The Writer's Path at SMU

Creative Writing


Summer Registration Open!

Our traditional 'pathway' class -- Creative Writing Foundation starts July 10. Workshops, open to ALL, are "popping up" all summer long! 

We are filling the summer with "pop"-up workshops! Two nights, drop in (or register online) dealing with specific topics and taught by your favorite TWP instructors! Just bring a check to class or bring your smartphone to log on and enroll IN class. Courses will be added throughout July, so keep checking in!: 

July 12, Rachel Goodman returns with her mind-blowing "Query" workshop.

July 18 & 25, J. Suzanne Frank invites you to "3-D Staging for the Written Word"

August 2 & 3, Kay Honeyman teaches you about "Beginnings and Endings"


Last call for TAOS summer camp -- registration is open HERE

How Taos gives you MORE

1) No travel. You arrive and you are there. No commuting. No errands. No drop-offs and pick-ups. How much extra time do you have in a day if you're not in your car?

2) No interruption. You enter the world of your story and never leave. You don't lose 20-40% of your time recovering from context switching. You talk about story at dinner. You dream about story at night. You have all day to work on story. You never have to "get back" because you never leave -- which means exponential progress in realization, understanding and empathy.

3) No decisions. Food is prepared for you. Schedule is set for you. Classes are established for you. All the 20,000 choices you make in your day, that wear you down so when it comes to making choices in writing, you're too tired, are chosen. Or minimalized ("Do you want watermelon or blackberries for dessert?") This frees up your creative energy to EXPLODE on the page!

If you've never had a chance to escape your day-to-day and live the writers (dream) life DO SO NOW. Discover how much more you have to give your writing!

Discover how much MORE of a writer you can be!

SMU-in-Taos is SMU's New Mexico campus. Lodging is dorm style casitas, meals are family style in the cafeteria and everything is open to the great outdoors! Come see for yourself why they call this the Land of Enchantment! The only prerequisite is Creative Writing Foundation, taken here in Dallas.


 Our greatest asset at The Writer's Path is our author/instructors -- so we'll be highlighting each of them all summer long! Rachel Goodman writes romance and teaches the most comprehensive Query workshop WE'VE ever seen! Get to know her better, HERE


Kay Honeyman is an alum of the program and our resident YA author and expert. Get to know her better HERE and make sure to sign up for her workshops this summer!


 J.Suzanne Frank is our fearless leader, so jump HERE to learn why, and sign up for her many summer workshops, too.

Amanda Arista is our home-grown fantasy and women's fiction author. Get to know her better HERE.

Carmen Goldthwaite is a fixture in Texas nonfiction writing. Get to know her better HERE

Get to know Keith Goodnight a little better, right HERE. He'll be teaching a workshop in June. And he'll be teaching a world building class in Taos!


Want to hear what we're about? Click here to listen to authors/instructors, Kay Honeyman, Daniel J. Hale and program director J. Suzanne Frank, on KERA's Think, talk about The Writer's Path at SMU.

You want to write. We teach you how.

Join us at The Writer's Path at SMU. We're a home for adults who are following the desire and fulfilling the dream of writing a book. Fiction or non-fiction, short story or personal essay, we are the place to learn craft, find allies and embrace the practice of writing. Our classes are non-credit, adult education, held once a week for four to six weeks, in the evening, on the main Dallas SMU campus. Classes must be taken in order, one at a time, because they build on each other.

 Start your writing journey on the Path.