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)
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 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Practical Gods (Penguin Books 2001), and author of Another Reason (Penguin 2014)
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 The Safety of Objects (HarperCollins 2003) and May We Be Forgiven (Viking 2012)
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) and author of And the Dark Sacred Night (Pantheon 2014)
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) and Without a Claim (Mariner 2013)
The generous responses 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 of Love and Scorn: New and Selected Poems (Northwestern University Press 2000) and Honeycomb: Poems (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press 2010)
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 Writers 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) and Out of My Skin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009)
My visit at Writers Studio was one of the highlights of my spring. I was so impressed by the level of discussion, by how engaged the students (and teachers!) were with both my novel and with how my experience writing it might connect to their own work. Clearly, this is a unique and inestimably valuable resource for writers. I’m grateful to have spent an evening there.”ROBIN BLACK, author of If I loved you, I would tell you this (Random House, 2011) and Life Drawing (Random House, 2015).
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, poetry and fiction professor at Princeton University, New York University and Columbia University, author of The Horned Man (W.W. Norton 2002) and Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013)
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) and The Golden Road (Triquarterly 2012)
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) and the forthcoming Who Is Rich? (Random House 2017)
Lisa Bellamy is a terrific presence 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) and On This Day in Poetry History (Persea 2016)
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)
My visit to The Writers Studio was a revelation. Here, poets and writers draw lessons in craft and art from a spirited and rigorous exploration of writing that has moved them in some way. This is a decidedly inspired and inspiring way to help acquire and hone the skills needed to step into the abiding mysteries of the imaginations given to each of us. I highly recommend The Writers Studio!Andre Dubus III, New York Times best-selling author of Townie (W.W. Norton 2011) and House of Sand and Fog (W.W. Norton 1999).
There are plenty of snooty environments offering courses in writing. The Writers Studio is not one of them. You’re a writer if you say you’re a writer, and we all know how hypnotically wonderful and also how hard it is to be one. The students of the Writers Studio absorb and learn, and then they actually go out and produce work that gets published.”MATTHEW KLAM, author of Sam The Cat (Vintage, 2001) and Who Is Rich? (Random House, 2017).
I always imagine a possessive apostrophe in the name of The Writer’s Studio: it is possessed by writers, as they are possessed by the art. And the word “Studio” is right, too, suggesting the workplace of visual art, of recording music, even of the movies. Study, not school. As a visitor learns, the vital emphasis is on the art.ROBERT PINSKY, United States Poet Laureate 1997-2000, author of At the Foundling Hospital (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016).