Oklahoma Contemporary
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Literary Arts

Discover your inner Joan Didion or Octavia Butler with Studio School's offerings in writing. Each course has limited enrollment, ensuring that you will receive personal feedback on your progress from your instructor and peers in a warm, supportive environment.

Learn more about the instructors' backgrounds and teaching approaches here.

Questions about a multi-week class? Tuition for multi-week courses does not include materials. When signing up for a class, all students agree to abide by the policies set forth in the Student Handbook.

Eight-week classes | Jan. 16 - March 12
Four-week classes | Session 1 | Jan. 16 - Feb. 12
Four-week classes | Session 2 | Feb. 20 - March 19

Eight-week and four-week Session 1 | Jan. 10
Four-week Session 2 | Feb. 14

Because our community is now considered “high risk” for COVID-19 transmission by the CDC County Data tracker, we highly recommend all visitors and students over the age of 2 wear masks while inside our facilities. Masks are currently required for all staff and instructors.

Interested in more than just Literary Art? See our full class and workshop list here.
Click here to see syllabi and materials lists for all classes.

Four-Week Class | Memoir Writing: Find Your Focus

  • Date 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 – Feb. 9
  • Cost $125
  • Location Main Building | In Honor of Bryan and Kendall Hall Studio Two
  • Instructor / Presenter Doug Paulsen
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org
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Every story starts somewhere. This class offers simple techniques for selecting one aspect of your life to focus on, so that you can begin writing. You’ll learn how to choose a specific time or an aspect of your life — such as career, a relationship, a great vacation or a physical, emotional, or spiritual challenge. This class isn’t about criticism or critique, but rather offers guided writing exercises and a supportive environment. Stop stalling and start writing!

Course syllabus

Looking for artwork that explores personal memory and history? Check out Fugitive Speech, on exhibit until April 30.

Open Studio time is included with registration. Open Studio allows currently enrolled students to work on their projects in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios outside of class meetings. Availability varies weekly, and times are posted outside each studio.


Monday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday

Wednesday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Visit us at 11 NW 11th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405 951 0000
Fax: 405 951 0003

Oklahoma Contemporary
P.O. Box 3062
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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