Welcome to the Carve Classroom

Are you a writer? You've come to the right place. Online workshops, critique services, and "tips for writers" blog posts can help you improve your knowledge and understanding of writing and publishing.

Are you a teacher or educator? We can help you bring contemporary short stories into your classroom with our educational discounts on back issues and comprehensive lesson plans.

Online workshops

Learn the basics of craft in a virtual community.

Featuring self-study or mentorship tracks, our workshops help you learn the elements of craft and let you share your work in a unique community platform.

custom Critiques

Get professional feedback from an editor.

For both prose and poetry, our affordable critiques allow you to get a lit mag editor's perspective on the strengths and challenges of your own work.

tips for writers

Become informed on writing and publishing.

From submission etiquette to overcoming writer's block, our bloggers offer their tried-and-true tips on all areas of writing and the writer's life.


contemporary literature for your classroom

Empower and enlighten the next generation of writers.

With a vast collection of back issues and online short stories, Carve is a great tool for introducing your students to quality literature and contemporary authors.

Educators can order any of our back issues in bulk (min. 25) to introduce your English and Creative Writing students to a living, breathing literary magazine that features HONEST FICTION, interviews with writers, new poetry, nonfiction, illustrations, and more.

Separately, we also offer 9 free comprehensive lesson plans, each centered around a Carve short story. All include audio recordings of the stories, interactive activities and discussion prompts, and critical reading and writing exercises.


Carve Online Workshops

Learn and practice the elements of crafting a short story in our self-paced online fiction workshop.

Course Content

We currently offer two six-week courses that focus on a different element of the craft each week.

Each lesson will offer in-depth explanations, examples, and reading and writing exercises to help you better understand and hone your use of the craft.

All reading assignments come direct from the Carve online archives to ground your studies in contemporary, published content.

Study Tracks

You'll choose from two study tracks:

Self-study: You'll receive a new lesson each week with your assignments for you to complete on your own schedule.

Guided Feedback: You'll be assigned a mentor and a weekly deadline to submit your reading and writing exercises. Your mentor will review and provide written feedback to reinforce skills and encourage continued analysis.

Both tracks can interact with other students taking the course and participate in online discussions.

Delivery Platform

We use the Wet Ink platform to deliver lesson content. With Wet Ink, you'll be able to:

+Log in and complete lessons anywhere with an internet connection
+Start discussions with other students currently taking the course
+Share your own work and chat with other students currently taking the course
+Submit all your writings and responses in one place with no need to save or email files.

You also get to keep all of your content at the conclusion of the class.


Ready to sign up? Register for a workshop.

Register for Workshops

Elements of craft for beginners I

Topics: Overview of Craft, Point-of-View, Dialogue, Inner Monologue, Description, Character.

Length: 6 weeks.

Next start date: August 24

$75 - Self-study
$150 - Guided Feedback


Elements of craft for beginners II

Please note: Beginners I is recommended but not required to take this class.

Topics: Conflict vs. Tension, Use of Senses, Imagery, Metaphors & Similes, Narrative Voice, Threading.

Length: 6 weeks.

Next start date: November 9

$75 - Self-study
$150 - Guided Feedback

Carve Critiques

We offer affordable critiques for prose and poetry, focusing on structure, character, and elements of craft, all in an effort to make your work more attractive to publishers.

Thanks for the critique of my story. It was shortlisted for the Willesden Herald Short Story Competition and will be published in their anthology. The critique you gave me was extremely helpful in my revisions and the story wouldn’t have come this far without your advice.
— David Lewis


Developmental Option
Receive a 1 page (single-spaced) critique focusing on overall storytelling elements and techniques such as structure, character development, plot, dialogue, POV, voice, and style.

Line-by-Line Option
A developmental critique plus line edits and notes throughout the manuscript to highlight elements of the writing that are strong or need improvement. Corrections to grammar and punctuation may be made but are not the primary focus.

Prose critiques are conducted by Carve's Executive Editor Matthew Limpede. Fees and guidelines are accessible on our Submittable page for critiques.

As executive editor of Carve, Matthew has worked with and published over 100 new and emerging writers since 2007.

As executive editor of Carve, Matthew has worked with and published over 100 new and emerging writers since 2007.


Comprehensive Option

Receive up to 1 page (single-spaced) of feedback on entire manuscript focusing on poetic elements such as stanza and line-break structures, imagery and sound, and themes and style. Also includes line edits and notes throughout the manuscript to highlight elements of the writing that are strong or need improvement.

Poetry critiques are conducted by a rotating staff of Carve editors. Fees and other guidelines are accessible on our Submittable page for critiques.


Carve Tips for Writers

Here you'll find our most recent and most popular "Tips for Writers" posts from the blog so you can learn how to improve your writing and share in the joys and challenges of the writer's life.

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Most Popular

Go ahead, read 'em all or search our complete archives to find more you're interested in.


Carve for Teachers & Educators

Bring Carve issues into your classroom with our educational discounts on back issues or bring in just the short stories by downloading our free comprehensive lesson plans.

I used the Fall 2013 issue with my A.P. Literature class. It went really well. Students grasped the stories’ complexity and gained a greater understanding of point of view, which I’d been focusing on the entire year.
— Christine H.

Educational discounts on PRINT back issueS

Diverse Voices & Unique Features

Help your students discover the magic of literary magazines by including a back issue of Carve as part of their required reading. With roughly a dozen stories, poems, nonfiction essays, and interviews in each issue, Carve is a bite-size lit mag just right for classrooms, helping students consume a wide variety of voices in a short amount of time.

Whether you teach English, rhetoric, or creative writing, our unique features such as Decline/Accept, Story Statshot, and What We Talk About interviews with authors will help give students a broader perspective of literature by exposing them to the challenges of writing, editing, and submitting as a writer today.

Availability & Ordering

Though many issues sell out to the general public, we're able to conduct small reprint runs for educators and bundle them for a generous discount (minimum 25 copies). Keep the content fresh by returning to order more recent issues year after year.

Teachers may request a free digital PDF copy of any back issue. Our editors can also offer recommendations on which issues are appropriate for your classroom audience. Every bulk order comes with a free one-year subscription.

Contact us to get a quote, free sample, or a recommendation.

The short stories are amazing — the lessons are very rigorous, which is fantastic.
— Elizabeth H.
My students and were excited to be working with contemporary writers who are “living” and accessible! We found that connecting online with other readers and the author directly — via posts, emails and Skype — was exciting and fun!
— Holly S.

FREE Lesson Plans

We have 9 lesson plans, each centering around a different Carve short story. Each short story is available to read online and includes an audio version that can be streamed in the classroom or at home. Lesson plan components are structured to be rigorous and inspire critical thinking and creative evaluation of contemporary fiction. All lesson plans include:

Pre-Reading Context
+Detailed "About the Author"
+Introduction and Story Synopsis
+Interactive Opening Activity

Post-Reading Exercises
+Content and Craft Discussion Questions
+Expository and Creative Writing Prompts

Beyond the Story
+Literary Connections with Other Works
+Ways to "Connect with the Author"

All lesson plans are free for teachers and educators to download. Lesson plans are grouped into three recommended audiences based on content, language, and maturity of themes in the stories.

Download the free lesson plans:


Special thanks to Susanne Rubenstein, T.M. DeVos, and Nicole Pettee.