Creative writing classes in English in Israel

Do you dream of writing a novel or memoir, short stories or essays?

Yearn to meet other like-minded literary citizens?

Crave community or a coach to accompany you on your writing journey?

Israel Writers Studio is all of that and more… It’s a home for creative writers in English. A safe, supportive place to learn the craft, flex the muscles of your mind, experiment with voice, play with words. Israel Writers Studio offers ongoing classes, one-day workshops and one-on-one mentoring in Raanana, Tel Aviv and online.


Camp, Classes, and Workshops

Raanana Writing Camp in August

Topics: beginnings, endings, revision, submission. Open to all levels and genres.
When: Wednesday mornings, August 1, 8, 15, 22 from 11:00 – 13:00
Investment: 475nis

Reflect & Contemplate: Techniques for Personal Essay & Memoir Workshop with Sherri Mandell

This is the time period when we are called to reflect upon our lives. It’s fitting then to study the personal essay and memoir because what often distinguishes them is the quality of reflection. In this workshop, you will practice simple techniques that enhance contemplation in your writing so that your essays become richer and more textured. Along with deepening reflection in the story you are telling, you will make space for speculation, imagination, association, interpretation, deeper insights and understanding. Open to all levels and genres. Sign-ups here.          When: Thursday, September 6 from 10:30 14:30                                                                                                                                                                Investment: 390nis

Israel Writers Studio

The goal is to write together, to jump start your creative juices, and to feed off of each other’s energy and ideas. Each week will include writing prompts, writing time, sharing aloud and discussion on craft. Groups will begin early November. Please contact me if you are interested in signing up or knowing more. Open to all levels and genres.
When: Wednesday mornings from 11:00 – 13:00 OR Sunday evenings from 19:30 – 21:30

Writing the Family Drama Workshop with Janice Weizman

In this workshop, we’ll look at stories and personal essays that take the complex world of the family as their setting. We’ll discuss the elements that go into the crafting of a Family Drama, as well as issues that may arise when drawing on our own memories, and most importantly, we’ll do writing exercises that aim to provide structure and inspiration for those looking to further their own work in this genre. Open to all levels and genres. Sign-ups here.
When: Thursday, October 11 from 10:00 – 14:00
Investment: 390nis includes kosher vegetarian lunch and beverages


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