction and complete some generative exercises to elicit memories and reflection that will transfer powerfully to the page. By the workshop’s end, you will have the material and the framework to begin your journey in telling your story.

Deadline to Register: January 12, 2023

Participation limited to first 40 registrants.

Saturday, January 14  |  10am-12noon EST

by Christopher Linforth


Christopher Linforth is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He has published three story collections, mostly recently The Distortions (Orison Books, 2022), and dozens of creative nonfiction pieces. He has been awarded fellowships and scholarships to many writing conferences and residency programs, including the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Kone Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the BAU Institute at the Camargo Foundation, and many others. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine Atticus Review and teaches at The Writer's Center.

Creative Nonfiction: Telling Your Story

WSW 2023 Members: Free

Nonmembers: $25 per workshop

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Saturday, January 21 |  10am-12noon EST

by Leslie Pietrzyk

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Leslie Pietrzyk’s collection of linked stories set in DC, Admit This to No One, was published in 2021 by Unnamed Press. Her first collection of stories, This Angel on My Chest, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. She is the author of three novels: Silver Girl, A Year and a Day, and Pears on a Willow Tree. Short fiction and essays have appeared in, among others, Ploughshares, Story Magazine, Hudson Review, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, The Sun, Cincinnati Review, and The Washington Post Magazine.  Awards include a Pushcart Prize in 2020. She teaches fiction in the low-residency MFA program at Converse University in Spartanburg, SC. For more information: or @lesliepwriter 


This interactive class offers an overview of the fundamentals of what makes a short story soar. We’ll study Fred Chappell’s “Children of Strikers,” keeping a close eye on character, dialogue, tension, setting, and language, and examine how these elements are used to create a masterful story in merely 1000 words. The goal is for workshop participants to come away with insight and techniques to apply to their own writing and revising

Deadline to Register: January 19, 2023

Participation limited to first 40 registrants.

Writing the Short Story

Saturday, January 28  |  10am-12noon EST

by Edwin Hill

The Structure of a Mystery: Upping the Stakes in Any Novel

In this hands-on writing workshop, we will investigate the structure of a mystery novel as a means to increase the tension and the momentum in your novel. Using the three-act structure as a model, we will carefully examine elements such as the inciting incident, the midpoint, and the climax, while paying close attention to the elements that make for a successful first act, including scene development. In the last section of the course, we will shift over to character development, focusing on using motivation to create compelling characters.

You will need a notepad, a pack of index cards, and a pen during class. While this workshop is intended for crime fiction writers, fiction writers of other genres may find it useful and are welcome to attend. 

Deadline to Register: January 26, 2023

Participation limited to first 40 registrants.


Edwin Hill’s critically acclaimed crime novels include the standalone thriller, The Secrets We Share, and three novels featuring Hester Thursby. He has been nominated for Edgar and Agatha Awards, featured in Us Magazine, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal, and was recognized as one of “Six Crime Writers to Watch” in Mystery Scene magazine. He lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts with his partner Michael and his favorite reviewer, their lab Edith Ann, who likes his first drafts enough to eat them.

Giving Feedback in Critique Groups

Participants will learn the Amherst Artists & Writers method of manuscript review, practice applying this approach to brief manuscripts, and discuss its use in critique groups. Information about how to join Winston-Salem Writers' critique groups will be provided. Registrants do not need to be in a critique group to take this workshop. 

Deadline to Register: February 3, 5:00pm

Participation limited to first 40 registrants.

Saturday, February 4  |  10am-12noon EST

by Lane Goddard

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Lane Goddard, a WSW member (since 2006) and past board member, is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists workshop leader (since 2009); she joined the AWA board in 2012, serving as secretary-treasurer, vice-chair, and chair before her retirement in 2020. Her wage-earning journey meandered through college classrooms, libraries, women’s clinics, hospitals, an apple orchard, and self-employment. She’s facilitated AWA-method creative writing sessions for WSW, and offered workshops in AWA-method manuscript review for WSW critique group leaders. All along the way, she’s collected the southern voices that speak in her novel in progress.

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