Creative Writing Workshop

The Republic of Letters is seeking to form a collective that gathers regularly with the intention of reading, aiding, and critiquing each other’s writing. Our aim will be to take our time with each submission, with the goal of answering and addressing the author’s questions and concerns with their work. The workshop will tell you what works and what doesn’t, and if the latter, we will help you unpack the reasons why, and ways forward. Through careful and constructive exposure to the process of writing, your craft can improve in dramatic ways. So if you’re 400 pages into that novel, or if you just need that extra push to start a collection of essays, please consider joining us. All genres welcome.


This writing group meets on the last Monday of every month.  

This writing group will be led by Cathy Borders. 

The group's annual dues are $40. You pay the first time you submit. 

Please email Cathy if you're interested at

Cathy Borders is the Program Director here at The Republic of Letters. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School in New York and a Bachelor’s in English literature and theory from the University of Iowa. She’s the author of A Suburb of Monogamy, an experimental novel about the invention, withdrawal, and body of a liaison. She also founded the micropress, Omnia Vanitas Review, and has been a professional editor for over a decade. She thinks of writing differently, as something much more interesting, much more important than a thing you produce for money. Cathy runs the quarterly reading group The Lady Canon and she teaches all of the children’s workshops. She specializes in editing fiction, memoir, and hybrids, with a flare for academic, romance, fantasy, literary and experimental fiction. She also loves good young adult and children’s fiction. She’s been published in Madhatter’s Review, Ampersand Review, Green Lantern Press, and Reconfigurations, among others. She’s now working on her second novel, a young adult fantasy whose raison d'être is emotional clarity and connection, as well as a comprehensive book on using the tarot to write fiction. Her chapbook, Robin Williams Is My Uncle, is out in the wild weeds of publishing right now, we'll see if she's lucky. 

Creative Writing Group 1 is full. To be put on the waiting list (spots do open up), please email us. 

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RoL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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