New Orleans Writers Workshop offers affordable creative writing classes for all levels. We cap our workshops at twelve students, allowing for individual attention and close working relationships. Participants often find trusted readers and build friendships that continue beyond the class.

About The New Orleans Writers Workshop

The New Orleans Writers Workshop offers a full schedule of multi-level, nine-week creative writing workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as other craft-based classes. We also host weekend practicums on topics such as scene writing, book reviewing, compassion, publishing and more.

Why should you be interested? Because all of our courses have the same goals: to strengthen your writing through supportive feedback and connect you with other writers. Former students have gone on to publish work in nationally ranked magazines and to attend top-notch MFA programs with full funding.

Our affordable classes take place in multiple locations: Uptown, Downtown, Mid-City, and on the North Shore. See our Workshops page for the most up-to-date schedule.

If you’re seeking one-on-one consultations, we offer manuscript critiques and editorial services.

Finally, our partnership with the Dogfish reading series enables you to meet local and traveling writers and share your work.

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Craft Library

Craft Library
Insights on craft and technique from our instructors and friends. Interested in learning more about ...
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I’ve taken writing classes all over the country, but none have improved my writing like Allison’s. Allison’s craft lectures were far beyond the basic tips on craft I’d received in other classes.
On Allison Alsup
The rapport with the instructor was excellent. The class had good fusion and excellent feedback. I feel my writing really improved.
On Anya Groner
I will definitely be taking more classes in the future. The instructor was excellent, and I wrote and grew as a writer. The community of writers in the classroom was dedicated, constructive, and supportive.
On Tom Andes
This was both personally empowering and useful as far as craft goes. The questions, specifically, were helpful and will continue to be!  
On Lara Laughton


Silencing Self-Doubt in Your Writing: Perception is Everything
July 11, 2017
Stop navel gazing. There's nothing new under the sun. What makes you think you have something interesting to say? Get a hobby like golf or gardening. You'll never make any money. Everyone wa...
Instructor Spotlight: Anya Groner
June 10, 2017
Instructor Anya Groner's essay "Twinless in Twinsburg" examines her experience of being an identical twin through the lens of an annual Twins Day festival she attended without her sister...
Instructor Spotlight: Tom Andes
June 6, 2017
Instructor Tom Andes -- who will be leading a fiction workshop in July and a creative nonfiction workshop in the fall -- has an essay titled "Waiting for Bill" up at Guernica: A Global Magaz

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