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Drexel Storylab

Drexel Storylab offers creative writing workshops for non-traditional students – professional adults, Drexel alumni, current Drexel professors and other interested community members. Storylab is taught by Drexel faculty and visiting writers who are accomplished authors.

Current Offerings

Creative Writing: Online All-Level Craft Talks

Teacher: Maegan Poland
Price: Free; Registration Required
Schedule: Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Online via Zoom
October 21, November 4, and November 18

Fiction writer Maegan Poland will offer two asynchronous (pre-recorded) craft lectures on writing description and dialogue. In three synchronous online sessions, these topics will be discussed in more depth, and participants will have the opportunity to explore questions and related concepts. In addition, Maegan will share ideas and prompts for generating new writing. These craft sessions are limited to ten students.

Please note that this is not a workshop. The All-Level Storylab Workshop, which is open to all levels of experience, is on hiatus for the fall term.

Creative Writing: Online Advanced Workshop

Teacher: Maegan Poland
Price: $400 *There is a 10% discount for Drexel Alumni.
Schedule: 9 Mondays, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Online via Zoom
September 21, October 5, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, and December 7 (Note: There is no class on September 28th, October 12th, and November 23rd.).

This class is intended for students who have been writing for some time and are interested in taking their work to the next level with a small and supportive group of fellow writers.

If you are interested in joining the Advanced Storylab, please email the instructor, Maegan Poland at mcp332@drexel.edu. New writers will be asked to share a brief explanation of their prior workshop and writing experience, and to submit a sample of narrative prose, between 1250 and 2500 words in length. The sample may be a complete piece or an excerpt of a longer work. The workshop is limited to eight students, and students must have permission to enroll.

The primary focus of the course will be reading and discussing each other’s work, but the workshop will also include brief discussions of published short stories and essays. When it is their turn to workshop their materials, participants can hand in up to twenty-five double-spaced pages of prose (in 12-point font). In order to make full use of the first class, two participants who have work ready will be asked to submit by September 16th. Workshop stories or chapters will always be due the Wednesday before Monday’s workshop.

Each student will have the opportunity to receive at least two rounds of workshop feedback, with written notes from the instructor. If you would like two rounds of feedback, please be prepared to commit to two workshop dates at the start of the course. The first submission to the workshop should be a new piece of writing. The second submission can be a substantial revision of the first submission, or it can be a new piece of writing. If a student would like to workshop an excerpt from a novel or book-length memoir, they should begin with the first chapter or provide summaries for the omitted material.

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Writing Retreat

StoryLab Writing Retreat in Collioure, France

6-Day Drexel Storylab Creative Writing Retreat in Collioure, France

June 2021

The retreat is for beginning, emerging, and published writers -- anyone who feels the urge to reconnect with their writing self, or deepen and improve their work.

Now enrolling...

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Questions? Contact Storylab Director Nomi Eve at nae28@drexel.edu.

Storylab is an initiative of Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences housed in the Department of English and Philosophy.

Drexel MFA - Open Book Author Cabaret

Don't miss this cabaret/authorfest to celebrate the written word!

October 11: 8-10pm. Open to the public.

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