The Writers Studio, founded in 1987 by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Schultz, offers ongoing writing workshops — both on site and online — designed to help students discover and nurture their own voices. We welcome students at all stages, from those who have only dreamed of writing fiction or poetry to those with MFAs hungry for additional serious, ongoing instruction. Students provide the desire to write and the willingness to learn, and we provide the structure, the technical know-how, the professional feedback and the friendly community to enable them to reach their full potential.
At The Writers Studio we ask our students to try a wide array of narrative voices and styles. Paradoxically, it is through this immersion in the craft of published works of fiction and poetry that students develop their own unique voice and style. This is a method already very familiar to students of music and the visual arts, who have always learned by studying the work of masters. For writing students, this approach is usually a revelation. As students practice using a mix of approaches drawn from the work of accomplished authors, many exciting things happen. Their understanding of narration deepens. Their imagination opens wider. Their sense of what’s possible in their own work expands. Before long, they find that their writing is more emotionally rich and their available material far more extensive than they ever imagined. This working method continues to be invaluable even in the Master Class (Level V), where students are working on novels and poetry and short-story collections.
All students new to The Writers Studio in New York City and Online start at Level I. In the Hudson Valley, Tucson, and San Francisco, they start with the Workshop level. They can also start with a tutorial. We approach teaching with our own method and vocabulary, so even experienced writers with publications and/or MFAs will find plenty that is new and challenging in Level I.
In the on-site workshops, those who want to continue take a second 8-week term of Level I, at which point they are eligible to move on to Level II. They will be exposed to new exercises each term. After a second term of Level II, students can move on to Level III, which is designed as a three-term sequence. We ask everyone to begin taking our companion Craft Class in the third term of Level III.
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