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Center for Poets and Writers Workshops

Tell your stories. Write a screenplay. Sculpt your poetry. The Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa has a noncredit workshop led by an award-winning creative professional 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

Fall 2019 Workshop Series

How to Write a Novel (In a Month): NaNoWriMo Kickstart 

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges you to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. In this one-night class, you will create and develop characters, setting, and plot so that by midnight on November 1, you’ll be ready to write! We’ll brainstorm and do writing exercises to get your creative juices flowing, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet with other NaNoers who will help you stay motivated through the month.

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.

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 7-9 p.m.
  • Registration Fee: $25

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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: Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. for six weeks beginning August 28
  • Registration Fee: $225

On the Page or On the Stage: Shaping Your Poetry

Rather than focusing on poetic forms, this workshop teaches the elements of poetry, how to create your own metaphors, the use of poetic devices to make your work more than stream of consciousness expression, and presentation. You will learn to sculpt your poetry for emotional impact, create detailed imagery or encourage your audience to think differently about the world around them with your words. 

Instructor: Deborah Hunter is a poet, spoken word performance artist, and actor. She has led workshops and worked as a poet-in-residence in schools and community programs since 1997. She advocates for the homeless and those with mental illnesses. 

  • Dates: Mondays, 7-9 p.m. for three weeks beginning September 9
  • Registration Fee: $115

Adventures in Food Writing

In this seminar/writing workshop hybrid, you: will learn the principles of drafting restaurant reviews; read and discuss essays, stories, and poems about food; create and share with your peers multiple, short written projects; and compose a final written work (approx. 7-15 pages) in the genres of your choosing (e.g., restaurant review, essay, story, poetry, etc.). As you write about food and discuss it with your classmates, you will also be asked to examine the role food plays in your personal, political, and social lives, and to contemplate how writing about food can do more than simply describe the way it tastes. 

Instructor: Eric Howerton has a background in creative writing and nearly 15 years of food writing credentials. He teaches writing and literature at OSU.

  • Dates: Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. for five weeks starting October 3
  • Registration Fee: $185


Explore elements of screenwriting, from idea to completed script. This workshop explores creating a short script (around 10 pages) to having the fundamental understanding to creating a feature-length script.

Instructor: Tvli Jacob (Choctaw) has worked with Walt Disney, ABC, Touchstone Pictures, and PBS. He currently manages the documentary film and multi-media components for the Center for Indigenous Health and Research Policy (CIHRP).

  • Dates: Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. for three weeks beginning October 9
  • Registration Fee: $115

Fiction in a Flash

Flash fiction provides a great vehicle for learning craft, exploring possibilities in fiction, and finishing a bunch of stories. In this 4-week workshop, you’ll read various examples of flash, talk about aspects of the stories, and write your own work.

Instructor: Christopher Murphy's fiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, This Land Press, The Jellyfish Review, decomP, and The Tulsa Voice. Chris is a native of the Boston area and an Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern State University.

  • Dates: Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. for four weeks starting October 15
  • Registration Fee: $150

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.