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T. Dagarim from Atlanta, GA December 1, 2015 - 7:56am

Hi all,

I'm new to this site, and also new to writing in general. One consistent message that I've been receiving is that I should join a local workshop.

I'm personally drawn to the minimalism writing technique employed by Amy Hempel, Chuck Palahniuk, Brett Easton Ellis, and Tom Spanbauer to name a few. Do any of you guys know a good workshop happening in the Atlanta area that I could join? I know that it may not be specifically tailored to that style, but I also want to ensure that it's a workshop that will help me progress as a writer and not a hobbyist.

Any help is appreciated!



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XyZy from New York City is reading Seveneves and Animal Money December 1, 2015 - 9:56am

Oh, you just missed out then. Chuck and Suzy are teaching a masterclass on minimalism here online in March, but it sold out already. Chuck's craft essays are online here, if you want his take, and they are quite good. The writing workshop here at litreactor has a lot of minimalists and followers of the Spanbauer's Writing Dangerously techniques (via Chuck) so you would get some good feedback that way. And outside of an actual local writing group, the workshop here is probably one of the best resources you could use.

As for local to Atlanta, I can't help. Perhaps, if no one here is in your area, you could try asking around at bookstores (if there are any local bookstores left) or at the university. I don't know how Georgia State fares in its English department, but it's a place to start. Or maybe start your own workshopping group?