Online Level 1 Workshop in Fiction and Poetry

at The Writers Studio

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Course Details
Price:
$435 12 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Feb 06, 1:00pm - Mar 27, 2:00pm Eastern Time (8 sessions)

Location:
Interactive online classroom
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Description
Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
System Requirements: To take a Writers Studio online class you will need:
  • A computer with a high-speed Internet connection
  • An e-mail account
  • Upon registration, you will receive information on how to access the online classroom via email.
Class Delivery: You will be invited to join your online class via email. Assignments, exercises, and critiques are all posted in the online classroom. Additionally, the weekly chat occurs within this classroom, and a transcript of the chat is saved there as well.

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this poetry class:

All students new to The Writers Studio start with Level I. Since we approach teaching with our own method and vocabulary, even experienced writers with publications and/or MFAs will find plenty that is new and challenging in Level I.

Students will continue to attend Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, and Memoir writing classes at their scheduled times via Google Meet (with or without cameras enabled).

Our short weekly exercises are designed to stimulate students’ imaginations while also teaching a lot of nuts-and-bolts narrative strategies. Students learn that a narrative voice is born out of conscious creation and is not merely the voice we use when speaking or keeping a journal. We encourage students to turn autobiographical fragments into publishable work by using different narrative personas to tell their story in fiction and poetry.

The class is organized around a weekly assignment based on a piece of published writing. The teacher helps students understand the technique that makes the piece effective. The following week students bring their written exercise to class, where it is read aloud. Classmates offer feedback, and then the teacher, who has been trained for three years in The Writers Studio method, gives the final supportive critique. In the last few weeks of the class, students work toward turning one of these exercises into a story or poem. We also teach students to give constructive, supportive feedback. We work to assure that critiques build on each other, so that students never leave the class with a head full of conflicting reactions and suggestions.

We ask students to remain silent when their classmates and the teacher offer feedback. Though this may seem harsh at first, the policy is enormously helpful, as it lets students take in the information calmly and without the reflexive tendency to grow defensive. The workshops are designed to help students learn from their own work, as well as from the work of others. As the student’s understanding of technique deepens so does the emotional power of the writing.

Some Level I teachers are fiction writers and others are poets, but they all have experience writing and teaching both genres. In Level I, we teach techniques relevant to both fiction and poetry, and the excerpts that form the foundation of the weekly assignments are drawn from both fiction and poetry. Students who already know that they want to pursue fiction should write fiction even when the assignment is poetry, and likewise students who already know they want to pursue poetry should write poetry each week even when the assignment is fiction. But because in Level I we sometimes have students who aren’t yet sure, students have the option of trying out both fiction and poetry. (Once they move on to Level II, we ask them to write in one genre.) Level I is designed as a 16-week sequence, which means that students who want to continue after their first 8-week term take a second term of Level I before moving on to Level II. The two terms do not have to be taken consecutively. Barring a scheduling conflict, generally students stay with the same teacher.

Students taking classes will submit their exercises electronically. During the video chat, students and teachers will respond to student work and discuss the next week’s exercise. Teachers will send students a link to the video chat and will provide support as needed. We hope you will continue to write and stay connected to our community during this time.


Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Still have questions? Ask the community.

Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows: 

Cancellations made 3 or more days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider   

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Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

In accordance with NY state law, all tuition except $50 is refundable if cancellation is made at least one week before the first class meets. The $50 is applicable to a future class. Students eligible for applying the $50 to a future class must register by phone and mention the credit at the time of registration.

All tuition except $100 is refundable if cancellation is made less than one week before the first class meets. All tuition except $100 is refundable if cancellation is made by 5:00 pm on the fifth business day after the first class meets. If the class meets Mondays, cancellation must be made by 5:00 pm on the Monday following the first class. No refunds will be granted afterwards.

All classes and dates are subject to change and cancellation. The Writers Studio cannot be responsible for providing refunds or offering makeup sessions for classes missed as a result of students' illnesses, emergencies or events beyond the students' control. Please be advised that classes may go a little later or end a little earlier than the hours designated on the website. We make every effort to honor these designated times, but there is some variability.

Occasionally, a class may be canceled due to extreme weather conditions or other acts of God. We will make every effort to offer makeup sessions when it is possible, but no refunds will be granted in any case.

The Writers Studio reserves the right to deny service to anyone.

Start Dates (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time Francesca Moroney 8 $435
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Feb 13 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time Francesca Moroney
Mon, Feb 20 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time Francesca Moroney
Mon, Feb 27 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time Francesca Moroney
Mon, Mar 06 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time Francesca Moroney
Mon, Mar 13 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time Francesca Moroney
Mon, Mar 20 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time Francesca Moroney
Mon, Mar 27 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time Francesca Moroney

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