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.
Virtual Workshopping Group
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: First Sunday of every month: January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6 from 19:30-21:30 Israel/12:30-2:30 PM EDT/9:30-11:30 AM PDT
Cost: 1200nis or $380 for the year by bit, PayPal or direct deposit
Something to Savor: Using Food Writing to Tell Your Story with Amy Rogers
“Food is our common ground, a universal experience,” renowned chef and food writer James Beard has said. Like an appetizer awakens the palate, this workshop “sampler” will show writers how food stories engage all the senses, not just taste. Whether you’re an aspiring author or a proficient writer looking to add flavor to your work, we’ll explore how your experiences and observations of food can become powerful tools to deepen your writing. Participants will receive handouts in advance to whet the appetite for creating short pieces, with prompts during the workshop. Open to prose and poets of all levels.
This workshop is presented without cost to participants, thanks to the generous underwriting of the Arts and Science Council.
Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 17:00-19:00
Cost: Free. Enrollment is limited; please reserve your space now
Flash: Telling A Big Story in A Small Space
How do you write a whole story in a compact space, under 1000/750/500/250 words? Regardless of the number, the goal is to create a complete narrative. In this workshop, we’ll examine flash fiction and nonfiction and learn how to write brief, descriptive, thought-provoking prose in response to prompts. Some of the writers discussed will be Nancy Stolmann, Len Kuntz and Ron Riekki. The workshop is open to writers in all genres, all levels.
Date: Monday, February 15 from 18:30-20:30 Israel and 11:30-1:30 pm EDT
Cost: 180nis if you register by February 1, 220nis subsequently or $60/$75 by bit, direct deposit, or PayPal (US$)
Writing Class on Roots
In a country of people from all over the world, we will write about roots and religion, family trees and traditions, immigration and home. We will write to be able to answer the question: what’s your story? Open to all levels, all genres.
Dates: 8 Tuesdays, from 16:00-18:00, March 23, April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29
Location: Central Tel Aviv
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
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.
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.
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.