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Redbud Writing Project to Serve Triangle

Co-Founder Emily Cataneo

Many thanks to our board president, Shervon Cassim, who just let us know that two graduates of NC State’s MFA program–Emily Cataneo and Arshia Simkin—have started the Redbud Writing Project, a writing school for creative writers and are offering workshops in the Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding metro areas).

The Redbud Writing Project plans to hold classes in community spaces in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham, on topics ranging from short story and novel writing to memoir, submitting, publishing, and more. They plan to offer one-off workshops and three-day intensive workshops (the first of which are planned for the end of June and the middle of July), while their signature offering will be six-week craft/workshop classes that allow students to explore elements of fiction while also receiving feedback on their own work. The first six-week workshop classes will begin at the end of August.

One of the primary goals at Redbud is to contribute to the Triangle’s robust literary community. They understand that this region is home to many writers who cannot take two years out of their lives to pursue an MFA, but who want access to regular, rigorous classes where they can improve their craft and make literary friends.

Co-Founder Arshia Simkin

Redbud is currently offering a 40 percent discount to NC Writers’ Network members using an initial sign-up code by June 15:


For more information, and to register for classes, visit

You also can find them on social media at and @redbudwriting on Twitter and Instagram.