• 2018 Dates: Session 1, June 24 - July 6; Session 2, July 8-27

  • Look here for the 2018 Student Application after January 1.

Try This!

Workshops and tutorials to practice on your own.


Do you ever sit down to write knowing full well how baller you are at it, but then think to yourself “Ugh, but WHAT do I write about?” Yes? No? Well for those of you that have had this experience or for those of you looking to generate more material, TRY THIS journaling experiment.

In a World Without Cats...

  1. Look at some of these examples of social issue ads from around the world. Pick a few favorites, ones that grab your attention or really make you think. Then…

Mindful Meandering

Try this: Go on a walk without any technology on you. Leave your phone at home, your iPod, your fancy watch that tracks your steps, whatever device you own other than your brain and your house keys.

The Lion King Eats Hamlet

Fairy tales, fables, and folklore – were they invented just to control the behavior of children? To allow for the possibility of happy endings? To give voice to our greatest desires and fears? Pure flights of fancy? Regardless of their purpose or aims, these archetypal stories are ingrained in our cultural consciousness, and wield power over us. What happens when we seize the power, and re-imagine these stories?

The Cartoon You

Graphic memoirs have been in the news a lot in the last few months—from Alison Bechdel winning the MacArthur Genius Grant to Roz Chast’s memoir appearing on the National Book Award Longlist.

One of the building blocks of creating a graphic memoir or a nonfiction graphic essay is creating a persona for yourself—the Cartoon You.

Interviewing Your Characters

Hi YWW’ers!

I had such a wonderful time interacting with you all when I visited this summer. You’re such a talented group, and ask such probing and insightful questions.

So that’s exactly what I’d like you to do with your characters: ask them some great questions. Pretend you’re an objective interviewer, and just let them speak spontaneously without thinking beforehand about what they might say, without any planning or judging or analyzing. You’ll often be amazed and surprised at what they have to say when you’re not concentrating on putting words in their mouths!

What Were You Looking For?

This is a very simple prompt. Try writing using this as your opening line:

What were you looking for in your mother’s room?

The Junk Drawer Discovery

Imagine someone’s junk drawer, that place where you accumulate weird stuff: paperclips and garden hose o-rings, dead highlighters and the fake money your junior high gave out for good behavior. To do this, you need to first imagine a scenario where one character must search through another person’s belongings, including the junk drawer.

The Anxiety Dream

Think about an anxiety dream you have had, especially if you have a recurring one, such as missing the bus, being late for the plane, or being unable to dial the phone in an emergency. (Not that these are mine or anything!)

How Did I Get Here?

Imagine the LEAST likely character to be driving this jeep. Someone who does NOT want to be driving it but has to because of some circumstance.