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1-on-1 Creative Writing Workshops and Coaching on Zoom
For Beginners, Experienced Writers, Writers with Some Experience & Returning


"You have inspired me beyond words! I will have two stories included in  the upcoming micro fiction anthology from W.W. Norton. My dream. I thought you should know as you started me on this journey". 


--Francine Witte, Author of many books, including The Way of the Wind, a flash novella, and Dressed All Wrong for This, flash fiction.



Fast Fiction, The 1st Writing Guide for flash, micro and short shorts as well as writing longer works using prompts. Available on Amazon in English & in a German Edition.

Roberta Allen

The Playful Way to Serious Writing, Houghton Mifflon, available on


The Playful Way to Knowing Yourself, Houghton Mifflin Available on Amazon 


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I can help you write flash/micro stories, short stories, memoirs, novels and other prose, including hybrid and experimental prose. Using my unique methods, I will guide you through the process and give you specific advice and critiques and--if you need it--inspiration! The methods I developed have worked for thousands of people through my writing guides and workshops.


When I work with each writer, I take into account each one's writing practice and skillset. No two courses look the same. Each one is tailored to the writer's specific needs though at every session a revision is read out loud which we then discuss. There is no "right" way to write but I do emphasize language, structure and rhythm. If you are interested--but not a beginning writer--please send a writing sample of 3/4 to 1 page with your phone number, so we can get acquainted but please send an email first.

Five 1-hour classes $450. All classes are paid in advance. You may also

take a 1-hour discounted class for $80.

"Roberta really tunes in to each writer and almost by osmosis knows what each one wants to say even before the writer does.I actually got the stories from that Intensive revised + published! I was so happy with the Intensive that I joined the longer prose workshop and am now writing a memoir in micro stories.”


--Susan Shaw, Artist &  published writer



"What you taught me over the years was invaluable. Your encouragement and guidance motivated me to keep writing." 


--Larry Silberfein, Creative Director & published writer



"Roberta's insightful  feedback has greatly improved my writing."


--Paul Wirhun, Artist



"I never thought I had the talent to write until I had Roberta’s guidance and support.”​


--Lisa Grossman, Life Coach, Writer



"Roberta helped me push through writer's block and tell the stories I wanted to tell. Her classes were invaluable."



--Will Ryman, Artist & playwright


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Roberta's nine books include a novel, a novella, three flash/micro and short story collections, a memoir and 3 writing books. Over 300 of her micro + short stories have been published. She taught at The New School for many years and in the Writing Program at Columbia. Since 1991, Roberta has helped thousands through her writing books, private workshops and classes at  The New School and


She was a pioneer in flash and micro

fiction. See her book Fast Fiction.

"You are always insightful and most perceptive commenting on all students' work, which gives me the confidence to explore without fear."


--Marilise Trotto, Actor


"Roberta's simple techniques and exercises quiet the mind allowing the writer to focus on fresh work. Her workshop inspired me to write micro fictions, a genre I had been attempting. I came away with ten micro fictions and a new confidence in the freshness of immediacy."

-Judyth Emanuel, author of the novel, Yeh Hell Ow

Many More Testimonials >>>




"Roberta has been an enormous help and inspiration on my novel writing journey. She has helped me make a clear and concise outline so for the 1st time I see the trajectory of the plot. As we work line by line on individual chapters, she is sensitive to the rhythm of the language as it appears in narrative, description and dialogue. Within each scene, she helps me further the plot and development of the characters. It is a pleasure and a privilege to have Roberta as an instructor."


-Stephanie Hart, author of Mirror Mirror, a collection of Memoirs and Stories

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