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The Writers Studio – Writing Classes, Pushcart Prize Winners, and other goodies

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Lisa Bellamy Wins A Pushcart Prize
“Wild Pansy,” a poem in Lisa Bellamy’s book, The Northway (Terrapin Books), has won a 2019 Pushcart Prize. The poem will appear in the next edition of The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, which is known as “the most honored literary series in America.”

Lisa teaches Online Maintaining Your Creative Spirit, which just started. Space remains. More info and registration here.
Lisa also teaches NYC Advanced Poetry starts June 17. Apply for a spot in this class. More info and registration here.

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$15 Off All 8-Week Writing Classes
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Small Classes, Teacher Feedback Every Single Week
These 8-Week Classes Start Soon
Grab Your Spot And Use The Discount
Online Level 2 with Joel Hinman starts May 7. More info and register here.
Online Advanced Poetry with Rachael Nevins starts May 13. Apply for a spot in this class. More info and register here.

Online Level 1 with Michele Herman starts June 3. More info and register here.
Online Level 1 with Whitney Porter starts June 4. More info and register here.
See the full lineup and register here.

NYC Level 1 with Scott Hunter starts June 3. More info and register here.
NYC Level 2 with Julianne Bond starts June 3. More info and register here.

Six-Week Classes Start in May
Online Over-50: Six-Week Class
Take this course if you’re 50 or older and write — or want to write — fiction, poetry or memoir alongside people in your age bracket. It’s for all 50+ writers who:

  • Always wanted to write, but never could find the time
  • Wrote when young, but then stopped
  • Have written all along, but have yet to be published
  • Want to turn a lifetime’s experience into short stories, novels, poems or memoirs for others to read and enjoy
  • Open to people new to The Writers Studio as well as current and former Writers Studio students.
Six-week class with Peter Krass starts May 14. More information and registration here.

Online Maintaining Your Creative Spirit
How to deal with the constant disruptions of this present political climate? How to tolerate the constant badgering of one’s inner life, to safe-keep the preciousness of one’s very thoughts? Writers have always dealt with these questions, in the best and worst of times, and these, as many would agree, are certainly among the most challenging. Since The Writers Studio method specializes in zeroing in on the sanctity and perseverance of the writer’s desire to be both personal and public through the use of personas we thought a class that touches on all these matters would be helpful now.
Open to students new to The Writers Studio, as well as continuing and returning students.
Six-week class with Lisa Bellamy started last week but there is still room. More info and registration here.

Online Memoir
How do you write a good memoir? You apply the narrative techniques of fiction and poetry: you take the fascinating, messy raw material of your life and build a frame for it. You distill. You find a voice that’s all you but that also offers you flexibility, perspective and the right counterbalance to the story’s content. You tap into your emotions to give your story energy and urgency.

What’s the best way to start? In this six-week class, we will do close readings from an assortment of wildly varied but equally powerful memoirs – by memoirists ranging from Claude Brown to Annie Dillard — to see how authors have solved these problems for themselves. Then you will try out these methods for yourselves to see which ones fit you best.
Open to students new to The Writers Studio, as well as continuing and returning students.
Six-week class with Michele Herman starts May 14. More info and registrationhere.

Learn To Read As A Writer
Craft Class Highlights
The new session of the Craft Class is now. Here are some highlights:On May 7, James Lasdun will discuss his celebrated new novel Afternoon of a Faun(Norton) with Philip Schultz.
On May 14, Writers Studio NYC teacher Christopher Shade will discuss his debut novel, The Good Mother of Marseille (Paloma Press) with Lesley Dormen.Check out the full reading list and order the books here.
If you are currently enrolled in any summer writing class or plan to take one, register at a discount here. Or register for this special session without a writing class here.

Big Weekend Event #1
Hudson Valley Reading By
Online Teacher and Director of The Writers Studio Online
Lucinda Holt
and NYC Master Class Student and Administrative Director
Liz Kingsley
Wouldn’t it be fun to meet these folks and hear their work after all these years of online contact?
Saturday May 4 at 7 PM
The Spotty Dog, 440 Hudson Street, Hudson NY
ical and google calendar here. FB event here.
Big Weekend Event #2
NYC Faculty and Master Class ReadingNYC Faculty Member and Master Class Student
Christopher Shade
reads from his debut novel, The Good Mother of Marseille

Liz Kingsley
Master Class student and Administrative Director reads recent work

Sylvie Bertrand
Brooklyn and NYC Faculty Member reads recent work

Sunday May 5 at 7:30 PM
Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd St., NYC NY
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Submit Where Our Students Have Published
Bomb’s Biennial Fiction Contest
“Each year BOMB hosts a literary contest to recognize the talents of an emerging writer, selected by a distinguished guest judge in the field. We are pleased to announce that this year’s fiction contest will be judged by writer and artist Renee Gladman.” All entries judged anonymously. Deadline May 5. Details here.Chicago Quarterly Review
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
“The writer’s voice ought to be clear and unique and should explain something of what it means to be human. We want well-written stories that reflect an appreciation for the rhythm and music of language, work that shows passion and commitment to the art of writing.” No deadline noted. Details here.

Flash Fiction Magazine
Very Short Fiction
“What is a story, precisely? The essential core event in all stories ever told in the history of humanity can be expressed in just three words: Conflict changes life. Therefore, the prime definition becomes: a dynamic escalation of conflict-driven events that cause meaningful change in a character’s life.” Accepting stories between 300-1000 words. No deadline. Details here.

“We like poems of any length. Send up to four poems at a time. We’re looking for poems that move us, that might make us laugh or cry, or teach us something new. We like both free verse and traditional forms—we try to publish a representative mix of what we receive. We read a lot of poems, and only those that are unique, insightful, and musical stand out—regardless of style.” No deadline. Details here.

Pank Chapbook Contest
Novella, Poetry, Short Story Collection, Essay Collection, Lyric Essay
Pank Magazine is a literary magazine fostering access to innovative poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers.” Deadline September 1. Details here.

Finishing Line Press– Chapbooks, Full-Length Books, Journal
“We are always open to publishing a good chapbook.” Deadline December 31. Details here.
“Finishing Line Press will gladly accept full-length poetry book manuscripts, and we do not require a reading fee/processing fee for full-length poetry manuscripts shipped to us via regular post.” Deadline December 31. Details here.
The Paddock Review accepts previously published and unpublished poems for its online journal. Deadline December 31. Details here.

Start Something New, Or Fine-Tune A Manuscript
Tutorials Now Available
The Writers Studio Tutorial Program is a great option for all writers, including those of high school age, who can’t attend weekly workshops, who want to focus exclusively on a personal project, or who want to concentrate on their work on a one-to-one basis with one of our teachers. They are all taught by our experienced staff members. Details here. Write to Lisa Badner, Director of Tutorials, with questions: lisabadner@writerstudio.com
Lock In Your Spot
$15 Off 8-Week Writing Classes
Use Coupon Code: thrive19
Please use the discount and register  here.
Discount must be taken at time of registration online or by phone (212) 255-7075, may not be combined with any other offer, expires 6/14/19.
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The Writers Studio- “Kimberly Reed’s work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show & Much more

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Kimberly Reed
Director/Producer of Dark Money Wins
Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award
PBS Acquires the Rights to North American Distribution

“Kimberly Reed’s work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, The Moth, and in Details Magazine. One of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” she directed/produced PRODIGAL SONS, a “whiplash doc that heralds an exciting talent.” PRODIGAL SONS (First Run Features, Sundance Channel) landed on many Best of the Year lists, screened at more than 100 film festivals, and garnered 14 Audience and Jury awards, including the FIPRESCI Prize. Ms. Reed was recognized as one of OUT Magazine’s “Out 100,” and as Towleroad’s “Best LGBT Character of the Film Year.” She also produced/edited/wrote PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE (Zeitgeist Films), and produced THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON (Netflix).”

Kimberly was a longtime student in The Writers Studio NYC Master Class. Read more about her film Dark Money here.

Alumni News

Alice Hatcher’s Debut Novel The Wonder That Was Ours
Available September 8
Alum of The Writers Studio Tucson on Long List for First Novel PrizeAlice Hatcher’s debut novel “The Wonder That Was Ours” made the long list for the 2018 The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. In an essay on her website, the author traces how she felt starting in a beginning class at The Writers Studio Tucson, despite being an accomplished professional with a PhD, and how she found the right voice for her novel by doing exercises. Read the essay here. Order the book here.

New and Recent Additions to Fall Classes
Hudson Valley Poetry Workshop

This all-poetry workshop is open to students new to The Writers Studio as well as continuing and returning students. More information and registration here.

NYC/Brooklyn Level 1
This eight-week class is a full introduction to The Writers Studio method. Open to writers new to The Writers Studio, and returning students who wish to continue or return to Level 1 in a new, convenient location. More information and registration here.

Online Over-50 Workshop

This six-week class uses exercises by writers who published their first books “on the late side.” Open to all writers 50+ who wish to write fiction, poetry, and/or memoir. Students new to The Writers Studio, as well as continuing and returning students are all welcome. This is an ongoing workshop you can take over and over again, or you can move on to other levels from here by recommendation of the teacher. More information and registrationhere.

See the full fall lineup here.

Craft Class News
Get a jump on your reading — the fall Craft Class reading list is now available. This term Philip Schultz will teach Franz Kafka, not to be missed. The reading list is here. Register for the fall Craft Class here.
Opportunities For Writers
Fiction, Nonfiction
Boulevard’s mission is to publish the finest in contemporary fiction and poetry as well as definitive essays on the arts and culture, and to publish a diversity of writers who exhibit an original sensibility. It is our conviction that creative and critical work should be presented in a variegated yet coherent ensemble—as a boulevard, which contains in one place the best a community has to offer.” Boulevard was established in 1985.
Boulevard Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers. Deadline September 30. Details here.
Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers. Deadline December 31. Details here.
Citron Review
Flash Fiction, Micro Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
“In each issue of the journal, you can experience the larger world through very small, focused lenses—fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction in small, economical packages. The essays and poems and stories in The Citron Review land all along the spectrum of human experience. They do what literature does best—tell us what it’s like to be human in new and different ways.” Deadline November 30. Details here.

Tulip Tree Press
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry 
“Our mantra is our mission: to tell Stories That Need to Be Told.” Currently accepting submissions for the Story Contest. Categories for contest include Passion, Depth, Humor, and Love. Deadline August 26. Details here. Anomaly
Nonfiction, Poetry, Fiction, Comics, Translation
Anomaly is committed to actively seeking out and promoting the work of marginalized and underrepresented artists, including especially people of color, women, queer, differently abled, neurodivergent, and gender nonconforming artists.”
Deadline September 1. Learn more about the magazine and check out their gorgeous blog here. Submission details here.

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”– George Eliot
Register here for fall classes.
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THE WRITERS STUDIO – Therese Eiben, whose story “Pass the Baby” was chosen guest judge Anne Tyler as the Honorable Mention winner for the 2018 Curt Johnson Prose Award & Classes & other things

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The Writers Studio- Free! Writing Workshop

Bring your pens, pencils, tablets, or laptops to our free writing workshop!
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Join Us for a Free Creative Writing Workshop

Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: WellnessFirst – 3861 N. First AvenueBring your pens, pencils, tablets, or laptops to our free writing workshop! Teachers Donna Aversa, Lela Scott MacNeil, and Reneé Bibby will offer an introduction to The Writers Studio method. Learn about the elements of craft, receive a writing exercise, and begin a story or a poem. Beginners and advanced writers welcome.

No fee and no RSVP required!

Questions? Call Renee Bibby at (520) 591-8795

Spring Workshops Begin First Week in April

WORKSHOPS (8 weeks)

  • Thursdays, starting April 5 | 6:30 to 9 p.m.
    Taught by Lela Scott MacNeil
    Location: WellnessFirst (3861 N. 1st Ave, Tucson AZ 85719)

  • Saturdays, starting April 7 | 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Taught by Donna Aversa
    Location: WellnessFirst (3861 N. 1st Ave, Tucson AZ 85719)


  • Thursdays, starting April 5 | 6:30 to 9 p.m.
    Taught by Philip Ivory
    Location: Storyland (1202 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719)

MASTER CLASS (8 weeks)

  • Tuesdays, starting April 3 | 6:30 to 9 p.m.
    Taught by Reneé Bibby
    Location: Storyland (1202 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719)

Get in touch with Reneé Bibby at (520) 591-8795 or renee@writerstudio.com

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The Writers Studio @ 30 Tucson -Five Pieces of Writing Advice From Philip Schultz

We all write for the same reason: to reveal what lies hidden in ourselves, to uncover truths that we would otherwise be too self-conscious to unearth.
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Five Pieces of Writing Advice From Philip Schultz

Beware The Shitbird
By Emily Temple

In 1987, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz founded the Writers Studio, which grew from a casual workshop in a West Village living room to an established school with four locations, online programs, a reading series, and a nonprofit branch that gives students free access to writing workshops. Last Saturday, May 6th, the Writers Studio celebrated its 30th anniversary and the release of the anthology The Writers Studio at 30 (Epiphany Editions)—which contains work by current and former faculty and students, as well as Writers Studio Advisory Board members including Jennifer Egan, Robert Pinsky, and Edward Hirsch—at an event at the Strand’s Rare Book Room.

Schultz himself is a longtime teacher—in addition to the Writers Studio, he also founded and directed NYU’s graduate program in creative writing—and so, in advance of this weekend’s celebration, we asked him to share some of his valuable insights on writing with us.

From Philip Schultz:

1. Aim high

Tell yourself your life depends on what you might write that day. That a great truth lies beneath the surface, just within reach, waiting for you to find the courage to discover it. Hemingway got himself to write each morning by reminding himself that he’d always written before and would now; all he had to do was “write one true sentence,” the truest sentence that he knew. The truth, after all, is what readers most want to hear; a truth that only you can tell, that is personal, peculiar to you. Because it’s theirs, too.

2. Escape the Shitbird

At the Writers Studio, the school I started some thirty years ago, we have a name for the negative force that makes writing so hard: the Shitbird. It’s a black bird that perches on our shoulders, whispering perverse, ugly things designed to stop us from finding the truth. Its purpose is to cleanse us of all our desires and dreams, to censure how we really feel. It tells us we’re not smart or gifted enough to say anything of value. It feeds our fears and undermines our confidence, tells us we can’t possibly stay cooped up in a room alone, that under no circumstance can we render ourselves vulnerable to others by revealing who we really are through our writing.

The Shitbird’s main weapon is invisibility. It can’t sell us its negative theology if we recognize who’s speaking. When we hear ourselves being negative, fearful and doubtful of our abilities, we can be sure it’s there, behind the curtain, saying things like I don’t know what this story is about, or Even if I knew, I probably wouldn’t be able to write something like this. Once we teach ourselves to recognize the voice of the Shitbird, we can ask ourselves out loud what we’re so afraid of in this material, what exactly feels so shameful. Surprisingly, more often than not, we know. And knowing will allow us to think about good things like form, structure and music, which will then allow us to move forward and write. The Shitbird works undercover, in a fog; the last thing it wants us to do is see it in a bright conscious light.

3. Try writing from someone else’s perspective

The method we teach at the Writers Studio is persona writing: using another writer’s narrator or personality to tell our stories. It’s a technique that allows us to look at our stories through the prism of an invented speaker who doesn’t suffer from our fears and inhibitions, who’s, say, more ironic, or funnier, or crazier than we are, and to whom we can therefore give permission to say what we can’t ourselves. A thirty-year-old J.D. Salinger used a seventeen-year-old Holden Caulfield to dig up old buried feelings we all identified with; a fifty-year-old Mark Twain pretended to be young Huck Finn to recreate the lost world of his youth. Men write from the point of view of women, women from the point of view of men, all for the same reason: to reveal what lies hidden in themselves, to uncover truths that they would otherwise be too self-conscious to unearth.

4. Don’t be afraid to switch genres

I wanted to write fiction but discovered the brevity and depth of poetry allowed me to develop further as a writer. The poetic persona suits me better than the fictional one. At our school poets discover they’re really fiction writers and vice versa all the time. The right technique gives us permission to be wrong, and bad, and unfair, things we perhaps always longed to be; it allows us to be ourselves, irrevocably.

5. Become both ventriloquist and dummy

It helps to distance yourself from your characters’ anxieties so you can look at them more objectively. A good way of doing this is to imagine your story being played out on a stage, with your narrator, first person or third, directing all the characters. You can do this with a poem by turning it into a scene in which your narrator describes his or her feelings about what’s taking place. I once wrote a poem about fathers standing in the cold waiting to get a popular electronic game for their sons. In speaking about others, the narrator was free to reveal his own fears and vulnerabilities about fatherhood in a way I hadn’t been able to previously.

The ventriloquist isn’t responsible for what the dummy says; he isn’t really speaking, after all. By pretending to be a ventriloquist, we underscore the difference between ourselves and our characters. We might even be horrified by what they do and say.

As for the dummy: imagine your story being told by a favorite writer. Imagine how he or she might go about describing your most intimate fears and desires. Find the pleasure in the telling, the imagining. Objectify yourself to the point of casual indifference. Surprise yourself by what you hear yourself saying. Is this really the story you intended? It seems so strange suddenly, so unfamiliar. Try to amaze yourself with your own imagination.

$30 Discount To Celebrate 30 Years

Early Bird Discount for early registration.

Take $30 off any Summer Workshop.

Discount must be taken at time of registration, Online or by phone 1 (212) 255-7075. Offer may not be combined with any other discount.
Valid while supplies last. Expires 6/2/17.

Summer Schedule

Online Level I starts
June 5 Details and registration here
July 1 Details and registration here
July 25 Details and registration here

Online Advanced Poetry starts
June 1 Details and registration here

NYC Level I starts
June 21 Details and registration here
July 10 Details and registration here

NYC Advanced Poetry starts
June 5. Details and registration here

Hudson Valley Workshop starts
June 20. Details and registration here

Tucson Workshop starts
June 29 Details and registration here
July 1 Details and registration here

San Franciso Workshop starts
June 14 Details and registration here
June 17 Details and registration here

Take $30 off any Summer Workshop.
Discount must be taken at time of registration, Online or by phone 1 (212) 255-7075. Offer may not be combined with any other discount.
Valid while supplies last. Expires 6/2/17.
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The Writers Studio @ 30- Classes, Workshops. Tutorials

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” — Socrates
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Don’t Let Your Dream Of Writing Go Up In Smoke
Ideas for Writers and Those Who Wish To Write
Listen to nine historic discussions of the techniques used to make writing successful. If you are in NYC, class meets in the West Village. Over 90% of the class subscribes to the audio file, which is available until spring. This session Robert Pinsky, three-time U.S. Poet Laureate visits the Craft Class to discuss his new book, At The Foundling Hospital. We also discuss work by Ian Mc Ewan, Lorrie Moore, and others. More info here. Register here.

Tutorials are the Big Thing

Whether you are just starting out and want one-on-one support in expressing your thoughts, or you have an existing project you’d like to work on, we have a Writers Studio teacher that is just right for you. Tutorials are available for adults and teens. Please write to info@writerstudio.com OR just reply to this email, and let us know what you would like to work on.
More info is here.

in Brooklyn, West Village,  Online,  Hudson Valley,  Tucson,  San Francisco,  and  Amsterdam
Let us guide you through a series of writing exercises that will encourage and support your writing. Join a community of writers in a safe, nurturing environment.

Register for a workshop this week and get a $25 discount.

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Discount for workshops must be taken at time of registration, online or by phone (212)255-7075, and cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid while supplies last. Expires 12/17/16.
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You can give a Tutorial, Workshop, or Craft Class as a gift!
Register, and shoot us a note letting us know who it’s for: liz@writerstudio.com. Read more answers to questions you haven’t asked yet here.
More Questions? Reply to this email, or call us: 212-255-7075

The Writers Studio Hudson Valley Presents Its Inaugural Reading

This Saturday, December 10
4:30 – 6 PM
at The Shaker Bar
119 Warren St., Hudson, NY

Hear the work of Writers Studio Writers in an intimate setting, enjoy the camaraderie of friendly, literary folks

For more information: ThereseE@writerstudio.com

Ever Wonder Who Is On Our Advisory Board?
We have a National Book Award Winner in fiction, Pulitzer Prize Winners in fiction and poetry, a former US Poet Laureate, three leading book editors, a MacArthur-winning poet, two distinguished professors, and more. See if you can match the faces with the accolades. The full list is here.

And just imagine studying in the independent school that one of them calls
“one of the best creative writing programs I know, at once serving excellence and inspiring the individual. The ambiance is warm and invigorating, making it joyful to be there.”
Read more here.

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