Summer classes are here!

Fiction Workshop for Complete Drafts

Tuesdays, 6 weeks
Mar 26
Apr 30
6:00 - 8:00PM CT
Loie Rawding
The Porch House at 2811 Dogwood Pl., Nashville, TN 37204
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This is an intensive workshop for writers who have a finished draft.

While our reasons for writing may vary wildly, one thing is certain: putting your pages in front of readers is a necessary next step toward making your project the strongest it can be. In this space, your manuscript will be reviewed by the instructor and each member of the class. We will engage in respectful and rigorous feedback, both written and shared in-person. Writers will be encouraged to participate in these critiques by asking questions and following up with revisions. In addition to reading each other’s work, we will discuss established authors through the lens of craft analysis as well as the obstacle course that is the publishing industry. There will also be an option to follow up with the instructor for a one-on-one session.

This is an application-based workshop. While there is no assumption of a certain level of experience, we ask that you complete a brief application that mirrors the process of applying to high-level residencies and programs. Consider this an opportunity to practice some of the required business of being a writer, of which we will also commiserate as a group. Workshop will be limited to 8 people, accepted based on the completeness and preparedness of their application. Please contact The Porch at with any questions.

Loie Rawding grew up on the coast of Maine. Her novel, Tight Little Vocal Cords, was a finalist for the Big Other Book Awards and a Lambda Literary Most Anticipated Books of 2020. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Loie's writing and literary criticism has been in publication all over the world. She lives in East Nashville with her family and is currently at work on her third novel-length project. For more:

What Our Students Say

“Loie was a terrific instructor. She built a strong rapport immediately with her students and led reflective discussions. Her written reviews are thorough and it is clear she puts a significant amount of time into the organization of the class. I was inspired and challenged by her comments and with each session.”

“Loie was wonderful. She treated everyone's work with equal seriousness and insight, fostered a supportive atmosphere among the group, and really motivated us to do our best work. I'll absolutely recommend her classes to others.”

“Loie is so supportive. She forced us all to really dig deep into what story we were all trying to tell in our first drafts. I’m thankful for all the feedback and advice on how to pursue publishing that she was able to offer. I’d love to take another class from her again!”

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