Creative writing classes in English in Israel

Israel Writers Studio: a home for creative writers in English. A safe, supportive place to learn the craft, experiment with voice, play with words, meet other like-minded literary citizens, and be part of a writing community. Ongoing classes, one-day workshops and one-on-one mentoring in Raanana, Tel Aviv and online.

Classes and Workshops

Build a Better Story: Focus on Storytelling Structure Workshop at Israel Writers Studio with Sari Friedman

Whether you’re writing a literary novel or easy-reader children’s book, a science fiction movie script or flash fiction, your job is to hook your readers with an intriguing beginning, increasingly engage your readers as your story develops, and give them a satisfying and evocative sensation of closure at your story’s end. In this workshop you’ll do several exercises, write in short productive spurts, and cover everything from the basics of storyboarding and narrative structure to sophisticated techniques for generating dramatic suspense. You’ll learn the differences between storytelling styles; strengthen your ability to build a spectacular beginning, middle and end; and fortify your understanding of plot, drama, narrative arc, story architecture and more. Open to all levels, all genres.

Thursday, May 16 from 10:30 – 14:30

Cost: 390nis includes kosher vegetarian lunch

Space limited to 10. Advanced registration required: call 054 256 7157 or email jennifer@langonline.com

Yoga-Writing Workshop at Israel Writers Studio in Raanana 

We all have stories to tell. For some of us, they lie buried, deep inside, occasionally rising up and taking us by surprise. In this workshop, we will plumb our bodies and our minds through movement and meditation to find our stories and begin to write them. We’ll explore how the practice of yoga enriches the art of writing. As Susanna Harwood Rubin said, “Writing can be a purging, a meditation, a creative investigation in the same way that a yoga practice can burn off what isn’t serving us, draw us into contemplation, or ignite our creativity. The process can feel hesitant or fluid, peaceful or driven, playful or gut wrenching.”  

Join writer and yoga instructor, Jennifer Lang, for an inspiring day of play and work. Through a thoughtful mix of breathing, meditation, and movement accessible to everyone, writing exercises, group sharing and discussion, we will dive into our minds and generate new work. 

Thursday, June 13 from 10:30 – 14:30

Cost: 390nis includes light, kosher, vegetarian lunch

Space limited to 12. Advanced registration required: call 054 256 7157 or email jennifer@langonline.com

 

Just Write! in Raanana  — FULL*

This group combines writing prompts and workshopping, generating new material and critiquing each other’s work. Each week will include  writing exercises, sharing aloud, and discussing craft. Sessions will cover form/structure, characterization, scene, theme, dialogue, imagery. Open to all levels and genres.
Wednesday mornings from 11:00 – 13:00
December 12
January 2 and 23
February 6 and 27
March 13 and 27

Cost: 980nis

 

What’s Your Story? Creative Writing at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot — FULL*

Jennifer Lang will take you on a journey, using the museum’s permanent and temporary collections, to write about roots and religion, family trees and traditions, language and lost communities. Open to all levels and genres.

When: Meets one Monday/month from 17:00 – 19:00, starting November 26
Details here

 

Just Write! in Tel Aviv — FULL*

A monthly prompt-based class to generate new material and get you writing on a more regular basis. It will run on Wednesdays from 19:30-21:30. Open to all genres, all levels.

Dates: November 14, December 12, January 16, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 15

Cost: 840nis 

 

All Raanana classes are easily accessible from Herzilia, Kfar Saba, Hod Hasharon, Netanya, Tel Aviv, and the Sharon area. Call 054 256 7157 or email to sign up. Pre-registration required. If you cancel less than a week before a workshop/class, you will be refunded only if someone can take your place. 

*IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A CLASS THAT HAS ALREADY STARTED OR IS FULL, PLEASE CONTACT ME  

Words of praise

Anyone who has read Jennifer’s work can tell she’s a gifted writer – refreshing, perceptive, precise. She brings the same qualities to her teaching with rich, insightful lessons that encourage students to explore different ways of writing, all in an informal setting that allows them to open up and have fun. As a result, each writing session effectively stretches into the space between the lessons – impacting the writing life, and beyond.

Vivian, Summer Writing Camp

The Israel Writers Studio is a structured yet cozy space to hone writing skills, germinate ideas and clarify intention. Jennifer’s well-planned writing prompts gently guide as they demand mental agility. The supportive scaffolding of Jennifer’s syllabus along with the camaraderie between aspiring writers creates a fertile writing environment.

Lea, Just Write! in Raanana

Since working with Jennifer, in her classes and as a private writing coach, I have been more creative and more productive than ever before. She pushes and challenges me in a loving and respectful way to do the best. 

Galia, Camp/Coach