We are the leading private creative writing school in New York City and online. Professional writers present workshops in more than a dozen forms of writing. Our interactive online classes, selected as “Best of the Web” by Forbes, have attracted thousands of aspiring writers from across the United States and more than one hundred countries.
The school was founded in New York City in 1993 by two writers, Jeff Fligelman and David Grae. Prior to starting the school, both Fligelman and Grae had received graduate degrees in creative writing and had taught writing at a variety of schools and universities. Fligelman and Grae founded the school so that they could provide students comprehensive classes on the craft of writing, which they had been unable to find anywhere else at the time.
The result was the development of highly structured classes, which employ three main teaching tools:
Workshop style. Essential topics presented in an organized fashion with appropriate homework to reinforce and practice concepts.
Learned a lot and had a great time
Wonderful teacher - I learned so much that I can apply right away.
The instructor was great! I only give it 4 stars because I wish there was a short segment on technical set up for the blog.
I enjoyed this class and thought it was worthwhile. We did some useful exercises and learned skills to help with writing dialogue. The instructor answered all of our questions and gave us feedback in class.
I just finished a full-day dialogue writing class given by Richard Caliban. It was intensive and well-worth the time and money. I learned so much! I liked everything about the class but the most interesting was going over a number of different methods used by successful writers to employ dialogue in prose, theatre and film. I had never seen it broken down this way and didn't even think of dialogue in these terms before. It was incredibly helpful to understand how each approach has its own magic, depending on what one wants to accomplish. We also learned about techniques to convey emotion, keep tension, maintain intrigue, and the importance of using imagery to paint a picture of what the character wants or means, rather than having our characters expressly say what they want or mean. This will really help me improve my writing. I also appreciated that we got to practice using a few different techniques. Richard then gave us feedback on our work in front of the class and I found it very worthwhile to learn not only from my piece, but also from everyone else's attempt to write dialogue. No one felt uncomfortable sharing because we got so much out of it. At the end of the day, it all hinged on Richard. His knowledge about dialogue writing is impressive. He was able to take every comment and question, and give us specific insight and first hand examples to help us understand how to use dialogue. I'd take another class from him at the drop of a hat.
My professor was Janet Flora...She was great! Coming to class every week was a treat, and as our class dwindled to a consistent six, the learning transformed. It was like participating in a master class with one-on-one attention. With each assignment, it felt like it opened a side of me that I thought wasn't there. I plan on taking a couple more classes, and hope other instructors are as great as Janet.
Too much talking. Not enough writing.
Very fun, engaging, charismatic instructor. Would do it again.
I loved the class, the format, prompts, and professor. It was so good to be around other writers and start putting myself out there again with my own writing. Overall a great experience that really got my creative juices flowing again!