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Craft Intensives

Craft Intensives

Summer 2022
Online Craft Intensives

Friday, July 22nd, 4-7 pm PST
Can I Get A Witness? Regarding the Pain of Others, with Melissa Chadburn
I’ve often struggled with the limitation of what’s deemed a literature of witness. How are we implicated in the aftermath of crimes we did not ourselves witness? How can we best carry their stories forward, without appropriating them, without unduly calling attention to ourselves, and without in turn, having their stories displaced by ours? This class will explore innovative interventions on ways of looking through works by Saidiya Hartman, Cathy Park Hong, Muriel Rukeyser and others. And developing our own witnessing practice—producing original works of nonfiction in that sweet spot of up to 1200-2000 words.

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Melissa Chadburn

Melissa Chadburn is the author of the debut novel A Tiny Upward Shove (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Chadburn is a worker lover and through her own labor and literary citizenship strives to upend economic violence. Her mother taught her how to sharpen a pencil with a knife and she’s basically been doing that ever since. She is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Southern California.


After submitting payment, you will receive an email with registration information.

Online Intensives are held on Zoom and you do not need a paid account to participate. We cap classes at 25 participants.

We offer full refunds for class cancellation up until a week before the Intensive. After that date, we do not offer refunds.



We have a very limited number of scholarships available for the Intensives. If you are interested in putting your name in the lottery, please email with your name and the class(es) you are interested in.