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The Writer Studio-Cash and Awards for Dyslexic Students & College Scholarships— $40,000 will be awarded in 2017 & Writing Classes

Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so. — Doris Lessing
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Update For Potential Students and Others Interested In Our School
Cash and Awards for Dyslexic StudentsYoung writers age 7-17 Creative Writing Awards. Deadline is January 21, 2017. Cash Prizes: http://www.dyslexicadvantage.org/dyslexic-advantage-karina-young-writers-awards/


Also, College Scholarships— $40,000 will be awarded in 2017: http://www.dyslexicadvantage.org/dyslexic-advantage-programs/karina-eide-awards/

A Good Week to Join Us For A Reading in NYCSunday, January 22, 2017, 7 p.m.

Writers Studio Level III and IV Students

Readings by Maria Galeano, Hani Omar Khalil, Corey Sabourin and Emily Stutz

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, New York

Free (1 drink minimum)

Complete calendar of readings here.

Last Call For Winter Classes
Click any underlined text for more info and to register or call us 212-255-7075 <you many enter a class up to two weeks late>

Online I starts
January 14
January 17

NYC I in the West Village starts
January 18
January 23 

NYC I in Brooklyn starts
January 19 

Hudson Valley Workshop starts
January 17

Tucson Workshop starts
January 17

Amsterdam Workshop Started
January 9 < you may enter up to 2 weeks late>

Calling All Poets

If you have an MFA in Poetry or have taken four or more post graduate poetry classes, take one of these classes:

NYC Advanced Poetry in the West Village Started
January 9
You may enter either class up to 2 weeks late.  Use discount code onlinepo for $30 discount

Tutorials Start Whenever

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Not Afraid

“The emphasis on the persona narrator keeps me focused on the emotion and not disconnected. Also I have learned to take risks and not be afraid to embarrass myself.” — Catherine Wolf, Online Advanced Poetry student

Read more student feedback here.

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The Writers Studio- Ben Marcus teaches, Mexican writers read, the library changes

Ben Marcus teaches, Mexican writers read, the library changes
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I like big doses of grief when I read:

Richard Yates, Flannery O’Connor, Kenzabaro Oe, Thomas Bernhard. — Ben Marcus

Ben Marcus has published in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, and Harper’s.He is a Guggenheim Fellow, the winner of three Puschart Prizes, and the fiction editor of the The American Reader.

Tonight he discusses his book, Leaving The Sea, with Philip Schultz in Craft Class. Attend and/or download all nine historic classes. Reading list is here. Register here.

Where Will All The Books Go?
Slate explores how the digital age is changing the library.

Our Writers Publish. So Can You.

Lisa Badner’s poem “Fuck Passover” is featured in five2onemagazine. Lisa is a student in the Master Class and the coordinator of The Writers Studio Tutorial Program.

Doris Cheng’s story “Hellion” was accepted in Calyx Journal and will appear in Summer 2017. Doris is a student in the Master Class and teaches Online Level II.

Rosalia Scalia’s story “Mother’s Dresser” was accepted in Ragazine. Her story began as an in-class exercise. Rosalia has been a student with Anamyn Turowski and Joel Hinman.

Janelle Drumwright’s short story “Smilestone” received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers for January/February 2016. Janelle teaches in The Writers Studio Tucson.

Reneé Bibby’s flash fiction “Rabbit or the Wheel” will appear in the August issue of Wildness, an imprint of Platypus Press. Reneé is director of The Writers Studio Tucson, where she teaches.

It’s This Week. Go.

This is the start of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, featuring dozens of world-renowned authors, intellectuals, artists, and academics celebrating the literary culture of Mexico. The Writers Studio community gets a special 20% discount to all events. Discount code: WRITE2016. worldvoices.pen.org
It’s not too late for spring and not too early for summer.Register now to get the class you want and start living as a writer.
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THE WRITERS STUDIO- One More Week! $40 Discount for New Students

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you. — Maya Angelou
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One More Week! $40 Discount for New Students

NYC Level I starts January 11 and January 20. $40 discount*
–Use referral code: New16NYC   Register now

Online I starts January 13 and January 28. $40 discount*
— Use referral code: Happy16  Register now

*Discount must be taken at time of registration and cannot be combined with any other offer. Discount expires January 20, 2016.

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New Student Guide
If you are new to The Writers Studio and have earned an MFA in creative writing, have published in literary journals, or have taken three or more workshops beyond the college level, you may register for these classes:

Online Level II begins January 25. Use code: Happy16 for discount*Register now

NYC Level II begins January 11. Use code: New16NYC for discount*Register now  <You may register up to two weeks late>

Online Intermediate Poetrybegan January 7. Use code: Happy16 for discount* Register now  <You may register up to two weeks late>

Upcoming Readings
Eleanor Kedney will be reading withLiquid Light Press on Saturday, January 16 from 4-6 PM at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore in Boulder, Colorado. Eleanor is a former teacher and director of The Writers Studio Tucson. Her chapbook The Offering is forthcoming through Liquid Light Press.

Lesley Dorman will be reading withWriters Read NYC on Sunday, January 24 from 5:30-7:00 PM at theSlipper Room in NYC. Lesley is the author, most recently, of The Best Place to Be, and she teaches NYC Level IV and is the Associate Director of The Writers Studio.

Tutorials are now available. Write to lisabadner@writerstudio.com or reply to this email to find the best teacher for you.
Publication News
Doug Sovern’s short story “Almost Every One of Us” appears in the January issue of J Lit. Doug is a student in the San Francisco Advanced Workshop.

Sherine Gilmour’s poem “4 am Feeding” is forthcoming in All We Can Hold, an anthology to be published in 2016 by Sage Hill Press. Sherine Gilmour is a student in the NYC Master Class and teaches tutorials.

Jem Macy’s personal essay “Love, Italian Style” is forthcoming in the February issue of Vogue Magazine.Jem is a student in Lisa Bellamy’s Online Level III Workshop.

Marlene Molinoff’s story “The Late Train” was recently accepted by Crack the Spine for a forthcoming digital issue and its annual print anthology. Marlene is a tutorial student with Therese Eiben.

Eleanor Kedney’s poem “Identifying My Brother’s Body” has been accepted by Little Lantern Press for their Poems on Loss anthology. Eleanor is a former teacher and director of The Writers Studio Tucson.

Branch News

Tucson Workshop starts 1/7 <2 spots open>
Amsterdam Workshop starts 1/12
San Francisco Workshop starts 1/13, 1/16 <2 spots open>
Hudson NY Workshop starts 1/12 ❤ spots open>
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The Writers Studio Tucson- Write to Read Writing Contest

Enter our first ever Write to Read Contest
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The Writers Studio Tucson teachers are excited to announce our first ever Write-to-Read contest, featuring guest judge Adrienne Celt, whose debut novel The Daughterswas published earlier this month.

Past and current students are invited to submit a short story, creative nonfiction piece, or 3-5 poems in response to a special prompt provided by Adrienne Celt. All entries are due Friday, October 2, at 9 p.m. AZ time.

Winners will read their entries during a special event hosted by The Writers Studio Tucson on Saturday, November 7, 2015. 

Contest Rules

How it works 

Adrienne has crafted a special writing prompt just for our contest. Entries will be read blind, and judged based on how well the writer achieves the goals of the prompt and the overall quality of the writing and the narrative voice.

Who can submit 

Current students of The Writers Studio Tucson and students who have taken a class (including online) within the past five years (2010-2015). You may submit fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction for your entry.

Preparing your submission 

• Your entry must be 5,000 words or less, or 3-5 poems.

• Word or PDF documents (.doc, .docx, .pdf ).

• Please use 12 point, easy-to-read font. Prose submissions should be double-spaced.

• Include the title and the page number in the header at the top of each page.

• Do not include your name anywhere in your entry.


• Email your submission as an attachment to renee@writerstudio.com by Friday, October 2, at 9 p.m. AZ time.

• The name of your attachment should be the title of your submission (example: The_Red_Fox.doc). Please use the subject line “Write-to-Read Contest Submission” so we don’t miss it.

• In the body of your email, please include your first and last name, the title of your submission, your most recent Writers Studio Tucson class (example: Fall 2014 Intermediate), your email address and your phone number.

• Your submission must follow the guidelines above in order to be considered, so please read them carefully.

The Writers Studio Tucson will announce the winners by Sunday, October 18. 

Have a question about the submission process? Email Reneé at renee@writerstudio.com.

The Prompt

A matryoshka is a Russian nesting doll, containing many smaller dolls – each smaller than the last. The dolls are all discrete objects, and yet they’re part of the same toy: a single matryoshka would not be complete without her sisters. She would be a shell, beautiful, but without meaning.

Stories can function this way, too. Yes, there’s often one big, identifiable arc of action that your characters follow, but sometimes there are smaller stories inside. These can be flashbacks, triggered by something happening in the story’s present. They can relate the content of letters that a character finds and reads. Or they can be fairytales, myths, ghost stories, gossip – any number of mini-narratives told either by your narrator or your characters. The trick is to connect these smaller stories to the themes of the major arc in a way that increases the importance of both. The nested elements aren’t extraneous, they aren’t fluff. They’re an important part of what makes the story tick. Call it the matryoshka effect: when small pieces add up to something greater than the sum of their parts.

This is your mission, should you choose to accept it: write a story or a poem that relies on nested narratives as a vital part of its construction.

One way to think about this is in terms of structure: how does the order of events in your piece necessitate each mini-narrative as it occurs? Another way to think about it is in terms of character: why would the person who tells this story find it interesting? And how do the listeners react to it, or change as a result? But of course those are just two suggestions. The beauty of nested stories is that they can happen in any number of ways, for any number of reasons. Sometimes the smaller elements are all there is, like a pixilated image: you don’t see the larger story until you take a step back. Sometimes it’s just one small but vital kernel. The important thing is that these mini-narratives help you communicate your story’s true heart.

More About Adrienne Celt

Adrienne Celt is the author of The Daughters, a novel (W.W. Norton/Liveright 2015). A writer and cartoonist living in Tucson, her work has appeared in Esquire, The Kenyon Review, EPOCH, The Rumpus, The Toast, Electric Literature, The Lit Hub, and many other places. Find her online at adriennecelt.com or visit her webcomic at loveamongthelampreys.com.

More about The Daughters

In this virtuosic debut, a world-class soprano seeks to reclaim her voice from the curse that winds through her family tree.

Since the difficult birth of her daughter, which collided tragically with the death of her beloved grandmother, renowned opera sensation Lulu can’t bring herself to sing a note. Haunted by a curse that traces back through the women in her family, she fears that the loss of her remarkable talent and the birth of her daughter are somehow inexplicably connected. As Lulu tentatively embraces motherhood, she sifts through the stories she’s inherited about her elusive, jazz-singer mother and the nearly mythic matriarch, her great-grandmother Greta. Each tale is steeped in the family’s folkloric Polish tradition and haunted by the rusalka-a spirit that inspired Dvorak’s classic opera.

Merging elements from Bel Canto and Amy and Isabelle, The Daughters reveals through four generations the sensuous but precise physicality of both music and motherhood, and-most mysterious and seductive of all-the resonant ancestral lore that binds each mother to the one who came before.

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Writers Studio News July 8, 2015- Last Summer Class begins 7/16/2015


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Australian Writers’ Centre 26 February 2015- Many Writing Workshops & Writing Tours & Caption competition winners & More

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