Writing Classes

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

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. 

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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: $90.00 Members | $100.00 Non-Members
1 Sunday, September 27, 2015 | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

"Everyone has a story to tell, and everyone is telling it," said William Zinsser. In this seminar, students learn to use the tools of fiction to make their lives come alive on the page. We'll explore issues of craft, trends in the current marketplace, and how to get published.

Read more: Seminar: Launching a Book-Length Memoir

Deborah Prum Instructors: Deborah M. Prum and Joel Jones

Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
1 Saturday, October 03, 2015 | 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Limited to 10 students.

Join Deborah Prum and Joel Jones for a hands-on workshop in using improv techniques to improve your writing through lecture and guided exercises. This class will foster the care, nurturing, and management of ideas. You will create characters who leap off of the page Joel Jones newas you play with orignial scenes and situations.




Read more: Seminar: Improv Techniques to Improve Writing

Sandra Beasley Instructor: Sandra Beasley
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
1 Thursday, October 08, 2015 | 10:30 AM-1:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

The sestina, with its patterning and repetition, is one of the most acrobatic and challenging poetic forms. In this seminar, we'll explore great sestinas, classic to contemporary. We'll review drafting tips and students will work participate in an in-class exercise to create their own sestina.

Read more: Seminar: Sestinas Past, Present, and Future

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.

Mark Parlette Instructor: Mark Parlette
Cost: $189.00 Members | $210.00 Non-Members
8 Mondays, September 28 -November 16, 2015 | 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

Limited to 12 students.

This workshop is open to all poets—beginners, dabblers, and dedicated writers. In it, you'll have the opportunity to create and share new work each week. We’ll use the workshop, plus a few published poems, to explore different aspects of what makes poems work—the language, the images, the ideas, the structures. In-class writing exercises and optional writing prompts will supplement our discussions, offering additional avenues to get you writing and thinking in new ways.

Read more: Daytime Poetry Workshop

Jennifer Niesslein Instructor: Jennifer Niesslein
Cost: $189.00 Members | $210.00 Non-Members
8 Tuesdays, September 29 -November 17, 2015 | 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

Limited to 12 students.

You know how, when you start a draft, you have this perfect, ideal essay in your head? In this workshop, we’ll work together to make each essay match that perfect ideal as closely as possible. All participants will get written feedback from the workshop leader, and each class will begin with a short discussion of craft and/or markets. If the workshop collectively likes doing short writing exercises, we can do them—if not, we won’t. Expect a fun, collaborative environment.

Read more: Daytime Nonfiction Workshop

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

Limited to 12 students.

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

Limited to 12 students.

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