Learn the Art and Craft of Creative Writing in West Lafayette

Learn the art and craft of writing in an intimate and dynamic environment

Our Mission

At the Lafayette Writers' Studio in West Lafayette we believe in the transformative power of stories. We are passionate about reading and writing and offer a variety of high-quality creative writing courses with personalized attention. 

What our students say

"The Lafayette Writers' Studio classes I've taken have built not only my skills as a writer--they have increased my confidence in my own style and helped me find my voice. I've become part of a local community of writers. The time spent workshopping my writing has proven invaluable, offering me peer review and feedback I have used to revise and strengthen my work. I can't recommend the classes highly enough. "

Classes & Coaching

Writing Fiction and Nonfiction Workshop

  • Writers need one another for feedback and community, but also to generate ideas and learn from one another. In this workshop you will study published work in depth and then apply this understanding to create thoughtful and compelling stories and essays of your own. 

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Intensive Writing Workshop

  • It takes time and courage to write and to write well. The purpose of this class is to continue the momentum you initiated in the Writing Fiction and Nonfiction Workshop, and begin to develop your book with an eye toward finishing it. This class is for the dedicated writer who is committed to seeing her/his project through to completion. 

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Poetry as Memoir: Exploring a Childhood Place


What place from your childhood intrigues you? What place is meaningful in a way you don’t quite comprehend? In this poetry workshop, we’ll return to childhood places rich with sensory details and memories. In this class we will revisit a childhood place, explore it through means of memory and imagination, and generate ideas and a draft. TAUGHT BY SHARI WAGNER, INDIANA POET LAUREATE

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Craft Your Story: A Summer Camp for Writers and Illustrators

  • Writers and Illustrators ages 10 and older will have the opportunity to explore the amazing, fascinating and fun world of writing and illustrating a story of their own design. In the process we will generate a variety of stories from 140-character Twitter stories to monologues while also discovering the best methods to illustrate such unique forms. 

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3 Weeks, 3 Personal Essays

  • There are many ways for you to tell your story, but which is best? Often playing with form can reveal unexpected insights that make a memoir essay truly memorable. In this generative class we’ll explore the many facets of the personal essay and then try out such approaches to create momentum in our memoir essays. In the process, we'll have a great deal of fun.  

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Unleash the Writer Within: An Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Do you love the beauty of language but lack the time to write? The purpose of this class is to help you explore the many ways to write creatively from poems and short stories to memoir essays and Twitter stories. You will leave this class with a storehouse of ideas to spark your creativity.

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Have you started a book? Interested in more one-on-one feedback for your work-in-progress? A Writing Coach might be just what you and your writing needs to maintain momentum.

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