Kristin Offiler completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University in 2011, and went on to work as a freelance writer and then in communications for a top internet company. She’s currently working on her second novel. Her short fiction has appeared in the Waccamaw Journal and The Bookends Review, and is also featured in the Bookends Review Best of 2020 print anthology. She’s a founding member of a long-running online writing group and is passionate about the magic created in The Story Intensive. You can find her at kristinoffiler.com.
Everyone knows that writing is a solitary act, but magic can happen when writers come together. I never underestimate the power of genuine, compassionate support and feedback in my own writing life, and I love fostering that for other writers, too. I don’t think there’s a single creative person in the world whose writing life can’t benefit from being part of an encouraging community.
I learned this firsthand as a student during the first Story Intensive back in 2012. After that, through the Story Course’s Facebook page, I met the members of my writing group, and we’ve workshopped online since 2012 (and have gotten together in person many times!) They’ve gotten me through rough patches in my writing, and have helped celebrate my wins. I aim to hold the same energy for you and your writing during the Story Intensive because every writer deserves to feel the joy of a writing community.
I believe most writers are essentially after the same thing: we want to tell a great story, connect to our shared humanity, and better understand this experience of life. It’s an act of vulnerability to put pen to paper as you try to put your inner world into words, and I believe we all deserve to have our work read by thoughtful readers who respect the sacredness of reading another’s writing. There are many ways to grow as a writer, and one of them is through a shared writing experience like the Story Intensive where you not only get to write but also learn to see your writing in a new way. I’m honored to nurture a space for you and your work to keep growing, wherever you may be in your writing process right now.