Guiding you on your writing journey
Writing in English in a sea of Hebrew can feel isolating, with few avenues for honing craft, experimenting with genre, and meeting local writers writing in English.
WriteSpace Jerusalem offers community and a wide array of quality writing workshops and master classes showcasing talented writers from Israel and abroad, with a view to nurturing English-language writing in Israel.
Choose areas of interest, from fiction, poetry, memoir and blogging, to build a program tailored to your needs.
What would you like to see on offer?
Contact us and we'll try to make it happen.
What people are saying about WriteSpace Jerusalem...
'I must tell you how excited I am about WriteSpace Jerusalem. I've published before, and have a writing group, but the ongoing support of this diverse writing community is just what I need for my creative/memoir pieces. It's simply wonderful that the English writing voices join together for this.' - R.W.
'As always, a big thank you to Nadia for facilitating the workshop. Your knack for knowing who and what will motivate writers in formation repeatedly astounds.' - P.T.
Come write at Night Writers Jerusalem - it's FREE!
Bring your writing project and write surrounded by other writers. We work for 50 minutes, break for 15 minutes, until we turn into pumpkins. You needn't attend the whole thing.
Location: PICO Jerusalem, 4th floor, Poalei Tzedek 2 (same floor as AACI)
Date: Jan 4
Bring: Snacks (kosher) to share
Link to Night Writers Jerusalem
Weekly Creative Writing Sessions
We've created a program especially for teens and "almost teens". We'll introduce teens to a wide variety of genres and nurture their writing through exposure to talented writers from Israel and abroad.
Following on from the success of our first series on fiction & playwriting, we offered a summer workshop for teens in July, with participants from Jerusalem, Efrat, Rehovot and Herzliya.
Registration is open for the course which runs Jan-March.
Book now to ensure your place.
Upcoming Seminars & Workshops
You're sitting at your desk, tapping your pen, staring at the blank screen.
How do you start?
What do you choose to write about?
How do you "find" a poem?
This intensive workshop will focus on writing from the ordinary - using the domestic and natural spaces around us - as well as turning to other poets to be our teachers and guides. We will do exercises to sharpen our "poetic eye" and examine how others have tackled these questions before us.
Open to writers of all genres who want to explore the practice of poetry.
Discover the essence of your story
Sharpen the elements of your writing to make it stand out
Heighten the emotional impact of your work
This workshop is aimed at advanced writers who are currently working on short stories or memoir, and want to push their craft to the next level. Each session will open with an in-depth reading and critique of the participants' work, and together we will explore ways to revise and develop work, with a view towards publication. In-class writing exercises will be offered to aid participants in honing specific skills.
This course will include information on how to present and submit your work to magazines and competitions.
Past Seminars & Workshops
Putting It All Together
Thursday, November 16, 2017
One-day masterclass on memoir
with award-winning author & teacher
Shaping Family History into Compelling Stories
How do you give shape to the unknown and the unspoken?
How do you lead the reader through an invisible moment?
During this intensive workshop, we will examine the power of the "said" and the "unsaid", the direct and the indirect, in poetry and essay.
We will examine the craft and techniques used in personal essay. We will then look at examples from poetry. We will end by merging the two into lyric essay.
Our guides will be contemporary writers working through these black and white spaces. Come with a pen and notebook and be prepared to venture into the unmapped territory of the lyric.
A one-day workshop in personal essay & memoir writing based on the four levels of hermeneutics of Biblical interpretation, with the acronym of PARDES:
This framework provides a conceptual map for analyzing any experience or encounter. It also provides an excellent structure for thinking about and developing any piece of writing.
Join award-winning poet Jane Medved in a series of 6 workshops, in which we will examine various techniques to outwit our rational brain and “write ahead of our conscious minds."
We will study the techniques of other writers and put into practice the art of startling ourselves. Class time will be spent on editing and refining our own poems, as well as generating new material. This workshop is for writers with experience.
The Torah is said to have been written as black fire on white fire. We will be dealing with the realm of the white fire, the spaces between the words.
Since no text can fully delineate every aspect of the story, readers become part of the creative process, constantly filling in the gaps with their own contexts — things seen, felt, experienced, and read. Bibliotherapy deals with the ways in which we fill in these gaps.