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. 

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. 

Poetry Revision Workshop

  • Have poem drafts that you are excited about but unsure of what to do with next? This workshop is for you! The Poetry Revision Workshop will provide a writing community committed to celebrating one another’s work and offering suggestions for multiple rounds of revision. 

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. 

Teen & Tween Flash Fiction Workshop

  • In this class we'll explore the fascinating form of flash fiction, stories that are under 1,000 words, and then we'll learn how to build our own characters and events more quickly than in a regular story. We will put our fantastic imaginations to work to create a great piece of flash fiction, which we will then workshop with one another in an encouraging, supportive environment.

The Write Start: Cultivating Creativity

  • Want to start writing? Unsure where to begin? This class will walk you through the creative process from generating ideas to goal setting. Every writer faces a good deal of doubt each time she sits down to work, so we’ll discuss how to harness that doubt and arrange your schedule so that you have more time and energy to write right.


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.

Sign up for our free monthly newsletter

Contact Us

Lafayette Writers' Studio

MatchBOX Coworking Studio, 17 S. 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901

(765) 337-1749


Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Teen & Tween Flash Fiction Workshop


Flash fiction describes stories that are under 1,000 words, where writers quickly explore into a moment of time with compression and immediacy. In this class we'll explore samples of flash fiction and take note of how essential details build to expand a character and event, which in turn brings us to the core of a piece more immediately than regular prose. We'll then practice creating flash fiction of our own and discuss the various journals that are increasingly interested in publishing such forms.  

When writing briefly, we discover what is at stake in a piece in half the time, but with all of the emotion of longer pieces of prose. In the process we’ll generate ideas, write in response to prompts, and apply a variety of writing techniques to our work. The last two classes will be spent reading and responding to the work of our classmates in an encouraging, supportive fashion. Lastly, each class member will also submit their piece to a literary magazine that publishes work by tween and teen writers.


Who is the Instructor?
Melissa Fraterrigo is the author of the novel, Glory Days ( University of Nebraska Press), which was named one of "The Best Fiction of 2017" by ​Chicago Review of Books. 

Melissa is also the author of the short story collection, The Longest Pregnancy (Livingston Press). Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of journals including Puerto del Sol, Massachusetts Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou’wester and Shenandoah. She has twice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

In addition to her publications, she has taught creative writing at Bowling Green State University, Southern Utah University, Penn State-Altoona, and at the Indiana Writers’ Center. Melissa is the founder of Lafayette Writers’ Studio. 

She lives with her husband and two daughters in West Lafayette, and is a native Chicagoan. Despite horrible bouts of insecurity, through praise and plenty of rejections, Melissa has continued to write and looks forward to the opportunity to help you do the same. To learn more about Melissa or read some of her work, visit melissafraterrigo.com

When is this class offered?

This class is offered for five weeks on Thursday evenings on Nov. 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6 & 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at MatchBOX Coworking Studio,17 South 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. 

Who should take this class?
Open to writers ages 10 and older. It is capped at 10 students so that each camper receives individual attention on his/her writing. 

What is the cost?