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Center for Poets and Writers Workshops

Tell your stories. Write a screenplay. Get paid to write. The Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa has a noncredit workshop led by an award-winning creative professionals to guide you to achieving any of these goals.

Register online using the links below. A limited number of scholarships are also available for participants with financial need. For questions or more information about the workshops, email

Spring 2019 Workshop Series, Part 2

Beginning Creative Writing

Explore elements of creative writing, including voice, characterization, conflict, setting, plot and dialogue in this six-week course. No writing experience necessary.

Instructor: M. Molly Backes is a 2019 Tulsa Artist Fellow and author of the novel The Princess of Iowa, which was named Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Fiction for Teens in 2013 and was a finalist on National Public Radio’s Best-Ever Ten Novels list in 2012.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. for six weeks beginning April 23
  • Registration Fee: $225

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How to Get Paid to Write

Delve into the world of writing for a living by learning the basics of what every author needs to know about publishing, preparing elevator and query letter pitches and writing back cover book descriptions.

Instructor: Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day and author by night who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories. She has won awards in several romance subgenres in the New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit Bookseller’s Best Awards and was a semi-finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. She was a 2018 RITA® Finalist in the Romance Writers of America Contest.

  • Dates: Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-noon
  • Registration Fee: $65

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Fundamentals of Screenwriting

Learn the basic elements of writing for the screen, including proper structure and format and how to explain your story to others in clear and concise language

Instructor: Laurie Thomas works in documentary and narrative film. In 2017, her short documentary Black Girl Magic was nominated for a National Magazine Award. She is producer of the short dark comedy, Everybody Dies! Licensed for HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness. Her short drama Prima Donna won the 2012 Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Florida Film Festival and qualified for the 2013 Academy Award’s Best Live Action Short Film category. Her work has appeared on Essence, MTV, Huffington Post and Fusion.

  • Dates: Thursdays, May 2nd and May 9th, 7-9 p.m.
  • Registration Fee: $75

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Writing (For) Your Life: Autobiographical Fiction

Find out how to write your way into your life and overcome the anxiety of writing about oneself.

Instructor: Nathan Knapp’s writing has appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, Diagram, Puerto del Sol, The Collagist, Big Muddy, Blue Mesa Review, Tin House and elsewhere. He received his MFA in fiction from Oklahoma State University and is founding editor-in-chief of The Collapsar.

  • Dates: Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. beginning May 15
  • Registration Fee: $150

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Workshop Registration Policies

  • Workshop registration is available online through the Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa website or by mail. No registrations will be accepted over the phone or email.
  • Payments for workshops must be by credit card for online registrations or check/money order for mail-in registrations. No cash will be accepted.
  • If the workshop you would like to register for is full at the time you try to register, please sign up for the waiting list via email at You will be notified by email if a space opens up in the workshop.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to register for a workshop.
  • You will receive an email receipt when your payment has been received.
  • Registration is open until the workshop is filled or until three days before the first session.
  • The Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa reserves the right to limit the number of multi-week workshops for which participants may register per session. The Center also reserves the right to cancel a workshop in the minimum enrollment is not met.
  • Workshops may include short in-class writing exercises and outside reading assignments. Participants are expected to read and write comments about each other’s written pieces. Prior creative writing experience is not needed unless otherwise specified.
  • We are happy to accommodate the needs of participants with disabilities. Please email for assistance.

Cancellation Policy

To cancel your registration and receive a partial refund, you must call  918-594-8215 or email at least 10 business days prior to the beginning of the workshop.

Please note that a cancellation fee of $130 for Multi-Week Workshops and $50 for weekend seminars will be deducted from the amount you are reimbursed. NO refunds will be given after the 10-day deadline for cancellation.

These policies are subject to change at any time without notice.