Adult Classes

Mini Workshops

One 1.5-Hour Class

Members $22 | General Public $25

Mini Workshops are gentle on-ramps for those who have never taken a writing class before, as well as reinvigoration for more experienced writers. Typical formats include fun, engaging writing prompts and generative exercises that encourage participants to draw on their personal reservoirs of ideas and experiences as inspiration for committing words to page. Minis are 1.5 hours long and take place on Saturdays.

Sat 21

Writing A Powerful Memoir Part II: Share Your Work

December 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Jan 11

Getting Started: Form and Content for the Beginning Writer

January 11, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Jan 18

Finding Your Voice with a Journal

January 18, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Jan 25

Poetry: Getting Unstuck

January 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Evening Workshops

Five 2.5-Hour Classes
plus One 2.5-Hour Participant Reading

Members $225 | General Public $265

Evening workshops encourage intermediate-to-experienced writers to move beyond their comfort zones, experiment with new strategies, embrace critique, and engage with the work of published writers. Workshops focus on a variety of thought-provoking topics and elements of craft. The sixth session is a celebratory reading by participants, open to the public, organized and emceed by the instructor.

Jan 08

Enter Stage Write: The 10-Minute Play

January 8, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jan 09

Fiction Writer’s Workshop

January 9, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jan 15

Character Driven Fiction: Making it Happen

January 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jan 22

Writing Your Memoirs: The Surprise Story of Your Life

January 22, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Special Topic Workshops

One 2.5-Hour Class

Members $65 | General Public $75

Focused on a specific strategy, concept, element of craft, or practice, special topic workshops offer intermediate-to-experienced writers new or unexpected paths into creating or revising work.

Jan 04
Jan 25

Speculative Nonfiction

January 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am
Feb 08

Opportunity Spaces: Exploring the Flat Spots in Story

February 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

One-Day Intensives at Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat

One 7-Hour Workshop

Members $145 | General Public $165

(Writing the Self and Nature through the Work of Emily Dickinson is still $121 | $132)

Held in Gleason Lodge at Writers & Books’ 24-acre retreat in Naples, these site-responsive workshops incorporate the property’s natural setting, history of the land, or other elements to inspire new writing. Such interdisciplinary formats as yoga and writing, meditation and writing, and nature walks and writing are frequently offered. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided; participants are asked to bring their own brown bag lunches.

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Master Classes

One 3.5-Hour Workshop

Members $80 | General Public $90

MFA-quality master classes take a deep dive into craft, engaging advanced writers with innovative strategies, genres, and/or theory, with the goal of deepening their practice. Teachers review applicants’ work samples in advance.

Mar 21

Talk Pretty to Me: Dialogue Master Class

March 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Next Steps

One 2.5-Hour Workshop

Members $65 | General Public $75

Introducing our new Next Steps Program.

Feb 22

A Sense of Place in Narrative Nonfiction

February 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm