Adult Classes

We’ve moved online! All workshops will be conducted through Zoom, an interactive platform that allows you to participate in exercises and contribute to group conversation. The day before your workshop, you’ll receive an email with a link to your Zoom session.  

Mini Workshops

One 1.5-Hour Class

Members $22 | General Public $25
Online: Zoom credentials to be provided

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.

Sat 11
Sat 18

Writing a Powerful Memoir I: Getting Started

April 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sat 18

Writing an Intentional Book

April 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sat 25

The No Show Performance For Poetry Workshop

April 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sat 25

Writing a Powerful Memoir II: Share Your Writing

April 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
May 02

Children’s Book Basics

May 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
May 07

Writing the Teenage Voice

May 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
May 09
Jun 11
Jun 13

Write Like a Mad Scientist

June 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Six-Week Workshops

Six 2.5-Hour Classes

Members $225 | General Public $265
Online: Zoom credentials to be provided

Six-week 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. 

Wed 15

Fiction Writer’s Workshop: Art & Craft

April 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 22

Poetic Speakers and Poetic Voices

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - May 27 @ 9:00 pm

Special Topic Workshops

One 2.5-Hour Class

Members $65 | General Public $75
Online: Zoom credentials to be provided

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.

Sat 11

Seeing Again: Digging Deeper for Revision

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sat 25

Your Story’s Setting is a Character

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
May 02

Writing Past the First Draft

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
May 09

Self-Editing Your Fiction

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
May 13

Art of the Personal Essay

May 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
May 16

Dialogue: Not Just Words, but Voices

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
May 23

Starting Your Novel

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
May 23

Writer’s Block? Look Again

May 23 @ 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
Online: Zoom credentials to be provided

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.

May 09

Writing Motherhood

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
May 30

Writing the Wisdom of Your Life Transition

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jun 20
Jun 27

Electric Divine: Harnessing the Ecstatic

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Next Steps

One 2.5-Hour Workshop

Members $65 | General Public $75
Online: Zoom credentials to be provided

Join us in kicking off Next Steps, a monthly literary series for writers on the publishing pathway. We’ve reimagined our popular annual Ladder Literary Conference as an ongoing program of talks, pitch sessions, agent speed dating, workshops, and more with published authors and experts from the publishing industry–some live, others Skyped.

CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS, FEES

If a course fails to meet the minimum registration, it will be cancelled and full tuition refunded. We make every effort to notify you 72 hours in advance.

• Requests for refunds must be received in writing at office@wab. org.

• If you withdraw from a class at least three business days before the first meeting, you will receive a full refund minus a 15% processing fee.

• The following deadlines apply:

• Mini Workshops, Special Topic Classes, Master Classes, and Gell Intensives: Tuition, minus 25%, is refundable when request is received 24 hours before the first session. Thereafter, refunds will not be issued.

• Six-Week Workshops: Tuition, minus 25%, is refundable after the first class meeting. Thereafter, refunds will not be issued. Tuition will not be pro-rated for missed classes.

• A $30 fee is charged for bad checks.