Here is what some previous Bending Genres’ online workshop writers are saying:

MaryEllen Gambutti: “The course materials and encouraging comments prompted new directions in my writing. Loved very much!”

Len Kuntz: “The course was absolutely sensational in every way. Thanks so much for all of the thought and effort you put forth.”

Emily Bertholf: “If you need a kick to get those creative juices flowing, a challenge to flex those writing chops, another set of eyes to help you figure it out or fine tune before you submit your work- this is the place for you.”

Robert Russell: “Had an absolute blast this weekend. Thank you for pushing me. All of the fantastic writing I got to read…oof, I’m floored.” 

Jayne Martin: “I feel like this should be a week-long class. So much to absorb in just two days. I’m learning so much from reading everyone’s amazing work.”

Our next BENDING GENRES online workshop will be taught by Meg Tuite on the weekend of July 13-15.

What’s it all about? Here’s the course description:

Cross- Genre Deep Leap/ Deep Sleep


As writers, we know what is expected of us. We’ve been taught what the “rules” are, and how to translate them personally.

However, in this class, we are free to experiment.


We can temporarily set form aside.


We can be free of worry what “genre” we write in. At least for now, for this weekend workshop.


We will diffuse boundaries and lines. We will work in shadows, in-betweens, in light, in sweet fire. As Joni Mitchell says:


“Come with me, I know the way…


she says, it’s down,






the dark ladder…”


How does sleep impact our work? Dreams? Mystical brain-fumblings? Lyrics? A train around midnight? How do the things around us in our everyday/ everynight existence weld their magic into our writing?


In this workshop, we will look at authors and works that transcend structure, tone, take risks, leap. Then we’ll do some writing exercises to release the cross-genre works lurking all around and inside us. After that, we’ll draft and revise a piece (or two?) with the support of myself and our glorious chorus of writers in our Cross- Genres Deep Leap/ Deep Sleep workshop.


Meet Your Instructor


Robert Vaughan is the author of five poetry, fiction and cross-genre writing books: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press, 2012); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps Press, 2013); Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014); RIFT, a collaboration of stories with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press, 2015): and FUNHOUSE (Unknown Press, 2016).

His writing has appeared in over 600 print and online journals, and over twelve anthologies. His short prose, “10,000 Dollar Pyramid” was a finalist in the Micro-Fiction Awards 2012. His story, “A Gauze, A Medical Dressing, A Scrim” won 2nd place in the Flash Fiction Chronicles String-of-Ten Five contest, 2013. Also, he was twice a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award in 2013 and 2014. His short fiction, “A Box,” from RIFT, was selected for Best Small Fictions (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2016). He was the head judge of Bath Flash Fiction Contest (October, 2016).

He leads writing roundtables at Red Oak Writing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And, he teaches writing retreats at locations like Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, NM; Synergia Ranch outside of Santa Fe, NM and EarthFirst IONS in Petaluma, CA. He also hosts online courses for Bending Genres, 2018.

He is the Editor-In-Chief at Bending Genres:



Click the button below to register and you’ll be taken to PayPal, where you can make your secure payment of $111.00. Once that’s complete, Robert Vaughan will reach out to you with the next steps! Contact Robert if you want to make other arrangements.

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Bending Genres is a literary empire comprising a magazine, online workshop, and several annual writing retreats.

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