Workshops & Classes

Workshops, Classes, Private Tutorials, Manuscript Consultation

Hidden River Writers holds classes and workshops in the Philadelphia area, or virtually in any part of the world.  We will also travel to anywhere you choose to invite us, to offer weekday or weekend workshops, or residencies.  Our Founding Director, Debra Leigh Scott, has over 15 years experience with creative writing workshops and residencies.  She has worked with both the PA and NJ Councils of the Arts, with young writers K-12.  Her university teaching includes classes in creative writing and playwrighting.  Our outreach programs include work with youth and adults; and we are always eager to work with under-served and special needs populations.

Our 6-week fiction workshops will be meeting at The Pickwick Room, at Cavanaugh’s Headhouse in Philadelphia — so named because the pub used to be called The Dickens Inn, and was owned by a descendant of Charles Dickens himself.  What could be better than to meet for the purposes of discussing the craft and creativity of fiction, in a space filled with the spirit of Charles Dickens?  The workshops one evening a week from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m.  Tuition for this workshop has been $235 for the last few years, but we are offering a pay-what-you-can option now – a sliding scale of sorts, and also the possibility of barter or trade.  Our goal is to never turn an aspiring writer away for lack of tuition.  Please email us or call for further information.  To ensure personal attention,  we limit the workshop to 12 people. This helps to maintain the intimacy and focus.

We continue to offer our “Visual/Spatial Storytelling” program to schools and other organizations.  The program can be adapted for varying age groups, from K through adult, and focuses on the relationship between visual experience and narrative.  Using works of art, art-making and excursions of observation, we build stories, poems — even scripts —  from what we see.  For more information about this program, please email or call us.  Visual/Spatial Storytelling can be adapted to any budget, to any length of time.  We are happy to work with all groups in order to shape this exciting program in a way that best suits their needs and interests.

The experiential workshop, “Writing from the Chakras” can also be brought to organizations and groups who are interested in increasing creativity through yoga, breakthwork and other practices, designed to awaken the body’s own energy centers and unleash the creativity stored within us.  This program has been designed by Debra Leigh Scott, who has a dual background, in comparative world religions and in creative writing and literature.  She has combined her two areas of passion and expertise in order to bring an entirely unique methodology to artists of all genres.  The workshop can be used as a catalyst not only for increased creativity through writing, but through all forms of artistic expression – visual art, music, dance, theatre, or any combination thereof.  Please email or call for additional information.  This program can be run as an 8-week course – meeting once each week, or as a two-weekend residency course.  We are eager to work with all budgets to bring this program to you, so don’t hesitate to call!  Debra will also work privately with individuals who are interested in developing an understanding of this methodology.

Our Legacy Memoir workshop is focused on helping writers with stories from their own lives, told for the purpose of “legacy” – for your family, your community, your company.
Telling stories of your own life and experience, stories that will enrich the lives of future generations, is so often thought about, and too rarely undertaken.  This workshop can also be adapted for private groups and organizations to fit your schedule and budget.  It can be a one-day workshop, a longer workshop for further development of the writing, a weekend workshop — anything that fits with your own schedules and interests.  Call or email us for further information.

Of course, we are always offering our basic workshops in creative writing – fiction, playwrighting, creative non-fiction, poetry as well as tutoring, private sessions – any way we can help you to become a stronger writer, we are eager to do!


2 comments on “Workshops & Classes

  1. I want to send in a stage play into the Hidden River drama contest. I co-wrote the play, so I’m hoping two writers is okay. I have the entry form with both our info on it, bio of both of us, the entry form and the character breakdown along with the title page with the authors’ info, then the script itself all in one PDF document. Is that okay?

    • Hi Robert,

      Yes, that is all okay. Be sure to upload ALL of the materials required as ONE document. Submittable won’t allow more than one upload. Good luck! I look forward to reading the play.

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