This Level III creative writing course runs for 8 weeks from 25 September – 20 November with a hiatus on 23 October. The course meets Wednesday evenings from 18:30 – 21:00 at Boekhandel van Rossum, Beethovenstraat 32, 1077 JH Amsterdam. Class size is 6-10 people.

In Level III, writers bring together the skills acquired in Levels I and II. The focus is on deepening the emotional connection in your writing and further developing your own voice and material. Fiction writers work on building and sustaining readers’ interest over longer pieces. Weekly reading assignments and in class discussions provide inspiration and help you continue to hone your technique.

Each week you’ll have the option to create your own exercise based on that week’s reading or to continue to develop a previous exercise. You can also schedule one night per term to bring in up to two poems or 3000 words (roughly 8 pages) of work outside of the regular syllabus for critique.

This course is open to writers who have completed Level II or who hold a degree in creative writing and by permission of the instructor. If you’re not sure if you qualify, get in touch.

Level III has no set curriculum—each term is different. Most writers take three or more terms of Level III. Writers are considered ready to move to Level IV when they are able to: create strong, detailed preambles to guide the critique of their work; identify and apply techniques relevant to their work from the reading; and demonstrate independence and technical mastery in revising and completing stories or poems or drafting a novel. At the end of each term your instructor will help you decide on the best path forward.


If something comes up and you can’t take the course, let us know at least 24 hours before the first class (so we can offer your spot to someone else) and we’ll give you a complete refund. If you decide to drop out after the first class, let us know within three days, and you only pay for the first class—we’ll refund the rest. And if at any point in the term your circumstances change such that it’s impossible for you to complete the course, we can offer you a credit voucher based on the number of classes remaining that you can apply to another course within a year.

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