Generative writing workshops for beginners and begin-againers

a fresh approach to creative writing for those who need a push from the nest

“Best NYC Writing Classes.”
— TimeOut NY

Generative Workshops

We write in class. We read in class. All you need is a pen and paper (or even a smartphone). Prompts designed to get your wheels turning will be offered at each session. 

Carving out creative time

Often, people complain that they would write if they had the time, if they knew what the heck to write about. Fledgling offers you time and inspiration. No homework. No pressure. This is about making time for a little creativity once a week.


our model

Writing creatively should be that--creative. Fledgling classrooms are anything but rigid. Sometimes we'll be strange. Sometimes we'll be silly. Sometimes we'll be introspective. We don't have rules, just respect.

Mondays, Nov 4 - Dec 16 - Join Here

In Person once weekly | 7-8:30 pm

7 weeks - $350


In this weekly class we'll spend 1.5 hours a session writing to two or three new prompts. This class is meant for the most tenderfoot-ed of fledglings, participants with some workshop experience, or veterans who are looking for something new. Multifaceted prompts are designed to encourage writers of all levels to approach their work through varying perspectives and simply get some words on paper. Group discussion will focus on what techniques each writer is doing well, so they can continue to grow their practice. Participants are given the opportunity to receive more critical feedback in our last two sessions on pages they’ve polished at home. Like all Fledgling courses, this standard course is open to writers interested in all genres looking to generate ideas and content. These sessions are meant to create space for free expression in even the busiest of city-dwellers' lives.

capacity = 9 participants

[course led by Elizabeth Leonard]


The Poetic Nestling Course

Wednesdays, Oct 30 - Dec 11 (skipping 11/20) - Join Here

online once weekly | 8-9:30 pm est

6 weeks - $300

The Narrative Nestling Course

Wednesdays, Nov 13 - Dec 18 - Join Here


6 weeks - $300


Fledgling now offers two online Nestling Courses: Narrative Nestling and Poetic Nestling. An extension of the in-person classroom, these courses allow participants to join a workshop from the comfort of their own writing desk to focus on honing their narrative and poetic skills toward a goal.

 The only way to become a writer is to write, but finding the time and discipline can be tricky. We'll explore the idea of "inspiration." This is not something that has to strike us like lightning. Instead of waiting for our moment, we'll take the power back and invite inspiration to our page on our own time. 

In both Nestling Courses the basic intention and structure is the same: to jumpstart or restart an at-home writing practice while moving toward a finished draft. To read more about how the two Nestling Courses differ, please visit their pages here.

These sessions meet face to face through a (free) online conferencing app, which means you may participate from anywhere in the country (or the world)!

capacity = 8 participants

[This class is led over a free online conferencing platform]

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Tuesdays, Nov 12 - Dec 17 (skipping 11/26) - Join Here

in person ONCE WEEKLY | 7-9 PM EST

5 weeks - $380

This course is offered for writers returning or arriving to the Fledgling nest who are ready for a more traditional workshop experience. Mixing the generative experience you know and love with the critical seminar style you might expect from standard workshops, these sessions are split in two. Each writer will be the focus of an hour of discussion on up to 20 (or at least 10) pages of prose (stories, chapters, and essays are all fair game). The writer can expect both positive and critical feedback on their pages, though never negative or loaded with agenda. Participants will read each other’s work before the session and receive in-text notes and a brief letter from their fellow participants as well as edits and suggestions from Sammi.

In keeping with Fledgling’s philosophies of ease, freedom, and fun this course is an intimate one in order to keep the homework to a minimum. The second half of class will be spent prompt writing and sharing out as in other Fledgling courses. Exercises will be specially designed to work on challenges that have come up in the group’s work, so we can actively work to improve together and leave class having written some fresh material.

This course is perfect for Fledglings looking to take their practice a step further or who are craving insight on a piece they hope to publish. For birds, spring migration is a community effort to return home. I like to think this course could be defined in just that way.

{submissions due two weeks before first session}

capacity = 5 participants

Next course begins Spring 2020 - Join Here

In person once weekly | 7-9 pm

6 weeks + daily prompts/resources - $425


Always wanted to write a book, but unsure how or where to start? Stuck on chapter four and searching for support? In our weekly sessions we'll discuss the bones of creating a successful manuscript including lessons on plotting, character development, setting, and more. We'll turn to examples from master novelists to light our way and write together in class to hone our skills and develop ideas.

During the height of fall migration, birds are on the move every day. Along with planning in person, we’ll aim to write a thousand words daily, keeping each other accountable through an online log, ultimately writing over 20,000 words. (However, if this is to much of a time commitment, you can opt to do what you can with the prompts, saving others for later, and just stick with the in person meetings).

This class is ideal for seasoned and amateur writers with a novel idea or rough draft who produce more with the aids of structure and a community of peers. Though "novel" implies fiction, memoirists and creative non-fiction writers working on a book length project are also welcome.

capacity = 8 participants


Offered as they fill - Join Either Here

once weekly 7-9 pm

3 weeks - $150

(20% of proceeds go to RAINN or The American Heart Association)

Fledgling offers smaller, shorter courses for those who have lost a loved one or persons* who have suffered from sexual assault or harassment. A certified therapist does not lead this course. Our goal is to foster camaraderie and lend an ear to those who are too often hushed. Sammi is a survivor of sexual assault and lost her father at the age of 15. In these dark times, writing offered light. She knows the value of simply being around others who understand (even on a small level) and hopes to create something safe and healing from these workshops.

These courses are offered as they fill. If you are interested in writing with a grief or survivor community please indicate so on your application and you will be notified when the class has filled to discuss scheduling. 

*Fledgling’s courses are open to writers of all gender identities, in Wing Mending Courses and beyond.