Thursday, October 19, 2023

15 Workshops For Writers



How do writers learn or hone their craft? 

No doubt, many have a natural talent, perhaps shaped by real-life experiences, a huge imagination, and a keen eye for observing details, but even the most gifted writers could benefit from such guidance and instruction on the art of writing. Where does one find support and instruction, beyond a one-day seminar, but not as long and expensive as an MFA? 

Poets & Writers magazine (Sept-Oct ’23 issue) provided an extensive list of courses one can take, including online-only options Below is a list of their in-person options, many of which also offer an online component: 

1, Hugo House in Seattle, WA 

2. Literary Arts, in Portland, Oregon 

3. UCLA Extension in LA, CA 

4. Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA 

5. Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, CO 

6. Story Studio in Chicago, IL 

7. The Loft, in Minneapolis, MN 

8. Grub Street in Boston, MA 

9. Thought For Writers Den, in Stonington, CT 

10. Gotham Writers Workshop in NYC 

11. Center For Fiction, in Brooklyn, NY 

12. Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, in Brooklyn, NY 

13. Blue Stoop, in Philadelphia, PA 

14. Writer House, in Charlottesville, VA 

15. Key West Literary Seminar, in Key West, FL 

These writer-friendly workshops not only are a safe place for writers to learn, brainstorm, and test ideas, they are also place for writers to gather and network and share in their common experience: the joyful pleasure of writing. I can’t think of a much better way to spend some time.


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