Shivering and Lonely: Rescuing Your Abandoned Drafts

Ever sat down and written the beginning of a piece you absolutely loved? Maybe it was in a workshop, and you read it aloud and everyone loved it. Maybe you were on your own and you leaned back in your chair and said, “This is AMAZING.”

That’s what this workshop is about.

Because so many times we start something fantastic and then never come back to it. Or we come back to it and can’t figure out what happens next. Or decide, falsely, that it isn’t worth the time.

Day 1: Tools to revitalize your piece.

You have a week to finish the piece, fiddle with it, and polish it.

Day 2: We talk about what worked and didn’t. More tools for finishing and applying the final polish. You’ll have an opportunity to share your newly loved piece.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to bring an abandoned piece to work with in this workshop.

What Participants Will Take Away

  • Tools to revitalize an abandoned piece.
  • Ways to find the spark in a piece you like but isn’t quite there.
  • Ideas about the way emotion and theme effect a stalled piece.

This workshop is suitable for all levels.

There will be an optional opportunity to share.

This workshop takes place across two days:

June 4 and 11: 4 PM PDT / 7 PM EDT / 8 AM JST / 9 AM AEST


June 25 and July 2: 8 AM PDT / 11 AM EDT / 4 PM BST / 8:30 PM IST

About Instructor

Sage Tyrtle’s work is available or upcoming in New Delta Review, The Offing, and Apex among others. She reads for Hippocampus and Fractured Lit. Her words have been featured on NPR, CBC, and PBS and she’s been nominated three times for Pushcart, once for Best American Short Stories. She runs a low cost online writing workshop collective.

Click here for the Crow Collective Workshop FAQ.


Click here for the text version of the time June 4 and June 11 zone map.

Click here for the text version of the June 25 and July 2 time zone map.

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