The Writing Studio
Almost Authors

Almost Authors is a five-day creative writing workshop for students entering 3rd through 12th grades. Students create fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. We welcome writers of all abilities and interests. Workshops are held at the Kentucky Avenue School in Shadyside.

Check back in early 2015 for next summer's dates!

Almost Authors Details

  • Workshops take place at the Kentucky Avenue School in Shadyside at 5701 Fifth Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15232
  • Cost for the workshops is $150. Fees may be paid in cash, debit/credit card, or check (payable to The Writing Studio.)
  • Classes hold no more than 10 kids.
  • Participants will receive confirmation one week in advance of the workshop; at that point, payments are nonrefundable.
  • Writing utensils, paper, notebooks, and snacks are provided.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

The Writing Studio
153 South Fairmount Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Telephone: 412.362.4714

E-Mail: thewritingstudio@mac.com

Testimonials

I really enjoyed the summer workshop and I thought that it was very effective. This workshop taught me a great deal of writing tips, skills, and techniques, as I walked out of camp every day having learned something new. I look forward to attending again!

Yael Eiben

My college freshman and middle school-age daughters have been tutored in English and writing by Julie Albright. Their time with Julie has solidified a fundamental knowledge of grammar and punctuation, and they now know how to research, organize and complete writing projects. My older daughter transitioned into college writing without any difficulty. She was well-prepared. Julie is a gifted teacher and she's fun to be around. Kids enjoy being with her!

Beth Saxon

Julie has helped me so much throughout my high school writing career. Coming from an elementary school with a very weak writing program and into a high school with an outstanding program put me very far behind the other students in terms of writing structure and style. However, within a few sessions of working with Julie, my teachers noticed that my writing and analysis had improved exponentially. I'm very glad to have had such excellent guidance in my early years.

Liz DeCarlo

In addition to teaching children the nuts and bolts of grammar, sentence structure, and paragraph formatting, she has the uncanny ability to teach them to become creative writers. Best I can tell, she helps them discover their own writing style by closely listening to their thoughts and ideas on a specific topic. She then shows them how to turn these ideas into creative prose. Over time, they become self-sufficient in their ability to turn their 'brainstorming' into well-written, beautiful, and unique essays that clearly embody their own thoughts.

Cathy McEllistrem

My son developed into a creative, organized writer with the help and guidance of Julie Albright. More importantly, he developed a strong appreciation of the written word.

Lynn Cauley

Julie has tutored my son every summer throughout his high school years. He has also attended the Almost Authors writing workshop each summer. Julie is very personable, and most importantly, she has always motivated Collin to do his best. He always looked forward to her writing workshop. The kids enjoy themselves and learn at the same time!

Kathy Raborn

Julie tutored each of our three sons during their challenging high school years. Through their sessions with her, each one began to enjoy the writing process more and to write with greater ease, and each became more confident in his writing abilities. They were able to hear and take suggestions from Julie that they couldn't from their mom and dad, so writing also became one less area of potential parent-child conflict.

Heather Lawrence

Since Julie has tutored/taught my teenagers how to really write a paper, I have never had to worry about their ability to express themselves correctly and get that A.

Carol Tabas

I absolutely loved the writing camp. It made me think of writing in a totally different way. I really never did poems, but after we did them in class, I wrote them all the time. I still do! I even use the outlines we did for our stories. The writing program is an incredible program that I would suggest trying.

Monica Tinsley

My daughter Monica attended Almost Authors for two years in a row and is hoping to attend again. We carpooled with other students and it was fun to hear them talking about how much they were enjoying themselves.

Marc Tinsley

I have gone to the Writing Studio summer workshop for as long as I have known Julie (7 years). Now that I'm going to college it pains me to realize that I won’t be able to participate in it this summer.

Tristan Caloyer

Top Ten Reasons Why The Writing Studio Was Awesome
  1. No one liked the fruit roll ups so I always got to eat them.
  2. Kept me off the streets. Just kidding.
  3. Writing has yet to get me in trouble for being mouthy on paper.
  4. Comfy atmosphere.
  5. My mom's happy because I spent my summer productively.
  6. I'm happy because it didn't really feel like it.
  7. Gave me an audience for my stories.
  8. The writing exercises were useful. And they sure beat English class.
  9. Writing let me create a way better reality. And by better, I mean more exciting.
  10. Ten is a really big number.
Emmie Rosenberg

I have worked with Julie since elementary school as a writer in her studio and classroom, and now she helps me with cover letters and essays. I wouldn't choose anybody else as an editor. She helps me get thoughts out of my own head and shows me how to put them on paper!

Elisa Long

After my youngest son left for college I decided to finally finish the Bachelors degree that I had started 25 years ago. I can honestly say I would have thrown in the towel after the first writing assignments at the University of Pittsburgh if I hadn’t had Julie there to help me along. Julie is an excellent tutor, very patient and with a great sense of humor to make the process fun. I highly recommend Julie — I have to friends and family, and no one has been disappointed.

Jackie Spagiare

Before I had lessons with Julie, my writing was a mess and my essays made no sense. After a few lessons I was a writing pro; I even submitted a few editorials to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. If you're looking for someone to help your child with writing skills, there is no one better than Julie Albright.

Dan Carretta