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Writing Workshop Roundup: Winter 2016/2017

Writing Workshop Roundup: Winter 2016/2017

NaNoWriMo may be over but the writing is never done.

You're not alone. Classes, workshops, and communities are here to help. Here are the winter offerings from over 40 writing organizations all over the world and online. You’ll find when classes are being offered, workshops highlights, locations, and price ranges.

To help you navigate, we've organized the post by region:

ONLINE

Creative Nonfiction

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The Creative Nonfiction Foundation (CNF) “pursues educational and publishing initiatives in the genre of literary nonfiction." This winter CNF has five- and ten-week online classes in:

  • Memoir and personal essay
  • Science writing
  • Narrative journalism
  • Nonfiction book proposals
  • Working through writer’s block

When: January through early March

Where: Online

How much: $250–475 depending on class length


Creative Writing Ink

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Winter offerings include:

  • Creative writing for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • Writing for children
  • Memoir
  • Radio drama
  • Poetry

When: December through January

Where: Online

How much: £80–130 pounds for 4 weeks; £90–160 for 6 weeks


Fine Arts Work Center

The Fine Arts Work Center's online winter classes cover:

  • Poetry
  • Prose poems
  • Memoir and micro memoirs
  • Personal essays
  • Novel
  • Short story
  • Flash fiction
  • Translation

When: December through February

Where: Online

How much: $500 for 4 or 5 sessions (in one week or over the course of several weeks)


Lit Reactor

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If you want:

  • Science fiction and fantasy
  • Short fiction
  • Erotica
  • Novel
  • Personal essay
  • Scene writing

Lit Reactor has you covered.

When: December through February

Where: Online

How much: $199 for 2 weeks; $325–375 for 4 weeks


Minal Hajratwala

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This writer, coach, and consultant has two online, ongoing offerings.

The Creative Art of Proposals

These 21 self-paced lessons will teach students "how to write kick-ass language" to get work funded, published, and "all loved up."

When: Ongoing

Where: Online

How much: $66 for class only; $166 for class and private strategy session

Writing from the Chakras

Thirty-one days of "inspiration, direct to your inbox." Subscribers get "inspiring written, visual, and audio prompts," creativity exercises, and tools for engaging the "mind/body/soul" in writing.

When: Ongoing

Where: Online

How much: $129


Story Is a State of Mind

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You can take the Story Course through this online creative writing school and sink your writing teeth into assignments, videos, podcasts, a book on writing life, and a fiction anthology.

When: Self-paced

Where: Online

How much: $275 (includes lifetime access)


Writers.com

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Workshop topics include:

  • Accessing voice
  • Flash fiction
  • Novel
  • Poetry
  • Personal essay
  • Food writing
  • Travel writing
  • Humor
  • Writing suspense
  • Blogging
  • Pitching

When: December through February

Where: Online

How much: $175 for 4 weeks; $215 for 5 weeks; $315 for 8 weeks, $360 for 10 weeks


More online classes

The organizations below offer online classes in addition to in-person. Click on any of them to learn more.


NORTHEAST

Brooklyn Poets

Brooklyn Poets currently has no winter offerings listed, but check their site and follow them on Twitter for updates.


Catapult Story

Catapult Story's winter classes will teach you about:

  • Fiction writing
  • Novel writing
  • Memoir and personal essay
  • Biography and historical nonfiction
  • TV writing
  • Online writing
  • How to get an agent
  • How to overcome writer's block

When: December through early March

Where: Online; New York, NY

How much: $75–1,495 depending on class length


Gotham Writers

The winter classes at Gotham Writers include:

  • Fiction
  • Memoir
  • TV writing
  • Children's book writing
  • Business writing
  • Grammar
  • How to get published
  • Blogging
  • Songwriting

When: December through February

Where: Online; New York, NY

How much: $150–165 for one-day intensive; $315 for 6 weeks; $425 for 10 weeks (discount for some online classes available)


GrubStreet

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GrubStreet's winter curriculum explores:

  • Novel
  • Science fiction and fantasy
  • Poetry
  • Memoir
  • Personal essay
  • Screenwriting
  • Op-eds
  • Finding an agent

When: December through February

Where: Online; Boston, MA

How much: $55–130 for one day; $315–330 for 6 weeks; $525–550 for 10 weeks; $690–720 for 12 weeks


Hudson Valley Writers Center

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Two one-day courses are currently available for December.

Reclaiming Eve, Lilith, Medusa & Kali: Poetry as Pandoric Praxis

A "myth-shattering" workshop in which participants will "explore the redemptive mode of embracing the 'monstrous ugly' to unveil and broaden the scope of our own 'monstrous selves.'"

When: December 10

Where: Sleepy Hollow, NY

How much: $124

One Day Memoir Class with Susan Hodara

A one-day version of Susan Hodara's sold-out memoir course. For students with a work-in-progress or who are just getting started. All writing levels welcome.

When: December 17

Where: Sleepy Hollow, NY

How much: $124


No, You Tell It!

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This “switched-up” storytelling series continues to be available throughout the winter.

When: Ongoing

Where: New York City area

How much: Contact them for pricing. They have workshops for individuals or you can book them for an entire workshop.


Poetry Barn

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Poetry Barn has two offerings this winter.

Mythcrafting & WorldBuilding in Poetry

Participants will explore worldbuilding, the reinterpretation of mythology, and the repurposing of fairy tales in existing works and their own.

When: January 2 through January 29

Where: West Hurley, NY

How much: $225 for 4 weeks

The Poetry of War

Participants will read significant war poets, "from Homer to the present," as well as explore the theme of war in their own poetry.

When: January 2 through January 29

Where: West Hurley, NY

How much: $250 for 4 weeks


Sackett Street Writers

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Brooklyn-based Sackett Street Writers offers both live and online classes.

Brooklyn and Manhattan classes

Topics include:

  • Fiction
  • Novel
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Publishing

When: January through February

Where: Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY

How much: $75 for one day; $475 for 6 weeks; $500–550 for 8 weeks; $1,200 for 10 sessions over 20 weeks

Online classes

Online classes cover:

  • Fiction
  • Novel
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Finding material for fiction and nonfiction writing

When: January through February

Where: Online

How much: $550 for 8 weeks; $1,200 for 10 sessions over 20 weeks


The Writer's Center

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Winter classes include “Four Weeks. Four Deadlines. Fast Feedback,” and "page producer" workshops.

When: December through February

Where: White River Junction, VT

How much: $155 for 4 weeks; $200 for 6 weeks


SOUTHEAST

The Muse Writers Center

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Learn about:

  • Character development
  • Supernatural horror
  • Punctuation
  • Copyediting
  • Submitting work
  • Preparing for readings

When: December through January

Where: Norfolk, VA

How much: $45 for one-session classes; $90 for two-session classes


The Writer's Center

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Winter workshop topics include:

  • Novel
  • Characters
  • Author websites
  • Short story
  • Poetry
  • Fairy tales in fiction
  • The Memoir Year Program

When: December through February

Where: Online; Bethesda, MD

How much: $50–115 for one-day classes; $5,000 for Memoir Year Program


SOUTH

The Porch Writers' Collective

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This winter the Porch Writers’ Collective has both prose and poetry offerings. Scholarships are available for both. The deadline is December 15.

Prose classes

Include:

  • Fiction
  • Novel
  • Writing for social change
  • Lyric essay

When: January through February

Where: Nashville, TN

How much: $227 for 6 weeks; $297 for 8 weeks; $395 for 12 weeks (member discounts and scholarships available)

Love Poetry

Get ready for Valentine’s Day by learning to wax eloquent about love.

When: February 4

Where: Nashville, TN

How much: $55 for 3 hours (member discounts and scholarships available)


SOUTHWEST

Gemini Ink

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Open Writers Workshops are open to all levels of writers and held the last Monday of every month. Participants should bring six to 10 copies of work to share.

When: Ongoing

Where: San Antonio, TX

How much: Free


Writespace

Writespace's winter workshop topics include:

  • Beginning fiction
  • Story structure
  • Worldbuilding
  • Point of view
  • Poetry
  • Query letters
  • Blogging

When: December through February

Where: Houston, TX

How much: $35–55 for one day; $185 for 5 sessions; $245 for 7 sessions


MIDWEST

Chicago Story Studio

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Workshop topics include:

  • Business writing
  • Feedback
  • Poetry
  • Getting started
  • Novel in a year

When: January through February; ongoing

Where: Online; Chicago, IL

How much: $45–50 for one-day sessions; $325 for 6 weeks; $415 for 8 sessions; $385 for 12 weeks online


The Loft Literary Center

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This winter you can learn about these topics and more:

  • Poetry
  • Picture books
  • Mystery
  • Worldbuilding
  • YA voice
  • Screenwriting
  • Personal essay
  • Magazine writing
  • Copywriting
  • Getting an agent
  • Building a digital presence
  • Overcoming writer's block

When: December through early March

Where: Online; Minneapolis, MN

How much: $15 for lectures; $52.50–105 for one day; $140 for 2-session classes; $312 for 9 weeks (discounts for members and low income available)


PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Attic Institute

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The Attic Institute has classes on:

  • Creative nonfiction
  • "Writing the resistance"
  • Memoir
  • Fiction
  • Screenwriting
  • Poetry
  • Personal essay

It also offers the CNF Studio, which “meets weekly for three-month sessions” and “is designed to help you deepen your writing through a keener understanding of both literary craft and your own voice." The deadline for applying to the CNF Studio is January 29.

When: December through early March

Where: Portland, OR

How much: $200–375 for weekend to 8 weeks


Corporeal Writing

Winter workshops are sold out, but still available is a weekend workshop taking place January 20–22 with Pam Houston (Cowboys Are My Weakness) in Silverton, Oregon. You can also take online courses.

When: January through February

Where: Online; Silverton, OR

How much: $400 for six-week online workshop; $600 for weekend workshop


Hugo House

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Check out Hugo House's winter workshops on:

  • Fiction
  • Short story
  • Poetry
  • Writing about the environment
  • Transgender lit
  • YA novel
  • Travel writing
  • Comics/graphic novels
  • Comedy writing
  • Working through writer’s block

When: January through February

Where: Seattle, WA

How much: $75 for one day; $200 for 2 days; $200-$380 for 4–10 week courses (member discounts available)


PDX Writers

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PDX Writers is offering four workshops this winter.

Writing Out the Holidays

Participants are invited to take a holiday from the holidays, and “push pen into the paper and make sense and light of all the hustle-bustle.” With wine and sweets available, how can you say no?

When: December 18

Where: Portland, OR

How much: $35 for one day

The Geography of Grief: Writing the Pain of Loss

In this workshop, participants will “map stories of love and loss, tracing memory and connection through writing and feedback.” Open to poetry, fiction, and memoir, and all experience levels.

When: January 29 through February 12 (three sessions)

Where: Portland, OR

How much: $100

Manuscript Development & Critique

Participants receive and give critiques on short story, novel, memoir, and creative nonfiction manuscripts.

When: January 7 through February 11 (6 sessions)

Where: Portland, OR

How much: $275

Short Story Structure

Students will study the elements of a story, write to prompts, and use butcher paper to map stories. They should also come prepared with an idea for a character or plot, or a few complete pages.

When: Once a month for 6 months (January 8; February 5; March 5; April 2; May 7; June 4)

Where: Portland, OR

How much: $300


WEST

The Grotto

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At the Grotto you can take Revising and Submitting Your Short Story for Publication, an interactive workshop that will help get your finished (or half-finished) short story ready for publication.

When: December 4

Where: San Francisco, CA

How much: $110


LA Writers' Lab

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In addition to their ongoing rewrite and screenwriting classes, the LA Writers’ Lab is offering four telecourses this winter.

5-Day Memoir Intensive

Students will dig deep into personal experiences, explore underlying patterns, and shape those experiences into a story.

When: December 5 through December 9

Where: Via phone

How much: $245

The 90-Day Novel Tele-course

Intensive workshop that guides writers “from initial idea to the completion of a first draft.” For novels and memoir, and writers at all levels.

When: Weekly classes start January 9

Where: Via phone

How much: $445–925 depending on package

The 90-Day Rewrite Tele-course

Helps students ready work for publication, across genres.

When: Weekly classes start December 20 and January 26

Where: Via phone

How much: $925 for 12 classes

The 90-Day Screenplay Tele-course

Intensive workshop guides screenwriters “from initial idea, through first-draft, and finally to the completion of a polished screenplay.” Available to at all levels.

When: Starts January 18

Where: Via phone

How much: $445–1,150 depending on package


San Diego Writers Ink

San Diego Writers Ink is offering classes in:

  • Novel
  • Memoir
  • Travel writing
  • Brainstorming
  • Journal writing
  • Query letter writing
  • Getting published
  • Self-publishing
  • Improv for writers

When: December through February

Where: San Diego County, CA

How much: $36–54 for one day; $216 for 6 sessions (member discounts available)


Script Academy

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At the Script Academy students can learn about writing TV pilots, comedies, and dramas.

When: January through early March

Where: Online; Los Angeles, CA

How much: $475 for 3 sessions; $595–650 for 6 weeks


SF Creative Writing Institute

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The San Francisco Creative Writing Institute's winter offering is Dramatists’ Workout: Scene Building, a boot camp “for those who wish to tell stories on stage, TV or film.”

When: February 4 and 5

Where: San Francisco, CA

How much: $150


StoryCenter

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StoryCenter's teaches digital storytelling in general and as applied to public health.

When: December through February

Where: Seattle, WA; Los Angeles, CA; Berkeley, CA; Denver, CO; online

How much: Free to $75 per session; $995 for 4 or 5 days


Writing Pad

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This winter the Writing Pad is offering classes in Los Angeles on:

  • Personal essay
  • Screenwriting
  • Picture books
  • TV drama
  • Radio storytelling

When: December through January

Where: Los Angeles, CA

How much: $90 for one day; $295 to $495 for 4 to 7 weeks


The Writing Salon

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Upcoming classes include:

  • Fiction
  • Short story
  • Personal essay
  • Memoir
  • Playwriting
  • Screenwriting
  • Journaling
  • Crafting stories from personal experiences
  • Habits for effective writers

When: December through January

Where: San Francisco and Berkeley, CA

How much: $145 for one day; $260 for 2 days; $295 for 5 sessions; $475 for 9 sessions (member discounts available)


Writing Workshops LA

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Winter classes focus on:

  • Memoir
  • Nonfiction
  • Essay writing
  • Poetry
  • Novel writing and revision
  • Fiction
  • YA fiction

When: January through early March

Where: Los Angeles, CA

How much: $130 for one-day seminar; $170 for two-day seminar; $390 for 8-week course (discounts available for returning students)


UNITED KINGDOM

Arvon Foundation

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Across the pond you’ll find the Arvon Foundation and courses on:

  • Speculative fiction
  • Editing and writing fiction
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction

When: December through early March

Where: London, England

How much: About £750 for one-week course; £400 for 5-day course


Faber Academy

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Course topics include:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction (beginner and intermediate)
  • Novel
  • Research skills for fiction
  • Memoir
  • Writing for children

When: January through early March

Where: Online; London, England

How much: £75 pounds for one day; £550 for 5 days; £120 for 4 weeks; £300 for 8 weeks; £485–1250 for 12 weeks; £995 for 3 months; £1,400 for 28 weeks; £4,000 for 6 months; £1,200 for a year (prices vary depending on topic/instructor)


Guardian Masterclasses

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Students of Guardian Masterclasses can learn about:

  • Novel writing
  • Suspense in fiction
  • Writing for children
  • Blogging
  • Copywriting
  • Getting published
  • Journalism
  • Pitching editors
  • Grammar

And more.

When: December through February

Where: London, England

How much: £249 for one day; £449 for 2 days; £599 for 6 sessions; £975-£2750 for different levels of mentoring


Nottingham Writers' Studio

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At the the Nottingham Writers’ Studio this winter, students can take classes on:

  • How to get published
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Screenwriting
  • Drafting a novel in 16 weeks

When: January through February

Where: Nottingham, UK

How much: £40–140 per session


OTHER

826 Chapters

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This national network founded by author Dave Eggers and award-winning educator Nínive Calegari offers youth-centered creative writing workshops, tutoring centers, and other programs in seven cities. Two of those cities, Washington, D.C. and New York, have some winter offerings.

826 DC

In Starting from Scratch: Creativity & Code, writers/coders ages 9 to 13 will use MIT’s Scratch coding kit to “explore the many ways” writing and coding elements “can come together."

When: December 3, 10, and 17

Where: Washington, D.C.

How much: Free

826 New York

Young writers ages 14 to 18 can take NYC Nature Writing Workshop: Animals, in which they’ll “investigate New York City animal life,” and “select a specific species to learn about in-depth and gain an understanding of how that species interacts with the overall ecosystem."

When: November 29, December 1, 6, and 8

Where: Brooklyn, NY

How much: Free but workshops participants are selected by lottery. $25 refundable deposit required to hold spots.


Bangalore Writers Workshop

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Courses available on:

  • Honing writing skills
  • Poetry
  • Creative nonfiction

Also available are courses for young writers, ages 11 to 14.

When: January through early March

Where: Bangalore, India

How much: $187 for 8 weeks


Writers Studio

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The Writers Studio offers fiction and poetry workshops taught at different levels, from beginning to advanced.

When: January

Where: Online, New York, Tucson, San Francisco, Amsterdam

How much: $345–490 for 2+ hour sessions, depending on location


Again, if you'd like us to include you in this listing, just drop us a note at team@wet.ink. Happy winter writing!