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Rosemont Writer’s Studio

campisThe mission of the Rosemont Writer’s Studio is to offer MFA graduates, from any program, and other members of the larger Philadelphia writing community an opportunity to take focused writing workshops at a reasonable cost.

*The WritersStudio courses are non-credit offerings of Rosemont College’s MFA Program.

The Writer’s Studio will offer six-week courses that meet once a week for two hours, either on a weeknight or on Saturday. Courses are either open to all levels of student, from beginner to advanced, or restricted to advanced students only. To gain entry to an advanced class students must have graduated from an MFA program, or have special permission from the MFA program director. 

*All courses are capped at 12 students. They require a minimum of 3 students to run.

Courses are held at either the Rosemont Main Campus (1400 Montgomery Ave, Rosemont, PA) or at our Center City location (in the Land Title Building, 100 S. Broad Street, 16th Floor). Discounted parking at the Center City location is available at the Holiday Inn Parking Lot at 13th and Walnut. 


Fall 1: September 11-October 21, 2017 

Fall 2: October 30-December 9, 2017 

Winter: February 5-March 17, 2018 

Spring: April 16-May 26, 2018 


Tuesdays 6-8 PM Center City Campus

Character in Fiction (Fiction)

All Levels

Merry Jones

How do you create compelling characters? (i.e. Protagonists that are complex and appealing, antagonists that are disturbing yet human, and a whole gang who are multi-dimensional enough to seem real.) This course will look at techniques for revealing and building character, including dialog, motivation, contradictions, descriptions, action, backstory and more. In the process, it will touch other elements, such as plot development and setting, but with the understanding that, no matter what the genre, a good book relies on its characters.



Thursdays 6-8 PM Main Campus

Writing Poetry from Nostalgia (Poetry)

Advanced Students Only (MFA grads or permission of the program director)

Grant Clauser

The most fertile ground for finding writing material is in our own past. Our memories and how we feel/reflect on them often produces the best poems, as well as the best insights for the present. We'll look to your home, your childhood, and your past friends to discover triggers for new poems. We'll also discuss when it's right to exaggerate or even lie, especially when writing about your life. This workshop will help writers find ideas and offer strategies for developing them into engaging works.

Mondays 6-8 PM Main Campus

Whose Story is it Anyway? (Fiction)

All Levels

Casey Krivy Hirsch

Have you ever drafted a short story or a novel, gotten well into it, perhaps completed a draft, and realized the character telling the story isn’t quite up to the job? Perhaps one character you created has snatched the POV from the narrator you intended. Maybe more than one character needs to have a narrative voice.

There are many variations on narrative point-of-view and, through sharing and discussing your work with your peers in the Writer’s Studio, we’ll discuss both the positive outcomes of the “wrong” narrator, and choices you can make about the narrator best suited to your work – even if there must ultimately be more than one narrator for the job.


Tuesdays 6-8 PM Main Campus THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

Constructing the Hybrid (Poetry/CNF/Fiction)

All Levels

Kristina Moriconi

Rules are meant to be broken sometimes. Lines meant to be blurred. And, while we’re at it, genres might as well be crossed here and there. That is the freedom the hybrid form gives us. It is unpredictable. It resists form. It goes by any number of names: the prose poem, lyric essay, nonlinear narrative, montage, collage, mosaic… In this class, we will explore these possibilities. We will fragment and thread, segment and braid. We will mix poetry and prose, fact and fiction, memoir and history, to construct our own hybrid pieces, discovering together the unexpected places of overlap and intersection.


Wednesdays 6-8 PM Main Campus

Poetry Workshop: Writing Saudade (Poetry)

Advanced Students Only (MFA grads or permission of the program director)

Grant Clauser

Saudade, a Portuguese word, doesn't have an exact equivalent in English. Portuguese writer Manuel de Melo calls it "a pleasure you suffer, an ailment you enjoy." It's also been described as the beauty in sadness, which is an element in much of the best poetry, from John Keats' Odes to Jack Gilbert's poems about lost loves and Jane Hirshfield's zen meditations on life. Saudade is the once glorious home, now in ruin, that retains another kind of attraction. It's the sad song that gives you comfort. In poetry, it's that moment when even in mourning your marvel at the beauty. In this workshop we'll study poems that capture this feeling and work on techniques to create it in our own poems.


Thursdays 6-8 PM Main Campus

Writing Creative Nonfiction & Memoir (CNF)

All Levels

Richard Bank

This course will explore the craft of writing Creative Nonfiction and its sub-genres including memoir, personal and literary essays, opinion pieces, reviews, travel articles, and narrative nonfiction. The course will include an overview examining the components of creative nonfiction writing; samples will be read and discussed; ethical issues unique to the genre regarding how far one can stray from fact and the use of literary license; research techniques; and written exercises designed to develop specific skills needed to write effectively in the genre. Relevant legal issues such as libel and privacy will be reviewed. Students will submit work within the genre that may be short complete pieces or a portion of a larger even book length project which will be workshopped by the class. Potential markets for creative nonfiction will be suggested.


$450  general

$375 for Rosemont students and alumni 


Contact MFA Program Director, Carla Spataro 

(610)527-0200 ext. 2346