The Writers Studio offers workshops and crafts classes in New York—where the school was founded by poet Philip Schultz in 1987—and in Hudson Valley, San Francisco, and Tucson. During the COVID-19 crisis, these in-person classes are currently held remotely, with live video chats and live critiques, which means they are currently available to you wherever you are located. Online courses you can take from anywhere are also available, with weekly online text chats and written critiques. Check here for a full list of courses. Richard teaches a Tucson Workshop and an online Crafting Fantastic & Imaginative Worlds Workshop.
Crafting Fantastic &
Length: 6 weeks
Begins: Saturday, 03 Oct 2020 at 08:00 am – 09:00 am PST (11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT)
Cost: $325 tuition + $25 registration fee
Register online or by phone (212) 255-7075
For writers of speculative fiction and poetry, including science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Format: Students will share their speculative fiction or poetry with their classmates and the instructor in a dedicated online classroom and can expect helpful and encouraging written feedback, using The Writers Studio method of persona writing and critiquing. Students will have the opportunity to join a weekly hour-long text chat with the instructor where they can find additional support and conversations about narrative techniques and favorite speculative genres.
Description: Your favorite writers and poets of speculative literature (including science fiction, fantasy, and horror) use narrative techniques like persona narrators, point of view, mood, and tone as well as worldbuilding to craft fantastic and imaginative worlds that parallel, reflect, and critique our own real world. Imagining utopias, dystopias, dinosaurs, aliens, monsters, magical beings and systems, sentient cities and starships to speculate about past and future possibilities inspires us to transform our present for the better.
This 6-week workshop is open to writers at all levels who are interested in writing speculative fiction and poetry. Every week, students will look at narrative techniques used in classic and contemporary short stories, novels, and poems by writers and poets such as Beth Cato, N.K. Jemisin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Nnedi Okorafor, Alyssa Wong, Ray Bradbury, and Neil Gaiman. Students will then practice these techniques in their own speculative pieces with practical, hands-on exercises based on the readings. These exercises will help students define WHO is telling their story, HOW the story is being told, WHERE and WHEN the story takes place, WHAT details are important, and WHY their story needs to be told. Students will share their fiction or poetry with their fellow writers and the instructor in a safe place online and can expect helpful and encouraging written feedback in return, using The Writers Studio method of persona writing and critiquing. Students will have the opportunity to join a weekly hour-long text chat with the instructor where they can find additional support and join conversations about narrative techniques and favorite speculative genres.
Writers Studio Tucson
Length: 8 weeks
Begins: Saturday, 03 Oct 2020 at 10:00 am – 12:30 pm PST (01:00 pm – 03:30 pm EDT)
Cost: $320 tuition + $25 registration fee
Register online or by phone (212) 255-7075
For writers of fiction, poetry, memoir, and creative nonfiction.
Format: Students will share their fiction, poetry, memoir, or creative nonfiction with their classmates and the instructor in a weekly live video/audio chat and can expect immediate feedback that is helpful and encouraging, using The Writers Studio method of persona writing and critiquing.
Description: The Writers Studio Tucson Workshop, the first of our three levels, is designed for students at all levels who are new to The Writers Studio method. This Workshop is open to both beginning and experienced writers eager to learn the elements of craft, including first- and third-person narrators, tone and mood. An important goal of the workshop is to help writers understand that a narrative voice is born out of conscious creation and not merely the voice we use when speaking or keeping a journal. We encourage students to turn autobiographical fragments into publishable work by using different narrative personas to tell their story in fiction and poetry.
Through exercises, students experiment with narrative and poetic techniques. Our exercises are designed to stimulate students’ imaginations while also teaching a lot of nuts-and-bolts narrative strategies They focus on both fiction and poetry, and use published examples of both genres as models.
Each week we assign a brief reading combined with an exercise, and the teacher explains the technique that makes the piece effective. The following week students bring their written exercise to class, where it is read aloud. Classmates offer feedback, and then the teacher, who has been trained for three years in The Writers Studio method, gives the final supportive critique. A few of the eight weeks are spent revising and deepening exercises written during the term.
As a student, Richard attended two Writers Studio Tucson Workshops taught by Lela Scott MacNeil in the spring and summer of 2016, two Intermediate Workshops taught by Phil Ivory, and then Advanced Workshop taught by Janelle Drumwright. He now regularly attends the Master Workshop taught by Director Reneé Bibby.
Richard began teaching the Saturday morning Tucson Workshop in April 2019. He also developed and launched in July 2019 an online workshop focused on writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror using the Writers Studio method of persona writing and critiquing. He is delighted to share with new students in both workshops the same helpful and encouraging feedback he received along the way.
Tucson teachers Lela Scott MacNeil and I will be online for a free writing class this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to provide a writing exercise, explain The Writers Studio method, and discuss how our program can support your personal writing goals.
This summer 2020, I’m teaching both a Tucson Workshop and “Crafting Fantastic & Imaginative Worlds”, reading a lot of speculative poetry, and writing.
In addition to my usual 8-week Writers Studio Tucson Workshop, I’m bringing back my popular online “Crafting Fantastic and Imaginative Worlds” workshop for poets and writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror!
I’m preparing lesson plans and writing new exercises for two fall workshops at the Writers Studio.
I’m currently preparing lesson plans and writing lessons for two summer 2019 workshops.
I’m teaching a new 6-week workshop titled “Crafting Fantastic & Imaginative Worlds” and it uses The Writers Studio method of persona writing and critiquing. It begins Saturday, July 27, 2019.
Two options for the beginning level writing workshop: Saturday morning with me and Wednesday evenings with Lela Scott MacNeil.
How you participate in class can mean the difference between a rewarding learning experience and an utter waste of your—and everyone else’s—time and money.
It occurs to me that I haven’t written much about The Writers Studio workshops I’ve been attending regularly for the past year. It has been such a positive experience that I think I have been trying to keep it all to myself. No more.