Classes and events take place in and near Philadelphia. A new series of classes is likely to begin in fall 2014. See payment policy at bottom of page. To enroll or ask questions, please email (see CONTACT tab to right).


"I want to write more, but I just can't find the time." Sound familiar? Both aspiring and professional writers struggle to make room for writing. This workshop gives you two hours to jump-start your efforts! It offers a lively discussion of aspects of craft, along with imaginative prompts to help you generate new material that you can plug directly into current projects or expand into something new. We'll write, share work as desired, and discusss writing in a warm, inspiring atmosphere. All levels and genres welcome.

Dates: Meets one night every other week from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost depends on length of session.

To learn more about Janet Benton, go to "About Janet Benton" tab at right.


Learn to craft and market a terrific personal essay from a pro whose work appears regularly in the New York Times and elsewhere. Writing a good, publishable essay is not rocket science. If you're willing to draft, redraft, and truly listen to feedback, you can do this! At each meeting, we'll focus on turning a good idea (or even a good first sentence) into an essay that works. If you haven't got a good idea, we'll focus on how to develop one. Between meetings you'll send a draft to the instructor and workshop members, and they will carefully read your work. At the next meeting, you'll hear what works well and receive useful, specific suggestions. You'll end up with a batch of finished essays. At each meeting, we'll also discuss the business of writing, including how and where to get your work published.

Dates: Completed; email if interested in next session. 

Roz Warren writes for the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Humor Times, and countless other venues, from Girlfriendz to Good Housekeeping. She has edited 20 humor collections. Her work has been included in anthologies and won prizes, and she will soon appear on the Today Show to discuss one of her essays. Roz has worked with writers as an editor and a coach for several decades. To learn more and read her work, visit and


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A follow-up to Nomi's popular spring workshop, this session will give writers the chance to submit work and get detailed feedback, revise, and submit again for further feedback. With the insights of experienced novelist Nomi Eve and workshop members, your work is certain to deepen and grow. Class is limited to five.

Dates: Completed. Email if interested in next session.


 Now in its 15th year!

Do you want to experience a supportive, engaging community of writers? This private workshop provides structure, detailed feedback, concrete guidance on craft and process, and effective deadlines to enable you to make real progress in you writing. Of seven published area novelists profiled in a 2010 Inquirer article, two spent years in this workshop. At each meeting, we critique the work of two writers; the instructor also leads a discussion of techniques relevant to those works and offers writing prompts to sharpen skills and awareness. In addition, each submission receives a written critique by the instructor and written comments from members. Each writer can submit up to 20 pages of a novel, short story, or work of creative nonfiction (such as memoir) twice. The workshop meets every other week for a total of eight sessions and is limited to five members. Admission is based on an emailed 10-page writing sample and a phone conversation with the instructor. Refreshments provided.


Grab a pencil and join in as we dissect the popular "Lives" and "Modern Love" features in the New York Times, paying close attention to how a successful personal essay is crafted. We'll examine how to shape an essay, how to apply fictional techniques to capture real-life experiences, and how to use memoir as a window to larger meaning. Once your essay is complete, we'll explore markets and how and where to get it in print and online. Previous class members have published essays written in class in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Chestnut Hill Local. Class is limited to eight.

Dates: Meets five consecutive Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. Fee varies by length of class.

Ilene Raymond Rush is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has taught creative writing and more at the University of Iowa, Penn State, and Temple University. Her essays, fiction, and journalism have appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Washington Post. She has won prizes for her writing, including an O'Henry Prize for fiction, and is currently at work on a memoir and a novel. Her personal essays appear regularly in area and online publications, including the Philadephia Inquirer and the Broad Street Review. 

PAYMENT POLICY: As is true for every educational institution, at The Word Studio, each person's enrollment affects whether or not a class or workshop will run. A commitment to take a workshop indicates a commitment to paying the class fee in full. So that we can honor our commitments to our teachers, fees are nonrefundable except in the case of a medical emergency on the part of the enrollee or close family member.

A deposit of half is requested at registration, and the remainder is due on email notification prior to the start of class. (If you're registering close to the class's starting date, a single payment will be requested.)