Blue Stoop
A Home for Philly Writers


Craft Classes & Writing Workshops

We offer 3 eight-week writing workshops in the fall (September-November) and another 3 eight-week writing workshops in the spring (January-March) as well as shorter weekend intensives throughout the year. Generally, introductory workshops are offered in the fall, with more advanced classes offered in the spring.

Tuition for our full-length classes is $400, a fee we set intentionally so we can adequately compensate our instructors; we pay our instructors between $2000-3000 per course, depending on enrollment. Tuition for weekend intensives is $250 and instructors receive $600-1300 depending on enrollment. Financial aid is available for both our eight-week and intensive classes, including full scholarships. Click here for more details on financial aid.

If you have college teaching experience and a record of publication and would like to propose a class, contact us. For a list of our past classes, click here.

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Novel Writing Intensive

  • Indy Hall 399 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 (map)

Devote the weekend to your novel during this two-day intensive with Annie Liontas, author of Let Me Explain You, named Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review.  Whether you are beginning your first novel or are looking to reboot a beloved project, our craft talks and workshop discussions will deepen your knowledge of your book and offer a path forward.  

We’ll begin by asking what promises a novel makes and what questions drive it. On day one, we will look briefly to the work of master writers for guidance as we think about our own choices and challenges.  We will then move into critiques of your opening pages, relying on inquiry and a Socratic approach, asking questions that help the writer see their work more sharply. On day two, we continue workshops and talk novel architecture, pacing, and look to tools and strategies that writers can take home. Our intensive concludes with brief one-on-one conferences, encouraging you to tackle a frustration, make a plan, light a fire.

Participants need to have written as little as a single chapter but might have built as much as an entire novel.  To encourage dialogue and develop common language, some light reading will be assigned in advance of the intensive.  Optional additional reading includes Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends. Writing a novel is a great deal of digging in the shadows, but when you’re among compatriots, somebody holds up a lantern every now and then.  Come join us this June!   

Cost: $250 (financial aid available)
Schedule: June 22, 10-4 pm (w/lunch break), June 23 10-4pm (w/lunch break)
6-10 students (need 6 students to run)
Registration: Rolling, by application, closes June 3, 2019
To apply: email 5-15 pages of your project & a little bit about you to If applying for financial aid, please also fill out this form.

Annie Liontas' novel Let Me Explain You (Scribner) was featured in The New York Times Book Review as an Editor's Choice and was selected by the ABA as an Indies Introduce Debut and Indies Next title.  She is the co-editor of the anthology A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentors.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, BOMB, Guernica, Ninth Letter and Lit.  She teaches creative writing at George Washington University.  Follow her @aliontas.

Earlier Event: April 6
Young Adult Novel Intensive
Later Event: September 3
Foundations of Writing Poetry