You have a persona narrator and a few pages already written, maybe rewritten. You have a vague sense of what your story might be “about.” Now what?

This class is available by application. Applicants must have taken three terms of Level 3 at the Writers Studio and a minimum of two terms of Craft Class. Limited to eight students. Craft Class is optional. To apply, email with the subject line, Online Finish Your Story Application. In your email, include those first few pages, a paragraph that describes the narrator and what your sense of the action and meaning of the story might be, however vague, how many terms of Level 3 or 4 you have taken (and with whom), and how many terms of Craft Class.

You don’t know everything yet. Each week, you will submit two to three more pages of the story for feedback from your classmates and instructor. The class is designed for readers to pick up clues about your story, identify dead spots and plant possibilities you may not be considering. Your goal is to start out unsure, learn how to surprise yourself and complete a first draft.


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.

Join Our Mailing List

Add your name to our mailing list to receive news of discounts, classes, and free events.