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 of your workshop, you will receive an email with your Zoom link by 3:30 pm. If you have signed up for a Saturday workshop, you will receive your Zoom link on the Friday afternoon.  

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.

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. 

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.

Thu 13

Writing as Character : A Poetry Persona Workshop

August 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 22

Restructuring Truth

August 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wed 26

Writing the Labyrinth

August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sep 12

Collaborative Poetics

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sep 12

Empathy and Authenticity

September 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sep 26

Breaking the Border: Visual Poetics

September 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Next Steps

One 2.5-Hour Workshop

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

Inspired by the popularity of our two literary conferences hosted in 2018 and 2019, Next Steps Literary Series provides writers on the path to publishing with an ongoing trajectory of interactive talks, panels, and workshops led by published writers and experts from the publishing industry

Sat 15

The Circle and the Line

August 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 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.


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.