Deep Training and Experience
All of our teachers have deep training and experience with The Writers Studio methods.
They have all been students in the school, having progressed to the highest workshop level, and many continue to study in Philip Schultz’s master class. They have been invited to teach because of certain qualities we see in them: sensitivity to others, strong communications skills, unflappability, discretion, and a sense of humor.
In addition to training all our teachers, we supervise them as they learn how to run a classroom — both on-site and online — that is relaxed but also efficient and technique-oriented, in a setting that makes all students feel welcome and safe. Our teachers meet several times a year to share their experiences and figure out ways we can serve our students even better. While we encourage our teachers to bring their own personalities to the classroom, teachers also compare notes to be sure the quality of our teaching is consistent from class to class and from level to level.
Generous, Constructive, and Encouraging
Because our teachers believe so strongly in The Writers Studio and know its methods so well, they have a good inner gauge for how much to expect of students. The workshops are all rigorous, but teachers are also aware that students have busy lives, and they understand that the demands of family and career can interfere with completing weekly assignments. Critiques are given verbally in the on-site and in many online classes, while in the Online levels and many memoir classes critiques are in writing. In either setting, our teachers are always generous, constructive and encouraging.