Exploring craft, inspiring creativity, and fostering community so you can find your way with words.


For 34 years, the Center for Creative Writing has been guiding aspiring writers toward a regular writing practice.

Founded in 1990 by award-winning writer and former NYU workshop leader Elizabeth Ayres as a series of in-person gatherings in her home, the Center for Creative Writing went online in 2000. Ayres expanded the Center’s offerings and teachers in 2014; and in April 2017, Ayres retired and appointed one of those teachers, Stacia Fleegal, to assume directorship. Read more about Elizabeth Ayres.

Fleegal continues the Center’s mission to offer affordable, accessible, inspiring online writing courses for anyone who wants to write, in a community of inclusion and support, not criticism and competition. She also brings an expansive vision that builds on the Center’s foundation of reverence for the creative process and belief in the sanctity of self-expression. Read more about Stacia Fleegal, and about what makes the Center special among writing organizations. 

The Center is comprised of five published writers and experienced writing educators who are committed to helping those new to the craft as well as those seeking to deepen their practice of writing. Meet our teachers.

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