Hear it from the writers themselves.
The students in the craft class I taught with Philip Schultz were not simply trying to get at the meanings of the poems discussed. They were interested in defining techniques in the poems for handling particular kinds of material, techniques they planned to experiment with in an effort to make more of their own experience available in their poems. This practical focus made the discussion particularly lively and engaging.
-CARL DENNIS, winner of the 2002 Pulitizer Prize for poetry for Practical Gods
“The Writers Studio is a wonderful and necessary place: it offers both aspiring and accomplished writers a community and a place to try out new material, to explore and push the limits and their abilities to the fullest.”
-A.M.HOMES, author of Safety of Objects (HarperCollins 2003)
“Every week, I presented a new story. Finally something did click, the very thing that's their specialty at The Writers Studio, emotional content. Before, my work was dead. When I brought in my breakthrough story, I felt I was carrying a weird animal in my bag. It was the first story I sold.”
-JENNIFER EGAN, former student at The Writers Studio, National Book Award Finalist for Look at Me (Doubleday 2001)
“People often ask me where they should go to study writing; hearing the diverse and remarkable readings from the Writers Studio faculty members, I know just what my answer will be.”
-JULIA GLASS, National Book Award winner for Three Junes (Random House 2002)
“The Writers Studio has grown into one of the best creative writing programs I know, at once serving excellence and inspiring the individual. The ambiance is warm and invigorating, making it joyful to be there.”
-GRACE SCHULMAN, author of Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin 2002)
“The generous reponses of the Writers' Studio audience to nuances of tone and their enthusiasms for language and the authentic make writers of vastly different aesthetics think, Finally, I've found MY audience. A writing program based on those values is second to none..”
--CAROL FROST, author Love and Scorn: New and Selected Poems, (Northwestern University Press)
“If The Writers Studio strikes a balance between the isolation of self-discipline and the community of kindred spirits, between the listening part of oneself and an audience of peers, it also encourages writers to be ambitious-- for the work, always for the work, not for themselves. .”
-MICHAEL WATER, Professor of creative writing and literature, Salisbury University, editor of Contemporary American Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), author of Parthenopi (BOA Editions, Ltd. 2000)
An informed and attentive audience; that's what a writer wants in a reading and that's what I found at the Writer's Studio. A large audience? I found that too. And a sympathetic staff. Plus wine and intelligent discussion. I was, however briefly, in heaven.”
-JOHN HASKELL, author of I am Not Jackson Pollack (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2003)
“Dynamic, Inspiring, invigorating, supportive. The Writers Studio seemed to me to have all the qualities one could possibly wish for in a writing school.”
-JAMES LASDUN, who teaches poetry and fiction at Princeton University, New York University, and Columbia University, author of The Horned Man (W.W. Norton 2002).
“The Kenyon Review joined The Writers Studio for an evening reading-it was a joy! The writers and teachers of the Writers Studio distinguished themselves with their skill, passion, and vision. It's the most remarkable community writing program I have ever known.”
-DAVID H. LYNN, Editor of The Kenyon Review, Professor of English Kenyon College
“My sense of The Writers Studio is of a warm and intimate yet also challenging and stimulating environment, where lively dialogue and earnest practice proceed side by side. A safe and yet also intense space for writers, where beginners and more advanced practitioners can all flourish”
-RACHEL HADAS, award-winning author of Indelible (Weslyen University Press 2001).
“The vibe of the real world was everywhere present. The joyous presence of reality was palpable in the room. Here were people living life interested in hearing about life. And this is why we write: to connect.”
-MARK RUDMAN, editor of Pequod magazine, winner of The National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, author of The Couple (Wesleyan University Press 2002).
“I knew, as soon as the evening started that I was in a safe community where writers might attempt to try stuff without looking over their shoulder. That's a great feeling..[That] tone is set by the faculty and trickles down; people are stumbling along, writing, making it up as they go and the school supports it. Which is good because it's the most important thing about an environment that artsy people share. It must come from the teachers...”
-MATTHEW KLAM, author of Sam The Cat and Other Stories (Random House 2000)
“The generous intellectual environment of The Writers Studio was immediately and everywhere apparent on the evening I read there. I enjoyed it immensely and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a stimulating place to try to advance their craft.”
-JONATHAN DEE, author of Palladio (Doubleday 2002)
Lisa Bellamy is a terrific presense at The Writers Studio. I appreciate the work she did to make my book of poems, Dear Editor, useful and intriguing for the students' own writing searches. Their ideas and responses contributed to a very interesting and enjoyable craft class. I loved hearing their processes--it looks like that class is a great experience for writers, very fruitful for thinking and community, and they are lucky to have her.
-AMY NEWMAN, author of DEAR EDITOR (Persea Books 2011)
“I do not know of any other creative writing school where so many outstanding students and teachers are so committed to achieving excellence in the world of literature.”
- YEHUDA AMICHAI, author of Open Closed Open: Poems (Harcourt 2000)