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TESTIMONIALS

We're honored that so many writers have allowed us to be part of their writing journey. See a long list of student testimonials below. You can also see our blog for a list of recent student publications. And, if you're looking for a class in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting, writing for children, or publishing, we've got you covered.

"Ploi Pirapokin's Revision Intensive: Polish Short Stories for Submission far exceeded my expectations. I discovered new horizons in the process of writing and revising my short fiction, and Ploi covered way more than I anticipated. I highly recommend her class!"


"Karen E. Bender's Strategies for Story Beginnings seminar exceeded my expectations! Karen is an excellent teacher: she is patient, explains all her materials well and provides valuable examples and feedback. I really enjoy how Karen runs her courses. This is the second of hers I've taken, and I plan to take more. In fact, I recommended Karen's classes enough after the first one I took that a friend joined me for this one. Thank you again!"


"How to Write Exciting, Evocative, & Commercially Viable Historical Fiction with L.M. Elliott exceeded my expectations. Such a well structured class. I appreciated the specific examples of story-finding and research that inspired the instructor’s own writing. The casual Q&A at the end was also great. I also really enjoyed that Laura co-hosted with her son. They were really delightful together and Peter was able to offer some great insight on the publishing end."


"I loved Sarah Carson's Revising Poetry workshop, especially her detailed suggestions and the practice we got in all the various ways one can revise a poem. It was also illuminating to see how other people did the exercises to revise their work. I feel like I have a real toolbox now."


"The best part about the Exploring Strategies for Story Beginnings seminar with Karen E. Bender were her insights, warmth, generosity, intelligence and the categories for types of story beginnings she presented to us. Karen is a wonderful instructor, and I've taken all of her seminars."


"I so enjoyed Mira Ptacin's Writing as Catharsis: Flash Memoir workshop. Mira is a fabulous leader/teacher/moderator for the group. The community of writers we had was an amazing group. And Mira's writing prompts were excellent."


"I just finished Ploi Pirapokin's Revision Intensive: Polish Short Stories for Submission workshop, and it was an excellent course. The most valuable part of this class was the incisive feedback from Ploi coupled with her in-depth lectures."


"Mira Ptacin's Micro-Memoir workshop was great. The readings and the prompts were excellent, and Mira's energy and enthusiasm really added to the class. One of my favorite classes!"

"How to Conceive and Structure Personal Essays with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho exceeded my expectations. I am currently working on putting together a collection of personal essays that I hope to be published either in book form, or as individual submissions to various print magazines and e-zines. Most valuable #1: I enjoyed the personal essays that were assigned for aloud reading (and I really enjoy reading "out loud" as we used to call it when I was a child). Those assigned essays served as appropriate examples of the gist of Camacho's presentation. Most valuable #2: I particularly found Camacho's explanation of what makes a personal essay unique exactly the motivation I need to want to write personal essays in the first place. Mr. Camacho spoke of intimacy, confession, vulnerability. I think I did say that I was toying with the idea of naming my collection Very Personal, Personal Essays. Mr. Camacho covered what I need to know as a novice when it comes to conception and structure of the personal essay, and I can always conduct independent research as it relates to crafting significant personal essays of my own, moving forward."


"Meg Eden Kuyatt's seminar, What They Don’t Tell You About Publishing: Submitting to Agents and Editors, was excellent. Meg had a wealth of experience to share with us, and provided a great resource to follow up on our learning. The most valuable part was Meg's detailed, step by step input/discussion about the publishing process + best questions to ask when interviewing a potential agent. Meg did a great job of making sure that she covered her planned content, but also covering all of my questions."


"I loved Robert James Russell's Visualizing Memories: Graphic Memoir workshop. Rob is a great teacher and created a community for us in his class. I learned a lot and loved that I had deadlines to finish work. I would highly recommend his class."


"I just finished Katie Reilly's Writing Through Parenthood class and it was a fantastic class. The small format made for an intimate environment lending to informed conversation and discussion. I missed one of the sessions due to a time conflict and I loved the ability to view the recording of the course so I would be fully prepared for the next class. I am always so thoroughly impressed with all the classes I take with Writing Workshops. Thank you!"


"Tawny, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for what was a chock-full-of-info book proposal seminar yesterday. I am so glad I came; it was worth my time in all respects! Thank you for being so generous and forthcoming and giving us so much knowledge about the book proposal process in such a clear and seamless way. I feel like every minute had something valuable to offer. My kind of seminar!"


"The Self-Publishing seminar with David Hopkins was great. It was a compressed encyclopedia of Everything I Wish I Had Known A Year Ago! Now I have a blueprint to follow and I'm excited to get started."


"What did I find most valuable about Elissa Bassist's Tragedy Plus Time seminar? All of it. The instructor was extremely funny and had many excellent resources to share."


"The How to Conceive & Structure Personal Essays seminar with Antonio Ruiz Comacho exceeded my expectations. Admittedly, I wasn't sure what to expect because it was my first class with you all, but Antonio's class was so interesting and informative! He covered everything and more about personal essays in his presentation and focused on details and provided great examples in the assigned readings. So far, I'm very impressed with Writing Workshops!"


"Chaya Bhuvaneswar has been so generous. The Short Story Collection Generator has left me with plenty to work on. I feel very fortunate I had the opportunity to join. The insights and feedback provided have truly transformed my approach to writing."


"When I started Rosebud’s workshop, I was looking to nurture a flare for creative writing that was in serious danger of dying out. Luckily, she was the perfect teacher to stoke that fire. Beyond putting together a syllabus that stretched our concepts of what poetry could be, she encouraged me and my peers to dip into the strange and the silly as we interpreted the prompts we were given. Her celebration of our growth and her thoughtful questions also gave me a model for feedback that I continue to employ when working through new writing with friends. I recommend to just about everyone I know that they try taking a workshop with Rosebud: she's a poet's poet, a teacher's teacher, and a champion for the kind of exploration, creativity, and fun that I needed to fall in love with writing again."


"I signed up for Karen E. Bender's Writing Memory seminar and I loved the class. She had a great presentation and got into the topic right away. No wasted time. A very thorough class that will help me build my character's interiority."


"Chaya Bhuvaneswar’s short story collection class was a turning point in my writing. She helped me tighten and improve individual stories, focusing on where to amplify tension and add critical details, but she also introduced me to thinking about how stories work together, how anchor stories can make or break a collection. She brought in remarkable authors and agents too, facilitating discussions that were not just interesting but also immediately applicable. We talked craft details with Kate McQuade and how to make the scary jump into a more writing-centered life with Maurice Carols-Ruffin. The class atmosphere was also so warm and supportive. I'm still in touch with my fellow writers to this day; having a dedicated group of folks to swap drafts with is magical."


"Jenna Tang's Translation and Travel classes were terrific. Fantastic readings and very insightful comments from the Jenna in each class session. I've already recommended her classes to my writing friends."


"Antonio is a great instructor. I signed up for How to Conceive and Structure Personal Essays and it did not disappoint. He very clearly made the point about the details in the narrative expressing the experience. His example readings were great. For a short course, it was excellent."


"Ploi Pirapokin's class on Intensive Revision exceeded my expectations. She gave each student's work thoughtful critiques. Her lessons were wide and built from her years of her own study and practice. She opened all of our minds to new ways of thinking about our work. This was one of the best writing workshops I've ever taken in my 30 years of writing. Not only is her knowledge vast, she is a delightful and patient teacher with a great sense of humor. Ploi is a gem!"


"Katie Reilly's Writing Through Parenthood workshop was great. Her willingness to answer questions and the variety of readings made the class worth every penny. Also, Katie's feedback on my writing helped me tremendously. This is the second class I've taken with her, and highly recommend Katie as an instructor."


"Courtney Kocak's Starting a Newsletter seminar exceeded my expectations. Courtney provided concrete advice and information - and it was so nice to have someone talk about writing in a more practical, functional, and business-oriented way. The class was truly useful. Thank you!"


"I took the 4-Week Online Prose Poetry Workshop: Writing the Prose Poem with Lindsay Tigue. This class definitely exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed the variety and creativity of the prompts and the thoroughness of the material, both of which made me feel like I was constantly learning something new. I really appreciated the course structure and the depth of the material. It was helpful to have a lesson with plenty of reading material and examples before writing my own pieces."


"Chaya Bhuvaneswar's 12 week course about short story writing went beyond my expectations. Chaya's Incredible skill and generosity with her time re: short story writing and conveying it to each person during meetings with the entire class each week as well as meeting one to one with people who wanted to do that. She was willing to read two or more of our individual short stories and provide written feedback. Then, for those of us who already have enough short stories for a book, she read and commented on our entire books. I only wish the class was longer!"


"I loved 'The Practice of Revising Poetry' workshop with Sarah Carson! Each week, I found myself diving deeper into my work, uncovering layers I hadn’t noticed before. Sarah’s insightful feedback and the encouraging environment made all the difference. The readings and exercises were perfectly curated to push us further. This workshop has genuinely transformed my approach to poetry."


"Sarah Carson’s revision workshop was so good. The structured approach to revision, combined with the thought-provoking readings, helped me see my poems in a new light. The weekly discussions and feedback sessions were incredibly supportive and inspiring. I feel more confident and skilled in my ability to revise and refine my poetry."


"Participating in 'The Practice of Revising Poetry' with Sarah Carson was an enriching experience. Sarah’s expertise and the collaborative atmosphere allowed me to explore new possibilities in my writing. Each week's focus, from digging deeper into themes to experimenting with form, was enlightening. I now view revision as a crucial and exciting part of my poetry practice. Highly recommended!"


"I loved the Get Unstuck seminar with Jennifer Mattson. I found the prompts extremely valuable and enjoyed hearing her perspective and examples. It opened up my mind to the variety of ways a person can be a writer and helped me tune in more clearly to what I need to help me be productive. It was surprising how much I gained from just two hours. More than some multi-week courses I’ve taken!"


"The thoroughness in Courtney Kocak's Start a Newsletter to Supercharge Your Platform, Network & Business seminar was highly impressive and inspiring, as was the way in which she wove time for our brainstorming with examples. I will definitely recommend this class."


"Chaya Bhuvaneswar's Short Story Generator Collection Class was great. She is a fantastic instructor. I came away with plenty of constructive ideas for improving my stories, a bundle-full of useful reference materials, a superb reading list and nice dose of encouragement. It was a lot of work of the best kind, perfect for anyone serious about their writing. I got the most value from workshopping my stories and the stories of the other writers in the class. Chaya skillfully manageed the delicate job of allowing plenty of freedom while keeping us on a constructive track. Of equal value was Chaya's insights into our stories. Her comments were reliably clear, insightful, and usefully constructive. There's no mistaking her talent for analysis and her understanding of the field. I feel fortunate that I happened to land in this class (and the one last Fall)."


"I just finished Writing Through Parenthood with Katie Reilly. She is a great facilitator and very engaging. Between the the the wealth of resources, Katie's expertise and experience, the readings and encouragement on ways to grow and develop my writing, I can't recommend this class enough. I've taken a lot of classes through Writing Workshops, and this was one of the best. Thank you!"


"After taking the Revision Intensive workshop with Ploi Pirapokin, I've developed a new understanding for the revision process that motivates me to be more patient with my stories. Ploi's class was very comprehensive and it's useful that we will receive the course materials for deeper review. I liked the inclusion of Wet Ink and how it offers the possibility to connect with others in the cohort. What a great class!"


"Janine Annett's Funny at 40 (or beyond) seminar was fantastic, and so is Janine. I walked away with a bunch of ideas and the plan to try to get published. I also appreciate the resources that were sent out after the class concluded."


"Thank you, thank you, thank you for this time. The Short Story Collection Generator with Chaya Bhuvaneswar has re-energized and refocused me. It was just what I needed to reignite my passion for writing and take my work to the next level."


"Thank you, Ploi, for the time you spent teaching this Revision Intensive and for encouraging us to pursue their ambitions. Thank you for also being you!"

"Thank you so much for the Revision Intensive: Polish Short Stories for Submission course, Ploi Pirapokin! I'm very happy that I found it and that there was still space when I signed up. I found it challenging, invigorating, and inspiring, and overall a special experience for me in my writing journey. I really appreciate your insights both on writing craft and writing life, and I know I'll be mulling over our class material and referencing it for a long time."

"Just so you know, Ploi, I really appreciated the exercises you had us do in the Revision Intensive and the way you were able to give us a process for digging back into these pieces. Mine's been sitting for almost a year, and I was looking for a way back into it. I feel like I have a path forward on this one now!"

"Your Revision Intensive course was mind-opening, Ploi, and I wish you could continue to be my mentor. Thanks so much for your guidance and insights. It was a pleasure sharing my words and thoughts with you."


"I loved Katie Reilly's Nonfiction Seminar on writing the Personal Reported Essay. So much thought went into the the assigned readings. Katie's scaffolding and feedback on essay ideas, and Katie's feedback on the final draft were excellent. Highly recommend!"


"The depth and breadth of literature Chaya Bhuvaneswar has presented us with in her short story collection generator class is truly outstanding. She worked individually with each student and did an incredible/invaluable service by reading each student's entire manuscript. I appreciate the time it takes to be thoughtful and insightful about such a large body of work. I would highly recommend this advanced class. Chaya is a wonderful teacher!"

"Jennifer Mattson's Get Unstuck, Start Writing Again seminar was by far the best workshop/seminar I’ve attended. Jennifer is smart, supportive, empathetic, and experienced as a writer and teacher. Thank you for a great session. By the way, for me the first exercise resulted in a very good draft. Writers need this workshop.”

"Janine Annett's Funny at 40 (or beyond) seminar exceeded my expectations. The feedback she gave when everyone discussed an aspect of their work seemed universal in its application. Hearing from other writers in a group format was also a benefit I wasn't expecting but got some much from. And Janine's Power Point included great examples."

"McKenzie Schwark's Gay Bones: Writing the Queer Body was a great class. I particularly loved the writing exercises, they were really good. And I liked all the readings & discussions, which introduced me to some new writers I'm now obsessed with."


“Thank you, Erica, for a fabulous class! I've learned so much about the writing process and relished the texts. Each class has helped awaken long-slumbering skills of analysis and muscles of creativity that I haven't exercised in some time. I'm especially grateful for the workshop portion, both for my own piece and for others. I've always been insecure about my writing style, but these classes have really boosted my confidence and filled my well of creativity. The workshop notes I received validated my process and helped magnify the paths to take next. I'm so grateful to Erica and the writing coven that is forming through these classes.”


"I took the Getting Published with Limited Clips seminar with Katie Reilly. It was excellent. The most valuable part of the seminar was the personalization to every attendee, and the guest editor that Katie brought in was golden."


"Participating in Naphisa's 'Manipulating Time in Fiction' workshop has been transformative for my writing. Her expertise in pacing and structure helped me understand how to effectively compress and expand time within my narratives, giving them new depth and resonance. I'm walking away with valuable feedback, new writing friends, and several pieces I'm excited to develop further."


"I just finished Janine Annett's Funny at 40 (or beyond) class and thought it was one of the best classes I've taken. I loved her pointers on how to generate ideas for stories and techniques to add in humor to my writing. I'm glad she was willing to send both her slides as well as lists of the books she referred to AND places we can submit our humorous work. I love your classes. Nice to be able to choose from single sessions to longer classes. Instructors are great! Thanks!"


"Manipulating Time in Fiction with Naphisa Senanarong exceeded my expectations! I found the clear presentations, great readings, very organized, very participatory and extremely valuable. The class covered everything and more."


"Jennifer Mattson's Get Unstuck seminar exceeded my expectations. She covered so much material and was very informative. I found the exercises and the information shared very valuable! I also greatly appreciated hearing about Jennifer’s experiences with subjects that were brought up during class. I would definitely recommend this class to other writers. Thank you!"


"I loved Jenna Tang's Writing About Languages & Travels 6-Week Workshop. I found the workshop element invaluable. Jenna's willingness to meet with students individually as well as share publishing resources was extremely helpful."


"Janine Annett's Writing Humor at 40+ was awesome. Janine was prepared, moved the class along well, had some great, practical ideas, and she encouraged us to seek to collaborate together In the future. I loved it!"


"You should take Elissa Bassist's Tragedy + Time seminar. Her humor, her fresh perspective, the specific writing prompts, it's all great. Elissa was thorough and delightful, and I learned a lot."


"I love finding instructional 'snacks' here and I really enjoy the diversity of instructors. Thank you to all who make this possible! I love Writing Workshops!"


"I enjoyed Naphisa Senanarong's lectures and power points about different ways to express time in fiction. I also enjoyed having a published short story to discuss in class each week. I thought she ran the workshop part of the class very well. She set up an environment where we felt safe having people discuss our work and give us feedback in a positive and nurturing environment."


“With Erica’s mentorship, I am now attending the MFA program of my choice and have published several of my poems. She saw potential where I did not, and she pushed me out of my comfort zone by encouraging me to write creative non-fiction. She taught me to trust in my own writing and the fact that my stories are valuable on their own. I fell in love with creative non-fiction because of her. Not only did Erica spend an ample amount of time with me (more than she had to!), she provided me with pages of written feedback that helped me revise and assist in the publication process. I am a much stronger, more confident writer since working with Erica, and am successfully pursuing a career in the field of creative writing.”


"McKenzie Schwark's 'Gay Bones: Writing the Queer Body' class offered space to explore and express my queer identity through writing. The readings were thought-provoking and diverse, providing a solid foundation for our lively and supportive discussions. I left the class not only with a richer understanding of queer narratives but also with a renewed sense of empowerment to tell my own stories about my body and experiences."


"I signed up for Elissa Bassist's Tragedy Plus Time seminar, and the readings/examples, resources, and lecture combined created a ton of value!"


“Erica helped me with my applications to MFA programs in Creative Writing. With her assistance, I was accepted or waitlisted to every place I applied, and I'm now a student in my top-choice program. Throughout our work together, Erica was empathetic, challenging, and generous. She helped me to present myself with confidence and clarity. Her feedback was always specific and extensive, and I know the advice she gave me was critical to the success of my applications. I'm sure these skills transfer over to her classes together. I can't recommend working with Erica enough!"


"Elissa Bassist was so generous with her time and her expertise, not only during the seminar (Tragedy Plus Time), but with the handouts before the class. It really energized my current project. I could have spent another hour listening to her. As an organization, you're doing great! Everything worked great... easy to sign up, easy to access. Thanks so much!"


"Manipulating Time in Fiction was a great course! Naphisa Senanarong's feedback on my writing was extremely helpful, and her lectures were very informative. I would highly recommend her classes."


"Publishing class with Jill Talbot was amazing. Chock-a-block with useful, practical, real-world tips.  She also gave us a look behind the scenes at what editors look for.  Can't wait to use all her resources!  And, Jill was fun, funny and warm. Really, what more can you ask for?"


"The Best Practices in Self-Publishing: How to Bet on Yourself Without Going Broke seminar with David Hopkins had a lot of very good information with a knowledgeable, amiable host. Good use of examples with support. No unnecessary 'fillers'. He covered A LOT in the amount of time that he had, and I will definitely recommend this class to other writers I know."


"My mentorship with Chloe Caldwell was truly my greatest workshopping experience yet. As a professional copywriter, essay writing has become a passion project I do on the side for my own fun, and hadn't much considered publishing until Chloe gave me the confidence to pitch to my dream publication—and they took it!  From her extensive and wildly helpful in-line edits to just chatting on the phone about my seemingly endless ideas, Chloe's mentorship has left me a better, more confident, and more inspired writer. Run! Don't! walk! to sign up for her next mentorship."


"I loved Sage Tyrtle's seminar, Caged Words: Creative Constraint, and would highly recommend this class to any writer looking for inspiration. Sage was extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful and provided meaningful feedback. Plus, her prompts were great."


"One of the more creative workshops I have ever taken. Amber Sparks really got me to think in different and creative ways. It was the right class at the right time for me."


"Poetry workshop with Rosebud was a wonderfully exciting and supportive space where I felt safe enough to experiment and take risks with my poems. Her writing prompts provoked me to ask deeper questions of myself and the class helped me grow immensely, both as a reader and a poet. The syllabus was rich in poetry, essays, music, and videos that encouraged lively classroom discussion and powerful, engaged writing. What strikes me most about Rosebud is her big-hearted generosity and genuine interest and delight in having her students succeed."


"I so enjoyed the Caged Words seminar with Sage Tyrtle. There were so many fantastic prompts! I take A LOT of workshops, and it's always a bummer when the prompts are boring, simplified, basic and taken out of a bad book on Amazon. Sage's prompts were so fantastic, and there were so many of them. She opened the floor for sharing but didn't push anyone, she gave supportive and enthusiastic feedback and gave very detailed instructions for difficult, involved prompts."


"I took Gay Bones: Writing the Queer Body with McKenzie Schwark. Her class exceeded my expectations. The readings were beautiful and the discussion well-led. The reading material paired with our personal writing really spoke to me. I would highly recommend this class."


"Chaitali Sen's class on revision exceeded my expectations. It was one of the best courses I've ever taken and I found the class and material to be invaluable. I would highly recommend this class."


"Rosebud is by far one of the best mentors I’ve had in a workshop setting. Her materials are thought-provoking and inspirational, and they challenge students to explore, play, and experiment. Her comments are always insightful and she creates a supportive environment where students are encouraged to be themselves, as well as to interact with each other both within and beyond the workshop. She’s generous in her feedback and with the time she dedicates to each student and is always willing to answer questions and help in any way she can."


"I really enjoyed Amber Sparks' workshop on Fractured Narrative! Great list of possible approaches to non-linear story-telling with helpful references to specific author's works as examples. Good exercises. Really enjoyed the chat input from other attendees as well. Great value for the price."


"The 3-Week Query Course with literary agent Christopher Hermelin is well worth the time and money. You can go through book after book about how to get published, but nothing can compare with a professional agent providing up-to-date information on what is expected from queries right now. Mr. Hermelin gave a simple but streamline structure that was a game changer for my query. He also offers precisely what you can't get anywhere else--live feedback on your and your classmates' queries. My advice: pay as much attention to the advice he gives others as he gives you. By the end, you will be light years ahead of where you started."


"I loved Chaitali Sen's class on revision. It was wonderful! Organized, thoughtful and she gave us a rigorous and thoughtful approach to revision that focuses on refining our core ideas/themes. I loved the hand outs and activities!"


"I've had all good experiences during my journey with Writing Workshops, which started a year ago. The 3-month mentorship program, with Chloe Caldwell, was incredible. Chloe met me where I was in my writing and over the course of 3 months, I can see the takeaway and how I have grown. She was always an email away to answer questions, provide prompts, and suggest readings or magazines to look into. The line-edits on my submissions were thorough and the feedback encouraging. Thank you for this class!"


"Working with Joan has been an absolute gift. Her generative workshops are welcoming and fun, and I come away with drafts I can later craft into strong poems. Her prompts are rich and inspiring, beginning with stimulus poems from very cool poets, many of whom are new to me. This exposure to novel work is an exciting catalyst for my poetry. Her handouts are fabulous– filled with many more prompts and poems than we can cover in class. Joan creates a safe and supportive space for sharing work; her kindness is contagious!"

"I’ve attended over a dozen poetry workshops in person and online. The time I spent with Joan Kwon Glass was by far, the most productive, enriching and insightful for me as a poet. Her deep knowledge of lesser known poets took the class to a whole new level of inspiration. Joan set the tone immediately for a creative, safe and supportive environment. The structure of the class, gave everyone time to listen, write and the opportunity to share our work. Joan brought her focus, devotion and good humor to every session. Her organized presentation was also much appreciated. We were doing serious writing – and thanks to Joan’s teaching style- with light hearts."

“Joan Kwon Glass’s three-hour “New Woman Warrior Poetry” workshop was a transformative experience. She’s a warm, welcoming teacher who dives into the heart of poems; and every student seemed to come alive in the discussions. Joan’s imaginative prompts were fantastic— I’m still using them. Plus, her individual feedback was smart, unusually detailed and insightful. I recommend Joan’s workshop to poets at any stage of their writing career.”

“Joan is an incredibly kind, welcoming, and supportive teacher. Her classes are deeply engaging and well researched, and she introduces her students to a wide variety of poets and new and important work. Her generative prompts are inspiring, and she offers thoughtful and brilliant insight into work created in class.”

“I was so fortunate to be able to take a generative poetry writing course with Joan Kwon Glass. Joan led a wonderful, dynamic discussion each week, provided thoughtful, insightful feedback on poems drafted during the course, and created a syllabus full of inspiring prompts and poems to spark new work. I hope to take another class with her -soon!”

“I have had a broad range of experience with all kinds of classes, programs, and collaborations where everyone brings something personally important to the table to make progress on. You provided a space that opened up more and more every session, and I believe this is in part due to the universal respect you gave each and every one of our works. You smoothly identified what each poem was asking for and went beyond to foster new possibilities for us as poets. This lead each of us to grow not only as writers, but as gardeners of each other’s poetry as well. By encouraging us to look beyond what we want out of poems, and instead delve into what the poetry wants itself, your course became a yoga of honoring what’s said and unsaid. Thank you."

“I had the pleasure of taking Joan Kwon Glass’s Poetic Magic class. To say the experience was one of growth would be a gross understatement. In this generative workshop, I found a whole new way to look at my work while being exposed to new and exciting poems I had not yet discovered. This launched me into a writing frenzy, producing several poems I hope to see published in my newest collection! Not only was there ample time for writing, exploring others work, and workshop feedback, but Joan’s guidance as a patient and wise instructor with a humble and encouraging demeanor helped to elicit the best from each poem and poet. Her support and insight have been instrumental in my growth in the craft of poetry, and I can’t recommend her highly enough."


"The One-on-One Nonfiction Mentorship with Lisa Levy exceeded my expectations.Lisa's editorial suggestions are insightful and her willingness toprovide counsel is what I appreciated the most."


"The Graphic Novel & Comics workshop with Varud Gupta exceeded my expectations. It was so beneficial to talk about other people's work, and to give and receive feedback. The exercises where we drew other peoples comics was great. For me personally, I found learning about themes was really useful in improving my work. And, it was good that the classes were scheduled for a time that I could come to them even though I live in Australia."


"I loved the How to Write a Novel in 6 Weeks workshop with Dana De Greff. She was a font of knowledge and really gave tips and practical exercises to make writing a novel a real thing I can accomplish. Demystified this daunting idea and I feel good about moving forward."


"Elissa Bassist's How to Write a Tragicomic Memoir class was SO, SO GOOD!!!! By far, my favorite ever of the many many I have taken with Catapult, Grubstreet, Porch, CFF, and WritingWorkshops.com. Big compliments! Thank you!!! Learned a lot and was furiously taking down notes; what marvelous advice and stories you have. Can't wait to read HYSTERICAL and the books that will come after that."


"I just finished Chloe Caldwell's Carving out Space in the Literary World seminar— incredible. Andreal. This is one of the most refreshing moments/conversations/classes Ihave experienced in a while, so thank you."


"I just want to let you know how much I enjoyed Chloe Caldwell's Carving out Space in the Literary World seminar.  It was incredibly helpful--one of the best I've ever attended!"

"Chloe Caldwell's Carving out Space in the Literary World seminar was exceptional in every possible way. I am still processing it all."

"I loved this class. Elissa was an extremely generous teacher/storyteller. I think listening to her talk about her experience/struggles to get words on the page was the most valuable part. I was amazed with Elissa’s ability to focus and maintain passion and energy for 3 straight hours. I was completely engaged in her personal writing journey and was satisfied with spending 3 hours listening to her speak."

"This was a fun class! I found Elissa's personal takes and experiences in both the process and in finding a home for her writing most valuable. The process seems much more manageable to me now, and I would take another class with Elissa."

"I heard about WritingWorkshop.com via Hippocampus Magazine. I'm so happy I found Elissa's class, which was filled with many small insights that added up to a lot. I left the class feeling inspired. Thank you."

"Elissa's seminar exceeded my expectations! She provided real-world solutions for rejection and included so many thought-provoking prompts. This class was so rich with information it could have easily been a 6-week course."

"I just wanted to drop a quick note to thank you for the Publishing in Literary Journals to Launch Your Career workshop. As an on-demand video course, I found it to be both inspiring and also chock-full of useful, practical advice. That combination was exactly what I needed. The concept that one should shoot for 100 rejections a year is sort of a game-changer in terms of the way I approach submissions.  Thanks again and I definitely plan to sign up for more workshops going forward."

"Jenny Bhatt's Magical Realism workshop exceeded my expectations. Ifound her individualized feedback the most valuable. I would highlyrecommend this workshop!"

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with Jenessa. I grew tremendously as a writer, and it allowed me space to explore narrative structures and the real impacts they can have on people.”

“Jenessa knows how to identify the emotional truth of a book… She has an incredible work ethic. She’s open-minded, collaborative, intuitive, willing to challenge herself, and always respectful of deadlines. She’s worked with my other editorial colleagues at Guernica and the Rumpus — they have all had glowing things to say about her. It’s rare we get to work with a writer who is versatile, compassionate, unpretentious, yet rigorous. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity.”

"Jenessa is one of the most thoughtful and generous teachers I have ever worked with. She gently pushed me to go deeper into my writing, to think critically about my practice and who I am as an artist, while simultaneously creating a safe space to meet me exactly where I was. Jenessa provided extremely attentive and helpful feedback; her love of teaching and her enduring respect for her students was always felt."

“I have been so grateful to work with and be taught by Jenessa Abrams... I have taken several writing courses in my academic career, however Jenessa has offered the most in-depth, personal, and generative feedback of any writing professor I've had. Her in-line comments on my writing have made me feel incredibly known and I am so grateful for her keen eye to note where prose can be sharpened or deepened. Her presence made me feel immediately comfortable to take risks in my writing both in style and subject matter. I feel I have grown in so much confidence in my voice as a writer and I attribute so much of that to the encouragement and guidance I have received from Jenessa.”

“I encourage writers of all levels to take class with Mira. Our class had writers with MFAs and dozens of books as well as writers who simply wanted help trying to find the right words. Mira’s thoughtfully designed coursework, readings and assignments, combined with her warmth, encouragement, and enthusiasm, made our class a place where students felt a sense of belonging, and where everyone could take risks. Our class has ended, but everyone wants to stay together and keep writing. Mira’s magic fosters that sense of community. Her expertise elevates everyone’s work.”

“Mira’s skill at creating a safe and open space for writing and sharing is unlike any class I have taken. She has an arsenal of unique, generative prompts; endless source material; and unlimited inspiration from her own life (and our lives!). I come away from each class with a flowering list of things to write, research, and read. Mira understands how to appreciate and talk about details in writing and to guide the class in sequence with generous and helpful critique. She is an ace at leading discussions which never feel rushed. She manages the class time so that everyone is heard and encouraged. I highly recommend this empathetic and whip smart teacher. Happy bonus: she is as cool as heck. As a professional writer, I was looking for an awakening about my craft and my career. I got more than I bargained for: a gentle nudge, a kick in the pants, and a warm embrace. Writers at any level would be lucky to attend one of Mira’s workshops.”

“Mira’s micro-memoir class is powerful and empowering! Mira’s teaching has consistently helped me access my most true creative voice. Her prompts are pitch perfect—just the right balance of open-ended and focused. I come away from my time with her a wiser writer and full of inspiration. Mira’s feedback is encouraging and thoughtful; she’s authentically respectful, erudite, and has an infectious passion for the mot juste."

“Mira is magical. I’ve taken a number of her workshops, and even had the fabulous good luck to study with her in Paris last year. I continue to be blown away by her effervescence, creativity, and the absolute joy she brings to each workshop. Her prompts are thoughtful and imaginative, and her insights are invaluable. Plus, she is simply the warmest, most encouraging and talented writer and teacher I have ever known. You will walk away from her class with renewed enthusiasm and love for the craft of writing. I cannot wait to take another workshop with her!”

“It’s rare to come across a short writing class that leaves a long mark on my soul, but Mira’s did. Her prompts during class were unique, ones I’d not heard or written around before. And her gentle invitation for each of us to read aloud (if we wanted) led us to a place of unexpected closeness as a group of otherwise strangers. By the end of two hours, I couldn’t wait to read more of my classmates’ words, to give more time to the essay-lets I generated in class, and to sign up for more Mira. Time and money very, very well spent.”

"If you want to improve your writing, follow these steps: sign up for a class with Mira Ptacin, then do what she says. It’s that simple. Before enrolling in Mira’s class, I struggled to write anything personal, whether a short paragraph or a ten-page essay. I was timid, reserved, and uncomfortable sharing in public. Thankfully, Mira’s teaching completely changed my mindset. Through her technical skill, knowledge of the memoir genre, and unyielding empathy, she helped me break from my cocoon and share my story with the world. She is, without a doubt, the best writing teacher I’ve ever had. I can’t recommend her classes highly enough."

“Jenessa's unique gift as a teacher is the ability to identify and develop each individual student's talent and interests, even those they did not know they themselves had, and provide them with the skills to develop those very talents and interests. This pedagogy requires deep, careful attention and individualized assessments that meet students where they are; the exact opposite of an overly didactic and stifling one-size-fits-all approach. Having found her to be one of the most effective teachers I have worked with in many years, I have no doubt that any student would benefit immensely from having her as an instructor.”

"Jenessa exhibited genuine care for her students and pushed her students to do better. Throughout [her course], I found myself not only getting better at writing but also finding joy in writing."

"After your Chloe Caldwell's Carving Out Space seminar, I felt so inspired to write. I finally started writing in my journal last night and it was very freeing. She really broke down a fear of mine about even considering to be a writer. Chloe made me believe this is something I can do." 

"Chloe, thank you so much for this class today! It was just what Ineeded to re-motivate myself in my writing journey. You've given me a lot to think about (and take action on)!"

"Thank you for  offering the Lit Agent & Author seminar with with Mark Gottlieb and Ying Chang Compestine. It was very helpful! The publishing processand contract negotiations seem less of a mystery to me now. I learnedhow to keep it short + now I have a compelling hook when asked what my story is about. Now Isee how one or two well-written sentences can capture it." 

"There's not enough words to fully describe how amazing this workshop retreat was for me. Between the instructors, the city, the feedback, and the writing -- I was in writerly heaven. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to experience it, because it's something I will remember forever." -Jade E.

"The combination of high-caliber writers and exciting locations is what drew me in. I had no idea just how life changing my time in Dublin would be. I came home with lasting friendships, meaningful memories and thoughtful suggestions to improve my work in progress. I'd recommend these workshops to any writer." -Carol D.

"When I applied for Writing Workshops Dublin, I was hoping for an inspirational experience to revitalize my writing. The workshop completely exceeded my expectations, not only because of the transformative feedback I received in the workshop but also because of the friendships I came away with. While rigorous and intensive, the week was also relaxing and full of fun, exactly what I needed to come back to my writing with energy. Thank you for such a wonderful experience! " - Alexa D.

"As someone new to writing non-fiction, I found the Dublin Workshop to be extremely helpful. Not only did I get thorough and helpful feedback on my own work, but the general group discussions on writing and publishing were very informative. Dublin also provided a perfect literary backdrop for the workshop, and the schedule - with a combination of workshop time, one-on-one time with the instructor, free time, and excursions - was perfect. I will definitely do another workshop in the future!" -Dana Z.

"Writing Workshops Dublin is wonderful in every way. Blake and Mike thought through the details of workshops, craft talks, one-on-ones, tours followed by dinners, the hotel’s location, and probably more that happened behind the scenes. They are gracious, generous, and funny! The workshop facilitators, Stuart and Diana, are personable and generous with their knowledge and experience. The other writers are now friends and writing buddies. I left Dublin full of happy memories and with a stronger vision for my novel-in-progress. Thank you for an outstanding week!" -Jenn G.

"Writing Workshops Dublin was far and beyond the best workshop I've attended in a very long time. The city of Dublin was the perfect place to home in on my current projects with a group of talented, dedicated writers. The workshop instructors were the best I've worked with. I will never forget what I gained during that short week, and will keep in touch with so many of the people I met. Thank you for an incredible experience!" -Anne H.

"I arrived in Dublin for the Writing Workshop a little uncertain about how it was going to work. It was my first time in a nonfiction workshop, and I only knew one other person. The experience exceeded my expectations: the meticulous planning and organization, the participants, and particularly, the instructors. Diana Spechler (my nonfiction workshop instructor) was a joy: straight-forward, knowledgeable, supportive and accessible. I left with a solid sense of how to approach my nonfiction work, but more importantly, I greatly appreciated Diana's support of my work in general. I would recommend the Writing Workshop in Dublin to anyone who wants to combine a week of exploration, history, new friends, and terrific instruction ." -Joanna S.

"The Dublin Workshop more than delivered on its promise. Great, insightful discussions in the workshops, an invaluable one-on-one opportunity with a world-class novelist, and a new circle of talented and supportive writing partners." -Rita M.

"Do this if you are serious about writing." -Jeannette B.

"It was amazing. I am so so grateful that I was chosen to be a part of such a special space and rich experience." --Dakotah J.

"Hands down the best workshop feedback I’ve ever received. I felt so lucky to be a part of this workshop and really enjoy the friendships I forged." - Ben H.

"For me, as a yet-unpublished writer, it was a great introduction to the world of workshopping. I felt comfortable sharing my stories with this helpful, diverse and dedicated group. And even though I'm daunted by the amount of work I have ahead of me, I'm inspired to start combining my stories into a memoir--something I hadn't considered before." -Sue P.

"This workshop exceeded my expectations. The classroom critiques and instructor one-on-ones were extremely helpful, the people were wonderful, and the atmosphere was inviting. It was an experience I'm so glad I didn't miss." - Carissa C.

"The communication leading up to the workshop was excellent. Diana was a wonderful workshop leader and I would gladly take a class from her again. As organizers, Blake and Mike cover all the bases so attendees can totally relax in the environment and focus on writing and group connections. The overall experience, the inclusion of food and housing, the community that was built, the work we did -- thumbs up on everything!" -Catherine V.

"Best experience I've had as a writer. I have done writing workshops before, but nothing like this one. I received genuinely transformative feedback, knowledge, and social support around my writing and novel. I will always be grateful for all I gained, learned, and experienced in this workshop. I can wholeheartedly say that the amateur writer who came into this workshop is now a tremendously evolved amateur writer with a new lens on transferring thought into text. I learned so much about my own craft, and how to tailor the style, and plot points to better suit the story I want to tell. The adventures, authors, experiences, feedback, people, places and workshops were gratifyingly high quality. It felt safe being an amateur. I received transformative feedback on my current WIP which has greatly shifted the ways I write." -Enrique E.

"Mark [Gottlieb], thank you so much for your patience, focus and energy throughout the Lit Agent & Author seminar with Ying Compestine today. I took away so much that my head is spinning (in the best way). Iwas genuinely touched by your very obvious respect for the craft ofmaking good books. Again, I'm grateful for your work today."

"I had a blast attending Courtney's podcasting course, and she provided a safe and inclusive space to learn all the elements of how to run a successful podcast. From simple tips on the best tools, platforms, and gear to use to really helpful advice on how to make a media kit and how to secure guests, Courtney made me feel confident and capable when it was ready to launch my podcast (High Low Brow) into the world. 10/10, would recommend this course to anyone considering it!"

"Just a few weeks back, I took this phenomenal workshop! Courtney Kocak was an absolute gem, sharing many practical tips and providing an amazing PDF follow-up!"

"If you find this platform-building thing mystifying, scary, or just need encouragement, you should sign up."

"Writing Picture Books: From Creation to Publication class taught by Rosie J. Pova has been my favorite writing class that Writing Workshops has to offer. Through the lessons and assignments, Rosie provided clear instruction on how to develop characters, story plot and questions to think about when drafting your children book stories. Rosie created a safe environment where all the students felt encouraged and as a result, the students motivated each other."

"Chloe Caldwell's Carving Out Space seminar was excellent. Thank you for all your helpful tips, prompts, and your vulnerability."


"I took Power and Politics in Speculative Fiction with Ploi Pirapokin and it was a life changing experience. My writing skills definitely increased, my understanding and execution of craft is more refined, and it was rigorous, I felt like I was in an MFA class, and that was very welcome. The platform on Zoom and WetInk was superb, easy to use and navigate, and really slick. I'd definitely take more workshops with Writing Workshops and with Ploi Pirapokin especially, and I recommend them to anyone interested in high quality, rigorous writing workshops!"


"This was my first workshop, and I found the exercise to be incredibly helpful in bringing my work forward. Outside of the workshop, Shelby held really informative and interactive sessions on different types of CNF which helped me have a well-rounded understanding of the type by the end of the class."

"Shelby is an excellent teacher. She is knowledgeable, organized, kind, supportive, and has a notable abundance of energy!"

"The in-class prompts were helpful and pushed me in ways that I needed."

"Shelby was incredible! She is very experienced in teaching, literature, and writing.. and it showed. She exceeded my every expectation, and I learned a tremendous amount."


"I am learning so much in Rosie's Writing Picture Books class. I told my daughter that I havelearned more with Rosie in the past two weeks than I did as a member of aregional children's book group for two years!"


"I loved Jenny Bhatt's Magical Realism workshop. I found her feedbackespecially valuable. I would recommend this class to anyone interestedin writing Magical Realism!"


"I found the Finding the Humor in the Holidays: Writing Seasonal Topical Satire Zoom seminar to be very helpful and Carlos Greaves to be an engaging host. I came away from the course with useful information I can (and have) put to use. Highly recommend!"


"I'm in the thick of one of Rosie J. Pova's classes on children's book writing as we speak, and I truly could not be having a better experience. Each of Rosie's lessons has been so eye-opening — about ideating, the writing process, editing, the industry, all of it! It's all truly invaluable. Plus, each lesson is so clear, concise, and encouraging — I'm excited to read them before I even receive them. And then I'm excited to get to work! With Rosie's lessons and edits, I think I'm finally on my way to polishing a story I can be proud of — and, I hope, publish. Thank you, Rosie!"


"Katie Reilly was a wonderful teacher. She was so responsive to emails and student questions and her feedback on essays was masterful and so specific. I could tell that she really cared about each writer's journey and was committed to helping each student writer be better. She really took time to go above and beyond!"

"This class was perfect for me and exceeded my expectations. The readings helped with identifying craft elements that I could use in my writing. The Zoom discussions helped me hear others express opinions and insights about the readings. I identified a few people to share more of writing beyond what we did in the sessions. Katie’s feedback was exceptional and detailed. The two guest speakers changed my approach to publishing my work. I felt energized during the course. Loved the readings, feedback, guest speakers, and discussions with talented participants and Katie."

"This was a great class! The overall structure of the class was set up to encourage, support, and provide opportunities to connect with editors and continue learning after the class was over. Thank you!"

"This is a class I needed. I found the discussions, editor availability, and submission info most valuable. Katie was very friendly, open, and responsive to questions. Appreciated her critiques as well!"

"Katie is a very organized, compassionate, wonderful teacher."

"This course lived up to its description. All the pitch examples were great, as were the resources on where to find calls for pitches in different types of magazines. It was especially inspiring/encouraging to hear from the guest editor, Noah. I know not all editors are as excited to work with first-time writers, but it's great to be able to put a kind face to the word "editor" - which can often sound scary, but shouldn't." -Ansley S.


"I just finished Susanne Lakin's course on How To Write a  Commercially Successful Novel. Susanne presented the material in a  straightforward manner and the volume of material she shared far  surpassed what I received in any other course I had ever taken on  writing. It was well worth the time, effort and money. She has given  me a lot of tools in my writing toolbox."


"This is the second course I’ve taken with Writing Workshops and I’ve been very pleased with both. I’m totally new to writing and Allie Pleiter’s Character Development class was outstanding. It gave me tools to organize my mess of thoughts. Allie hits a perfect tone for constructive criticism which is both encouraging and challenging. Best of all, you can tell how much she loves writing and especially the characters. I fully recommend to anyone new to writing or anyone looking for focus and feedback."


"The Crafting Compelling Openings in Fiction MasterClass with Gordy Sauer was an excellent talk. Very professional and thought provoking with tons of examples."


"I had an incredible opportunity to be one of the fabulous Rosie J. Pova's 2022 mentees this winter. I'm so grateful and learned so much from her! She's a nurturing, kind, knowledgeable teacher!"


"I found everything valuable in Jenny Bhatt's Historical Fiction workshop. Especially the articles explaining different elements of historical fiction as well as the exercises and the feedback."


"In the Graphic Novel & Comics 8-Week Workshop, I appreciated how Varud tailored the class based on our feedback to be more of a writer's room for us to share our ideas. Yet he also kept the conversations focused, provided goals, and shared many fantastic insights on how to improve our stories. I really liked how each homework assignment was designed to help us craft a pitch doc and presentation. I now have a rough draft that I can refine and pitch to a publisher. I appreciated the small class size and wouldn't want it to be any bigger. In the end there was four of us along with Varud which was perfect and each person received a lot of attention."


"Writing Workshops Paris was an unforgettable, dare I say, 'life-changing' experience for me. I was astounded by the quality of instruction, the expertise of the staff, and the talent of my fellow participants. I learned so much during the workshop and made memories that will influence my writing for years to come. I would recommend it to anyone." -Emily N.

"Do this if you are serious about writing." -Jeannette B.

"I had no idea what to expect on my trip; I'd never been to Paris, and while the workshop schedule seemed really interesting - filled with activities and free time to explore as I liked - I had no idea how much I would love every day I was part of the group. Blake and Mike went out of their way to make sure each group member was getting everything they possibly could from the experience. The excursions were fun and informative, the workshops inspiring and valuable. I would absolutely take another Writing Workshop trip again as soon as possible!" -Kristin P.

"This was an absolutely wonderful experience. I learned so much in a short amount of time and made some great friends along the way. I will definitely come back!" -Anne G.

"I would do Writing Workshops Paris all over again if I could. It's a beautiful, almost-a-week long experience spent honing your craft, learning new skills, connecting with writers from around the world, and exploring Paris, a city with such incredible literary history. The experience has energized me about my writing and left me inspired." Amanda D.

"The workshop exceeded my expectations. The communication was excellent leading up to it, and Writing Workshops was on top of every detail. The nonfiction workshops was incredibly instructive and helpful, and I feel I learned a lot. The hotel was in a wonderful section of Paris, and the evening activities brought us closer as a group. The whole experience was life-changing (without sounding overly dramatic) and gratifying." -Ethan J.

"I am a published novelist, critic and journalist and taking a nonfiction workshop was really out of my comfort zone. I knew I'd learn something and become a better writer because of it, but I honestly didn't think I'd do anything with creative nonfiction beyond this week. Thanks to Chloe and my wonderful, encouraging cohort, I have changed my mind and am going to pursue creative nonfiction alongside my other writing endeavors. And of course, Paris is a positively dreamy place to write, walk, eat, drink and get inspired!" -Lauren W.

"Hands down the best workshop feedback I’ve ever received. I felt so lucky to be a part of this workshop and really enjoy the friendships I forged." - Ben H.

"Writing Workshops in Paris was so amazing! Getting to spend all week working on essays and then by evening exploring the city on foot or bicycle?! Iconic! Loved getting to meet fellow writers, work with established literary stars, and the reading on the Seine was the perfect farewell! Highly recommend to anyone who is looking to write and explore Paris!" -Emily V.

"I’ve been to a number of workshops in my writing career, and this one was by far the most inspiring! Not only was it right in the middle of literary Paris, but it attracted a diverse and wonderful group of writers. More than the city, their encouragement  and critiques gave me such confidence in my work. I hope to take them, and Paris, along for many stories and novels to come. -Sage M."

"A week in Paris, in July, is there anything better? Yep, a non-fiction writing workshop with Mike and Blake! I learned, laughed, and drank a lot! My cohort was wonderful; I've made pals with a bunch of talented, supportive writers, and I can't wait to buy all their books and promote them on social media. Chloe Caldwell was fantastic, as expected, and I've come away from Paris with five weeks' worth of content for my Substack, a plan for my book, and the confidence that I'm not actually that bad at this writing lark!" -Becky C.

"Writing Workshops Paris absolutely made my summer! Both the staff and the participants were lovely, and all of the workshops, seminars, and optional activities were well-planned and well-executed.It was the perfect Parisian vacation, but with a slew of great suggestions on how to improve my writing for publication, and the added take away of what I feel will be lifelong friends and professional connections. I cannot overstate how much fun I had, and I'm returning home inspired and eager to apply all of the feedback I received to my work". - Becky R.

"Writing Workshops Paris was the ultimate vehicle for me to realize my dream of finally seeing Paris, while re-igniting my passion for writing and connecting me with such a wonderful new writing community!" -Dhana M.

"For me, as a yet-unpublished writer, it was a great introduction to the world of workshopping. I felt comfortable sharing my stories with this helpful, diverse and dedicated group. And even though I'm daunted by the amount of work I have ahead of me, I'm inspired to start combining my stories into a memoir--something I hadn't considered before." -Sue P.

"Immersion into the artistic Parisian culture with a small community of like-minded aspiring writers was nothing short of inspirational. How wonderful it was to escape the ordinary, explore the extraordinary, and revel in the craft of writing --for the sheer joy of it--in the heart of beautiful Paris." -Estee C.

"This workshop exceeded my expectations. The classroom critiques and instructor one-on-ones were extremely helpful, the people were wonderful, and the atmosphere was inviting. It was an experience I'm so glad I didn't miss." - Carissa C.

"WWP was the first workshop I attended. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on my book-in-progress from both Diana and my new writing community! Merci, merci." -Christina K.

"Writing Workshops Paris was my first professional workshop,and it won't be my last! Aside from the magic of being in Paris, which cannot be understated, the amazing people I met were the best part of the week. I left with unexpected friendships that I will have for life,and a fresh motivation to finish my novel. My approach to my writing has been invigorated and my motivation renewed, and I feel connected to this amazing community of writers in a way I never expected. What an amazing week of inspiration and history, great writing and incredible people. Thank you so much for a life-changing week!" -Kerrin S.

"Chloe, I want to thank you again for such a wonderful workshop. I really appreciated the time and skillset you brought as a facilitator and am very grateful for your feedback on my work, as well as recommended resources.." -Brenna K.

"The Paris workshop was inspirational.  The setting was liberating as a writer, and leadership was always in good humor, organized and helpful.  The feedback has given me a good direction  for my work." -Janice H.

"An unforgettable time at the Paris Writing Workshop. Wonderful facilitators, knowledgable instructors. The information was so helpful to my writing. Plus, there was the unexpected joy of bonding with fellow writers. Blake and Mike did an outstanding job. My only complaint was it was too short!" -Leslie R.

"The workshop gave me invaluable knowledge and insight into the art of writing. And even better that we got to do it is Paris!" -Karl H.

"My grateful heart overflows for Writing Workshops Paris. Everyone I met was so supportive (we still keep in touch!) and willing to share their critiques, encouragements, ideas, and books with me. For a week I could forget how lonely the writing process can be and find community in a beautiful city." -Gabriele H.

"Wonderful opportunity to visit and write in a new place, all while learning from some amazing instructors!" -Uwana I.

"Paris! The perfect place to dive deep into a writing practice, but also learn how to sustain that practice for a nourishing life. Wonderful instructors, sharp and funny cohort members, high-level writing and feedback...and, even more, connections to endure beyond the trip. What more could you ask for?" -Allyson N.

"Blake and Mike are two of the most efficient purveyors of fiction workshops I've had the pleasure of taking part in--as are their instructors. But I guess that is to be expected since like attracts like. Bravo performance." -Helen C.


"James Tate Hill's online class on nonfiction memoir was amazing. He has an incredible depth of knowledge to draw upon--writers both classic and contemporary--and his comments were always thoughtful, articulate and considerate. If you're interested in NF writing, this class will be a great benefit."


"Varud Gupta's Graphic Novel & Comics Workshop exceeded my expectations. It was a very helpful class. I found that the class provided structure and tent poles enabling me to write the first chapter of my story. I also think it's really important and illuminating when Varud spoke about his publishing experience."


"Chloe Caldwell is the best. I trust her as a friend, mentor, reader and essayist. If you ever have the chance to take a nonfiction workshop with her, I highly recommend it. She is a careful reader who goes above and beyond with helpful edits and notes, suggestions for further reading/lectures/ podcasts/ etc., and extensive and personalized conversations about both the product and its process. I was overwhelmed by how much editing my book of essays required but she helped to transform the process into something both manageable and enjoyable. There were times when I felt like she knew my work better than I did and her insight helped so much. I was thrilled to work with Chloe as both a friend and as someone who adores her writing and values her expertise."


"What an incredible class on writing satire! Carlos Greaves is an amazing instructor and challenged me to think about all the ways satire could be used to effectively communicate my thoughts, ideas, and opinions. I appreciate how he walked us through strategies and steps to take when we are setting ourselves up to write. I look forward to taking more classes with Carlos."


"Thanks to the inimitable Morgan Talty for making an Intro to Fiction workshop happen. An invaluable service that's well worth the cost in my opinion."


"I absolutely LOVED The Artist’s Way with Rex McGee. He is wonderful. He offers his time whether it’s in or out of class and encourages communication. He really helped me get out of my head and push myself outside of my comfort zone. I would recommend this class 100%. If you are thinking about it, think no more! You NEED this class!"


"Writing Memoir and Personal Essay for Publication was Amazing.  James Tate Hill is a teacher extraordinaire.  And boy, does he give good critique.  My experience in the past with online workshops has been lousy.  I have done three.  In two cases the teacher was so so and in the third, teacher hardly did anything.  Every week JT Hill commented, answered everyone's questions and gave GREAT feedback to participants writing.  And the participants!  Of the nine people in the class, almost everyone submitted superior writing, with as many as 4 people submitting pieces of work that were ready for publishing.  Indeed, I suspect the only way they don't get published is because they are not persistent sending the work out.  And that's what JT imparted to us at the end of the class, the importance of revision and sending out to publishers.  This was such a great supportive workshop, so good that I am taking JT Hills Intro to Fiction starting soon.  Looking forward to another GREAT experience."


"Your Crafting Compelling Openings in Fiction MasterClass with Gordy Sauer was a great use of time. Loved it. Thanks for offering and thanks to Gordy for the delivery!"


"The combination of thought-provoking essays and stories andthe range of prompts in the Magical Realism workshop with Jenny Bhatt has given me a lot to work with. I fully intend togo back and use the prompts I didn't already use to generate morestories. This has been a great class!"


"Justin Balog is a gentle teacher whose poetry workshop I enjoyed and learned from. I am a beginner in poetry and the class size was just right to pose questions regarding one's work . I was introduced to new poems in each session."


"I really enjoyed my first Writing Workshop! I was surprised to find a class so perfectly geared toward what I needed and my skill and comfort level. I had no idea though of the inspiration, community, and support I would get from taking it. Lynne created an incredibly safe space for the class to come together, feel inspired, learn about ourselves and the craft of writing, and most importantly, to get us writing. I enjoyed the readings, and haven't felt this inspired to write in a long time. Well worth the cost and the risk of trying something new."


"I really enjoyed the Sci-fi writing class taught by Holly Walrath. The course material was extensive. The editorial feedback useful, and the assignments were inspirational. I would take this class again and still benefit from it."


"6-Week Online Seminar: The Artist's Way with Rex McGee. Week 1:  'What am I doing in this class? Week 6:  'I never want this class to end!' Bravo Rex, Bravo!"


"I always enjoy Wendi Aaron’s humor and her seminar on writing funny was excellent - she is personable and easy to listen to and always has valuable perspective."


"The three Writing Workshops online events that I've viewed recently have been excellent seminars on the art, craft, and business of writing. The Publishing in Literary Journals seminar by Blake Kimzey, the group's executive director, was one of the most helpful and informative writing workshops that I've attended. Kimzey generously shares honest insights and hands-on tips from his many successes and rejections as a writer. Great content."


"Took a poetry writing class with instructor Sarah Carson. It was very enjoyable. I liked learning more about poetry, exercises for writing it, and feedback from other students and the instructor, who also provided encouragement. Poetry isn't easy to write or understand, but the four-week class was fun, very good."


"Lisa Levy's class, "Pitch to Publication," was tremendous. She provided so many resources I'd never heard (and I thought I knew a lot!) Her concise, honest, and generous critique of my pitch was terrific. I instantly where I needed to improve it, and hadn't seen it prior. Amazing how insightful she is. I highly recommend her class and anything she teaches!"


"Loved the workshop with Cara Benson! I learned so much about Flash writing in the course. I feared it might be challenging to have an online course with no live component. Yet, Cara did amazing work to keep it engaging. She is supportive and gives helpful feedback. Highly recommended workshop to get into writing!"


"Joe Ide's description of the writing process --novels--was straightforward and hard hitting. He used his own experience and recommended mentor books for us. Well spent time."


"Ying Compestine's How to Manage Your Career & Sell What You Write seminar was amazing! Totally worth it. I got great tips on how to manage the business side of my writing career. I even got inspired to submit to an agency for the first time in years."


"My experience with Rosie J. Pova as my mentor has been unbelievably helpful. I am a mom and preschool teacher who has had stories and ideas swimming in my head for over a decade. I felt like I just needed the tools to make my stories come together and (maybe one day) get published. Rosie's knowledge of children's writing and the traditional publishing industry has been invaluable to me. She has truly helped pull these stories out of my head and pushed me to write them on paper in a way that I haven't done before. Her 8-week course that I took was also incredibly helpful to break down step by step "how-to" to accomplish this very daunting task of writing children's books. I feel very confident in her process and I hopefully will be one of her true success stories! I cannot recommend working with Rosie enough. If you do the work she assigns and follow what she recommends, you will come out of the mentorship with polished stories you can be proud of. I cannot thank her enough for her support."


"The workshop with Jenny Bhatt has been great at exposing me to magical realism. I hadn't reallythought I would be able to attempt writing in this genre, but throughthe excellent material and feedback Jenny provided, I am now hopeful."


"I LOVED The Art of Suspense course with Ryan David Jahn. His lectures clearly demonstrated the ideas he was teaching and all of his examples were helpful. His feedback was thoughtful and constructive. I would take any class that he teaches."


"Highly enjoyed and recommend the mentorship programs offered by Writing Workshops! Really inspiring. It felt like a mini MFA in three months!


"I just finished the Art of Suspense class taught by Ryan David Jahn. Before class began, I was a little skeptical about the online format because I had not done that before. I need not have worried. Reading my classmates' work and exchanging critiques was so much fun, and I don't think anything was lost because it was online. After all, we're writers! Ryan's lessons were insightful and inspiring, as were the texts we read for the class. All in all, I feel I took away much more than I was able to contribute, and that's a bargain in anyone's book. The platform we use, Wet Ink, was excellent. Thank you, Writing Workshops, and Ryan David Jahn for an excellent course experience."


"Justin Balog's poetry workshop was fantastic. He planned it well and created a great environment for feedback and creativity. Bravo to Justin!! So glad I invested time and resources in this workshop."


"Truly wonderful workshops! I was surprised at the level of instruction (teacher had a Ph.D) and engagement was really great. I am impressed and will be taking more workshops. THANK YOU for offering these!"


"I enjoyed the Magical Realism class with Alex Temblador. She was engaged with all of the participants from start to finish. I learned much from the writing exercises and feedback received. I would would gladly take another of her courses."


"Alex Temblador is a compassionate, detailed, and inspiring instructor. Taking her Magical Realism class has truly allowed me to grow as a writer. I will definitely take another of her classes."


"The class I took with Blake Kimzey on writing dynamic characters was very engaging and extremely well taught. It was loaded with inspirational nuggets and most importantly, I took away a lot of immediately applicable steps and frameworks."


"Michael Bourne's class "Pitching to Your Dream Publication" was incredibly helpful to me as an emerging writer.  Michael delivered content in a clear way, focusing on action-oriented solutions that writers can use when pitching their work.  He gave invaluable feedback on my pitch so that it was ready to send out right after class ended.  He has a sense of humor and is optimistic about the publishing process, which I appreciated so much."


"Alex Temblador's class on Magical Realism was interesting and informational. All the research and instructor knowledge was evident from the beginning and made for challenging and fun writing exercises. I plan on taking any class she offers in the future."


"The Pop Culture writing class with Lisa Levy was absolutely wonderful! I didn't even really care about pop culture when I started, but found myself so engaged with the class and the discussions, the readings and the writing. Lisa is really, very good at pop culture. And she's wonderful at pushing you in a good direction without really telling you where to go. A gentle nudge that gets you thinking, basically, and then you're off to the races. The classes aren't inexpensive, but if you can make room in your budget, I would highly recommend this class if you have any interest at all in pop culture writing. The Wet Ink platform that Writing Workshops uses is pretty cool, too."


"I just finished Writing the New Western with David Byron Queen and I can't speak highly enough of him and the workshop. I enjoyed the readings, the craft talk, and the insightful feedback from my cohort. I'm walking away with a new take on an old story, and a brand new story that I'm  super excited about."


"I enjoyed The Art of Suspense lead by Ryan David Jahn. I am a beginning writer, and one of my big struggles was how to create suspense-tension in my stories. Suspense often happens organically in real life, but a writer needs to direct the story and control the narrative to be successful. I did get the direction I was looking for. Thanks Ryan!"


"I enjoyed the flash fiction workshop with Cara Benson immensely. She is a marvelous teacher who set up an environment that was both supportive and critically helpful. She is a treasure!!"


"Ryan David Jahn's Art of Suspense class introduced me to the surprises and  twists that drive mystery and suspense. The assignments were a mix of reading, analyzing, and writing. The writing helped me understand the writer's technique as well as develop my own technique."


"Dr Jessica Hindman's class on Memoir & Memory: Creating Distance From Your Past Self was eye-opening. She gave us three short pieces to read plus a worksheet that was incredibly useful. The examples were crucial to understanding her lessons. She has a simple, direct approach to craft and an easy engaging manner. She didn't dwell & was well prepared. She offered two 10-minute exercises during the class and we got to hear some of the work written by students. The class flew by. Worth taking."


"Jenny Bhatt's magical realismcourse has a very positive influence on my understanding of how tocreate a story based on a magical element. This is a great course."


"Kat Moore is a very skilled workshop leader. This was my first experience of learning about non-linear essays and I feel she helped me move forward in leaps. Her feedback, time management and sweet voices added a lot to create a relaxed learning environment. Her instructions were crystal clear. She left me with a sense of direction for future learning."


"What a great class with James Tate Hill. His feedback was gentle, insightful and thorough. He puts a lot of time and effort into feedback. He seems like a very nice and dedicated person."


"I just took a class taught by Jill Talbot called the Writing the Lyric Essay. It was a wonderful generative class. I know much more now about lyric essays and feel my writing has improved!"


"I really enjoyed Todd's Cinematic Prose Techniques workshop last Saturday afternoon. I learned a lot very quickly, and the way he presented it on Zoom, spliced betw his talking, film clips, and 5 minute timed writings, really worked well for me. I hope to take another one if his workshops soon."


"I can’t thank Lynne Golodner enough for the honest yet enthusiastic and motivating feedback from her 6-week “Finding Your Voice at Midlife” course. I learnt so much! It was full of exercises and prompts, and a weekly assignment designed to make us dig deeper. The group was an open, trusting community - we were all sad when the course finished, and now we’re on hot coals waiting for part 2 in a few short weeks!"


"Jill Talbot was super organized and insightful. Her Lyric Essay Course was a very productive experience for me. The class built in a sequenced fashion from the reading of models, to craft discussions, to our own writing experiments. Her feedback on my work was generous and astute. You'll work hard, but so will she. This was a first-rate online writing course."


"I recently finished a course in writing poetry with Sarah Carson. I appreciated her gentle touch as an instructor. The course provided exercises that stimulated ones appetite for experimentation and most of all, for revision of poems. In addition, the feedback from colleagues in the course was specific, encouraging, and helpful. This was one of the better courses I’ve taken and I would recommend Sarah and this course to anyone who wants to continue and improve their writing of poetry."


"I did a workshop on writing about pop culture. I really loved the course. You get out of it what you put in. My instructor, Lisa Levy, required a lot of readings, and you obviously don't have to do them, but the whole point of doing one of these is to learn by doing the work. If you don't shortchange yourself, these can really be a great avenue to get feedback on your writing. 10/10 would do again."


"I am writing review as recipient of a gift from my husband to participate in this course.  What a lovely course I experienced with Kate Hill Cantrill.   I was a newbie to a formal writing course and also busy with regular life in the meantime.  Kate was gracious, passionate, and kind.  She was supportive and inspiring in her guidance and feedback.  I appreciated the well prepared content and writing prompts, and loved the idea that we could be honest and open about the difficult topics we approached in writing about family. I felt Kate was also particularly patient and encouraging to newcomers to the process.  I would recommend her course highly, and also hope to take  a future course with her when I have the time."


"I took the class Writing your Novel in 6 Weeks with Dana De Greff and it was such an informative and inspiring class! We met once a week, for two hours, and in that time, she provided us with tons of information and resources and even personal anecdotes and advice that really helped me with my own writing. It was a joy to be in her class and I will definitely be looking into more courses from her!"


"Blake Kimzey goes above and beyond in each class he teaches, by providing the students with detailed examples from his own work and the writing of authors he admires. He is generous with his time in answering questions before, during and after the course. He truly cares about helping other writers succeed and is endlessly optimistic about our future writing. His positive energy in presenting keeps the class flowing and fun. I have already taken two classes with Writing Workshops and will take a third one this coming weekend. I have seen writers from all over the country taking part in the classes. I have an MFA in Creative Nonfiction  and Poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and I feel these classes from Writing Workshops are for students of all levels, from beginner to advanced. There is always much to learn about the art of writing. I am grateful for this organization."


"Morgan Talty is an excellent instructor who knows just how to get more out of you and your writing.  His comments and critiques are spot on an the lectures he provides are ideal companions to both the readings and students’ writings."


"The Short Form Flash/Nonfiction with Cara Benson was a great class! A wonderful combination of readings, lessons, and feedback, with a number of very responsive participants."


"Learned so much about Magical Realism in Jenny Bhatt's class. Jenny's lessons and feedback were excellent."


"I signed up for Writing Non-Fiction About Mental Illness with Courtney Cook, and I was nervous about it. But I LOVED this workshop. The leader (Courtney) was great; she invited us to write about really personal things, but she invited in a very non-threatening way. I think the essays that she had us read each week were well-chosen, and the writing prompts were well-thought out. She encouraged us in our writing, and gave thoughtful suggestions for how to make our writing better. She also taught several "rules" and suggestions for writing about mental illness."


"I completed my first class with Kate Hill Cantrill. Kate created a positive space where all participants grew as writers. Her comments were authentic and constructive. She brought out the best in me. I’m enrolled in another workshop next month."


"I have taken many writing workshops over the years but Shayla introduced me to new information, ideas, and valuable insights to help my writing and potential for publishing ahead. I will look forward to taking more of her classes! Well done and thank you so much."


"I had a wonderful experience in the Prep Your Book workshop with Alex Temblador.  Registration was easy and all questions related to the class were promptly answered.  The class was conducted via Wet Ink and was a breeze to navigate.   Alex did a great job of being present in the virtual/online environment making it feel like an in person workshop.  The course was crafted to benefit beginner to advanced level writers and it not only provided the essentials for prepping my novel but it also gave me the tools for a productive writing process.  Alex was very knowledgeable about the subject matter and generous with sharing her expertise and her time.  She was respectful to all and provided thoughtful critiques. The Prep Your Book workshop was a collegial, creative space that pushed me each week to grow as a writer.  I highly recommend Alex Temblador and Writing Workshops."


"Loved Rex McGee's intro to screenwriting class.  I learned so much about screenwriting in just 6 weeks.  Rex was very knowledgeable and gave us exercises to help us improve our writing.  I would love to take another class with him in the future."


"I thoroughly enjoyed the 8-week class Essays/Memoir class I took from Writing Workshops. James Tate Hill, the instructor, set a generous tone and gave us interesting and varied reading assignments. The detailed critiques from him (and the other students) on my two manuscripts were worth the price of the workshop. I was able to revise and submit one of the essays to a different, competitive workshop, and I won a spot. I will definitely be taking more classes from Writing Workshops!"


"Shayla Raquel Unforgettable Memoirs seminar had so much information, it was well presented, well organized, and easy to listen to as well. She invites questions and you can tell she is well-versed in her subject matter, and also in relating the information. She is generous with her time and attention. I would totally attend another class with her!"


"Shayla Raquel's workshop was one of the best I've attended in years. Sharp, witty, intense and very useful! I liked that she gave us the facts and didn't sugarcoat the business of memoirs."


"This was a rich learning engagement with an easy to use platform, supportive administrative and teaching staff and a great group of participants."


"I highly recommend these classes. I just completed the Personal Essay course with Mag Gabbert and it was great."


"Wrapped up my first fiction-writing course with Writing Workshops tonight - it was an intense 8 weeks but SO glad I did it! It has made me much braver, writing and otherwise."


"I have nothing but high praise for Writing Workshops. I took a fiction course with Blake and attended one of his seminars. Blake is one of the best writing instructors I’ve had. The course definitely helped me navigate the literary community and strengthen my narrative skills. The environment is inclusive and encouraging. You’re surrounded by people who are taking courses for the sheer love of writing. I implore you to explore WWD and its course offerings. Since taking Blake's course, I have had a short story accepted for publication and was admitted to a fully funded MFA program. Thank you, WWD!"


“I was so nervous when I signed up for my first seminar with Writing Workshops. I took the Dare to Dream course from Whitney Davis in January, and this past weekend, the Writing a Killer Query Letter seminar from Harry Hunsicker. I've learned so much, I always leave SO pumped and ready to get to work. Finding something like this was a treat and I know my future success will be partially down to the support and knowledge I gleaned from Writing Workshops. I can't wait to go back!”


“I took the online nonfiction class with James Tate Hill and I highly recommend it. It allowed me to savor in full the precision and mystery of writing essays. He is an exquisite mentor. The first story I submitted and revised in workshop has already been accepted by a Literary Magazine. I am thrilled I took this class.”


“Writing Workshops is a warm, nurturing environment to challenge and hone your writing skills. If you are looking to write short stories or a book, this is the place for you to launch your writing adventure. I took a Mixed Level Fiction class with Blake Kimzey and an Advanced Fiction class with David Samuel Levinson. My writing improved dramatically during each class. The learning experience of a workshop style class is unique in that a significant proportion of your growth comes from critiquing other student's work. When you come back to your own work after that experience, you are able to see it with fresh, enhanced eyes. I highly recommend David Samuel Levinson and Blake Kimzey as amazing teachers and recommend any class experience with Writing Workshops!”


“This fiction workshop exceeded my expectations! It was an amazing learning experience. Eden exposed me to new writers that I had never read before which really opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about my own writing. I feel like Eden raised the bar on what I should expect from myself and my writing. She used really great examples of specific writing to drive home how elevating your entire writing process can truly make you a better writer. I feel like I am walking away from this class with new skills to practice and a new way of looking at how I read.”


“I took the introduction to Fiction class with Eden Elieff and she really opened my eyes to really great literature that I didn’t know was out there. The class became a tight knit group and we were sad to see it end. I learned so much from not only the readings, but from others in class as well. I feel like there’s so much more to learn. Thank you Writing workshops and Eden!!”


“The first short story I ever wrote, crafted in Blake Kimzey’s workshop, has now made me published fiction writer. Thank you for the wise guidance, unflagging enthusiasm and for bringing me in from the wilderness.”


“I took a summer session Intermediate Fiction workshop with Blake Kimzey and can't recommend him enough. Blake's teaching style is relaxed and he is encouraging of all his students. He does a good job easing what can be an intimidating environment for many, and gave everyone quality feedback to take their work to the next level.”


“James Tate Hill's 8-week online Writing Memoir and Personal Essay class was top-notch. His carefully-chosen and varied readings both inspired me to approach my own writing in a new way, and pushed me to go deeper, explore symbolism and find overarching themes--something I hadn't really done since grad school so many years ago. The participants had a wide range of writing abilities and life experiences, and yet J.T. expertly tailored his critiques to each of us, giving detailed, perceptive and constructive feedback to all of our submissions and comments. He also gave us practical and valuable information regarding submission and publication. I will likely be referring to the notes from this class for the rest of my writing career. J.T. and WWD provided us with a semester's worth (or more) of information, at a fraction of the price.”


“I'm currently taking an intermediate short story writing class at Writing Workshops from the owner / founder, Blake Kimzey. I can't say enough good about my experience in workshop with him. Learning a lot, honing my craft as a writer, and meeting many other writers, good writers. It's so much fun. Looking forward to retiring next month and writing full time.”


“I have now taken two seminars from WWD. I keep telling people that the Self-Publishing 101 session by Shayla Raquel was the best $60 I've spent on my career. And I was already published! I took another seminar that might have been even better. Jessica is so nice and helpful at each seminar. I also love that once you take one class, all the others are discounted forever! This is an amazing organization and such a treasure for writers in DFW.”


“I have taken two Personal Essay classes and the Publishing Seminar with Mag Gabbert and they have all been invaluable. As a published writer, Mag knows the ins and outs of the publishing world and what it takes to get a piece accepted by a literary journal. She edits your work thoroughly and gives feedback that will makes your essay stronger. I also appreciate that she looks for ‘what works’ in everyone's essays, no matter how accomplished or amateur a writer may be.”


“Mag is better than any writing teacher I had while getting my Master's degree. Her edits/suggestions are generous, insightful, and the most helpful I have received. (I have taken writing classes from two other organizations outside of graduate school.) I will probably be taking a third class with Mag in the fall.”


“I enjoyed the class a lot and found Mag’s insight and peer critiques to be invaluable in my growth as a writer.”


“I would highly recommend taking Eden Elieff’s 8-Week Fiction workshop. She promotes and encourages thinking, reading and writing to higher levels.”


“I attended a workshop last weekend with Eden Elieff. There were 5 of us so we enjoyed a lot of reading and discussion, and were able to move at whatever pace we felt comfortable with, though Eden kept saying, "I have so much more I want to cover!" So much great writing, so little time! As a group we chose not to spend too much time writing but to focus on reading and sharing great writing. For me this was perfect; one of my goals this yeas is to read more excellent writing, as it is one of the best ways to improve your own writing. I really enjoyed Eden and the group. I'm sure I could have stayed at least a few more hours.”


“I took the Personal Essay Workshop with Mag Gabbert and learned SO MUCH! I had no idea how much craft is involved in writing a good essay! I really appreciate the time and effort Mag put into critiquing my essay, and learned a lot from critiquing my peers' essays, as well. I'm taking Mag's poetry class in August. Can't wait!”


“Huge shout out to Steve Adams, who was my writing instructor these past few months. His advanced fiction class filled me with joy and ignited a groundswell of desire to improve my craft. It's hard, this writing thing, but he was positive and encouraging, something that I am woefully in need of, then and now. As an editor, he was able to surgically go in and find out what was wrong with my story. Remove the fat. Help me figure out how to fix it. Take a class with him. You'll be glad you did.”


"I attended Blake Kimzey's Fiction II 8-week short story writing class and Joe Milazzo's 3-hour Poetic Form & Inspiration seminar -- both were time and money well spent. From the specific, encouraging feedback from instructors and students, to the wealth of literary info and writers' resources provided before/during/after class, to the valuable networking opportunities with a diverse group of courageous classmates, I have returned to my writing with renewed energy and -- BONUS! -- the local literary world has opened up to me through these workshops. I'm hungry to participate in Fiction II again in the fall with Blake to read, write and learn even more, and will be on the lookout for Joe's next poetry seminar for even more inspiration!"


"I took the Novel Workshop with Jaye Wells this fall and it was extremely helpful. She shared many of her personal tips for writing, organizing, world building, plus provided articles on relevant topics. Great class. Highly recommend."


“Shayla Raquel's class on book marketing was fantastic! Informative and well thought out, there were so many ideas to immediately implement - and she only touched the tip of the iceberg. Please bring her back for part two!”


“Amazing presenter and workshop! I attended the workshop, Book Marketing, presented by Shayla Raquel on 3/24/19. Shayla not only provided excellent content, she made it relevant by showing all of us how it all works. Honestly, I did not expect to learn so many good tips on marketing a book. I especially did not expect to be fully engaged and captivated on the topic of Book Marketing for 3 hours on a Sunday afternoon. Excellent, excellent workshop.”


“There are lots of good writing teachers; Eden Elieff is one of the great ones. She’s not just a published writer & extremely knowledgeable about the entire field.  She’s also a great instructor. She focuses on supporting you & your writing goals and makes you do the work. From provoking you to counseling you to giving you actionable ideas, Eden will help you get to where you should go. Whatever writing subject she teaches - take her course!”


“[Online Novel I] was an amazing class. Jaye Wells is passionate about teaching and excellent at it as well as at writing. The intersection of those two things made this a wonderful class. She also has a knack for providing critiques that are honest and constructive in a manner that was just what I needed. I was thrilled to have an opportunity to do a 1:1 with Jaye as well.”


"Enrolling in Mag Gabbert's Non-Fiction Essay class was one of the best things I have ever done to further my skills as a writer. Our group developed a kinship that encouraged one another, gave honest feedback during our workshops and we were all truly sad to see the 8 weeks come to an end. Mag was amazing at introducing us to new ideas, pieces, essays, and books while showing us various skills, styles, and nuances of the writer's we studied. I look forward to much better writing as a result of this very positive experience."


"Wonderful opportunity to be part of a literary community and a great workshop. Blake is a great instructor and I will be back again!"


“Jaye Wells led a great Novel Workshop for the past 8 weeks. I'm pleased to have been part of the group that went through this and recommend her and WWD to any serious writer.”


"I really enjoyed the Personal Essay workshop. As a complete novice I did not know what to expect but the instructor, Mag Gabbert, made it non-intimidating. I enjoyed reading my classmates' work and getting feedback from them and Mag. The published works that we read were well-chosen and the workshop felt like a mini college course, but without the pressure. I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in getting feedback and guidance on their work and/or learning more about the craft of writing. It was a great experience and I look forward to taking other workshops."


"I took a Fiction Writing Class with Blake Kimzey and couldn't be more impressed. The instruction and materials were great. Additionally, it got me out of my shell and pushed me to start writing. Can't thank Blake and the group of writers that took the class with me enough."


“I so enjoyed Michelle Schusterman's MG/YA novel writing class. It really helped get me started on my novella and her critiques were amazingly spot on with what I am trying to accomplish with my story. I highly recommend any classes she conducts. There was so much great information and she was always available to help.”


“I had a great experience taking the poetry workshop with Ashley Mag Gabbert! Her instruction was engaging, thoughtful and flexible to the needs of her students. I've also taken several one-off seminars with Writing Workshops, and they've all been great experiences! I would definitely recommend this place to any writer.”


"Ethan Chatagnier's class really opened my mind and gave me an actual process for mining for ideas that I can use on a regular basis. I feel like I know how to look at, read, or hear anything in the media and come up with not just one but multiple story ideas from it. I had never thought about how to look for questions, conflicts, and characters like that before. It feels like learning how to "flip the script" and find angles like in journalism, but from a literary perspective—which is something I feel I've drastically needed in my journey as a writer!"


“Can't thank Blake and Harry Hunsicker for providing the opportunity to learn about THE INDUSTRY. Hearing Mr. Hunsicker's experiences and listening to his well organized and thoughtful insights into how to break in to THE INDUSTRY really reinforced that I am on the right track, with more to learn. I am getting ready to write my ‘Killer Query Letter’ (draft one) thanks to Harry! Great class. The Q and A at the end was also very helpful.”


“Eden loves teaching, loves preparing for class (she makes LOTS of handouts), loves discussing what makes good writing, and is simply 'doing what she loves best' with her students. The textbooks for both of the Memoir/Fiction classes that I took were excellent, giving examples of both memoir and short stories, as well as defining the unique characteristic of each genre and where they overlap. Eden's handouts were writings by authors she admires and often personally knows, allowing her to explain why or how these authors chose to write in one genre or another, and how/why they may have decided what to include and what to leave out. Occasionally some students didn't like the stories or the characters within, and Eden always replied, "If you want to learn to write, your job is to become a better reader: expose yourself to writings you'd not normally choose, and examine the styles and details that make the characters likeable or not, so that you'll learn how to do it yourself!" Five of us students took Eden's first Fiction/Memoir class this summer, desperate to tell our stories, whether to analyze them, to preserve our memories, or to re-create the lives we've lived. We made progress, but when the 8-week class was over, we decided it wasn't time to quit yet. So all of us signed up again, wanting to continue with the camaraderie and trust Eden's classes provided. The second 8-weeks were worth it! We became ever more confident, our writing was growing alive with detail, and we understood at last what those readings were all about! Eden always made sure that the discussion of each student's manuscript was aimed at clarifying what we thought worked well, what we felt the 'aim' of the writing was, whether this aim was achieved, and then how to better achieve it. And, by the end of the 2nd eight weeks, it was great fun to see the employment of all the tools Eden had taught us and the amazing improvement in each other's writings and in our own.”


“The workshops are run by published authors/poets, which I really appreciate as I think the goal for most people taking these workshops is to be published. Not only are they giving you excellent information/suggestions, but they're doing so from a well of real-world publishing experience. Jaye Wells' seminar on world building was great—she not only gave us invaluable insights into the art of world building, but she also approached it from a practical standpoint, helping us to understand how to balance her suggestions with the ultimate goal of real-world publication. I highly recommend these workshops. They're an excellent value for the price.”


“I took Mag's Personal Essay / Creative Non-fiction class. We had a mix of student backgrounds - I personally had never taken a creative writing class before, while another student had already been published. Still, Mag lead us through several weeks of great discussion and concrete examples to explain concepts. During the course of the class we wrote two essays with the chance to get feedback from Mag as well as other classmates, and this was incredibly valuable to me individually as a writer and also helped reinforce the concepts we discussed in class. I will definitely be taking another class with Writing Workshops and Mag in the future!”


“I just completed the nonfiction essay class with Mag Gabbert. Excellent class. Great group to work with. Mag is a tough editor but that is greatly appreciated! I highly recommend it. It was good to get the creative juices flowing again!”


“Eden's teaching has quickly turned my decades of writing insecurity into a deep well of creative confidence. Her engaging class guides both the novice and experienced writer through highly acclaimed written works meant to enhance and broaden their own writing throughout her courses. Reading, writing and critiquing is enlightening and creatively freeing. Thanks, Eden. Your classes have had a great influence on my writing!”


"I attend Whitney's Dare to Dream seminar. She sent out a workbook before class for the attendees and it has awesome exercises to focus my writing passion towards finishing a project. So fortunate to have found Writing Workshops and grateful to be able to attend via live streaming."


"Listen to me: I can't stop thinking about last weekend's workshop on how to find your plot. The content was captivating, applicable, and rousing. I walked away with a much clearer picture of how to structure (and elevate) my writing. JR Forasteros was a delightful mix of nerd, comedian, and expert. Well done."


"I joined a beginner to intermediate fiction writing group led by Blake. The quality of the workshop, the suggested reads, the mix and number of participants were all perfect. The discussions taught me so much. Handing in my first homework was nerve wracking but Blake as well as the other participants turned it into the best experience with constructive criticism. Blake is a fantastic teacher and is great at getting the group to interact in the most productive manner. I missed it as soon as it ended and I cannot recommend the workshops highly enough.


"Last year I became acquainted with Writing Workshops and started taking some of the classes they offered. My knowledge and skills as a writer have grown and improved tremendously as a result. I find myself scanning every e-mail Blake Kimzey sends to announce the upcoming classes in anticipation of learning more and more. Yesterday I participated in Mag Gabbert's Submitting to Journals and Magazines. I had never considered submitting in this manner, but having learned all that she had to share of her knowledge, I may now. Mag is very knowledgeable and open to share what she knows and the tools that she uses to become published. I highly recommend her classes, whatever the subject matter might be. I also took her 8-week Non Fiction Essay class and it was AMAZING."


"For the last 8 weeks, I’ve sat with these incredible writers to learn how to write fiction. In all my years, I’ve never been more challenged, encouraged, and committed to something than this class and these people. Writing is hard, it takes concentration, commitment, dedication and an imagination. I’m not sure I’m writing the next great novel, but I’m sure enjoying it, and that’s what matters. I will miss my weekly class and the intellectual stimulation it has brought, but thrilled we have agreed to continue meeting monthly. I can not recommend Writing Workshops and the guidance of Blake Kimzey enough. Such an incredible and life changing experience for me!"


"I just completed Mag Gabbert's Introduction to Poetry class and highly recommend it. In six weeks my knowledge of poetry has been greatly expanded and therefore my enjoyment of poetry as well. Mag's approach to teaching and workshopping is engaging and conversational as well as encouraging. If you have any reservations about taking this class, or if you have any fear for having your work critiqued, please put those aside and take this class! It's a truly safe and professional environment focused entirely on helping the writer improve."


"Blake Kimzey has done a great job at the Writing Workshop. It doesn't matter where you are in your writing career you will come out of the workshop with a rich experience and a better reader and writer. Highly recommended!"


"I've only attended one 3-hour workshop but valued the time I spent attending. Blake Atwood spoke about self-editing and I took several pages of notes even though I knew the presentation would be available. I've registered for another!


"I attended an 8-week Fiction class led by Blake Kimzey. I learned so much and have improved as a writer. When aiming for goals, there are certain steps you have to take, and this class was a must for me in my career as a novelist. I look forward to attending more classes not just for the learning aspect but also for the community and support.


"I attended another great Writing Workshops class yesterday with the talented and wonderful teacher Blake Kimzey. If you are a writer who is serious about your craft, take online classes from this group. Affordable, fun and packed with information."


"Thoroughly enjoyed Mary DeMuth's workshop on building readership. Ample handouts and new ideas I had never considered. Definitely worth the time and money."


"Amber Royer's workshop, "Writing Villains as the Mirror of Heroes," was extremely helpful. When I reviewed my notes, I came up with dozens of new ideas that will go a long way toward improving my current work in progress. Thank you, Writing Workshops!"


"Yesterday filled me with joy. What was I doing? I was in Eden Elieff's Fiction or Memoir Class. Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious. Her materials (excerpts from esteemed texts, both memoir and fiction) were eye-opening. Her writing exercises were invigorating. The entire three hours transported me back to my beloved MFA days and reminded me of why I am a writer. (Bonus: She has her MFA from Bennington!) Through the examination of the passages, I was able to further paw my way out of my pile of confusion over what I am writing and I feel I am closer now to what I must pursue: an autobiographical novel, which I had no idea existed. Or rather, was classified as such. I highly HIGHLY recommend her as a teacher. I look forward to more classes with Eden!"


"I took my first writing workshop with Writing Workshops and I loved it. The teacher was professional, helpful and engaging. The content was relevant. I will definitely attend more in the future."


"Hello all future students of Writing Workshops. I took the Non-Fiction class with Mag Gabbert. First let me say that I had never participated in a writing workshop before so this experience was a nerve-wrecking one for me. With that said, Mag made this class go above any of my expectations. I learned something new from each and every class. She created a safe environment to be open and honest yet made sure everyone was aware to be respectful. She heard your thoughts with such an open mind. Every writing exercise was challenging and helped open a new side of me I wasn't even aware existed. She made the reading assignments fully enjoying. I am definitely looking forward to taking another class at the Writing Workshops (preferably one with Mag Gabbert). Your fellow classmates also really help make this experience a great one. I was fortunate enough to have a class that included a variety of backgrounds. This was definitely well worth the money."


"I've taken two seminars, one on plot and the other on villains. I thoroughly enjoyed both of them and left with a lot to think about and work on."


"I have taken three classes with Writing Workshops and every class has been well constructed and I've taken away information and was reminded of some things that I already knew! If you are in any part of your writing journey, I highly recommend finding a class to fit your needs and take advantage!


"I took the non-fiction essay course with Mag Gabbert. She is a great class leader and committed to writing. The class always has momentum. For someone like me who is nervously sharing their writing for the first time it's a safe and constructive environment. Your classmates will also be a source of inspiration and development. Enjoy."


"I loved the Fiction I class! Blake gave us practical information and advice on how to finish stories and get them published. The reading materials and discussions opened my eyes to the world of short stories and how to learn from other authors. Reading work from my classmates and receiving their feedback was invaluable and helped me learn so much about my writing. I was never one for sharing my work, but the atmosphere was very open, honest and laid back. It made sharing easy and got me excited about writing again. I hope to participate in another workshop soon!"


"Ashley (Mag) Gabbert's personal essay class was an adventure! An eight-week immersion in analyzing quality essays and trying to attain that in our lengthy writing assignments. Fascinating to get feedback from the wide range of reader types represented as students in the class. Best feedback of all came from Gabbert pushing you to transform good writing into great.


"I attended Amber Royer’s class on developing the protagonist in a novel that gets the readers to become involved and interested . It was an excellent class full of amazing substantive instruction. She has a very thorough understanding of this field and I learned a great deal from this three hour seminar. Thank you Amber! I will be back for the 6 week course and I encourage others to sign up. Amber is really great!"


"I took the Self-Editing Seminar with writer Blake Atwood. His presentation, which offered 50 practical editing tips for writers, was a good refresher and a great learning experience. His advice was concise, practical, to the point and also fun! He also provided tips when finding and working with an editor to publish your work. I manage a blog for my personal development organization and from time to time publish academic articles in journals and online magazines. I will definitely use what I learned at this seminar for my writing. Thanks for having a great writing community!"


"Blake Atwood's self-editing class was entertaining and informative. I'm a journalist who's done proofing and editing — I still learned a lot! The supplemental materials downloaded after class proved to be very helpful."


"I was somewhat 'stuck' in my writing journey and the publishing workshop definitely helped me to refocus, re-energize, and get moving again! Fantastic workshop. Highly recommend."


"I highly recommend the Creative Nonfiction class with Ashley (Mag) Gabbert. I loved the opportunity to polish my writing and get feedback from the class and Mag. Mag's insight and suggestions for my personal essays helped me to be a better writer. The small class setting was intimate and allowed each of us to contribute to discussion. The required texts will be a useful reference as I continue my writing life. I definitely plan on taking another workshop from Writing Workshops and Mag Gabbert!"


"Attended a workshop taught by Blake Atwood on 'Should I Self-Publish or Seek Traditional Publishing' hosted by Writing Workshops. I really enjoyed it and left with a better understanding of the pros and cons of both avenues which will serve me well as I navigate the publishing arena. Blake is an excellent teacher, always prepared (this is my second class with him) and very helpful in assuring each student has an understanding of the subject matter. I highly recommend this class as well as his Self-Editing class."


"Mag Gabbert's seminar on Submission for Publishing was just what I needed. The submission process is daunting and unfamiliar for someone without a formal education. The gaps created by me learning through trial and error were all filled at this seminar. Mag's delivery was crisp and on task which I appreciated. She answered all questions in a succinct, understandable, and very human way. I highly recommend this seminar and plan on taking more classes."


"I attended Whitney Davis' class Dare to Dream yesterday and it was a very informative, lively and thought provoking time spent honing our organizational skills, goal setting and adding some accountability to our portfolios. Whitney was extremely helpful and I was able to leave with an arsenal of tools, ready to conquer my goals and beyond.  I look forward to the next classes that I have scheduled for this quarter.  I think Whitney will be my instructor in one of the others I will be attending. Thanks to Writing Workshops and Blake Kimzey for making these classes available."


"Excellent program! Just finished the Fiction II workshop with Blake Kimzey and learned a ton. The workshop includes robust critiquing and reading, in a structured format, while sprinkling in good times along the way. Blake also met with me one-on-one, providing specific coaching based on my submitted work and career aspirations. WWD is a place where serious writers go to grow in craft and community, a fast-paced and constructive environment that leads to actionable results."


"WWD's TV & Film seminar was outstanding! Industry-leader Steve LaRue's expertise and knowledge was inspirational. Thanks to WWD for offering such wonderful events!"


"I attended the workshop for screenwriters with TV exec Steve LaRue, and writer's rep Whitney Davis, and walked out with several actionable ideas for some work I have in development. I've also found myself since paying forward their good advice to some of my clients who are creative entrepreneurs. I felt lucky to be in the room, glad to now know you Blake, and a few new colleagues. Thanks for putting this together!"


"This was an excellent workshop and Blake is a great teacher. I was able to rub shoulders with fellow writers and gain their insight from their own writing styles. More than anything it allowed me to grow as a writer. I was able to see my weaknesses and get them out of my work to progress with a stronger piece. It was fun, laid back and always something new when it came to Tuesday nights. I highly recommend the workshops that are by WWD and I look forward to taking another one in the future."


"As a non-fiction writer, I was looking for a fiction writing workshop that would both go over the basics and push me to grow, and Blake's workshop did both. I loved reading the stories from my fellow writers and finding what needs polishing in my own writing. I also loved hearing about the process of fiction publication and learning more about the thriving literary scene. If you're waiting for a kick to get your fiction writing going, sign up for Blake's class!"

"I completed Blake Kimzey's Fiction II Workshop, and it made me a better, more thoughtful writer. Blake's got a generous, inclusive teaching style that draws the best from each student. The texts we read each week enriched the workshop experience - nice balance. I wish I could take the class again this summer, but I must wait until fall. I'm going to miss the weekly infusion of creative juice. Thanks to Blake and my classmates for a rollicking good time."


"I attended the Poetry from the Senses seminar with Joe Milazzo. I would consider myself more a painter than a poet but was really excited about how this class will inform my studio practice. I really enjoyed the exercise he had us do in class and how we analyzed other poems and learned from others in the class. This class gave me comprehensive and clear tools to approach the writing of poetry and I already feel like I am walking through the world aware of how I'm experiencing it in a richer fashion. I would recommend this class to the novice or the expert or anyone in between, Joe was an awesome teacher and I can't wait to take another seminar of his."


"Blake was so encouraging and inspiring. He really made me want to take charge of my writing career."


"I took the 'Novel-to-Film' seminar led by Whitney Davis, a literary manager for screenwriters and novelists. I learned an immense amount of behind-the-scenes information from a well-connected professional. Now I'm excited to attend more workshops."


"I attended Fiction II and must say that I found it very motivational and inspiring. Blake is a very well read and talented instructor who gave me the needed push to continue writing my novel not only in German bust also in English. I'll be back."


"I attended Whitney Davis' workshop on Could your Novel be a Blockbuster Movie? Tips for Novel to Screen. Whitney is a enthusiastic and inspirational teacher with lots of real world advice to share. I learned a lot about the business. I look forward to future workshops."


"I attended the Poetry from the Senses seminar instructed by Joe Milazzo. I really enjoyed the writing exercise that we did. Also, it was very interesting to look at other poetry and examine what it does for our senses. I can't wait until the next workshop! I would recommend this workshop to anyone who wants to generate creativity and deepen their connection to poetry through examination of the world around us. Joe is great!"


"I attended Whitney Davis' novel to film seminar and learned some fascinating behind-the-scenes tidbits. I highly recommend their workshops."

"I love that Blake allows us to come up with our own writing styles and ideas. One thing that has bothered me about past writing courses is being required to use prompts for story ideas. This was a BIG help."


"Blake Kimzey from Writing Workshops is one of the best instructors I've had on writing. He puts a lot of thought into his classes and how he will present the content so that it's engaging, extremely practical to apply, and easy to understand. He's also incredibly responsive, encouraging (yet honest about the many challenges that a writer encounters), and caring. What more could you ask for in an instructor!"


"I saw Blake from Writing Workshop present at Serj Books. It was a really illuminated presentation into the rigors of what it takes to get published. Not only was it informative, but it cleared up some of the mystery associated with the publishing process, and gave me a specific game-plan and set of tools necessary to take the next step towards being published."


"Attended a workshop in Downtown. Laid back and very informative! I would definitely attend another one."


"I've never felt more satisfied with a course and that was due to the genuine care and freedom to create works and discuss criticisms in a professional and constructive way."

"Blake was excellent in guiding each workshop, and allowed for active conversations to turn into excellent feedback."

"Blake is an excellent instructor who inspires his students to make their writing as good as it possibly can be. He encourages his students to write about whatever they want, which puts the creativity in the hands of the students. No prompts were given, and I appreciated that."


"I liked it all."

"This course totally encouraged me as an aspiring writer. Blake does an excellent job of encouraging total class involvement; even the quietest student is encouraged to speak her mind, which aids in everyone's learning."

"Blake did an amazing job of demystifying the writing and publishing process. We're all better informed and still inspired."

"This class has really kindled a passion I have always had, but been too afraid of pursuing. With the workshop and classmates I have left the course really believing that anyone can be a writer if they pursue it earnestly and with a love for reading and writing. Thank you!"


"I truly enjoyed the fact that we were encouraged to write what we wanted to write. Blake's focus is on making what you want to express come out on the page. And by reading published material that didn't come from traditional set texts, it forced us to look at the quality of the writing more objectively. I wish more writing workshops were taught this way."

"Blake made for a great and encouraging teacher because he approached the class as a workshop leader and presented himself as a fellow writer who knew the path rather than a mere 'instructor.'"

"This course was great! I would take the class again as I believe there is so much more I could learn from this instructor."

"Blake is inspirational to work with."


"I took a fiction workshop with Blake and experienced the most informative class on writing. The workshop required that I write two stories and through Blake's positive critique of my work I learned what I was doing well and what needed improvement. The workshop inspired and encouraged me to continue with my collection of stories. I look forward to signing up for another workshop to further my journey as a writer."


"The quality of this class was great! The selected textbooks were great choices."

"Blake created a safe environment where many of us felt brave enough to push our limits, take some risks with our stories, and try something new. There was a frequent and open discussion initiated by the class about how different members of the class had been stretched and expanded. I am definitely a better writer having taken this course with Blake Kimzey."

"This is one of my favorite writing classes I've ever taken and will be taking it again. Everything I learned and accomplished was extremely valuable not only for my writing, but for my future career."

"This was a great course and I would definitely take it again!"

"The workshops were great. I liked the organization of them. I appreciated how polite everyone was. I was surprised that I could write and that people would have nice things to say about it. It was a lot of fun. I learned a lot. Most importantly, I gained the courage to write a whole story and have other people look at it. There was something about having to reading people's stories for their workshop that made me work harder than in other courses. Something about owing something to a particular person made me make sure I got my critiques done."

"This class was absolutely fantastic."

"Blake was probably one of the best instructors I have ever had. I love the workshop structure he has put in place and it was incredibly beneficial to me. I also liked learning how the local literary scene in Dallas looks, and how a writer can find an agent. Very helpful. SO overall, this class was a great experience."


"Desiree Cooper engaged in a lively and stimulating discussion of her work with the students. She is genuine and presents with honesty and empathy. The students felt truly enriched by the experience. Desiree Cooper truly is a gifted presenter who can captivate an audience with her warmth, wit, and authenticity."

“I've taken the eight-week workshop and the one-day setting seminar with TM De Vos and Kelsey Ronan. Both were excellent workshop instructors. I enjoyed the small, focused setting to hone my craft and support other writers.”

“I went into the Mixed Levels Fiction Workshop without a lot of fiction experience. Others in the workshop had more. The experience was still thoroughly positive. Our group moderator, T.M. De Vos, is an educator not only by trade but by nature. She led discussions about the writing we submitted and the outside reading she selected, blending each element of discussion into a productive whole. She had us do the bulk of analysis and guided us along the way to ensure each discussion was time well-spent.”

"I have had interest in writing a script for quite some time. And I did. But I felt I needed some kind of class to make certain I wrote a strong script. I thought I was already too advanced for Beginning Screenwriting. Man was I wrong. I am so happy I went ahead and took the beginner course with Ted Houser. A screenplay is like anything else mechanical. You can break it down piece by piece, each element must be there for it to run smoothly. After learning the engineering of a script, I found it so much easier to map out my story. I loved the class, I feel very confident I am on the right path, and I look forward to applying the lessons into my screenplay. Next, I will take Intermediate Screenwriting in October to further tighten up my story. So, if you have that inner writer in you, I'd recommend these classes so that you know without a doubt you are on the right track when you write your story. Very eye opening experience. Best of luck! I hope my testimonial helps :)"

“I really enjoyed the fiction workshop with Kelsey Ronan. The class bred great discussions and also helped me better identify my work and who I am as an artist. Thanks to the encouragement and new knowledge, I was able to walk away with the start of several stories. Fantastic experience!”

“I recently took the 8-week Intro to Memoir workshop with Kelsey Ronan. My experience was productive, instructive and wholly worthwhile. Kelsey was interested, engaged and clearly prepared for every session. She provided reading assignments, in-class writing prompts and two workshop sessions for each student, along with written critique. The critiques were insightful and thorough. I highly recommend Kelsey and encourage anyone seeking guidance and inspiration to take a class!”

“Kelsey was a wonderful facilitator and was extraordinary at giving feedback. Her positive and honest assessments were very helpful. Highly recommend!!”

"I always turn to Toni Cunningham first for feedback on narrative development and character development. She's both a strong writer and a very talented storyteller. Her editorial feedback on my work has been extremely helpful, and I would take any class or writing workshop she leads."

“Desiree Cooper's Turbo Powered Narratives was 3 hours packed with solid information, practical use examples and time to practice. Highly recommend these classes!”

"I took Allie Pleiter's workshop on time management for writers where she discussed her ‘Chunky Method’; the workshop was extremely engaging/worthwhile! I can't wait to implement this into my weekly schedule and hopefully finish some of the projects I've started!"

“Desiree Cooper's Turbo Powered Narratives was not only very informative, it was inspirational. The 3 hours flew by. It was wonderful. Thank you!”

“This past class with Kelsey was extremely valuable to me. I finally started a writing path that I had not been able to get started on my own. Kelsey was a wonderful, informative, compassionate instructor that took the stress out of writing. I am looking forward to the next round!”

“This workshop has assisted me in getting on task to finish my book project. Identifying what type of writing I am (the chunky method) is also beneficial now I must respect that and schedule my time accordingly. Allie Pleiter was friendly and a wealth of information. I will definitely participate in future classes.”

“Toni's Getting To The End workshop was great. She is very creative and made everything seem doable. She answered every question and even provided feedback. With no judgement! I showed my podcast partner my script and she was shocked that I thought of and wrote a complete five-page script in an afternoon. I was too!”

“The Turbo Powered Narratives Master Class was insightful and informative! I learned some great tips on writing. Loved Desiree Cooper’s point of view! Thanks for sharing your love of writing!”

"Ted has introduced me to a great community of writers in and around Detroit that have helped inspire and motivate me to recommit myself to my writing. I look forward to our monthly meetings and the ability to share and workshop my pages with other creatives who provide thoughtful and constructive feedback. I always come away from our meetings with a clearer vision of where I want my screenplay to go and a stronger drive to sit down and actually make it happen."

“Excellent content in Desiree Cooper’s Turbo Powered Narratives seminar. Loved this group!”

“I was touched by Desiree’s point of view and appreciate her ability to share how we find our own! Thanks for the inspiration!!”

"Regardless of where you are in your writing, having Desiree’s guidance will move you forward. She’s the rare working writer who is also an excellent teacher. Look at her background and you’ll see a woman with a skill set that is hard to match."

"As a storyteller and writer, Toni Cunningham is gifted at developing deep, poignant characters with multiple layers, flaws, and strengths. Characters whose motives drive interesting and thought-provoking plot lines. Her stories consistently go beyond just entertaining to express a statement of values in what has become her own unique narrative voice. Toni is my go-to for writing advice and feedback. She poses insightful questions, and provides careful, intentional, actionable feedback. My writing is better because of her!"

"I can always depend on Desiree to be insightful, interactive, engaging and profound. She skillfully deploys her fiction and essays to help audiences navigate gender, race and class. Whether in a room of four or four hundred, she creates a sense of intimacy and honesty that makes the hardest conversations possible."

"Ted Houser has built a community of screenwriters in Detroit who build each other up and help each other out. Not only does he know about film and how to teach the nuances of screenwriting and filmmaking, he also pushes those he teaches to build up their presentation skills and ability to speak eloquently about their stories. Having been in an ongoing workshop with Ted for over a year, I have benefited from his experience greatly."

"From the specific, encouraging feedback from instructors and students, to the wealth of literary info and writers' resources provided before/during/after class, to the valuable networking opportunities with a diverse group of courageous classmates, I have returned to my writing with renewed energy and -- BONUS! -- the local literary world has opened up to me through these workshops."

"Wonderful opportunity to be part of a literary community and a great workshop. I will be back again!"

"Desiree Cooper addresses important issues without being didactic or predictable, and she was an absolute pleasure to meet."

"I'm in a monthly writer's group that Ted has been running for the past two years, he's done a great job creating a consistent and reliable space to workshop scripts. He gives really thoughtful advice on our work without being overbearing. He was also really supportive once I wanted to shoot a script I had been working on in the group and helped get it on it's feet. I would definitely recommend his group to anyone!”

"Toni's close attention to detail, driving curiosity, and strong sense of story has made her an ideal critique partner for years now. She's been able to zero in to the very gut of any essay I turn over to her and make insightful observations that always push me towards a better draft. I find myself seeking her writing advice again and again, and consider myself so privileged to be able to learn from her."

"I took a Fiction Writing Class and couldn't be more impressed. The instruction and materials were great. Additionally, it got me out of my shell and pushed me to start writing. Can't thank WWD and the group of writers that took the class with me enough."

"I’m still using what I learned from Desiree! And, her fun, passionate, kind spirit has been my companion on my darkest writing days. Equally, I’m inspired by how hard she works at her own writing. Desiree knows what she wants, makes it happen and models the same for all of us in her life. She’s a generous colleague. You’ll enjoy your time with her. I know I did."

"Desiree Cooper has a whole lot to say. I got to scratch her surface during a writing workshop she gave last year. It included several talks about writing, gender, and race, delivered in the context of her own gorgeous written work. She is witty, engaging, and utterly comfortable at the podium. She looks her audience right in the eye, delivers the goods with directness. She is collaborating with her audience as she talks to them. You want to know her, or maybe just ask her a question so she’ll keep talking, because she is so darn interesting and lively and utterly approachable."

“The quality of the workshop, the suggested reads, the mix and number of participants were all perfect. The discussions taught me so much. I missed it as soon as it ended and I cannot recommend the workshops highly enough.

"I took my first writing workshop and I loved it. The teacher was professional, helpful and engaging. The content was relevant. I will definitely attend more in the future."

"I was somewhat 'stuck' in my writing journey and the publishing workshop definitely helped me to refocus, re-energize, and get moving again! Fantastic workshop."