The Writer's Path at SMU

Creative Writing


June Registration Open!

Our traditional 'pathway' classes -- Creative Writing Foundation starts June 8 and also July 10. Story starts June 1. Memoir starts June 5. Chapters, if you are eligible, starts June 1.

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. June is listed. Courses will be added throughout July, so keep checking in!: 

June 5 & 12, Amanda Arista kicks it off with "Romancing the Book."

June 6 & 7  J.Suzanne Frank follows with how to write a sex scene "Give 'em the Ooo lala!" 

June 19 & 26, Keith Goodnight teaches "Scene and Structure."

June 20 & 27 J.Suzanne Frank reveals "Triangles -- the Secret Key to Drama"

June 21 & 28, Kay Honeyman wraps up the month with "Character Design."


 Our greatest asset at The Writer's Path is our author/instructors -- so we'll be highlighting each of them all summer long! Amanda Arista is our home-grown fantasy and women's fiction author. Get to know her better HERE. She'll be teaching Story in June and all kinds of workshops all summer long!



Carmen Goldthwaite is a fixture in Texas nonfiction writing. Get to know her better HERE. She's teaching Memoir, Personal Narrative & Essay in June.


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


TAOS summer camp (for adults) registration is open HERE

Run away from the heat and humidity this JULY and join us in TAOS! 

Write all day! Eat organically and locally with your writing allies and instructors! Wear a sweater because temperatures dip into the 50s at night! Hike the winding trails of the Carson National Forest that are right outside your door! Walk and ride a bike everywhere! Take exclusive-to-Taos classes! Live like a full-time writer for a week.

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! Especially for writers : )


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.