Creative writing classes in English in Israel

Israel Writers Studio: a home for English-language creative writers and a hot cup of tea in my grandma’s floral teapot. A safe, supportive place to learn the craft, play with words, and be part of a writing community. A space that offers ongoing classes, half-day workshops, and one-on-one mentoring with Jennifer Lang, writer, instructor/coach, editor.

Writing Our Roots

In this class, we will write about roots and religion, family trees and traditions, immigration/migration and home. We will write to be able to answer the question: what’s your story? Open to all levels, all genres, everyone, everywhere.

Dates: 8 Sundays, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13 from 18:00-19:30 Israel/11:00-12:30PM EDT/8:00-9:30AM PDT
Cost: 1000nis before April 1 and 1150 subsequently, $300/$350 by bit, direct deposit, or PayPal (US$)
Location: zoom

 

Writing with Constraints Workshop

In parenting, we say children need and thrive on limits. The same goes for writers. Constrained writing–a literary term for written forms or techniques that limit what or how writers/poets write–forces us to work with specific words or word count, within clear parameters, with patterns. In this workshop, we’ll explore flash and other forms of constraint and play on the page. 

Date: Monday, April 12 from 18:30-20:30 Israel/11:30-1:30PM EDT/8:30-10:30AM PDT
Cost: 180nis before April 1 and 220 subsequently, $60/$75 by bit, direct deposit, or PayPal (US$)
Location: zoom

 

JUST WRITE!

This course is for anyone and everyone who wants to write but doesn’t know where to begin, how to carve out the time, or what to put on the page. It will provide you with in-class exercises, guidance, and a safe environment to explore various narrative elements, play with your voice, and share your words. Each week you will have the start of one or two new stories. Open to all levels, all genres.

Dates: 6 Tuesdays, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15, June 30 from 17:30-19:00 Israel/10:30-12:00PM EDT
Cost: 780nis before April 1 and 850 subsequently, $250/$285 by bit, direct deposit, or PayPal (US$)
Location: zoom

 

On Color: A Writing and Styling Workshop led by Wendy Lehmann and Jennifer Lang

Part lecture, part writing and all about color: palette, tone, undertone, seasons, style, and color as subject in story. This is a unique workshop that will make you think about the clothes you wear and the way you approach color on the page.

Date: spring 2021
Location: Central Tel Aviv

 

Virtual Workshopping Camp Summer 2021

We’ll read each other’s stories ahead of time and learn how to respond to each other’s stories to help improve the writing in a safe, supportive environment. Open to prose writers of all levels. This is not a generative class.

Dates: 5 Sundays, June 27, July 11 + 25,  August 8 + 22  from 18:00-20:00 Israel/11:00-1:00 PM EDT/8-10:00AM PDT
Cost: 1100nis or $350 for by bit, direct deposit, or PayPal (US$)
Location: zoom

 

Yoga-Meditation Retreat for English-Speaking Yogis and Writers

Join Naftali Tours for two nights, three days in a magical, other-worldly experience filled with yoga, writing, jeep tours and more in a breathtaking space. Sara Grenga will lead the yoga and Jennifer Lang will lead the writing.

Date: postponed due to covid but let me know if you’re interested
Location: Nof Tsukim in the heart of the Arava Desert
Small group. Limited numbers. Registration with Naftali Tours.

 

What’s Your Story? Creative Writing at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, 2018-2020

A unique entrée into story using the museum’s permanent and temporary collections. Check out photos from last year’s class here.

Important to note:

  • Israel Writers Studio meets in central Tel Aviv.  Follow us on Facebook.
  • Pre-registration required for all workshops. Call 054 256 7157 or email to sign up.
  • Group classes/camps/one-day workshops are non-refundable if you cancel within one week of the start date 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

Taking a course in a museum is so unique! I really, really enjoyed going into the exhibits and using them as bounce-off points for inspiration and ideas. The class where Jennifer introduced Yoga while we were in an exhibit was wonderful.

 

Dannii, What's Your Story, Beit Hatfutsot

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