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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.

Nathaniel Perry Instructor: Nathaniel Perry
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
Saturday, July 18, 2015 | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

This seminar will investigate the sonnet as deeply as is possible in a single morning. We'll talk about the history of the form, its many variants, its most notable practitioners, etc. We will also consider larger questions – what might one hope to gain from writing a sonnet? What does it mean to set an idea in this ancient and peculiar form? Students should bring a completed sonnet to the class and be ready to write more and read.

Read more: Seminar: The Sonnet

Jeanne Siler Instructor: Jeanne Siler
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
Sunday, July 26, 2015 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

Learn to write compelling and engaging travel narratives (personal essays, articles ,or memoir pieces), which combine the eye of a journalist with the flair of a storyteller. In-class readings and exercises will address pertinent craft issues, and we'll also discuss the practical matters of how to submit your work for publication.

Read more: Seminar: Travel Writing

Jay Kauffmann Instructor: Jay Kauffmann
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
Sunday, August 02, 2015 | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

Write a micro-memoir under 1000 words—the nonfiction equivalent of flash fiction—which might hold the seed of a full-length work. There will be in-class readings and exercises that address pertinent craft issues, and we will explore the essential elements of memoir writing, such as sensory imagery, metaphoric language, distinctive voice, dramatic arc, and focused theme.

Read more: Seminar: Micro Memoir

Jeff Kleinman Instructor: Jeff Kleinman
Cost: $65.00 Members | $85.00 Non-Members
Sunday, August 09, 2015 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

Everything a writer needs to know about finding and working with an agent, including how to research, locate, and approach the agent best for you and your project; what material you need to submit to an agent; standard author/agent agreement terms; what to expect your agent to do and not to do for you; what you should do and not do for your agent, and more.

Read more: Seminar: Agent 101

Warren Rochelle Instructor: Warren Rochelle
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
Saturday, September 12, 2015 | 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

Elves, dragons, and wizards. Witches and wardrobes and talking lions. At first glance these commonplace elements of fantasy seem to have little or no connection to the world in which the fantasy writer and the fantasy reader live. How does one handle the intersections of the fantastic and the real?

Read more: Seminar: Fantasy Writing

Samar Fitzgerald Instructor: Samar Fitzgerald
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
Sunday, September 20, 2015 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

How do we define honest writing in fictional narratives? How useful are the labels we apply to different prose styles, and must we ultimately choose between Hemingway's minimalism and Faulkner's stream of consciousness? Short readings and in-class writing exercises will help us think more critically about these kinds of questions.

Read more: Seminar: Honest Writing-Finding Your Voice

We offer a variety of 6-week classes, daytime and evening. Our workshops are limited to 12 students, except where otherwise specified. See the current list below.

Andrew Martin Instructor: Andrew Martin
Cost: $142.00 Members | $158.00 Non-Members
6 Thursdays, June 25 -July 30, 2015 | 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Limited to 12 students.

In this workshop, we’ll write and discuss fiction of all kinds. The work you bring to class—stories, novel excerpts, and the many rest stops in between—will be the foundation of the course, but we’ll also read some exemplary published work and generate material through in-class improvisations. And we’ll revise; oh man, will we revise. All levels of experience are welcome, as long as you’re ready to write and be a supportive, tough-minded reader.

Read more: Morning Fiction

Douglas Nordfors Instructor: Douglas Nordfors
Cost: $142.00 Members | $158.00 Non-Members
6 Tuesdays, June 23 -July 28, 2015 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

This class will be a “user-friendly” workshop for beginning or experienced poets. Through the examples of their own work, participants will discuss two classic approaches: poems in which style, content, and form (free verse or otherwise) "click into place," and poems that work upon the reader in a more mysterious way. The class will be free to evolve in any way the writers as a group deem important, and weekly poem assignments will be optional.

Read more: Evening Poetry Workshop

Jay Varner Instructor: Jay Varner
Cost: $142.00 Members | $158.00 Non-Members
6 Mondays, June 22 -July 27, 2015 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

Through writing, reading, and discussion, we will explore narrative nonfiction: storytelling about real people, real places, and real events. Creative nonfiction allows a writer to employ the diligence of a reporter, the shifting voices and viewpoints of a novelist, the refined wordplay of a poet, and the analytical modes of an essayist.

Read more: Evening Nonfiction Workshop

Jay Varner Instructor: Jay Varner
Cost: $142.00 Members | $158.00 Non-Members
6 Wednesdays, June 24 -July 29, 2015 | 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Limited to 12 students.

Through writing, reading, and discussion, we will explore narrative nonfiction: storytelling about real people, real places, and real events. Creative nonfiction allows a writer to employ the diligence of a reporter, the shifting voices and viewpoints of a novelist, the refined wordplay of a poet, and the analytical modes of an essayist.

Read more: Morning Nonfiction