Creative Writing Classes Online

Poetry, nature journaling, food blogging & much more…

Are you looking to grow your writing practice? Check out our catalog of online workshops coming this month. We cover a variety of topics that will give you the tools you need to take your writing practice to the next level.

New to creative writing? These are for you too! We cater to where you’re at in your writing journey so you can have the technical knowledge, inspiration, and confidence to create a regular practice.

Click on the links below to learn more about each of our classes and sign up.

Nature Fix
Tuesday Sept. 1st

Mary Oliver & the Art of Observation in Nature
Wednesday Sept. 2nd

Poem-A-Day: The Essential Guide
Thursday Sept. 3rd

Nature Journaling
Tuesday Sept. 8th

At Home Daybook
Wednesday Sept. 9th

Writing Mindfulness
Thursday Sept. 10th

Art & Nature: An Illustrated Anthology of Nature Poetry
Tuesday Sept. 15th

Your Daily Food Blog: The Prep and the Cooking
Wednesday Sept. 16th

Humor & Non-Fiction
Thursday Sept. 17th

Journal to Poem
Tuesday Sept. 22nd

Urban Nature Appreciation
Wednesday Sept. 23rd

Blog Serial Novel
Thursday Sept. 24th

Touching the Earth
Tuesday Sept. 29th

creative nonfiction

Creative Non-Fiction
Wednesday Sept. 30th

About Your Instructor: Troy Hess

Troy Hess is the founder of On the Yahara. A Wisconsin native, Troy has enjoyed nature and the process of writing for as long as he can remember. His passion for writing led him to complete a minor in English from UW-La Crosse and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing & Poetry from Winona State University, as well as to teach college English for 10 years at Viterbo University and Western Wisconsin Technical College.

Nowadays you can find Troy volunteering as a Land Restoration Team Leader for the UW Arboretum, writing for CHEW Magazine, teaching OTY workshops at Olbrich Gardens or the Arboretum, or writing about his favorite books, recipes, and travel destinations.

What Our Students Are Saying

“I attended one of the creative non-fiction workshops with Troy and I was really impressed with the session. Not only did we learn about the genre and cover interesting topics (including reading excepts from some wonderful texts), we also got to focus on our own writing. We had some prompts to work on and spent time discussing ourselves and our direction with our writing. The personalized nature of the classes gives you a chance to really focus on specific issues and concepts. I would highly recommend!”

– Scarlet via Google

“I’ve taken more than one writing workshop with On the Yahara and I plan to attend more in the future. Troy is a competent instructor and very personable. The workshops combine information with writing practice, which are both of interest to me. Troy was even generous enough to offer me feedback on my writing after one of the classes was over. I’d highly recommend this organization.”

–  Amy D via Google

“I did a narrative non-fiction workshop and it was great. Nice to meet up with a small group of like-minded people to talk writing and look at great examples.”

– K Montgomery via Google