Writing Classes

Class Size

Our workshops are capped at 12 students, and the minimum to hold a class is 5. We've been in workshops elsewhere that had 16 or more students, so we feel 12 is a reasonable size. A few of our classes are designed to have smaller groups and that number is specified in the description. The prices of these are increased accordingly. Most of our seminars are capped at 12 students; a few seminars are capped at 18, as noted below. 

Inclement Weather

If the weather is questionable, we will send an email to your class list. We will also change our outgoing voicemail message, put a notice on our home page, and post messages to Facebook and Twitter. Here is the complete policy from our FAQ.

If you have other questions about our class policies, please see our FAQ.

Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your enrollment for any reason, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our refund policy for cancellations is as follows:

3 weeks before the class or seminar start date: Eligible for a full refund.

1-3 weeks before the class or seminar start date: Eligible for a full credit towards a future class or seminar.

Less than 1 week before the class or seminar start date: Not eligible for credit or a refund.

In the event that we have to cancel a class or seminar for lack of enrollment or any other reason, you are eligible for a full refund or credit towards a future class. If your payment was made via PayPal, you will be eligible for a full refund, minus the nonrefundable PayPal fee.

We have a limited amount of funding to help those who want to take a class or seminar but can't afford it. In order to apply, please download and fill out our Scholarship/Subsidy Form and send it to us with your class registration and partial payment. We ask that anyone who receives subsidies please remember us with a donation when you are able.

In addition to our regular eight-week classes, we have half-day, one-day, and two-day seminars. See the current list below.

Edward M Instructor: Edward M. Lerner
Cost: $90.00 Members | $100.00 Non-Members
Saturday, May 02, 2015 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

Want your aliens to seem alien? Your elves, orcs, and zombies to stand out from the rest? In this advanced science fiction and fantasy seminar, we’ll look at physically believable “others” and how they fit their environment, behavior (alien drives and psychology), culture (drawing upon the wealth of human history), and language and communications. As our final group exercise, we’ll tackle a group-selected cultural issue, such as religion, warfare, gender roles, or the alien city.

Read more: Seminar: Science Fiction and Fantasy: Aliens and Their Societies

Jay Varner Instructor: Jay Varner
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
Saturday, May 30, 2015 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Limited to 18 students.

Do you use ten words to say what could be said in five? Do your words say what you mean? If not, as William Zinsser says, perhaps "some fuzz has worked its way into the machinery." Readers expect writers to have distilled their prose to its essence--whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, the style simple or complex. We will discuss examples of great prose, common issues with prose, and touch upon two things that make all writers cringe: grammar and punctuation.

Read more: Seminar: Clean Out the Fuzz: Crafting Prose with Meaning, Sense, and Clarity

Carl Rollyson Instructor: Carl Rollyson
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
Sunday, June 07, 2015 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

This course is for beginning and advanced writers interested in research. Every project means learning new skills and reaching out to writers and others. Nowadays, a crucial tool is social media, which means not just targeting specific sources of information, but also finding sites that allow you to discuss your research. We’ll cover how libraries, archives, and other groups are assisting researchers, and bring in your own experiences in a hands-on session that will include how to research for your projects.

Read more: Seminar: Research for Writing

Kristen-Paige Madonia Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
Saturday, June 20, 2015 | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

How do we create the sound of strong characters, and, more importantly, how do we assure those voices are consistent, authentic, and distinct? In an attempt to model craft techniques used by accomplished authors, this class will use published examples and in-class writing prompts to explore our tools as writers so we can develop unique character voices. This half-day seminar is designed for fiction writers of all levels and genres.

Read more: Seminar: Do You Hear What I Hear? Developing Voice in Fiction

We offer a variety of eight-week classes, daytime and evening. Our workshops are limited to 12 students, except where otherwise specified. See the current list below.