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 29

Writing the Future

February 29 @ 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. 

Wed 26
Wed 26

Write Your First (or Next) Novel

February 26 @ 6:30 pm
Mar 11

Poetry: Image and Sentence

March 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 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.

Sat 29
Mar 07
Mar 14

Show, Don’t Tell—But How?

March 14 @ 10:00 am
Mar 21

Talk Pretty to Me: Writing Dialogue

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mar 28

Writing a Powerful Memoir

March 28 @ 10:00 am

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.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Next Steps

One 2.5-Hour Workshop

Members $65 | General Public $75

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.

There are no upcoming events at this time.


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.