Taught by Harvard writing instructor Elizabeth Soutter, workshops feature writing exercises, sharing work, and discussions.

This is like book group, only we write!  And laugh a lot!  But not at each other, because that would be cruel.

“I took this course thinking, ‘Hey, I’m a good writer, this will be fun.’ — I am astonished by how much I learned, how much fun it was, and how much my writing has improved. And we did laugh a lot, she’s right.”

Workshops run in four-week sessions, $100 per session, held at 195 Hanover Street, Hanover.

Snacks provided. Because everything is better with snacks.


Adult Beginner Workshops

These fun, energetic workshops are a great way to start thinking about writing and have fun experimenting with generating ideas, working on elements of storytelling and socializing with other people of the same interest. No prior experience necessary, lots of laughter and snacks provided.

Session A Mornings: Wednesdays June 21, 28, July 5 & 6  11:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Session A Evenings: Wednesdays June 21, 28, July 5 & 6  7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

Advanced Fiction Workshops

Limit: Eight students.

Submit 3 – 15 page manuscript to, for acceptance.

This workshop is aimed at the serious writer who wants intensive feedback and instruction and a detailed plan for how to move forward with his or her work. In addition to peer review, all writers will have a private session to review detailed line-by-line editing of their work by the instructor.

Meetings: To be set between students and instructor.

Kids Workshop

Limit: Six students per section.

Write stories! Invent new lands and characters no one has ever heard of! Act out scenes with your friends while you learn about plot structure. Also, we fling candy and we laugh lots. This is a great class for a creative, energetic thinker who loves to learn by doing. Ages 9-10.

Session A Thursday Evenings: June 22 & 29, July 6 &13 4:00 — 5:30 p.m..

Session B Thursday Evenings: July 20 & 27, Aug. 3 & 10 4:00 — 5:30 p.m..

Teen Workshop

Limit: Five per section.

Does your teen love to read and write? Does he or she want to work on stories or poems for publication and meet other teens to share work with? Take classes in a nurturing, welcoming environment where we also laugh and fling candy.

Session A Tuesday Evenings: June 22 & 29, July 6 & 13 4:00 — 5:30 p.m..

Session B Tuesday Evenings: July 20 & 27, Aug. 3 & 10 4:00 — 5:30 p.m..

College Preparatory Workshop

The best gift I can think to give any rising college freshman is to teach him or her how to unlock what professors are looking for, how to master the course material in the most efficient way, and how to produce great papers efficiently. This course is designed to give your college student a leg up and to give him or her strategies in line with the way your student learns and thinks. Private sessions available, including college admissions essay guidance.

Meetings: To be set between students and instructor.





Frequently Asked Questions Not Really Stated as Questions, But “Frequently Expressed Doubts” Just Looks Awkward

I am worried that I will get to workshop and be the worst writer there and everyone will laugh at me.

Everyone is worried about that.   Really.  It’s hard to put yourself out there.  I mean, you have no idea how much I sweated this website you’re reading.

It sounds like a lot of work and I’m afraid I’ll get there and not like it.

Yeah, that could happen.  I mean, I thought I was totally going to be into French cooking, but halfway through my first stack of julienned carrots I was ready to put one through my own eyeball.  So sure, sometimes something turns out not being for you.

But if  you like to read and you like to write, you like to share ideas and you have a sense of humor, you’ll have fun.  Plus, no carrot sticks, so eyeball safety.

I don’t really want to publish, it just sounds like a fun thing to do.

Great!  You’re in!  It is a really fun thing to do.

I really want to publish my play/novel/article/blog/memoirs/short story.  Will this help me?