Stanford students on an igloo-building expedition in Yosemite National Park.

Image by Andrew Todhunter.


Andrew Todhunter has taught writing craft to groups and individuals for more than fifteen years, including workshops in Paris and San Francisco. He often integrates mindfulness training and wilderness experience into his courses and workshops.



Todhunter has taught at Stanford since 2010, through the Department of Biology, the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, the Stanford Storytelling Project, Honors in the Arts, Continuing Studies and Residential Education, where he serves as Resident Fellow. He is the co-founder of The Senior Reflection, a creative capstone program in Biology, with Stanford neurobiologist and conservation photographer Sue McConnell, and a co-founder of the Stanford LifeWorks program.  



Since 1992, Todhunter has worked privately with individual writers of all ages and levels of experience, from published novelists to MFA students and writers new to the craft. Current clients include a leading biologist writing a memoir about encounters with wildlife to a prize-winning poet at work on a book of experimental nonfiction. Through video communication technologies and virtual environments, Todhunter works remotely with clients worldwide.

“Andrew’s warmth, his sincerity and his ability to create an inspirational learning environment all combine to make him an excellent workshop leader… His dedication to his students is inspirational.”

       —Charlotte Gullick, Director, Mendocino Coast Writers Conference

For more information about working privately with Andrew Todhunter on fiction or nonfiction projects of any length, please email:



In addition to private instruction, Andrew offers group workshops, intensive seminars and guided writing retreats in the United States, France, Italy and other international locations.

For the latest information on dates and locations for upcoming workshops and retreats, or to request a custom-designed workshop for a company or private group, please email:


A five-day intensive on writing craft in Venice, Italy. December 2019.

Open to all English-speaking writers, this five-day intensive workshop concentrates on strengthening the fundamental elements of strong, clear writing in fiction and non-fiction. While suitable for newer writers, the Venice workshop also serves experienced and published writers who wish to develop the stylistic and structural principles at the heart of their craft.   

The workshop format is highly interactive and includes lecture, written exercises, group exercises and extensive Q & A.          

Andrew Todhunter’s Venice Workshop is lively and deeply collaborative. Participants return engaged and inspired, with closely revised material and renewed passion for the written word.

To register or for more information about this workshop, please email: