Text and Live Video

In these courses, you will join both live video meetings (usually weekly Zoom calls), as well as text-based course software for course content, writing assignments, and feedback.

Upcoming Courses




February Courses

Ambient Grief: Writing the Alteration

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February 21 | 6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

How do we write about moments of painful transition, or grief that the world doesn't recognize as grief? Turn ambient pain into powerful words in this transformational personal essay workshop. 

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From Memory: Writing Fiction or Memoir from Lived Experience

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February 21 | 4 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

In this class, you'll use a nearly infinite resource—your own memory—to craft compelling fiction or nonfiction stories.

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Death Riding Shotgun: How Awareness of Our Mortality Impacts Poetry

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February 28 | 6 Weeks | $445

How can your own mortality inform your work? In this 6-week course, you'll use death to inspire and motivate your poetry writing.

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Rapid Story Development: A Master Plan for Building Stories That Work

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February 28 | 10 Weeks | $645

In this 10 week story writing class, Jeff Lyons pairs the Enneagram with story development techniques to revolutionize your writing practice.

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Stringing the Beads: Craft Your Personal Essay

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February 28 | 4 Weeks | $345

Harness the freedom of the personal essay in this 4 week course, where we'll shape our ideas, thoughts, and obsessions into compelling nonfiction pieces. 

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Where the Diary Ends and the Essay Begins

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February 28 | 6 Weeks | $445

Start a diary practice and turn it into a mode of writing personal essays in this generative journaling workshop. 

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March Courses

Sing the Body Electric: Poetry of the Body

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March 6 | 4 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

The human body is a continuous source of inspiration for poetry. Embody the poetic in this electric workshop. 

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The Magic of Flash Nonfiction

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March 6 | 4 Weeks | $345

Tell your stories quickly and stylishly in this short form creative nonfiction workshop, where you'll come away honing the magic of flash nonfiction.

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The Spirituality of Poetry

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March 6 | 6 Weeks | $445

Let the spirit of language move through you. In this 6 week course, we will study, write, and share poetry about the sacredness of human experience.

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Warp and Weft: Weaving Free Verse Poetry from Life

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March 6 | 8 Weeks | $545 | NEW!

Weave everyday events into deftly-written free verse poems in this generative, creativity-centered poetry workshop. 

Write Your Memoir in 12 Weeks

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March 6 | 12 Weeks | $995

Writing can be a solitary experience, but writing a full memoir takes energy, momentum, and moral support. Find all three in this memoir writing intensive.

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Comics for People Who Can’t Draw!

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March 13 | 6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Can't draw? No problem! In this workshop, learn how to tell complete stories in publication-ready comics, no matter your artistic background. 

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From Writing Circle to Poems in 6 Contemporary Forms

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March 13 | 6 Weeks | $425

Only 1 seat left!

From the sonnet to the villanelle, turn your journal entries into formal poetry in this 6 week writing circle workshop.

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Writing (and Reading) the American Short Story

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March 13 | 6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

In this workshop, we will read and celebrate the American short story, while writing our own fiction that honors this literary canon. 

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Writing Mindfulness: Sensual World/Poetry Mind

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March 20 | 4 Weeks | $345

A four-week class, melding the language mind with the sensual: How to turn detailed observation into a poem. With Marc Olmsted.

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Write Your World: Express Your Creativity through Article Writing, Blogging, and Essays

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March 27 | 6 Weeks | $445

Want to write your world, your way? Join us for this six-week program on article writing, blogging, and essays.

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April Courses

The Heart Remembers: Writing About Loss

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April 3 | 6 Weeks | $445

How can we organize grief and loss into language? Honor your feelings and write moving essays in this heart-centered creative nonfiction class. 

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A Poet’s Calling Card: Writing and Composing a Chapbook

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April 17 | 8 Weeks | $545

The poetry chapbook gives poets the chance to make a small, artful collection around a poetic obsession. Learn how to craft yours in this 8 week chapbook intensive.

How to Craft a Poem

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April 24 | 6 Weeks | $445

A poem can tell a story, communicate our innermost thoughts, and reveal what moves us most deeply. Craft poems that do all of this and more in this guided poetry workshop.  

The Joy of Poetry: A Beginner-Friendly Workshop

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April 24 | 6 Weeks | $445

Have you wanted to get into poetry, but don't know where to start? Learn the craft from the Joy of poetry herself in this welcoming workshop.

May Courses

Writing Our Grief: How to Channel Loss into Creative Expression

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May 8 | 8 Weeks | $545

Writing about grief is a powerful healing tool. Turn pain into power in this personal essay course, with instructor Rudri Patel.

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Telling the Stories Your Body Holds: Writing and Shaping Strong Personal Essays

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May 15 | 8 weeks | $545

Where do essays come from? In this course, they come from the body. Learn how to start—and finish—powerful essays that begin inside the self.

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June Courses

Finding Confidence in the Braided Essay: A Craft and Empowerment Workshop for Literary Nonfiction

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June 5 | 8 weeks | $615

Weaving your story with facts and research can help you craft a stronger essay. Tell your story with confidence in this empowering essay writing course.

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Call of the Weird: Poetry and Nature

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June 12 | 6 Weeks | $445

Turn your poetic lens towards the outdoors in this six week workshop, where we'll put to verse everything strange and wonderful about the natural world. 

The Healing Power of Poetry

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June 12 | 4 Weeks | $345

Poetry heals. Journey alongside several poets whose works resonate with a variety of healing themes, and learn how to use craft elements as healing tools.

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July Courses

Opening the Door to Poetry

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July 10 | 8 Weeks | $545

How do we use poetry to express life's marvelous complexity? Learn how to control language beyond the "ordinary" and discover the many possibilities of poetry.

September Courses

Telling Truth: A Poetry Workshop

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September 4 | 6 Weeks | $445

Learn how to tell your story and write a mini chapbook of poems in this truth-driven poetry workshop.

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November Courses

Write Your Novel in 12 Weeks!

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November 6 | 12 Weeks | $795

In this generative novel writing course, we'll go from writing a strong beginning to writing "The End" on your novel's first draft.

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Unscheduled Courses

These online writing classes don’t currently have a next session on our calendar, but will soon. If you see a course you’re interested in, use the “I’m Interested” button to let us know, and we’ll follow up with you when the course is on our calendar next.

Want to reach us or our instructors with questions about our online writing courses? Contact us at writers@writers.com, or visit the contact form.

*Private Class | Finding Confidence in the Braided Essay: A Craft and Empowerment Workshop for Literary Nonfiction

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January 1 | 6 to 10 weeks | $715

Weaving your story with facts and research can help you craft a stronger essay. Tell your story with confidence in this empowering essay writing course.

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*Private Class | From Pitch to Publication: Writing Narrative Journalism

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January 1 | 8 to 12 Weeks | $645

Explore literary journalism as a powerful means to share fascinating characters, stories, and perspectives. Learn all you need to start pitching, landing, and writing reported essays and features.

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*Private Class | Telling the Stories Your Body Holds: Writing and Shaping Strong Personal Essays

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January 1 | 8 to 12 weeks | $645

Where do essays come from? In this course, they come from the body. Learn how to start—and finish—powerful essays that begin inside the self.

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*Private Class | Using Bullet Journaling to Achieve Writing Goals

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January 1 | 3 to 7 weeks | $345

Looking to keep your writing goals organized? Make it happen in our bullet journaling course. Learn the art of the BuJo with Rudri Patel!

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*Private Class | Write Your World: Express Your Creativity through Article Writing, Blogging, and Essays

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January 1 | 6 to 10 Weeks | $545

Want to write your world, your way? Join us for this six-week program on article writing, blogging, and essays.

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*Private Class | Writing Our Grief: How to Channel Loss into Creative Expression

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January 1 | 8 to 12 Weeks | $645

Writing about grief is a powerful healing tool. Turn pain into power in this personal essay course, with instructor Rudri Patel.

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A Crazy Little Thing Called Love: Writing Original Love Poems

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

How do poets write about love in fresh, surprising, original ways? Tackle the art of love poetry and write about all kinds of love in this generative workshop.

Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Use Story and Premise Development for Writing Success

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5 Weeks | $395

The premise line is the only reliable tool that can tell you, BEFORE you start writing, whether or not your story will “work.” In this class participants will learn how to master the process of premise line development—the essential first step in any book or screenplay’s development process.

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Beginner’s Mind: A Mindful Approach to Personal Essays

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8 Weeks | $545 | NEW!

Write true and meaningful personal essays with the tools of mindfulness. We'll discover new insights in our work as we center ourselves, confront our inner critics, and write mindfully. 

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Both Fish and Fowl: The Prose Poem

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8 Weeks | $545

A successful prose poem reads like a magic trick. Learn how to wield the powers of poetry in the context of prose in this comprehensive prose poetry course.

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Crafting the Romance Novel

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4 Weeks | $345

More than happily ever after. Writing a romance novel is about more than just telling the story of how two characters meet, fall in love, and ride off into the sunset of happily ever after. A romance novel follows the same structure as powerful novels in other genres and employs the building blocks of great…

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Creating Narrative in Comics

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8 Weeks | $545 | NEW!

Art and storytelling have a rich relationship to one another. Explore that relationship in this class on writing narrative comics. Open to all artistic skill levels!

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De Novo: How to Build Your Own Fantasy or Sci-Fi World

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6 Weeks | $445

Create captivating worlds in this comprehensive worldbuilding course. You'll come away with fantastic settings that make your stories mesmerizing, believable, and real.

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Deep Waters: The Prose Poem Advanced Workshop

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Take the plunge in this advanced prose poetry course, where you'll write and revise short, powerful works of prose that hit like poetry.

First Pages That Will Pull Agents In!

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Polish your opening pages in this novel intensive, where you'll make your first pages so perfect, your readers will need to know what comes next.

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From Pitch to Publication: Writing Narrative Journalism

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8 Weeks | $545

Explore literary journalism as a powerful means to share fascinating characters, stories, and perspectives. Learn all you need to start pitching, landing, and writing reported essays and features.

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From Writing Circle to Finished Poem: Turn Raw Writing into Poetry

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6 Weeks | $445

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Gather together in a virtual writing circle, hit the mute button on your internal editor, and uncover inspiration to shape into poetry.

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From Writing Circles to Poems of Gratitude and Hope

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4 Weeks | $345

Poetry is a powerful method for healing and happiness. Write poems about gratitude and hope in our intimate, live-video writing circles, with instructor Susan Vespoli.

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Get It Done: Fast-Draft Your Novel in 13 Weeks

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13 Weeks | $845 | NEW!

Write a complete first draft of your novel in this 13-week intensive, where you'll learn everything you need to write a successful story. 

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How to Write Character-Driven Stories

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6 Weeks | $445

Characters don't just drive the story, they are the story. Learn how to craft character-centered fiction and give life to the people on your page.

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Intro to Fiction Writing

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8 Weeks | $545

What makes a good fiction story? Learn how to write compelling stories in this eight-week intro to fiction course, with Donna Levin.

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Kickstart Your Novel

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1 day workshop | $115 | NEW!

How do novelists turn an idea into a published book? Gain the confidence to be a novelist in this transformational 3 hour workshop. 

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Look Again: Revision for Novel Writers

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6 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

Most novels become great through the power of revision. Learn how to turn a rough draft into a swoon-worthy manuscript that readers and publishers will love.

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Plot Your Novel with the Three-Act Structure

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6 Weeks | $445

The 3 act structure gives us the scaffolding we can hang our stories off of. Come away from this class with a fully plotted novel and a plan to write it.

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Simple Summer Writing Circles and Poems

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Sail through the summer and survive the heat with these chill writing circles, where you'll laugh, vent, and honor the season in poetry.

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Simple Winter Sanity-Saving Writing Circles

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4 Weeks | $345

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Write your way to the finish line of 2023: let go of and say goodbye to a momentous year, honor the changes in yourself and the world, and set your intentions for a new chapter.

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Story Lab: Story Structure 101

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5 Weeks | $395 | NEW!

Structure is essential to great storytelling. Learn how to roadmap any story in this comprehensive story structure class.

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The Poetry of Play

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4 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

Get playful in your poetry in this fun-focused workshop, where we'll experiment our ways into new and delightful poems. 

Untie the Tropes: Write In-Depth YA Protagonists

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5 Weeks | $395

Do you want to write YA, but you're terrified of teenagers? Learn how to write authentic teen characters without tropes in this generative YA course.

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What to Do When Your Characters Fall in Love: Writing Romance in Any Genre

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5 Weeks | $395

Relationships are an important feature of fiction—and not just romances! If your non-romance work has love involved, learn the ropes in this 5 week course, open to writers of all genres.

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Write Your Novel Draft!

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8 Weeks | $545 | NEW!

Move far ahead in your novel draft, while learning the craft of novel writing and developing a stronger writing practice.

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Write Your Novel: The Art of the Outline

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8 Weeks | $545 | NEW!

Structure and start your novel in this comprehensive class. You'll come away with a skeleton for your story and at least 20 pages written.

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Writing About Family

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8 Weeks | $545

Family is complicated, and so is writing about it. Navigate the complexities of writing about real relationships in this generative essay class.

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Writing Chronic Illness

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Creative nonfiction offers a container for the sharing and exploration of illness. Tell the story of your body in this healing-oriented workshop.

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Writing Circle Workshop: A Focus on Six Contemporary Poets –Mon./Fri.

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

By studying the poems of Maya Stein, Sharon Olds, Alberto Rios, and more, write stunning poetry in this generative writing circle workshop.

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Writing Circle Workshop: A Focus on Six Contemporary Poets –Tues./Sat.

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Only 1 seat left!

By studying the poems of Maya Stein, Sharon Olds, Alberto Rios, and more, write stunning poetry in this generative writing circle workshop.

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Writing Circle Workshop: Writing for Happiness, Healing, and Health (Monday/Friday)

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6 Weeks | $445

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Expressive writing can be a powerful elixir for what ails you. Learn and practice tools for writing expressively, including two virtual writing circles each week, turn raw writing into poetry or prose, and come away with a better understanding of how writing can lead toward wellness.

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Writing Circle Workshop: Writing for Happiness, Healing, and Health (Tuesday/Saturday)

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6 Weeks | $445

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Expressive writing can be a powerful elixir for what ails you. Learn and practice tools for writing expressively, including two virtual writing circles each week, turn raw writing into poetry or prose, and come away with a better understanding of how writing can lead toward wellness.

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Writing Place in Creative Nonfiction

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5 Weeks | $395

In Creative Nonfiction, place is a character in itself. Deeply explore a narrative and a place of your choosing, and make weekly progress on your essay or memoir.

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Writing Short Stories with the Empathic Approach

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8 weeks | $545

Great fiction brings deeper understanding. Foster a greater sense of connection and supercharge your stories in this empathy-driven fiction class.

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Writing the (Modern) Love Essay

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4 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

How do you distill the complexity of (modern) love into language? Learn how in this workshop, where you'll transform your lived experience of romance into an essay. 

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