Our International Online Literary Community
We started The Writers Studio Online Program in 2001, and now offer the same six levels online that we have developed in our New York City school. We have taught online students from every region of the U.S. and places as diverse as Mexico, Tuscany, Tasmania, and an air-force base in Vietnam.
The Online Program uses the same technique-oriented method as our other workshops, and is available to all. It’s a great alternative for those who don’t live near any of our on-site classes. We also encourage busy or peripatetic students to move back and forth between online and New York City or branch workshops if that helps them stay connected to their work. Consider it too if traveling or hearing poses an obstacle. Often students who feel shy about jumping into an on-site class thrive in the online environment — after all, what could make more sense than a writing class in which students and teacher know each other strictly through their words?
Feedback and Support
Online teachers post weekly exercises in our online classroom, with a regular weekly due date for students to submit their work as well as several peer critiques. The class also includes an optional weekly one-hour live chat (with no video or sound component) in our chat room, held at times that are convenient for students in the Eastern Standard or Central European time zone. Think of the chat as a class, with a mix of live typed discussion, instruction and analysis of the week’s assignment. If your time zone or schedule makes it impossible for you to attend the chats, you can still feel like a full participant in the class through your writing, critiques and comments on the message forum. We post each week’s chat transcript immediately afterward in the classroom. Serious feedback is also a big part of the class. Students write and receive several weekly peer critiques. And the teacher writes a weekly critique of each student’s assignment — a degree of attention that is nearly unheard of in other writing classes.