Online Workshops

Barrelhouse runs online fiction and poetry workshops for writers who are looking to hone their craft in a professional, fun, and encouraging environment. Participation is $225 and proceeds go to Barrelhouse and our guest instructors. Workshop space is limited to 12 participants.

Our next workshop, a Fiction Workshop with Barrelhouse founding Editor and Writer Dave Housley, starts September 10, 2017. 

How Does it Work?

These are online workshops, so, you know, everything is online. Participants don’t have to be in a certain place at a certain time. They log in to the workshop space throughout the week, whenever convenient for them. We’ve had workshop participants from all over the world.

Work is generally posted every week, and each participant posts their comments to that week’s discussion board. Discourse grows during the course of the week, ideally very similar to a face-to-face workshop. At the same time, we frequently have a number of discussions happening on various topics, including general writing-related and publishing issues and questions, to very specific elements of craft. The workshops are run using the Canvas learning management system, a state of the art, cloud-based solution for online education (we use the free version, because it is free ;-). 

Testimonials from Our Last Workshop: 

From the evaluations of our last online fiction workshop with Dave Housley: 

"Comments on stories were generally very thoughtful and constructive. Comments from the workshop leader were thoughtful and constructive, but also in-depth and detailed, carefully deconstructing the story and making precise suggestions for improvement. Workshops always depend on the quality of the participants and the leader and in this case, both were excellent. I also thought the discussion boards on craft were helpful and the many links to articles were very useful. Limiting the workshop to 12 participants made it manageable in terms of reading and feedback, and gave each participant the chance to present 2 stories. That is good value for the fee." 

"I thought it was as strong of a class as other independent workshops I've taken, and better than undergraduate workshops I have taken in the past. People were committed, intelligent, and knew what they were talking about. The feedback was varied and in-depth, and the related conversations about plot, revision, submitting, etc. were also very valuable. If someone were interested in taking the workshop, I would emphasize the value: The price is the fraction of the cost of even an affordable college class, but the experience was much better, in my mind. Eight weeks for two hundred dollars is incredibly cost-effective."

Currently Enrolling: Online Fiction with Dave Housley, starting September 10, 2017

Our next workshop will start on September 10 and will be led by Barrelhouse Founding Editor and Writer Dave Housley. Enrollment is $225 and will be limited to 12 participants. Because we have a limited number of spaces available, this fee is refundable only until 7 days before the start date. Enroll below. 


About Dave



Dave Housley's fourth collection of short fiction, Massive Cleansing Fire, was published in 2017 by Outpost 19. His first novel, This Darkness Got to Give, will be published in Summer 2017 by Pandamoon Publishing. His previous books at If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home, Commercial Fiction, and Ryan Seacrest is Famous. He is one of the founding editors and all around do-stuff people at Barrelhouse, and one of the co-founders and the current organizer of the Conversations and Connections writer's conference. 

Here are a few stories in case you want to check him out further: 

Lawn Man, in Little Fiction

The Fires, in Booth

What We Talk About When We Talk About Aliens, in Split Lip

State Farm, at Hobart


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