Creative writing classes in English in Israel

Israel Writers Studio: a home for creative writers in English and a hot cup of tea in my grandma’s floral teapot. 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 Tel Aviv and online.

 

Classes and Workshops

 Writing Auto-Fiction, or How to Write about Yourself without Writing about Yourself with Janice Weizman 

You want to write about the life you’ve lived, the experiences that shaped you, the hard-won insights you’ve gained along the way. But what if rather than just telling your story, you want the freedom to explore it without the constraint of “the facts”? How can you write truthfully about your life while rejecting memoir’s insistence of remaining faithful to “the truth”? The genre of Autofiction offers a way of writing a protagonist that shares key traits with the author but ultimately, and importantly, is not the author. 

In this workshop, we’ll look at works of autofiction by Rachel Cusk, Chris Kraus, Ben Lerner, and Teju Cole, examining how these writers fictionalize themselves and their experiences. The writing exercises in this workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to experiment with material drawn directly from their own lives, while making use of the creative flexibility which the genre unlocks. and facilitating the first steps toward writing a work of autofiction.

Date:  Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 10:00 – 13:30
Cost: 360 nis 
Location: Central Tel Aviv

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Summer Writing Camp with Jennifer Lang

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” –Anaïs Nin

Bring what you’re working on. Bring what you want to write. Bring what’s on your mind. Bring what you think about at 3 a.m. Bring an empty notebook or your worn journal. We’ll begin with a prompt, share words, discuss craft. Open to all levels and genre. Limited to 8 people.

Dates: Thursdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23 from 17:00-19:00
Cost: 790nis with bit/direct deposit/PayPal
Location: Central Tel Aviv

Virtual Summer Writing Camp with Jennifer Lang

Each week, we will cover a different topic: beginnings, endings, revision, submission. Sit at your desk, lie on the sofa, prop yourself up wherever it’s comfortable in your own home. Open to prose writers of all levels.

Dates: Sunday, July 5, 12, 19, 26 from 19:30-21:00 (Israel time)/12:30-2 PM EDT/9:30-11AM PDT
Cost: 590nis or $175US by bit, PayPal or direct deposit
Location: Everywhere, wherever you are, home with ZOOM

Virtual Summer Workshopping Camp with Jennifer Lang

We’ll sit in our Hollywood Squares box and respond to each other’s stories in a safe, supportive environment. We’ll read each other’s stories ahead of time, learn ways to help improve the writing from the comforts of our own homes. Open to prose writers of all levels. This is not a generative class. Read about the benefits of workshopping here

Dates: Sunday, August 2, 9, 16,  23, 30 from 19:30-21:30 (Israel time)/12:30-2:30 PM EDT/9:30-11:30AM PDT
Cost: 890nis or $350US by bit, PayPal or direct deposit
Location: Everywhere, wherever you are, with ZOOM

 

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

Using the museum’s permanent and temporary collections, we will 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 21; December 5 and 19; January 23 and 30; February 6 and 20; May 14
Cost: 990nis

Check out photos from last year’s class here

 

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Call 054 256 7157 or email to sign up. Pre-registration required for all workshops.

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

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