Writing Classes

Jeff KleinmanInstructor: Jeff Kleinman
Cost: $65.00 Members | $85.00 Non-Members
Sunday, August 30, 2015 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

This seminar is now full.

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

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

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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.

FallClassCoverWriterHouse is pleased to announce that our Fall Schedule is now live and available for view on our website. We are excited to be offering a selection of poetry, fiction and nonfiction workshops, as well as seminars, Launching a Book-Length Memoir, Improv Techniques to Improve Writing, Food Writing and more! 


For Fall 2015 classes and seminars, if you register by 11:59PM on August 31, 2015, and pay by cash or check, you can take an additional 5% early registration discount. The discount is not available when you pay via PayPal. Fall Session 2015 begins September 27th; seminars held before that date are not eligible for the early registration discount.

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

Sharon Harrigan Instructor: Sharon Harrigan
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
1 Saturday, November 07, 2015 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

Do you have a book in you? Anyone who’s survived childhood does. Perhaps you’ve lived through a dramatic event, or maybe you want to write about your life through the lens of food, travel, illness, parenthood, recovery, identity, or grief. Maybe the story you have to tell is about your work or about a bygone era or a place that now only still exists in your memory. How do you turn memories into memoir? How do you write scenes, then build them into a whole book? In this half-day seminar, we’ll talk about how to take the raw material of your life and turn it into a satisfying story arc, with a beginning, middle, and end. Or, if you prefer, a quest with an Act I (set up), Act II (obstacles), and Act III (resolution).

We’ll talk about story structure and how a book-length memoir can be built from the ground up (with an idea) or from personal essays you may have already written. We’ll engage in a series of in-class writing exercises to show you how to make the leap from your memory to the page, from one scene to a whole book. Come with a notebook or computer for the writing exercises. If you’d like, bring in a one-page summary of the project you’ve started or would like to work on. If you haven’t yet chosen your subject, then just come with an open mind and you might get some ideas from the group.

Read more: Seminar: Launching a Book-Length Memoir

Don FryInstructor: Don Fry
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
1 Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

This one-day course will study the varieties of food writing: growing, shopping, cooking, eating, reviewing, memoirs, travel, and health, as well as different genres: cookbooks, magazine articles, fiction, blogs, and radio. We will discuss techniques that make food writing effective for readers, and doable for cooks. No prerequisites except ability to eat.

Read more: Seminar: Food Writing

Clifford Garstang Instructor: Cliff Garstang
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
1 Sunday, October 25, 2015 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

Although much shorter than a novel, a short story bears many of the same burdens: fully realized characters; a populated universe; precise, believable settings with landscapes; a plot in which something actually happens; a resolution. In such a small space, how is this possible? In this seminar we will study published stories and do writing exercises to discover techniques we can employ in our own work.

Read more: Seminar: Creating the World in a Short Story

Mary Carroll-Hackett Instructor: Mary Carroll-Hackett
Cost: $90.00 Members | $100.00 Non-Members
1 Sunday, November 08, 2015 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

This workshop is designed to speak to all ranges of writing regarding the experiences of mothering. We will explore questions of voice and content unique to writing mothers, through prompts and exercises, as well as guided work on content, craft, and genre.

Read more: Seminar: Writing the Mother, Mothering the Writer

Amie Whittemore Instructor: Amie Whittemore
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
1 Saturday, November 14, 2015 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

Poetry emerges from the tension between what is said and unsaid, what we comprehend with our minds and what we feel in our hearts. We will explore strategies to escape rationality ad write poems that dare to be understood with the heart, rather than the head. We'll look at experimental poets from the 20th and 21st century and try out poetic techniques that will help us incorporate lyricism and imaginative leaps into our work. This seminar is great for poets who want to stretch their imaginations, shake-up their writing routine, or simply find ways to incorporate more lyrical language into their narrative poems.

Read more: Seminar: Leaping into the Lyrical

Jay Varner Instructor: Jay Varner
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
1 Saturday, December 05, 2015 | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

Nonfiction author Philip Gerard says, "We write out of mystery, looking for an answer we don't have, trying to resolve what troubles us, to understand what seems beyond comprehension." Has any quote better encapsulated why we write about our family? Over a few hours, through writing exercises and group discussions about selected reading, we’ll come to understand how to approach what can be one of the trickiest but also one of the most rewarding things in a writer's life: putting your family on the page.

Read more: Seminar: Writing Your Family Story

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.

Jay Kauffmann SQ Instructor: Jay Kauffmann
Cost: $189.00 Members | $210.00 Non-Members
8 Tuesdays, September 29 -November 17, 2015 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

1 Seat Available- Register by the beginning of the second class meeting to participate in this course.

This workshop will explore the essential elements of creative nonfiction, such as sensory imagery, metaphoric language, distinctive voice, dramatic arc, and focused theme. Participants will discuss essays and memoir pieces submitted to the group. In addition, there will be readings and in-class exercises that address pertinent craft issues. There will also be opportunities to consider non-craft issues associated with this genre, such as “truth” and “memory,” and how to overcome fear when revealing intimate secrets.

Read more: Evening Nonfiction Workshop

Hannah Barnaby Instructor: Hannah Barnaby
Cost: $189.00 Members | $210.00 Non-Members
8 Tuesdays, September 29 -November 17, 2015 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

Missed the first class meeting? Register before the beginning of the second class meeting to participate in this course.

When you hear "young adult novels," do you think of vampires, tragic love stories and teen angst? The YA genre encompasses this and so much more. This course will explore questions of craft and current trends in the marketplace. Writing exercises will clarify and re-energize student work. After 8 weeks, students will have a fully revised first chapter and deeper understanding of their plot trajectory.

Read more: Writing Young Adult Literature

Anne Marie Pace Instructor: Anne Marie Pace
Cost: $189.00 Members | $210.00 Non-Members
8 Wednesdays, September 30 -November 18, 2015 | 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

Missed the first class meeting? Register before the beginning of the second class meeting to participate in this course.

Picture books are a child’s earliest introduction to the power of story. We’ll explore elements of classic and current picture books, study the spectrum of commercial to literary picture books, examine the relationship between text and image, and most importantly, generate ideas and develop them into polished drafts. You’ll complete the class with both a deeper appreciation of the art of the picture book text and an enhanced toolbox to use in creating your own manuscripts. 

Read more: Writing Children's Picture Books

Andrew Martin Instructor: Andrew Martin
Cost: $189.00 Members | $210.00 Non-Members
8 Wednesdays, October 07 -November 25, 2015 | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

1 Seat Available!

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. We will utilize The Anchor Book of New American Stories  by Ben Marcus for this course. Please purchase and bring your copy with you to the first class meeting.

Read more: Evening Fiction Workshop

Claire Millikin Instructor: Claire Millikin
Cost: $189.00 Members | $210.00 Non-Members
8 Thursdays, October 01 -November 19, 2015 | 6:30 PM-9:00 PM

Missed the first class meeting? Register before the beginning of the second class meeting to participate in this course.

We will do repeated and careful readings of a small selection of Emily Dickinson's poetry, and we will use these as springboards for class assignments. These assignments will support the creation and discussion of original poems by students in the class.


Read more: Evening Poetry Workshop

 Novel in a Year

December 2015-October 2016- 11 Class/Workshop Sessions
Sundays: Dec 13, Jan 24, Feb 21, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15, June 12, July 24, Aug 14, Sept 18, and Oct 16
Individual Consultation and Group Writing Sessions
Instructor: Sarah Kennedy
Cost: $2,499

Sarah KennedyIf you've drafted a book, you're already a novelist. Here is your chance to shape that draft into the book that not only matches your vision, but also captivates an audience! "Getting to the Final Draft" provides deadlines, compassionate criticism, a community of writers, and master classes on the art and business of revising a novel.

This MFA-Level workshop covers the basics, such as identifying the point of view, structure, and verb tense that best serves your book. Ready to go deeper? You'll also practice bringing characters to life, illuminating the intimate detail, using exposition with finesse, and grabbing the reader by the throat for the read of a lifetime. You'll take apart three published novels, too, to understand how each was constructed. And before it's over, you'll write and rewrite a pitch to deliver to agents!

Class size is limited to 10, and participants must apply for admission.

Read more: Your Novel: Getting to the Final Draft