NYC Level 3/4 (Virtual)

During the pandemic, students are attending NYC Level 3 writing classes at their scheduled times via Google Meet (with or without cameras enabled). Your exercises will be shared electronically, and the format of the live class will be the same as when you attend class in person, with students and teachers responding to your work and discussing the next week’s exercise.

The technology for attending class remotely is provided by Google Meet and is extremely easy to use. Your teacher will send you links and will provide support as needed. We hope you will continue to write and stay connected to our community during this time.

The goal of this class is to help students use a full range of technique in order to access greater emotional freedom and depth in their work. To this end, all students must enroll in the Writer Studio Craft Class, which meets virtually on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. ET. A reading list of the novels, poetry collections, and memoirs discussed each term is available on the Craft Class course description page. The Wednesday morning following each Craft Class, students will receive a link to a recording of the class. A podcast is also made available. Listening to the Craft Class every week is essential if you can’t attend the video classes on Tuesdays. Your workshop teacher will assign exercises based on the discussions in the weekly Craft Class. Craft Class, where students read as writers and learn to identify a range of narrative techniques, is the heart of the Writers Studio.

Level 3 students are entitled to take the Craft Class free for two 8-week terms.

Students who are in Level 4 (after taking three terms of Level 3) may have the opportunity to bring in promising work based on one narrator so as to get a story on its feet.


Writers Studio Teacher

Lesley Dormen

Lesley Dormen is the author, most recently, of The Best Place to Be (Simon & Schuster), linked stories described by Elle magazine as "Virginia Woolf meets Candace Bushnell." Her short stories have been published in magazines and journals that include The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Five Points, Open City, Glimmer Train and Epiphany. Her stories have been short-listed for Best American Short Stories and included in the anthology Twenty Over Forty. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Elle, and Vanity Fair, among other publications, and the anthology Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression. She is the recipient of a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and is a Yaddo and a MacDowell Fellow. Lesley is associate director of The Writers Studio.