Women’s Creative Writing Workshop (4 weeks) September 5-26 THURSDAYS 12-2PM (HST)


Dates: September 5-26 THURSDAYS

Times: 12-2 PM (HST)

Enrollment: 12

The Women’s Creative Writing Workshop is a mixed level two-hour generative writing workshop. Published authors, journalists, and creative writers attend this class. It works because I emphasize voice and because women are willing to dig in and support women to be brave on the page. This is designed for women to express their emotional truth (writing fact or fiction) and to further their voices. This class addresses craft skills and creative process of narrative across fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction. You will leave class with improved writing skills and a clear understanding of your writing strengths, process, and literary interests.

Course includes an optional 30 minute one-on-one session.

Previous Guest Writers: Anjoli Roy, Gail Vida Hamburg, Ishle Yi (Lani) Park, Shonda Buchanan,  Amanda Fletcher, E.J. Koh, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Vanina Marsot, Emily Bernard,  Camille Wanliss, Jenna Le, Nahid Rachlin, Devi S. Laskar, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Renee Simms, Veronica Golos, Tamiko Nimura, Maya Shanbhag Lang

FALL 2024 TEXTS: Behind Me is the Sea by Susan Muaddi Darraj, Willow Weep for Me by Nana-Ama Danquah, Dream Elevator by Marisa Lin

SPRING 2023 TEXTS: Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira. T. Lee and The Magical Language of Others by E.J. Koh


SPRING 2021 TEXTS: PERSIAN GIRLS by Nahid Rachlin, MEET BEHIND MARS by Renee Simms


FALL 2021 WHAT WE CARRY by Maya Shanbhag Lang and WE HEREBY REFUSE by Tamiko Nimura and Frank Abe; Ross Ishikawa and Matt Sasaki










  1. Jendayi Smith

    I took Dr. Han’s 5 week summer course and absolutely LOVED it. She creates a safe space for women to write and learn from each other. I learned so much in those 5 weeks that I am now taking the 10 week course. I highly recommend Dr. Han’s class to every woman I know.

  2. Dr. Jane Park Senior Lecturer, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, Sydney University

    Thanks for bringing us all together, Steph, introducing us to wonderful women writers – including Gail Vida Hamburg and Shonda Buchanan – and creating such a warm and safe space for us to think and read and write together.

  3. Shelby

    What a wonderful writing class. Dr. Han cultivated such a trusting environment in which it was safe to explore and expand our minds. It was really so impactful in bringing me back into my writing in an intentional way. Thank you for that.

  4. Cristina Obieta

    Thank you, Stephanie, for bringing us together and shepherding us through an amazing 5 weeks! Your 5-week summer course was my introduction to you and your classes; and, was the best part of my summer! I have since signed up for your 10-week Fall course and am enjoying every minute of it.

  5. JP

    I took this class in summer 2020, and it was a breath of fresh air with everything going on in the world. Dr. Han is an amazing teacher and human being. She does an excellent job of motivating writers to tell their truth through empathy and love. I took her 10-week course right after this one which was also life changing.

  6. Lilly Nguyen

    This class was exactly what I needed. Stephanie creates a wonderful space through thoughtful writing prompts, insightful (and brief!) lectures, and amazing guest speakers. She is careful to the ways that women writers silence themselves before we even begin to write and this course does so much to energize the momentum we all need to step out onto the page. This class is a gift.

  7. Ku’ulani Keohokalole

    This class was great. Dr. Stephanie tells it like it is, and by that I mean she speaks truth to power and reminds us to do the same in our writing. I loved the tone she cultivated right from the beginning, instilling greater confidence in us to find our unapologetic voice. I didn’t take this class for any particular writing project; I took it to grow and learn, and it absolutely hit the mark on that for me. I strongly recommend.

  8. Amanda Graves

    I was in a bit of a writing funk and this class really pulled me out of my comfort zone and gave me the tools and motivation to keep writing. I recommend this class for people working on a project but also anyone who just needs a push to not quit.

  9. Leslie Portela

    This class changed my life as a writer. Stephanie incorporates the art of reading literature into a craft class, introducing it’s to diverse and some of the best writers doing daring things! I highly recommend this class plus I haven’t stopped writing since taking it.

  10. Sasha Moghimi-Kian

    I absolutely loved this class! 2020 had me in a writing and reading funk and I thought I’d push myself by signing up. Stephanie gave us such rich, fulfilling readings and then prompts that had me thinking about my novel again. Her encouragement and carefully thought out writing tips supported me and my classmates and we felt free to share and communicate on an intimate level. Stephanie also reads a piece you’re working on and then meets with you one-on-one to discuss it and her commentary is so thoughtful and perceptive. I highly recommend working with and learning from Stephanie through her classes and teaching! She is amazing!

  11. Nowal Nasir

    I recently took Dr. Han’s 5 week writing course and it was AMAZING. I had the opportunity to hear and learn from different successful female writers, a chance to write in a creative, safe space and was able to reconnect with my passion for writing. She provided timely, effective and in-depth feedback, encouraged participation and included everyone in the discussion. I highly recommend Dr. Han’s class to everyone as a way of exploring not just their passion for writing but also as an opportunity to delve in, reflect upon and come to terms with things that affect us as women.

  12. Marisa Lin

    I attended Stephanie’s 5-week Women’s Creative Writing Workshop in August 2021. She provided a warm, safe space to share and connect with other writers. I felt empowered by her reminder that as women, our stories are worth sharing. Stephanie is knowledgeable, candid, and funny and I would highly recommend her class.

  13. L Lawrence

    While this course was directed primarily to “women of color” through Stephanie’s assertion and reading materials selected, it always had potential to reach all individuals’ core needs for creative direction, regardless of background. I experienced these benefits most at the course’s conclusion when getting feedback on my 5K word optional submission. I strongly encourage future participants to take advantage of that valuable one on one “bonus” opportunity for feedback and instruction.

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