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Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

Unleash your creativity and find your unique voice through the power of writing. Join a supportive community of writers as you explore the art of storytelling and unlock your hidden potential. Whether you're a seasoned writer or new to the craft, this class will guide you on an inspiring journey of self-expression and literary discovery.

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  • Wed, Jun 26 at 10:00am - 1:00pm
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  • Thu, Jun 27 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
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Class Description

Description

What you'll learn in this creative writing class:

In this class, you will learn first and foremost that you can write—and write well! In fact you will surprise yourself by the work you’ll be producing.

The class is designed to enhance your creativity, imagination and personal voice while also teaching the skills of creative writing—memoir and fiction.

This is an ongoing class geared toward those who are committed to writing and will continue this practice overtime. You don’t have to be an experienced writer; it’s okay if you have never written before, but it will be beneficial for you to have some level of commitment to writing.

We use calming meditations to quiet the critical mind, and music, literature and myths to inspire the creative process.

In the safety of the writing group, we take one moment from our lives and enter it fully.  We slow down and look at it through the lens of the writer, allowing the story to emerge from the silence within.  Learning to follow rather than lead the story our writing is fresh, free, original, unexpected.

The Writing Studio is a safe haven for writers from all countries and religions, all ages and lifestyles. Experienced and beginning writers are welcome, and this includes people for whom English is not their first language.

Classes are limited to seven (7) writers. Please bring a notebook and pen, or a laptop.

The weekly classes are ongoing and can be started any Monday or Thursday evening, or any Wednesday afternoon. If needed, you will be able to schedule other dates directly with the studio.

Mondays and Thursdays: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm 
Wednesday: 10:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

  • Refund less 5% cancellation fee if you cancel 6 business days prior to first class/workshop in series.
  • Once the classes/workshops have started, tuition is no longer refundable.

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 Writing Studio (56)

(4.7-star rating across 56 reviews)
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Anonymous review on 4/21/2024
    The class was not at all what I expected. We spent most of the time writing (1.5 hours) and the feedback was vague because the instructor never actually read our work - we read it out loud. There's no opportunity for anyone to have an entire story heard/read at once. This was a very frustrating experience. I can write for free. I was hoping to learn something about the craft of writing and get constructive feedback on lines and structure. That didn't happen.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by RICK CHERTOFF on 9/23/2021
    Beyond learning skills I needed somebody who "gets" what I write, what I'm interested in, and Then gives the kind of feedback that "feeds" my desire to write. I have a life of my own stories I want to tell and Elana at the Writing Studio consistently, actually without fail, is ready to help me birth those stories.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Sina on 9/16/2021
    I have been taking creative writing class with Elana for the past two years, both in person and on Zoom. I especially like that the class is on Zoom, because I can still benefit from receiving invaluable writing instructions and writing experiences that Elana provides, in the comfort of my own home. I highly recommend this class for those who are looking for a small class setting with personalized instruction and feedback, and looking to transform stories into works of art.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Heather Sioux on 9/13/2021
    I came to Elana's class through a gift certificate my cousin had given me for my Birthday and I must say this is the most serendipitous birthday gift yet! I initially attended a one day workshop where I was able to begin cultivating my ability and discover my voice, and I enjoyed it so much I've continued with weekly sessions. It's been ten months now! Elana leads the classes with intention, kindness and mutual respect, throughout the course of our time tougher so far I feel I've been able to further hone my creativity and expression. I attend class via zoom from the east coast and although I have never met Elana or any of my writing cohort in person they have all become an important community to me during this pandemic. I'm so grateful to have met Elana and for my experiences in our weekly sessions! Elana thank you so much for your wisdom, commitment and light. I truly hope we can meet in person one day.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Rochelle Caplan on 9/10/2021
    I have been taking creative writing lessons with Elana Golden from January 2020. Prior to the COVID epidemic I attended in-person classes and since the onset of the epidemic I have participated in weekly classes via Zoom. Irrespective of the venue, whether in-person or virtual, Elana's classes are excellent. The feedback she provides on my writing samples and on those of other students has helped me to begin to understand the nuts and bolts and do's and don'ts of writing a novel. Elana is devoted to her students' work and often comes up with additional thoughts and insights about their writing during the week after class and before the next lesson. I highly recommend these classes to anyone who wants to learn creative writing.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Deborah Myers on 9/10/2021
    I have been participating in Elana’s classes, at first in person, now on zoom, for over a year and a half. To say I enjoy them is an understatement. She creates an environment that allows and encourages you to write deeply from your heart. The three hours each week I spend with Elana and the others in the group are a time of exploration and self-knowing I would not experience were I writing on my own. She teaches technique organically, and gives you the insight to see your writing more deeply as it and you evolve. Classes with Elana have become a priority activity in my week that I cherish.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Anonymous review on 9/10/2021
    I have been attending Elana's class now for two years. I started in her cozy living room and since the pandemic have been attending via Zoom. Elana is a great instructor. She is nurturing yet knows how to gently push her students to put their best work on paper. The weekly sessions are both relaxing and rejuvenating. Elana addresses each student with helpful constructive feedback and encourages positivity from the rest of the group. I've stuck around as long as I have because Elana makes my work feel worth it.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Gwen Hummel on 9/10/2021
    I've taken classes with Elana Golden both in her home (pre-pandemic) and on Zoom during the pandemic - she is definitely a teacher of substance and never fails to have substantial and valuable things to say - she is equally good in person and on Zoom - I've been doing her three-hour classes weekly for about two years now and I consider this to be one of the best things I do each week. She never disappoints. I would mourn terribly if she ever went away.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by David B. on 1/24/2020
    Elana is a very skilled and intuitive teacher. Her suggestions were incredibly helpful.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Jesse N. on 6/27/2019
    Love Elana love her class love the other students. Nothing not to love!
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Phoebe P. on 5/30/2019
    I was looking for something casual and welcoming in a class. I’ve had trouble even journaling, but Elena offers just enough guidance and her non-judgmental attitude relaxes me. It’s not a classroom setting, but there is some serious creativity from others, and I leave feeling lighter, inspired, and excited to write.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Gwen H. on 1/26/2019
    The teacher is great - no bullshit - she is the real deal. She has great ideas every time I go to class.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Donald S. on 8/3/2018
    It was good but not for me
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Barbara K. on 7/3/2018
    I have been looking for a writing course that had more personal focus, time to write, and time for feedback. I love the reflection time as well. Feedback is supportive, expansive, opening and encouraging. Going back to continue, as I had been stalled for awhile. This course has me reinspired and excited about writing and discovering what arises from our creative well.
  • Creative Writing Weekly via Zoom

    Reviewed by Nataliya D. on 2/3/2018
    Elana is a great teacher. I found her meditations and short readings inspirational. She pushed me to keep going with my writing and gave me some ideas for a plot and main characters development.
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Students consistently rave about Elana Golden's weekly creative writing classes via Zoom. Many highlighted her ability to understand their individual writing desires, capabilities, and potential. They felt she tuned her feedback and guidance to inspire, motivate, and improve their work. Learners also admired the comfortable and nurturing learning environment she created on Zoom. Elana's personalized instruction method and dedication to her students' work were repeatedly praised, with many students revealing transformations from novices to confident authors. Her lessons reportedly extended beyond technique and craft, empowering students to explore deeply, develop their unique voice, gain self-awareness and trust in their natural creative processes. The sense of community and encouragement from fellow learners formed a vital feature of the learning experience, echoing Elana's ability to create a supportive, symbiotic, and enriching learning space. Quotes: 1. "Beyond learning skills I needed somebody who 'gets' what I write, what I'm interested in, and then gives the kind of feedback that 'feeds' my desire to write." 2. "With Elana’s help I have learned to trust my own creative process, to find and love my own unique voice, and to tell the stories that want to be told." 3. "I went from someone who had never written a story, to someone who thrived and desired the feeling that came from writing."

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Hi, If I miss the last session, can I make it up in the following weeks by dropping in an evening class?
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I’d like to enroll in the Wednesday class but I only see Monday nights available.
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Hi! Is it possible to register for the 4-week Wednesday afternoon course if I will be out of town for the first session, but leaving town before the last session of the next Wednesday afternoon series? Could I come to a Monday or Thursday night class week 1 and do the next 3 weeks on Wednesday afternoon?
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Hi, I see that one of the Thursday class is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day; will this day be rescheduled, the class extended, or what is the alternative? Thank you and looking forward to attending Olivia
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There will be no class on Thanksgiving; class will just be extended.
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Hi! If I sign up now (Thursday) but know I'll be out of town for the 4th session, can I make it up a week later or schedule the last session on a Monday or Wednesday?
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Is that one class for $160? Or four classes for $160?
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Do you have room on other days and time besides Monday?
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There is room in the Thursday night class, 6:30 - 9:30PM
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How do you sign up for the Wednesday afternoon weekly writing workshops?
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Interested in classes other days.
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I don’t see sign-ups for Wednesdays, only Mondays or Saturdays
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