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 25

Poetry: Getting Unstuck

January 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Feb 08

Telling Secrets

February 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Feb 15

The Healing Power of Personal Writing

February 15 @ 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.

Wed 22
Wed 22

Character Driven Fiction: Making it Happen

January 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 23

Fiction Writer’s Workshop

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Feb 26

Write Your First (or Next) Novel

February 26 @ 6:30 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.

Sat 25

Speculative Nonfiction

January 25 @ 10:00 am
Feb 08
Feb 18

Memoir in Fragments

February 18 @ 2:00 pm
Feb 29

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.

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 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

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.

Feb 22

A Sense of Place in Narrative Nonfiction

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


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.