Writing Workshops


1) ON LINE CLASSES via zoom – apply via SUBMITTABLE

2) IN PERSON – All Write, Columbia: Creative writing conference at the SPENCERTOWN ACADEMY, NY

KAZ CONFERENCE WRITING WORKSHOP CLASSES ARE VIRTUAL.  Find more information on our Submittable Page HERE.

GUERRILLA GIRLS ON TOUR POSTER MAKING WORKSHOP. For more information email aphra (at) guerrillagirlsontour (dot) com.

I gained so much from working with you. It was such a pleasure being part of the cohort, and I know my writing will grow from the experience. – Kristen Falso-Capaldi, Playwriting Intensive for Women 2021

Donna Kaz leads the Kaz Conference Writing Workshop which offers two to four intensive creative writing classes each winter/spring and summer/fall. All workshops include developmental workshops as well as talks on the practical training of writers with input from editors, publicists, agents, social media experts and productivity coaches. Because reading and reviewing other work helps to strengthen ones own writing, peer review is a requirement of all sessions. Just 4 to 6 writers are accepted for each cohort. The Kaz Conference Writing Workshop is committed to diversity and our faculty reflect an all-encompassing and equal world. My goal is to challenge, inspire and foster a writers community that continues beyond the workshops.


ALL WRITE, COLUMBIA, NY – In 2022 the Spencertown Academy sponsored a five day intensive writing conference focused on both the craft and the business of writing essays, biography, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. The 2023 the conference focused on the art of writing fiction.  The 2024 Conference returns to nonfiction/memoir. 

WHO: The conference is open to all levels of fiction writers, from beginners who are just starting to write  to more advanced writers with a manuscript or publications. Open to writers who are at least 18 years old. Just 20 writers will be accepted.

WHAT: The All Write, Columbia – Creative Writers Conference faculty is made up of award-winning authors, editors, agents and marketing experts. 2024 faculty will include Mardi Jo Link, Chloe Caldwell, Lisa Cron and Deja Vu Prem. Past faculty has included Taylor Harris, Jen Beagin, Venise Berry, Rahne Alexander, Vanessa Martir, Michele Blankenship, Pramila Venkateswaran, and Donna Kaz. The All Write, Columbia conference is committed to diversity and our faculty reflect an all-encompassing and equal world. Our goal is to challenge, inspire and foster a writers community that continues beyond the workshops. Develop both your skills and your creative marketing savvy in this small, focused conference, the only one of its kind in the country.

WHERE: Writers and workshops are in person at the Spencertown Academy, Spencertown NY while guest panelists/authors are zoomed in.

WHEN: NOVEMBER 7 – 10, 2024

HOW: Tuition: $500 – includes all workshops (a one hour workshop of 15 – 20 pages of your own nonfiction work); opening night reception, guest author talks, publishing/PR panel, craft workshops, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. NOTE: Housing is not provided. A limited number of scholarships will be available for local writers from Columbia County only.

Applications for the All Write, Columbia, Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference are now open.  Click HERE to apply. 



Creative Writing Classes

Creative Writing Classes with the Kaz Conference Writing Workshop – the home of small, focused writing cohorts which take place via zoom every winter/spring and summer/fall. Each workshop is limited to just 4 to participants. Apply here.



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Taylor Harris (author), Vanessa Matir (author), Priya Doraswamy (agent), Suzannah Lessard (author), Terri Muuss (author), Matt Pasca (author), Rahne Alexander (author, social media expert), Jisu Kim (Feminist Press marketing), Sandra Yin (productivity coach), Michelle Blankenship (Blankenship PR), Pramila Venkateswaran (author), Vanessa Martir (author), Priya Doraswarmy (Lotus Lane Literary), Liza Royce and Ginger Harris-Dontzin (Liza Royce Agency), Jeff Schmidt (New York Creative), Kyla Marshell, (author), Heather Siegel (author).