The Original School of Creative Writing and Thinking, est. 1987


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The Writers Studio is proud of the success of its students.

Alumni include:

  • Jennifer Egan
  • Julie Otsuka
  • Amy Schatz
  • Kim Reed
  • Shirley Velasquez
  • Jenny McPhee
  • Martha McPhee
  • Martha Southgate
  • Jeff Friedman
  • Jane Avrich
  • Jean Godfrey-June

Read all about the latest success stories of our teachers and students, who have published stories and poems in a vast array of magazines and journals including The Atlantic, Ploughshares, Open City, Five Points, Harpers, The Paris Review and Glimmer Train. They have also published books with many respected independent publishers and major houses including Tin House Books and Houghton Mifflin. They have been reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, been chosen as fellows at the prestigious Yaddo and MacDowell writers’ colonies, been featured on National Public Radio and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and have won prizes ranging from the Emmy to the Pushcart to the Pulitzer. For a list of new and notable publications and awards by current and former students, visit Success Stories.

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, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for A Visit From the Goon Squad (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010)