Summer Workshop


Get Your Story Publication Ready!

Fiction – Essays – Edits – Experts

The Masters Review Summer Workshop aims to connect emerging writers with experts in the field. This workshop helps authors get stories and essays publication ready before many literary magazines reopen submissions in the fall. By pairing each student with an experienced instructor, we hope to give participants not only thorough edits on a specific piece, but also ideas about how to continue to build a career as an author.


Editorial Letter

Every participating student will receive an editorial letter from one of our experienced instructors. This letter will outline specific suggestions and developmental edits that will help elevate your story to the next level. Personal notes and feedback from editors from other prestigious literary magazines is incredibly rare and valuable. Find out what an editor really thinks of your work. Get your work in front of the people who make decisions!


We are proud to announce the following instructors will be participating this summer:

Ashley Farmer is the author of the chapbook Farm Town (Rust Belt Bindery, 2012) and the collection Beside Myself (PANK/Tiny Hardcore Press, 2014).  A former editor for publications like Atomica MagazineSalt Hill Journal and others, she currently serves as a managing editor for Juked.  Ashley resides in Southern California, where she’s at work on both a hybrid memoir and a fiction collaboration with her husband, Ryan Ridge.

Anna Prushinskaya is a fiction writer and acts as Midwest Editor at Joyland, a literary magazine that curates fiction regionally. She previously worked at innovative independent publisher, Electric Literature, and received her MFA from Brooklyn College. Her writing as appeared in The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Midwestern Gothic, and the Sonora Review, among others.

Daniel Bullard-Bates is an editor for theNewerYork. An accomplished editor and writer, he lives in a weird old house in Portland, Oregon, doing both of those things. If he were in a post-apocalyptic wasteland gang, he would shave his head and grow out his beard.

Sarah Wells is the managing editor for Riverteeth, a journal of narrative nonfiction. She is the author of Pruning Burning Bushes (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012) and Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award (Finishing Line Press, 2009). Her writing has appeared in many journals, most recently Ascent, Brevity, Chautauqua, The Common, The Good Men Project, The Pinch, Poetry East, Puerto del Sol, River Teeth and Rock & Sling. Her essays, “Country Boys, City Boys” and “Those Summers, These Days” were listed as notable essays in the Best American Essays 2013 and 2012, respectively. Sarah serves as the Administrative Director for the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University.

Jason Diamond is a writer and editor who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, his two cats, and a dog named Max. He’s the founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, current Literary Editor at Flavorwire, former New York Deputy Editor of Flavorpill, and the former editor of His writing has been published by The New York Times, The Paris Review, The New York Observer, Vulture, The New Republic,, Bookforum, The Awl,  The Believer, Tablet, Vice, The Rumpus, The Forward, Impose, Capital New York, the Chicago Tribune, and many other places.


Early Registration: July 1 – July 15, 2014

Regular Registration: July 16 – August 15, 2014

All stories will be returned with edits complete by Friday, September 5, 2014.


We are accepting works of fiction and creative nonfiction up to twenty-five double-spaced pages, or 6,250 words. All genres and all styles are welcome. If there is an editor you would like to work with, please specify and provide an alternate in your submission cover letter.


Attendees will receive:

  • line edits from our copy editor
  • an editorial letter and personal feedback from one of our instructors, including specific notes on suggested revisions to your story (developmental edits)
  • cover letter suggestions from our editorial team
  • suggestions on literary magazines and contests that would be a good fit for your work
  • a story that is publication ready
  • a copy of The Masters Review Volume II with Stories Selected by AM Homes


Early Registration: $299 (July 1 – July 15)

Regular Registration: $350 (July 16 – August 15)

Questions? Concerns? If so, please email: