Classes with Dr. Stephanie Han

Write your story! These online classes are your opportunity to craft your emotional truth through the art of narrative. Learn craft, process, interact with writers, and express your creativity in a space that honors your story. 

You will leave class with a draft or one or more stories, ideas that you will further explore, a thesis about your literary approach, and/or most significantly, a deeper understanding of how and why your story is significant.

All residents of Hawai’i receive a 20% kama’aina discount.

Use  code “HIDOE2020” when you register.

Dr. Stephanie Han’s personalized instruction makes her an exceptional teacher who helps everyone believe in the story they have to tell and discover unique ways of unleashing their creative voice. She has been a guide, a mentor and inspiration for me both as a writer and teacher. Under her guidance… I made a life transforming journey to my first short story publication.

Nowal Nasir
Writer and Postgraduate Student, Department of Education, University of Oxford

Stephanie Han is a rare jewel of a writing teacher—a jadeite, a red beryl, a tanzanite. A practicing, award-winning poet and short story writer, she’s able to sublimate her own creative writing in service of her students’ work. As a writer of color herself, one who has lived between cultures on two continents, she empowers unrepresented and underrepresented voices to write their stories with courage and clarity. Dr. Han’s command of writing theory, literary scholarship, and post-colonial literature makes her acutely sensitive to craft and narrative. She is an incisive, luminous, erudite thinker who is able to help writers bring out their best selves through their writing.

Gail Vida Hamburg
Author of The Edge of the World

Women’s Creative Writing Workshop courses are mixed-level courses that emphasize the cultivation of voice and an understanding of narrative.

The 5-week format prioritizes the cultivation of voice and encourages women to express their creativity and emotional truth on the page, to ask and seek support for their work or ideas, and to further their writing abilities by understanding basic craft and process skills. There are several visiting writers, required reading, in-class writing, and students have the option to receive critique on one piece of writing at the end of the workshop session.

All classes are MA/MFA style classes and feature texts written by women. While many take the course in sequential order, this is not required.

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The 10-week format provides the opportunity for students to deeply explore literary craft skills, writing process, and how voice is linked to narrative. This workshop features a few visiting writers, required reading, in-class writing, and students have the option of workshopping one piece of writing during the last half of the course.

All classes are MA/MFA style classes and feature texts written by women. While many take the course in sequential order, this is not required.


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The goal of the Intersectionality: Manuscript Workshop, a multi-genre MFA style workshop, is to work towards the completion of a manuscript with the support of women who support your journey as a writer. Experience personal attention and support from peers who want to see you achieve your writing goals. While there is assigned reading, there is no in-class writing. All writers will be workshopped twice in class, and at the end of the workshop commit to one additional time to exchange work with several others outside of the class. These groups are determined by the instructor and follow the protocol established within the workshop.


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The 10-week Asian/Asian American Women’s Creative Writing Workshop is designed to support Asian/Asian American women who seek to read and understand some of the main thematic and aesthetic ideas that appear in Asian/Asian American women’s literature. Students explore literary craft skills, writing process, and how voice is linked to narrative. This workshop features a few visiting writers, required reading, in-class writing, and students have the option of workshopping one piece of writing during the last half of the course.


All classes are MA/MFA style classes and feature texts written by Asian/Asian American women. While many take the course in sequential order, this is not required.

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POWER JOURNAL: How to Write Your Truth is a class that encourages women to author a manuscript of personal truths by responding to a series of journal prompts that serve as a framework for the inner self. Through guided exploration supported by peer interaction and in-class writing, the student is empowered to synthesize her moral and ethical values, and in so doing, author a book of her personal philosophy.

There are optional assignments to encourage the practice of a reflective writing practice. Power Journal invites the student into critical analysis of belief by positing that the more clearly the student knows what she believes, the more easily she can manifest who she desires to be.

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Join the private limited enrollment 1-hour workshop Rewrite: Structure Your Divorce Story.

I believe narrative can enable a clear understanding of divorce and usher in greater awareness of self and healing. Stories set us free and allow us to manifest our purpose and dreams.

This class is a primer for a future workshop designed to support writers who may seek to write some portion of their story in class.

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On January 7, I am offering The Power of Story: We Create the Story of our LivesThis open gender limited enrollment workshop is designed for anyone to understand the origins of writing, the craft of storytelling, and will give participants an overview of how particular techniques are used to shape stories.


Knowing what a story is, how it is crafted, will allow you to better understand the position and framework of your organization, community, and self. Story is in every gesture of our existence.


The course is only free until December 31, so act fast!


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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.

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

Stephanie’s women’s writing classes are like nourishment for the soul! I highly enjoyed the power journal writing classes, in which I got the time and space to explore issues within a supportive camaraderie of women writers. The prompts were always thought-provoking, and the discussions after illuminating.