The weekly routine is much like that of Level I, but the exercises and discussions delve more deeply into narrative and poetic techniques. Students begin to identify these elements in their own work, and they begin to explore new elements of craft, such as creating a narrative tone of voice that offers a contrast or tension to the underlying emotion. Students have an opportunity to revise or deepen one of their assignments.

You can take this class using any device that connects to the Internet, though students find computers and tablets more comfortable than phones. Technical support is available throughout the course. Class size is limited to 12 students.

This eight-week class features a weekly, one-hour long Google Meet discussion.

"Every week, I presented a new story. Finally something did click, the very thing that’s their specialty at The Writers Studio, emotional content. Before, my work was dead. When I brought in my breakthrough story, I felt I was carrying a weird animal in my bag. It was the first story I sold."

Jennifer Egan, former Writers Studio student, Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction


Writers Studio Teacher

Lael Cassidy

Lael Cassidy writes poems, stories, and essays, and her work has appeared in Headline Poetry and Press, Silver Birch, Underwood Press, and Beyond Words. She has also written sixteen nonfiction children’s books published by Sterling Books. She lives in Seattle and is currently at work on a novel.

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