You're making time for your writing.
Perhaps you're writing more than ever.

But you wonder: How does your writing come across to readers? What have you even written? Sometimes you're too close to your writing to tell! And how do you find people you trust to read it? Perhaps you're ready to grow the quality of your prose. You want to learn to tell stories and share ideas in ways that are meaningful for an audience.


You are ready for the Critique Group and Craft Course

ŸŸYou and a small group of writers will be guided to share feedback on your writing.
You'll get a sense for how your writing resonates with readers
learn how to be a good writing partner.

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You'll attend online craft seminars tailored to your writing and your writing style.
The content will be customized to the group discussions and your writing
so you'll know how to act on the feedback you receive.

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You will receive a professional critique and a private coaching session from Alissa.
You'll know what you're doing well and
be energized to make focused, effective improvements.

Grow your confidence and the quality of your writing.

Writers who learn to give and receive feedback under the guidance of a trusted mentor and coach see the quality of their writing and their confidence grow. Alissa is here for you.


“Alissa’s vast knowledge about the craft of writing paired with her gentleness, humor and patience created an inviting place for me to unlock my writing, and courageously face blocks and uncertainties. Her step-by-step process and insightful feedback allowed me to reach beyond what I thought was possible. I am excited to continue fostering this creative fire that Alissa has sparked!” --Sarah, MN



“Alissa has the gift of saying the right things, by paying close attention to what her client is saying, and of suggesting what might be the next helpful step(s)... Having a guide there who actually knows your work intimately is a rare circumstance. I’m grateful for it. ”

--Laurie, CA


Designed with you in mind.


The critique group and craft seminar is designed with you in mind. We are limiting space is this group so that it can be fully customized to meet your needs as a writer and the writing you bring to the group.

What can you expect?

  • A small, supportive group of writers learning to give and receive focused and helpful feedback.

  • To learn elements of craft that directly relate to what you and your fellow writers are creating.
  • To receive professional input on a short story, essay, feature story, or chapter to help you ensure that you're sharing the story or main message that you want to share. 
  • To experience an emphasis on actionable feedback so you feel energized to grow the quality of your writing.
  • To benefit from a private session with a coach who knows how to zero in on the heart of your story and your next steps.



Ready to learn more? The next group starts in March.

Apply for the Critique Group and Craft Seminar today. Alissa will follow up with you personally to discuss program details and tuition, and determine whether this small-group writing intensive is a good fit for this stage of your writing journey: 

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We look forward to hearing from you! Alissa will follow up with you personally and you may also contact her at alissa [at] writingstrides [dot] com.