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

Nothing to Write About: Finding Inspiration in Writer’s Block with Hila Ratzabi on Thursday, November 15 from 10:30 – 14:30

Every writer experiences writer’s block at some point, even the most prolific. It is easy to imagine that we must have dramatic lives in order to tell interesting stories. Or sometimes we do have dramatic lives but imagine that our story has been told before. Regardless of why we have become stuck in our writing, it is possible to return to the simple joy of putting words on the page. We can even invite our demons to the table, by using writer’s block as a source of inspiration.

In this workshop, we’ll come together in community to examine our writing struggles. We will then make use of our obstacles to generate new writing. We will engage in writing exercises that churn our resistance into something we can work with. We will share our rough drafts, laugh at our fumbles, and find renewed vitality in the act of putting pen to page. Writers of all genres and experience are welcome.
Details and registrations here

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

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 and registration here

Israel Writers Studio in Raanana 

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

Just Write! in Tel Aviv

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 with a minimum of 6 people

Location : TBD (if you have a dining room table and space to share, please holler)

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.


Words of praise

Jennifer is an exceptional teacher and she crafts her lessons in a structured but fun way. Her writing prompts brought out things that were sometimes unexpected for us. Each week we acquired new insights, and she gave constructive criticism to everyone. Liora B., 2015-16

When I left Jennifer’s Scene Writing Workshop, I was euphoric. I wrote for the next three days, nearly non-stop. I learned more in my four hours with her than I did in any other writing classes. Take a class with her. You will be euphoric too. Fran S., 2018

It was interesting to meet and hear the work of other aspiring memoirists. It gave me confidence to hear their feedback. I relished the writing tasks, which were well explained and inspirational. I was particularly grateful that you, the teacher, kept everyone in line and were encouraging and energetic. Your knowledge and experience shine through. Nerys C., 2016