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Welcome to Shape & Flow Writing Workshops!

I am Kimberly Garts Crum, the owner and instructor at the Shape & Flow Writing studio at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville, Kentucky. I enjoyed a social work career before getting my MFA in creative nonfiction. Now, I guide aspiring writers in the retelling of true stories, for publication or posterity. 

I am pleased to have kept my studio during the pandemic, hoping someday we might meet again, in person. Our first in-person six-week studio workshop will begin Wednesday, July 7 at 10 AM. The evening session, beginning Tuesday, June 29, will remain on Zoom, to accommodate out-of-town participants. The cost is $150 per Zoom workshop; $175 per in-person workshop. Find out more about six-week workshops here.

I also lead a monthly legacy writing workshop on the first Wednesday evening of each month.

You can read some of my published writing here.

Write, share, listen, and learn.  

To inquire or enroll, e-mail me at 

Be Safe.  Be Peace. Write Forward. 



  DATELINE—April 22, 2020. Louisville, Kentucky In the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, during the time between breakfast and lunch ______________________________________________________________________________________ Sheltering-in-place seems like an opportunity for a fabulous writing retreat. Alas, I find myself distracted, unable to adhere to my writing mantra, “Don’t wait to be inspired. Write to be inspired.” Time seems suspended. Unnatural. … Continue reading Distracted

Writing in the Time of Corona

Come together, virtually. Write now! Greetings from my home office—a high swivel stool at my kitchen breakfast bar. I love the way the light slants through this room and I can hear the birds singing, as if all is right with the world. Here I can easily distract myself when my writing inspiration wanes and I forget to listen to my own advice—”Don’t wait … Continue reading Writing in the Time of Corona

Consider the Lowly Hermit Crab

I first read about the hermit crab in Barbara Kingsolver’s essay collection, High Tide in Tucson. In this true story about a stowaway crustacean, Kingsolver creates a lively lyrical first person narrative, in which the crab becomes a metaphor for how creatures habituate to their environments. Indeed, the hermit crab makes good metaphor. When you feel cramped, find a new shell to call … Continue reading Consider the Lowly Hermit Crab

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“The workshop is an enjoyable, stimulating way to learn and develop writing skills with a wonderful instructor and inspired women.”

“I have learned how creating scenes, using dialogue to move the story along, and integrating the setting with the characters can make your writing more engaging.”