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Building a Writer’s Habit: 4-week Course with Zahra Noorbakhsh

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Instructor: Zahra Noorbakhsh
Dates: Thursdays, 7:30–9:30pm EST (4:30–6:30pm Pacific)
April 11–May 2, 2024

Free up your mind and spirit to focus on the creative elements that matter in this unique class Zahra Noorbakhsh. The award-winning podcaster, essayist, and comedian will help you build a writer’s habit in four-weeks. Find out how to set yourself up for success, avoid burnout, and get it done. We’ll myth bust, establish tools and terminology for reliable self-assessments, and get diagrams and trackers that reveal the machinery of our existing writing habits as we rework them. Chuck that “all or nothing” thinking for a process you can count on. Come in with any writing project or use the weekly prompts that will be provided for measurable gains and new ease. (More details below)

Payment plans can be arranged. Email to request.

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Over the course, students will:

  • Learn the science behind habits
  • Create a sustainable habit system that outlasts the class
  • Gain a community of folks as a support network to build and maintain a writer’s habit

Suitable for writers at all levels. If you’re unsure whether this course is for you, ask us at info@pandemicuniversity.com

Thursdays, 7:30–9:30pm EST (4:30–6:30pm Pacific)
April 11–May 2, 2024

  • Class 1 (April 11): Myth Busting & Habit Building
  • Class 2 (April 18): Workflow & Goal Setting
  • Class 3 (April 25): Reframing Scarcity Mindset & The Science of Persistence
  • Class 4 (May 2): Fears, Failures, and Recalibration: How to Refine a Writer’s Habit
“Zahra is amazing! She got me to write faster, funnier, and deeper than any other writing class ever has. And her classes are fun!” —Caroline Wampol
“I’ve learned an arsenal of comedic writing tools which transfer to any genre, met great cohorts who are supportive, and have had lots of fun. She tailors the sessions towards your work and hones your authentic voice whether it is to publish or perform. If you have a story, Zahra is the best guide to steer your gem into being! Go, sign up! Go now!” —Siwaraya R.
“Zahra’s class blew my writing anxiety away. I no longer fear the blank page, I embrace it! It’s unbelievable how much golden knowledge Zahra has, my only wish is that I found her sooner. Take this class if you want to gain more insight into what is stopping you from your full potential genius and why the world needs your writing.” —Christina Igaraividez

After checkout, you’ll receive a receipt with a link to download your syllabus, which will include Zoom passcodes, pre-class homework, and additional course information. You will also receive an emailed reminder a few days before your first class.


Pandemic University is committed to offering a fulfilling and inclusive education. Classes are held via Zoom with Closed Captioning features enabled through auto-transcription technology. A teaching assistant will be present to correct transcription mistakes and assist in other ways. The course includes workshops and class discussions, thus students are required to participate through audio; accommodations can be made for people with speaking or other disabilities if they inform us ahead of schedule. Video is encouraged of all students in order to optimize everyone’s virtual classroom experience.


This course is intended for committed students. Feedback is tailored to the student. No prior experience writing is required. You may enter the course with ideas for your writing exercises, or you can use writing prompts provided by Zahra.

Please be on time, meet your deadlines, and read other classmates’ pieces to workshop together.

In addition to attending each class, you are expected to be available across all dates to complete your writing assignments. If your work is more than 48 hours late, however, you may or may not get feedback.

The course is intended for live participation, however, if you can’t be present for a class, or must leave early, a recording will be provided in the student folder the morning after.

Students are expected to be present and intellectually curious during class time. Please be ready to participate with working cameras and audio. If you’re ever stuck or may need accommodation, please reach out to your instructor or TA. Remember that instructors are people and cannot know what we don’t tell them.


Space is limited to 20 students. Anyone wishing to cancel their registration has until April  4, 2024 to receive a guaranteed refund. If you cancel after April 4 but before April 10, 2024 we will only offer a refund if and after the vacated spot is filled. No refunds whatsoever will be offered after the course begins on April 11. Violations of the Code of Conduct may also result in your removal from the course without compensation.


Although PanU is technically a fake university, we’re committed to high standards of artistic integrity, quality education, and maintaining a safe virtual environment for students. Abusive behaviour toward classmates or instructors will not be tolerated at any point during the course, including in private messages, and will result in expulsion without refund.

Other violations that could have you expelled from this course include: refusing to participate in group workshops; plagiarism and misrepresentation of others’ ideas as your own; sharing recordings of classes; sharing classmates’ work without their consent; and racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia either in your notes feedback to classmates or in your written work.

The final say on whether or not you continue in class belongs to the instructor alone. If you have any questions, email info@pandemicuniversity.com.