This non-juried, five-day workshop is filled on a first-come, first-served basis and does not require manuscript submission. The workshop is open to beginning writers of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as more experienced students looking to reinvigorate their work.  To secure your spot, you will be asked to pay the tuition ($1,525) in full upon registration. Maximum 20 students.

Five mornings (June 18-22). Begins with orientation and welcome dinner on June 17 at 5pm. 

Helen Schulman

SchulmanHelenHelen Schulman is a novelist, screenwriter and short story writer.  She is the author of the novels “This Beautiful Life” (a New York Times best-seller), “A Day at The Beach,” “P.S.,” “The Revisionist” and “Out of Time,” and the short story collection “Not a Free Show.” She co-edited the anthology “Wanting a Child.” Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Vanity Fair, Time, Vogue, GQ, The New York Times Book Review, A Public Space and The Paris Review.  She is the fiction chair at the writing program at The New School, where she is a tenured professor of writing.  She is also the executive director of WriteOnNYC.com.  Her new novel, “Come with Me,” will be published in December 2018.

Course Description

This class is for anyone, experienced or not, who wants to write a story!  Over the course of five days we will use the natural beauty of Aspen, as well as its crazy-quilt mix of personalities and high-low aesthetics to inspire new work.  There will be in-class exercises as well as some homework (which you will enjoy, I promise.)  We will concentrate on such building blocks of fiction as: how to craft an opening, create characters, put them in a scene together, build descriptive writing chops, write (and steal) dialogue and find stories inside us and in the world around us. The workshop should be fun, warm, inclusive and respectful.  We will also read published stories in and out of class as writers, which means reading strategically: learning to mine the work we love most for craft elements.

Testimonial From A Beginning Writing Student

“My participation in the 2016 Beginning Writing Workshop was a game-changer.  I joined the class that Monday morning, having never written a fictional story.  By Friday, I had written several.  With the support of an encouraging teacher and engaged students, I gained the skill and confidence I needed to begin writing seriously.  Four creative writing courses later, I couldn’t be happier!” –Beth Mondry, 2016 Workshop Participant