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

Flash Writing: The Art of Distillation with Jennifer Lang in Raanana

The flash form challenges the writer to create an entire universe in a compact space. There is no definitive word count for flash—under 2000, 1000, 750, 250, 100 or maximum 6. The goal, regardless of the number, is to create a narrative that feels as expansive as a novel. While most writers associate flash with fiction, it is equally present in creative nonfiction.

In this workshop, we will examine flash works in both genres and learn how to write brief, descriptive, thought-provoking and urgent prose in response to prompts. Some of the writers discussed will be Emma Sloley, Brian Doyle, and Aimee Bender, among others. The workshop is open to writers in all genres and at all levels.

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 10:00 – 13:00

Cost: 380nis by October 23 and 410nis subsequently; includes light snacks and refreshments

 

Wake up to the Extraordinary with Jane Medved in Raanana

“If there is no surprise for the writer, there is no surprise for the reader.” – Robert Frost

We are all surrounded by mundane tasks, habitual routines and objects so common we simply stop seeing them. As writers we face the same basic challenge: how do we turn the stuff of our day- to -day lives into compelling writing? How do we reignite our sense of awe to the world right in front of us? How do we make art out of the everyday?

In a series of readings and guided writing exercises, we will explore how familiar objects and spaces all have their own stories to tell. We will study how others have cracked open and elevated the commonplace; how they have released the holy in the mundane. This is a multi-genre workshop, combining poetry and lyric essay. Come prepared to explore and write!

Date: Wednesday, November 20 from 10:00 – 13:30

Cost and details here 

 

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

Jennifer 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.

8 Thursdays from 17:00-19:00:  November 7 and 21; December 5 and 19; January 23; February 6 and 20; March 26

Cost: 960nis

Check out photos from last year’s class here

 

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. 

Note: group classes are non-refundable after the first meeting and one-day workshops are non-refundable if you cancel within one week of the workshop and your place cannot be filled.

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