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? Browse the Studio School syllabi for more details on class topics, projects and required materials and supplies. 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.

Studio School Fall Session | Sept. 27 - Nov. 21, 2021
Member registration opens Tuesday Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.
General registration opens Monday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m.

Online Four-Week Class | Crafting the Personal Essay

  • Date 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 4 - Aug. 25, 2021
  • Cost $85
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Jezy Gray
  • Age Requirements 18+
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Explore the craft of writing and publishing personal narrative essays. Part book club and part workshop, this course includes regular readings based on a different theme each week. Students will discuss classic works by masters like James Baldwin and Joan Didion, along with essays by writers publishing in print and online today. In addition to participating in critical conversations about the building blocks of strong narrative writing, students will workshop their own essays together throughout the course and leave with a final draft of a creative nonfiction piece drawn from their own personal experience. All reading materials will be made available online. Registration closes on Sunday, July 25 at 11:59 p.m.

Four-Week Class | Happy Little Accidents: Language Creations

  • Date 6-8 p.m. Mondays, July 12 - Aug. 2, 2021
  • Cost $65
  • Location Main Building | Bryan and Kendall Hall Studio Two
  • Instructor / Presenter 18+
  • Age Requirements Dr. Julie Ward
  • Contact studioschool@okcontemp.org

Participants in this course will create works of literary art (poems, songs, stories, essays, hybrid pieces) from prompts based on Bob Ross' famous concept of "happy little accidents." Prompts will range from text-message typos and misheard lyrics to translating birdsong and summoning randomness. Learn to find inspiration in the most unexpected places and to turn accidents into literary art. Registration closes Sunday, June 27 at 11:59 p.m.


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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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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