NEW FOR 2022

Fiction Kitchen

Draft. Revise. Connect.

Fiction Kitchen is an intensive hybrid workshop for writers looking to further, fine-tune, and finish their work, with an in-person launch followed by monthly on-line meetings. It’s an experience custom-designed for busy people who want (or even need) to write. Join in for community, commitment, and creative thrills.


In-person weekend: Saturday, November 5 + Sunday, November 6, 2022

Follow-up meetings: Four Sundays, 3-5:30 pm: December 4, January 8, February 5, March 5


YOU—determined and curious, interested in working alongside like-minded people to grow as a writer.

ME—the same. Also, the author of novels and short stories, and a devoted writing instructor who has led courses for years at Brooklyn’s Center for Fiction, Iowa Summer Writing Festival, MFA programs, prisons, and elsewhere. Learn more about me here.

What’s Included?

The In-Person Intensive Weekend

We will gather in western Massachusetts, in the Connecticut River Valley, a paradise of college towns, dairy farms, idiosyncratic bookshops, and cannabis dispensaries.

Meetings will take place Saturday from 10am to 3pm and Sunday from 10am to 12 noon in my home in Northampton, with roomy meeting spaces plus private nooks for writing. Our time together will include…

  • Workshopping and in-depth discussions. We’ll explore your work, your inspirations and challenges, plus dive into strategies for refining structure, sense, and style.
  • Timed deep-focus writing sessions. Optional prompts/portals provided. Generate new work and new insights into work in progress.
  • Bookish barbecue: A Saturday evening of writerly socializing, featuring sensational Texas-style slow-smoked barbecue, very delicious vegetarian/vegan dishes, and southern sides.
  • Additional fiction fuel: working lunch on Saturday; coffee/tea, cold drinks, and snacks on both days.

+ Four Keep-Going Group Workshops

Via Zoom. After our weekend, we will move forward over four months as a committed writing group, offering feedback and support to each other during our monthly meetings. Each member’s work will be the focus of at least two group discussions, plus each piece will receive extensive margin notes. (You’ll tell us what type of feedback you find useful; sharing is always optional.)

+ Two Private Conferences

Each student will have two private Zoom chats with me. Before our first weekend, we’ll meet to get to know one another and discuss your goals. After our final group meeting, I’ll offer one-on-one responses to your writing and discuss next steps toward completion and/or publication.

FEE: $975. Minimum 6 participants. Maximum 10 participants.

Accommodations not included. Local options range in price from $65/night to over $300. Special $160/night Fiction Kitchen rate offered at the nearby Old Mill Inn. I’ll send more details and suggestions upon registration.

Make it work for you: Interested in a fully virtual version? Have other questions? Let’s talk! Email me at dimmergut at

What are the criteria for joining the group? Fiction Kitchen is for writers with solid skills and room to grow. Publications and degrees are lovely but not as important as a steadfast devotion to the craft and a desire to expand one’s creative reach. Memoir writers welcome!

$200 deposit due upon registration confirmation, refundable before September 1. Balance due by October 1. Covid contingency: if safety precludes meeting in-person, we will hold our weekend intensive online and cost of food will be refunded.


Artwork: Franklin White, Burners, c. 1968