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Boost Creativity, Build Writing Skills, & Technique

8-Week Program - Once Per Week
Open to Students in Grades 6 - 8 & 9 - 12

Now enrolling for September Classes! 

Our September Writer's Workshops are modeled on our highly successful summer workshops led by Great Books Academic Directors and professional writers.


Program Dates & Times

Scheduled for afternoons, weekends, and evenings to allow students from across time zones and around the world to come together. All programs are 8 consecutive weeks beginning the week of September 14. Choose the program that suits your schedule best.

Writer's Workshop Middle School Session

Fiction Writing: Through exploration of a range of genres, including poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction, students are prompted to write varied subject matter in numerous styles. Students will learn to gain control of literary devices such as metaphor, rhythm, image, and more.  Energizing writing exercises help students develop their own voice,& a life-skill they will carry well into the future.

  • Tuesdays at 5:00 pm, EDT, Begins September 29 (grades 6-8 only)

Led by Academic Director Chris Schafenacker, who earned his MFA from UMass Amherst. He is a professional writer and translator currently working in Granada as he completes his PhD.


Writer's Workshop High School Sessions - New Session Coming in January!

Non-Fiction: This course takes a deep dive into the creative potential of the personal essay. Through reading canonical and contemporary examples of the genre, including work by Ocean Vuong, Virginia Woolf, Morgan Parker, Joan Didion and many others, students dissect the subject of identity in order to better arrive at their own articulation of the concept. Craft is as much a focus as content. Students will gain experience with poetic logic, metaphor, rhythm, and more as they work toward creating an essay that is not just informative, but also elegant and engaging.

  • Non-Fiction: Wednesdays at 5:00 pm, EDT, Begins September 16 (grades 9-12 only)

Led by Academic Director Chris Schafenacker, who earned his MFA from UMass Amherst. He is a professional writer and translator currently working in Granada as he completes his PhD.


Fiction: The Fiction Writer's Workshop will explore core craft elements of prose, including point of view, the play and pause of time, forward momentum, and style. In the first few sessions, fun writing activities and prompts will help students generate short stories or the beginnings of novels. Students will then share their pieces with the workshop, both learning to receive and to offer feedback and advice for revision.

  • Fiction: Mondays at 6:30 pm, EDT, Begins September 14 (grades 9-12 only)

Led by Academic Director Jonathan Volk, who received his MFA at the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets & Writers, where he also teaches creative writing.


Prefer to focus on writing fundamentals? See Our Essential Elements of Writing Clinic!


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