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Level 1 Intro to Fiction and Poetry

Explore the transformative power of persona writing in this introspective workshop at The Writers Studio. Discover how borrowing the voices of accomplished writers can unlock your most intimate stories and turn difficult subject matter into inspiration for fiction and poetry. Broaden your literary style and approach as you deepen your understanding of technique.

  • Level Beginner
  • Age 18 and older
  • Price $435
  • Location Instructor-led Online Learning, New York, NY
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  • Remote Learning @ Instructor-led Online Learning, New York, NY 00000
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  • Wed, May 01 at 6:15am - 8:30pm
  • Wed, May 08 at 6:15am - 8:30pm
  • Wed, May 15 at 6:15am - 8:30pm
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  • Wed, May 29 at 6:15am - 8:30pm
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  • Mon, May 13 at 6:15am - 8:30pm
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  • Mon, May 27 at 6:15am - 8:30pm
  • Mon, Jun 03 at 6:15am - 8:30pm
  • Mon, Jun 10 at 6:15am - 8:30pm
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  • Mon, Jun 24 at 6:15am - 8:30pm
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What you'll learn in this creative writing class:

This introductory Writers Studio workshop introduces fiction writers and poets to the philosophy on which The Writers Studio was founded in 1987 by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Philip Schultz. Persona writing, a method of borrowing the voice and temperament of accomplished writers, offers writers the imaginative distance and perspective they need to overcome their negative inclinations, their fear of self-exposure and endless doubt. This method also helps writers try on different voices, or personas, to develop narrative and lyric voices to be used as a tool for unlocking one's most intimate and private stories and turning even their most difficult subject matter into inspiration for writing fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

Weekly exercises based on short pieces of published work are turned into assignments designed to introduce students to various literary styles and approaches and broaden their sense of what is possible in their own work. As the student’s understanding of technique deepens so does the clarity and emotional power of the writing.


Refund Policy

  • All tuition except $50 is refundable if cancellation is made at least 6 business days before the first class meets.
  • All tuition except $100 is refundable if cancellation is made less than 6 business days before the first class meets.
  • All tuition except $100 is refundable if cancellation is made by 5:00 pm on the fifth business day after the first class meets. If the class meets Mondays, cancellation must be made by 5:00 pm on the Friday following the first class.
  • No refunds will be granted afterwards.

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

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

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at The Writers Studio (7)

(4.4-star rating across 7 reviews)
  • Level 1 Intro to Fiction and Poetry

    Anonymous review on 8/31/2017
    It was a truly amazing class and I'm so glad I took a leap of faith and signed up for it. Scott Hunter was a great instructor, extremely friendly, accommodating and always allowed the conversations and discussion to flow smoothly in a manner that was informative, insightful, critical and encouraging.
  • Level 1 Intro to Fiction and Poetry

    Reviewed by Marie S. on 9/14/2016
    If you're someone who's shy and not confident about your writing this class will help you get over your fears and boost your confidence. Getting feedback for your writing is crucial to improving your work. The instructor, Scott, is honest and kind, and very encouraging. We had a great group who took critiquing very seriously and was also encouraging and supportive of each other. Highly recommend taking this workshop.
  • Level 1 Intro to Fiction and Poetry

    Reviewed by Marie S. on 3/27/2017
  • Level 1 Intro to Fiction and Poetry

    Reviewed by Marie S. on 11/30/2016
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students rave about the Workshop in Fiction and Poetry (Level 1), praising the instructor, Scott Hunter, for his friendly and accommodating nature. The class provides a safe and encouraging environment for students who may be shy or lacking confidence in their writing skills. Students highlight the importance of receiving feedback in order to improve their work Taking this workshop is highly recommended for those looking to overcome their writing fears and boost their confidence. Quotes: 1. "If you're someone who's shy and not confident about your writing this class will help you get over your fears and boost your confidence. Getting feedback for your writing is crucial to improving your work. The instructor, Scott, is honest and kind, and very encouraging." 2. "We had a great group who took critiquing very seriously and was also encouraging and supportive of each other. Highly recommend taking this workshop."

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Question from anonymous
Why is are the two level 1 classes differently priced?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! The class on Jan 8 has a 10% discount offered by the school, while the other date is the regular price.
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Question from April S.
How many students are in a class?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi April! The average class size is 10. Thanks!
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Question from Charlene M.
Hey guys, just wondering what your cancellation policy is? I want to book this now but I’m a free lancer living in London so should work come up by then, if I book now can I get a refund? Look forward to hearing from you and hopefully booking the class! Charlene
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Charlene! Thanks for your question. The cancellation policy can be found on this page, just beside the Description tab. You may view the full policy there.
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
But to give you the overview: In accordance with NY state law, all tuition except $50 is refundable if cancellation is made at least one week before the first class meets. The $50 is applicable to a future class. Students eligible for applying the $50 to a future class must register by phone and mention the credit at the time of registration.
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
All tuition except $100 is refundable if cancellation is made less than one week before the first class meets. All tuition except $100 is refundable if cancellation is made by 5:00 pm on the fifth business day after the first class meets. If the class meets Mondays, cancellation must be made by 5:00 pm on the Monday following the first class. No refunds will be granted afterwards.
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Question from Caitlin M.
Know if this class is actually happening on May 30? Seems like a lot of classes have that day off because of Memorial Day.
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Caitlin! Yes, the class will be on May 30, Wednesday. Memorial Day is on the 28th so the class will definitely happen on the 28th. Hope this helps!
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The Writers Studio

Founded in 1987 by Philip Schultz, The Writers Studio welcomes beginning and experienced fiction writers and poets to ongoing writing workshops designed to help them discover and nurture their own voices. Hailed by The New York Times as "the most personal of the programs," The Writers Studio is founded...

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