Features that set us apart from other writing classes:
- Our students come from all over the world. But as far-flung as we are, at our core is a close-knit community of writers and teachers. Our faculty members have deep training and experience with The Writers Studio methods, having been students in the school themselves. Students and teachers alike come together throughout the year for readings that feature a mix of students and faculty, and well-known and up-and-coming authors.
- Our advisory board includes esteemed authors, distinguished professors, the presidents of the Guggenheim Foundation and Penguin, and a former Poet Laureate.
- We do not ask prospective students to submit a writing sample or application. Thanks to our exceptionally strong word of mouth, we consistently attract talented, receptive and hard-working students.
- We have created five distinct levels of online and on-site workshops, and three levels in our satellite branches, addressing the needs of both the serious and casual writer. Students may take either one 8-week session or move up through the levels.
- Our teachers assign exercises using a mix of short texts — both classic and contemporary — as teaching tools. In the early levels we expose students to both fiction and poetry assignments. Students inevitably find that when they work from a text in a less familiar genre, their understanding and skill grow in ways they never imagined.
- We provide our students with a sturdy framework for analyzing the craft that goes into creating a successful story or poem.
- We provide students with a common framework and vocabulary for offering constructive feedback to their classmates. The gradual development of this critical faculty makes them much more astute when it comes to assessing their own work, too.
- Our teachers hold their students to a high standard, but we also understand
that people have full lives, and that sometimes students will miss classes or
skip assignments for a full range of good reasons.
- We understand that it takes courage to share your writing with a group of people you have just met, and we treat you and your work with care and respect.