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Fall 2017 Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, journaling, guided imagry & music, health & wellness,
storytelling, travel writing, eulogies, writing through depression,
poetry, ekphrastic poetry, confessional poetry,
prose poems & experiments, poetry of the sea, poetry craft,
fiction, novel-craft,
memoir & creative nonfiction, flash narratives,
screenwriting, playwriting, comic books/graphic novels,
blogs/websites, comedy, songwriting, ukulele,
writers craft, research, & professional development, submitting, elevator pitches,
scrivener, plot/settings/planning/interviews, social media,
police interviews & investigation, stars & exoplanets, horror,
romance, law & lawyers, old english, self-publishing,
copy editing, grammar, punctuation, public reading,
calligraphy, zentangle, blank journal book making,
& classes kids & teen writers (including young songwriters)
in norfolk, virginia (hampton roads, va)



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We offer classes on weekday evenings, weekday mornings, and the daytime on weekends. All classes are listed on this page within their respective genre sections (i.e. all Poetry classes are listed together).
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The Muse Writers Center Classes

Looking for a place to express your inner writer? This session, we'll offer classes that meet for a variety of lengths, including one day & 2-, 3-, 4-, 6-, 7-, and 8-week classes. The Muse's instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Class size is usually capped at 8 or 9 students—classes with different maximum sizes are indicated in the class listing.
When you take a class at The Muse Writers Center, you'll find yourself part of a diverse community of writers in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Classes range from those geared for novice writers or those with some writing experience who are looking for a structured environment in which to bloom to those geared for intermediate, advanced, or professional writers.
No matter what kind of class you take, you will be a vital part of the class. Attendance and class participation is critical, as you will be helping both yourself and your classmates develop your craft.

General Classes and Writing Workshops

Some classes are seminars where you will be learning a specific aspect of craft. In general, classes combine creative exercises designed to inspire, readings selected to support your work, and discussions to stimulate that work within an encouraging and nurturing environment. Most classes include a workshop component--based on the undergraduate and graduate-level workshop model, where current work is distributed to all members of the group for helpful criticism and advice. In a workshop, students are expected to both produce work for group critique and take time to provide feedback to other class members. Deadlines and guidance from our experienced instructors encourage participants to produce their finest work.

Writing Studios

Continuing from the Intermediate Writing Workshop model, Muse Writing Studios are open to advanced and professional writers who are looking for a community and guidance while working on a project or refining their craft. Writing Studios are generally closed to open registration. Permission by the Studio's teacher and a submission of a writing sample is required for admittance into the Studio Group.


Classes to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

Unlock your Creative Voice with Guided Imagery and Music

Can’t find the time to write? Don’t know where your novel is going? Feeling uninspired? Try asking your subconscious about it. The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), developed by Dr. Helen Bonny in the 1960s, allows you to access your dream state and let go of barriers such as stress and fear so you can tap into your creative power. In this seminar, you will set an intention and then "travel" to a recorded music program; you will then process the experience through mandala drawing, journaling, and optional sharing. The music will help you drop into a non-ordinary state where you can bypass the linear logic of the left brain and access a vast inner scape of connections and feelings. Some travelers are kinesthetics, experiencing bodily sensations; some are intuitives, receiving impressions that lead to insights; some are visualizers, seeing imagery; and others are a combination of the types. Come experience your own unique journey into your imagination. Even a single image can help to crystallize a complex issue, unblocking stuck emotions and freeing you to create what you want to create. Appropriate for previous attendees of the Unlock Your Creative Voice workshop.
Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sheila Sheppard
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Start Writing, Keep Writing... Write Now: Wednesday Mornings

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write—in the moment—to cues and prompts, and then share your work in a safe and positive environment. (You can always opt out.) You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, nonfiction, fiction) to poetry. Class members may also bring one longer, written-out-of-class piece for an insightful group critique, under the guidance of your instructor.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 25
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: Meets: October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Journaling for Creative Growth

Oftentimes, the only way to access your creative potential is to put away your plans and simply get curious. In this structured and relaxed 4 week journaling workshop, we will write our way through our stuck spots and plugged up places in search of renewed creativity and overall growth. Through writing prompts, class discussion and weekly writing assignments, we'll explore the process of journaling for the purposes of igniting creativity and rediscovering joy in our writing.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning November 4
Instructor: Mira Roberts
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9, 16
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Seven Habits of Creative People

Cars need gas to go. Our bodies need food to move, and even computers need input to create an output. In this seminar, we’ll perform some maintenance on our creativity. When work starts to feel formulaic, clichés can creep in. And sometimes—even with tremendous planning—the source feels dry. Let’s refill the source and develop habits, routines, and techniques that will provide depth for your creative process. We all want ideas to keep flowing. Together, we’ll find ways to prevent the dry spells.
Saturday, November 4, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Susie Pedigo
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Let Your Words Flow: Write Anything

This general creative writing class is an invitation to hone your unique writing voice in a creative and open atmosphere. You will have the unique opportunity to explore what you enjoy, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. This multi genre workshop is an excellent first writing class as well as a place for seasoned writers to explore a different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative exercises, prompts, short readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You are welcome to share writing from home as well as selections written in the classroom.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning November 7
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: Meets: November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Travel Writing for the Passionate Adventurer

Some of the most moving—and enjoyable—writing throughout history has been travel writing. Foreign lands (and the strange lands nearby) can be illuminated through the sensory prose of an attentive writer. Take this seminar to equip yourself with the tools that bring the adventures home and on the page.
Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jesse Scaccia
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

Writing the Working Class

In this workshop on working class literature, we’ll discover its history and what defines it, and read historic and contemporary examples. Participants will personally explore modern working class poetry and flash stories, articles and reviews through prompts and exercises designed to meld the form with their own experience.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 11
Instructor: Al Markowitz
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: November 11, 18, December 2, 9
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Health and Wellness for Writers

In this course, we’ll cover basic principles of wellness, such as physical and mental health. We’ll discuss specific wellness issues we may encounter as writers, then discuss solutions. The goal is to empower YOU to take charge of your health and wellness in new and exciting ways. We’ll touch on topics that will improve your well-being for the rest of your life. It’s the course that keeps on giving long after it’s over!
Sunday, December 3, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Cait Woods
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Writing Through Depression

Writing can be one of the most healthy and powerful ways to navigate the darkness of depression. Personal insights can come to life through the pen, and light can be found. Take this seminar to learn ways to channel your more challenging feelings into something useful, positive, and potentially revelatory.
Saturday, October 7, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jesse Scaccia
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Writing the Eulogy

How do you say goodbye to a loved one after they’ve gone? Does it take a special kind of speaker to stand in front of everyone who ever knew a person and honor them? No, it just takes someone who cared. This seminar is designed to provide helpful tips, examples, as well as the dos and don’ts of Eulogy Writing. What to keep, what to cut, how to make it personal enough to establish a correction without drawing focus from the honoree. It will even include advice on what to do when something goes wrong. This is your opportunity to build a solid eulogy in a safe, constructive environment, with a truly objective audience providing positive feedback.
Sunday, October 15, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Tucker Casanova
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Start Writing, Keep Writing... Write Now: Wednesday Evenings

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write—in the moment—to cues and prompts, and then share your work in a safe and positive environment. (You can always opt out.) You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, nonfiction, fiction) to poetry. Class members may also bring one longer, written-out-of-class piece for an insightful group critique, under the guidance of your instructor.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 18
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Spark Your Creativity

Everyone is creative. There are tools that can help us be more creative, find our projects and knock down our inner walls. In this seminar, we’ll explore the creativity gene, how creativity works, why we get blocks, and discover some methods of breaking through the blocks. We’ll move quickly through five or six exercises in creativity, followed by discussion. Experiment in a place where success and failure are both part of the learning process. Bring with you a willingness to try something new, and you’ll discover that you have a wealth of creativity energy just waiting to be mined.
Saturday, October 21, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Susie Pedigo
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us

In this seminar we will find the stories that live inside us all. We will examine the ingredients needed to tell a personal story in such a way as to make it leap off our tongues and into the mind of a listener. Together, we’ll explore the various types of storytelling and gain insight into the growing professional community of storytellers. Join us for this interactive and participatory class. No previous storytelling experience is needed. Even if you aren’t sure what story you might want to tell, don’t worry--we will find it together!
Sunday, October 29, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sheila Arnold Jones
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Looking for Writing Law and Lawyers?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Songwriting or Ukulele?
Looking for Nearby Stars and Exoplanets?
Looking for The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener?
Looking for Writing Good Romance?
Looking for How to Self-Publish Your Book?
Looking for Playwriting?
Looking for Social Media for Writers?
Looking for Old English: Then and Now?


Poetry Classes:

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Wednesday Mornings

This class, for anyone interested in writing poetry, is designed to help you write and respond to poems through creative exercises, readings and discussions. Each member of the group will compose and revise original poems. Together we’ll explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 25
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Thursday Evenings

This class, for anyone interested in writing poetry, is designed to help you write and respond to poems through creative exercises, readings and discussions. Each member of the group will compose and revise original poems. Together we’ll explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 26
Instructor: Amanda Gomez
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 26, November 2, 9, 16,30, December 7
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

I Must Confess: Poems from Personal Experiences

Imagine sitting in a confession booth, the cold pew against your legs, the small screen separating you from the face of the priest who is listening. What if this formality was gone, and the only thing between you and your confession was the blank page? In this workshop, we will explore the writings of the original confessional poets, who transformed the terrain of poetry in the 1950s and '60s. We'll also look at the contemporary artists whose work primarily draws upon their personal experiences. These voices will guide us as we write and workshop our own poems based on our own stories and experiences. We will read Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Robert Lowell, Sharon Olds, Marie Howe, and many more!
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning October 24
Instructor: Libby Kurz
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Rose and the Thorn: Poems that Please and Pierce

What makes a poem give pleasure and delight? How do poems wound us and in doing so, improve us? This 5-week workshop will explore these questions. Traditional and contemporary poets such as Rumi, Emily Dickinson, Billy Collins, Toi Derricotte, Louise Gluck, Wendy Cope, Stephen Dobyns and others will serve as models to inspire new work based on the constructs of pleasure and pain, with writing done both in and out of class. Be prepared to try on some new forms for this series! The class has one lovable and inexpensive requirement—to purchase and read for the first meeting The Bat-Poet by Randall Jarrell (illustrated by Maurice Sendak); available at Prince Books or at Amazon.It's a parable for children and poets that sets the groundwork for our walk through words.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning November 4
Instructor: Suzanne Rhodes
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Prose Poems and Other Hybrid Experiments

What is a prose poem; what is a hybrid form? Not fish or fowl, not flower or tree, not solitude or song, but dream-creature born of the entire drunken and teeming territory between. In this workshop, we will explore examples of the prose poem and other hybrid forms which fuse the elements and techniques in poetry with a range of multidimensional and multidisciplinary approaches: flash/postcard poems, broadsides, lyric essays and memoirs, video works, collage, and others. We will read and study examples of prose poems and other hybrid works, with the aim to produce poems that mine the rich crossover possibilities of two or more genres.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning November 5
Instructor: Luisa Igloria
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Sea as Metaphor: Poetry of the Sea

This course has two goals... members will learn to critically analyze great poetry of the sea and then apply their knowledge and insight to producing poetic work inspired from that journey. From Charles Olson's "projective verse" to the vocabulary of the sea and the rhythmic structures that suggest the sea, The Sea as Metaphor is perfect for the critic, poet, and creative artist inside us all.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 11
Instructor: Robert Arthur
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: November 11, 18, December 2, 9
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work may be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (monthly)
a 4 meeting session beginning October 17
Facilitator: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional poets; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 3 poems) via email
Meets: October 17, November 21, December 19, January 16
Seats Remaining: 2

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning poets and new members with poetry writing/workshopping experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 2
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 2, 16, 30, November 13, 27, December 11
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

31 Poems in 31 Days: Writing Your Way Through OctPoWriMo

How many poems have you written this week? This month? This year? Sometimes the biggest aid to creativity is a deadline. In this workshop we’ll work on the hardest part of the writing process—creating the first draft, and creating a lot of them, in a short amount of time. We’ll work our way to finishing the month of October with 31 first drafts of poems we can tinker with all through the dark winter months. We’ll explore ways to plan a daily writing practice and how to sneak writing time into our day, read the work of prolific contemporaries to help us prime our pens, use daily prompts to keep us going when our imaginations run dry, and share our work in a workshop setting to spur discussion, thought, and ideas.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 7
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 7, 14, 21, 28
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Ekphrastic Hybridity: The Poet Photographer

Bring your pen, paper, and camera and join poets Eddie Dowe and Jeff Hecker, as well as artist Nicole Harp, in a four-week course exploring techniques of ekphrastic poetry and photography. Students will embark on a photographic field trip in the city, create ekphrastic poetry based on their photos, participate in several image-based writing exercises, spend a class workshopping and polishing their written work, and display their final ekphrastic poem and photo at bus stops on Granby Street as part of a joint venture with HRT.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 7
Instructor: Eddie Dowe & Jeffrey Hecker
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 7, 14, 21, 28
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

No Poem, No Life: Orpheus, Marsyas, Sappho, and the Poetry of Urgency

In this class we will consider examples of poems fusing any element available to the poet in order to create a poem which the poet simply has to write. Examples will range from Paul Celan and Zbignew Herbert to Blondie, the Clash, Keith Richards, and Hank Williams. We will also read Villon, Shakespeare, Rimbaud, Catullus, Frank Bidart, Elizabeth Bishop, Cavafy, Homer, Sappho, Horace, James Wright and Franz Wright. What forms do poems of urgency take? How are they made? We cannot know but so much about the poets who wrote them, but we can study the poems themselves. Orpheus, the archetypal lyric poet singing to save his Beloved from death, Marsyas giving his life for his music, and Sappho bringing personal desires, passions and pains into consciousness through language will be our touchstones.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 8
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 8, 15, 22, 29
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Songwriting or Ukulele?
Looking for Submitting?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Journaling?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Health and Wellness for Writers?
Looking for Guided Imagery and Music?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Copy Editing?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Writing Good Romance?
Looking for How to Self-Publish Your Book?
Looking for Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us?
Looking for Travel Writing for the Passionate Adventurer?
Looking for Playwriting?
Looking for Social Media for Writers?
Looking for Old English: Then and Now?
Looking for Writing Through Depression?
Looking for Writing the Eulogy?


Fiction Classes:

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Thursday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 12
Instructor: Maggie Libby
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 12, 19, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday Mornings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 24
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Beginning the Novel

Learn how professional writers plan and create a novel from a beginning conception to a full-blown treatment or detailed map for the entire work. The course presents the fiction writing process as it relates to longer works, problems with dramatization techniques vs. expository techniques, and matters of plan vs. discovery. Central conflict, plot summary, character biographies, and scene-by-scene treatments will be discussed. Each student will be able to complete a schedule of practical steps for an actual novel by the end of the course. In addition, each of these steps will be reviewed in a class discussion setting, so that you will learn for yourself and from others. We will also look at how these steps relate to each other and how you will deal with them as you write your novel.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 9
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 9, 23, November 6, 20, December 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 10
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 10
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

The Fiction Workshop: Monday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 9
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 9, 23, November 6, 20, December 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 4
Instructor: Leslie Entsminger
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 4, 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 13
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Workshop: Wednesday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 4
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 4, 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 13
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Continuing the Novel

This workshop presents the ongoing process of writing a novel, including the production of central conflicts, plot summaries, characterization development, and other issues, leading to a specific, scene-by-scene treatment as produced by professional writers. The course is designed to prepare you for the actual writing process and completion of your novel. Pre-requisites include completion of the Beginning the Novel course or considerable fiction writing experience. The course is especially appropriate to those who have finished rough drafts of one or more novels.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 2
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 2, 16, 30, November 13, 27, December 11
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 2
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: October 2, 16, 30, November 13, 27, December 11
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 4
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: October 4, 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 13
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Screenwriting?
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Police Interviews and Investigation?
Looking for Writing Supernatural Horror?
Looking for Plot, Settings, Planning, Interviews?
Looking for Nearby Stars and Exoplanets?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Crafting the Elevator Pitch?
Looking for Writing Law and Lawyers?
Looking for The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Journaling?
Looking for Health and Wellness for Writers?
Looking for Guided Imagery and Music?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Songwriting or Ukulele?
Looking for Submitting?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for A Grammar Refresher?
Looking for A Punctuation Refresher?
Looking for Copy Editing?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Writing Good Romance?
Looking for How to Self-Publish Your Book?
Looking for Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us?
Looking for Travel Writing for the Passionate Adventurer?
Looking for Playwriting?
Looking for Social Media for Writers?
Looking for Old English: Then and Now?
Looking for Writing Through Depression?
Looking for Writing the Eulogy?


Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

Narrative Nonfiction in a Flash: Morning Session

In this workshop, nonfiction and memoir writers will be introduced to the genre of flash creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words). We will discover the craft of compelling nonfiction storytelling--but in a flash! Every week we will generate and critique new memoir and nonfiction stories and focus on the unique opportunities that flash gives every creative nonfiction writer. Working in a shorter form allows you take a fresh look at your work; you will also find ways to tighten your prose, to better focus and shape your story into something resonant and necessary.
Thursdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 26
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Wednesday Evenings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will learn, through published texts and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the class will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 18
Instructor: Liz Argento
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Monday Evenings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 9
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 9, 23, November 6, 20, December 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 5
Instructor: Liz Argento
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30, December 14
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

Building Your Memoir: From Blueprint to Book (and everything in between)

Returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience will learn, discover and share anything and everything involved in the seemingly daunting task of writing a complete memoir. We will decide what kind of memoir you want to write, what audience awaits your story, and most importantly, explore multiple organizational and creative techniques that will make the completion of your project possible. Prerequisites include completion of one of our Memoir or Creative Nonfiction Workshops or considerable memoir writing experience.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 18
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers who have completed of one of our Memoir or Creative Nonfiction Workshops or have considerable memoir writing experience
Meets: November 18, December 2, 9, 16
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Tuesday Mornings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will learn, through published texts and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the class will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 24
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 4
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 4, 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 13
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Advanced Narrative Nonfiction in a Flash

In this advanced workshop, creative nonfiction writers will continue their journey of producing quality short nonfiction narratives. Weekly prompts and readings will guide us as we continue to refine and tighten our stories through the power of brevity. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material every week with at least four opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 2
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers who have taken "Narrative Nonfiction in a Flash" or those with instructor approval or extensive flash nonfiction experience
Meets: October 2, 16, 30, November 13, 27, December 11
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Write Now?
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Screenwriting?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?
Looking for Songwriting or Ukulele?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Police Interviews and Investigation?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Plot, Settings, Planning, Interviews?
Looking for A Grammar Refresher?
Looking for A Punctuation Refresher?
Looking for Crafting the Elevator Pitch?
Looking for Writing Law and Lawyers?
Looking for Submitting?
Looking for Health and Wellness for Writers?
Looking for Guided Imagery and Music?
Looking for Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us?
Looking for Travel Writing for the Passionate Adventurer?
Looking for Playwriting?
Looking for Social Media for Writers?
Looking for Old English: Then and Now?
Looking for Writing Through Depression?
Looking for Writing the Eulogy?
Looking for Journaling?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Nearby Stars and Exoplanets?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener?
Looking for Copy Editing?
Looking for Writing Good Romance?
Looking for How to Self-Publish Your Book?
Looking for Zentangle?


Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

Social Media for Writers

Social media can be a powerful tool for personal connections, business networking, marketing and collaboration. Learn how to use tools like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to make connections, promote your work, and take your creativity to the next level!
Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sarah Hill
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Destroying the Ordinary: Writing Supernatural Horror

According to H.P. Lovecraft, a horror tale possesses "a certain atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces." He continues: "There must be a hint [...] of that most terrible conception of the human brain—a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard against the assaults of chaos and the daemons of unplumbed space." In other worlds, horror fiction dramatizes the sinister destruction of our ordinary, everyday lives. Strange. Why do we like to read and write about such an unpleasant experience? Can we describe the strange, even perverse pleasure we associate with stories of monsters, demons, zombies, mad-scientists, and brain-harvesting aliens? These questions will center our seminar on writing horror fiction. Students should expect a brief survey of classic horror fiction; additionally, students will compose three flash fictions in the horror genre that they can later expand. Students will also receive information about current markets for short fiction in horror.
Saturday, October 21, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jason Carney
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener

Scrivener is a streamlined and user friendly word processor that offers more to the writer than Microsoft Word or Mac Pages ever could. It’s designed for writing projects. You can organize your books, chapters, short stories, scenes, character sheets, setting descriptions, outlines, and anything else you can think of all in one easy-to-access document, which allows you to seamlessly switch between each element. To use the program to its full capacity, new users to the program need to know where to start. And experienced users are often unaware of the near-limitless customization and treasure trove of advanced features available to them. Combining visual and hands-on exercises, this seminar will teach you the basics of this amazing program and allow your writing projects to soar. This is for people with little to no experience in Scrivener. Participants must own a copy of Scrivener, to be brought to the meeting on a laptop. The program is available on the App Store, Microsoft Marketplace, and via their website: www.literatureandlatte.com.
Saturday, October 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christopher De Matteo
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Crafting the Elevator Pitch

Have you ever been dumbfounded when an innocent listener (or editor) asks, "Yes, but what’s it about?" This seminar will delve into the trends and success stories related to writing the perfect "elevator pitch." An elevator pitch is necessary so that perfect and imperfect strangers can understand, in a single burst of clarity, what you and your work are up to. It can also help you understand your work on an essential level. In the seminar, we’ll hear twenty famous elevator pitches, understand the dynamics behind them, and then discuss ideas for your own.
Saturday, October 28, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Colin Sargent
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Copy Editing

A good copy editor is a reader’s best friend. This seminar, led by an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor, can help any writer or editor who values clarity. We will cover ways to find and remove inaccuracies, tighten flabby prose, check every number in an article (even the hidden ones), and correct common mistakes in grammar and usage. We also will review deadline-tested methods to make a final review of an assignment to avoid mortifying embarrassments. If class members are interested, we can cover how to write killer headlines and photo captions. (After all, copy editors are the best-read writers at newspapers and magazines.)
Saturday, October 28, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dan Duke
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Writing Law and Lawyers

How many times does a witness break down on the stand and confess to the murder? Approaching zero. Trial scenes in novels often produce groaning inaccuracies that jerk readers right out of the fictional world you’ve carefully created. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by an experienced prosecutor and former criminal law professor, you’ll examine the trial process from beginning to end. Topics covered include: phases of the trial; roles of judge, prosecutor, and defense counsel; what jurors see and hear, types of evidence and its presentation; and examining and cross-examining witnesses. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, November 4, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jeffrey Walker
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Art, Technique, and Necessity of the Literary and Book Review

Have you read a great book you just need to tell everyone about? How would you like to spread the news and get published (and paid, maybe)? Come learn the ins and outs of writing the Literary Review and getting it published. We’ll look as the best examples and break down the techniques used by journalists and academics as well as: what, where, and how to submit for the best chance for publication. Join us for a seminar filled with information on how to better share your favorite books and a bit of fun.
Saturday, November 4, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Nearby Stars and Exoplanets

Whether your characters are orbiting a triple star or trapped on a sunless world, how you present the geography of interstellar space can lend verisimilitude to your science fiction writing. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will survey the variety of stars found in our local stellar neighborhood--from classics like Sirius, Tau Ceti and Alpha Centauri to lesser-known denizens like Porrima and Barnard’s Star. We will consider nearby stars which may nurture life, such as Epsilon Eridani and Zeta Tucanae, as well as double stars like UV Ceti, triple stars like 40 Eridani and even the quadruple system Alula Australis. From there we will examine some of the thousands of exoplanets discovered in just the past few years, from "hot Neptunes" and "super-Earths" to new planets which may have biospheres of their own. We will also explore the resources available to help you develop your own interstellar settings--whether a runaway moon hurtling through deep space, or a multiple-star system with a diadem of living worlds.
Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John Aguiar
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Settings: Give Your Characters Somewhere to Go

The right setting creates a vivid world for your story and characters to live within--whether a hospital in 18th century London, a farm in 2014 Virginia Beach, or a tavern on a planet a long time ago in a galaxy far away. Great settings are more than a backdrop for characters and action, they locate the reader in time and space and augment the world of the story as a metaphor, pose a challenge to the characters, and factor in the action. In this seminar, you’ll explore different ways to let setting breathe life into your work, while figuring out why your characters live in a specific time and place, as well as what happens when you change your mind about where to set your story.
Saturday, November 11, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Advanced Scrivener

Scrivener is a streamlined and user friendly word processor that offers more to the writer than Microsoft Word or Mac Pages ever could. It’s designed for writing projects. But you know that, already. You’ve started your project; you’ve written your story. You know how to create and organize your binder and maybe even have some experience with compiling. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In this seminar, participants will learn the deeper mechanisms, offering a whole new level of organization, opening greater doors to your creativity. This is for those who’ve taken the "Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener" seminar or for those who are already confident in the basics of the program. Participants must own a copy of Scrivener, to be brought to the meeting on a laptop. The program is available on the App Store, Microsoft Marketplace, and via their website: www.literatureandlatte.com.
Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christopher De Matteo
Open to: writers with Scrivener experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How to Self-Publish Your Book

You’ve written a great book, but the query letter/literary agent/publisher game isn’t your cup of tea. Have you considered self-publishing? With print-on-demand, it's easier than ever to get your book into print—and e-books are even easier! From platform choice to formatting and cover design, this workshop will answer your questions and walk you through the process of getting your manuscript ready to market in both print and e-book formats.
Saturday, November 18, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lisa Ray
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Art of the Interview

You’ve probably heard about the art of conversation, but when it comes to nonfiction and journalism, there’s an art to interviewing as well. It’s an art that’s never fully mastered, of course, because each interview subject is different, but the goal of this class is to provide tips that will help you make the most of every interview you conduct. This seminar, led by a pop culture writer with over 20 years of experience in chatting with actors, musicians, and other often-prickly creative types, will cover the process of doing your research, preparing your questions, having the right equipment, knowing what to ask, how to ask it, and what not to ask, and—perhaps most importantly—knowing when to stop asking and start listening.
Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Will Harris
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Beyond the Linear Plot Structure

Not every story has to be told from beginning to end. Plot is the equivalent of the architectural design of your story. Just as there are round and square buildings, buildings with buttresses and houses inside caves, there are stories that are told out of sequence. This workshop will focus on some prototypes that can help writers organize their thinking about plots in general and offer alternatives, such as spiral stories and meandering plot, to the traditional linear structure. We will examine how various plot structures lend themselves to particular stories and affect how they are perceived by the reader.
Saturday, December 2, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

A Punctuation Refresher

"Let's eat Grandma" or "Let's eat, Grandma." Commas might not save lives, but they sure help clarify written work. Can you imagine reading a story with no punctuation? It would be like driving with no traffic signs to guide you. Those little commas, semicolons, apostrophes, hyphens, quotation marks and periods help us navigate written work. Correct use of punctuation marks is governed by specific rules. Learn them in this seminar. When you submit your work, you don’t want editors to reject it because of avoidable mistakes.
Saturday, December 2, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Witnesses and Suspects, Police Interviews and Investigation

"Book ‘em, Danno!" Tales of crime and punishment often take central stage in our stories. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted police officer, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you are writing crime stories, mysteries, or detective stories, or simply need a better understanding of police procedures and investigation to make a character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: arrests and interrogation, police intelligence and investigations, lie detection, and witnesses and suspects. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lt. Michael Lovely
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

How to Submit Your Work to Magazines and Journals

You’ve crafted your writing; now it’s time to get it published! This two-session seminar will guide you through the world of submitting to literary journals and magazines from start to finish. First, we'll discuss our individual publishing challenges, review our work in an optional short workshop, and then start pulling together a submission while we learn about file organization, proper formatting, crafting a cover letter, finding markets that fit our work, and how to utilize social media. Then after we've had time to research and hone our submissions we'll meet again to review our cover letters, share the markets we found, discuss copyright, fees, paid markets, time management, review some exercises to help you keep writing and submitting. learn how to handle the enviable rejections and answer any additional questions. By the end of this two-session seminar you will have learned everything you need to know to confidently send your work into the world!
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting session beginning December 9
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: December 9, 16
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Planning and Strategies for Authors

Writers are familiar with the major stages of writing—research, drafting, and editing/revising. But there’s a fourth step&mdsah;planning—which often is ignored, presumed, or hidden in the writer’s head. There are many benefits to having the planning stage out in the open, not the least of which is being able to revise the plan when things go awry or circumstances change. In this seminar, we will discuss some of the strategies that can smooth the writing flow. Topics will include setting goals, form, schedule, intent, focus, audience, point of view, tools to use, and how to reference and modify the plan later in your writing project’s life.
Saturday, December 9, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John McCarthy
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Old English: Then and Now

The seminar will include an overview of the grammatical structure of Old English and the twists and turns taken on its fascinating trek through history. We will discuss how to avoid common mistakes in the construction of characters and places of the period, and learn how to use what we know of our fleeting but fascinating mother tongue to amplify and excite our own creativity and writing today.
Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dean Silkstone
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Preparing for Your Reading

Learn to bring your writing to life at public readings and open-mics. This interactive, small-group workshop will focus on simple oral and physical techniques to teach you the skills to read like a pro. You’ll practice reading your own writing—with constructive feedback—to help you become an effective, engaging reader.
Saturday, January 6, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4 of 4

Creating a Web Presence and Blog

Bring your laptop, or other web-enabled device and join and craft a site fit for any author or budding blogger. In this hands-on workshop you’ll create and publish multiple personalized webpages including your blog, utilizing both WordPress and Blogger. See, learn, and complete the steps needed to build your own website and blog for free using the popular hosting sites and their easy to use built in tools. We’ll explore creating pages and posts, adding media and links, managing comments, getting feedback, customizing your site’s appearance, and the basics of promoting your site via social media. (Not all web-enabled devices are created equal. A few features may be limited, work differently, or not at all if you are using a smart device or tablet.)
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 1
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: October 1, 8, 15, 22
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

A Grammar Refresher

(Who, whom) do you think should take this workshop? Each of the writers who (has, have) problems with grammar. Everyone who writes should know (his/her, their) grammar rules. This session will help you refresh your grammar knowledge and polish your writing skills, so you will make (less, fewer) mistakes. (Answers: who, has, his/her, fewer)
Saturday, October 7, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)

Writing Good Romance

Have you ever wanted to write romance, but didn't know where to start? Fear no more! Writing good romance is simpler than you think. We will discuss elements of the romance genre, romantic story arc structure, and ways to think outside the heart-shaped-box. This class is perfect for anyone who writes or wants to write romance.
Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Cait Woods
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Pictures into Words

The best writers put pictures in their readers' heads. Writers, too, can benefit from a graphic representation of certain concepts and developmental plans. This seminar explores using common graphics to visualize, outline, define and develop characters, plot, setting, conflicts, and relationships in a story. We'll also look at using visual timelines both for the story and for production, as well as consider Gantt charts, cartooning/storyboards, SWOT diagrams, graphic representations of the conflict arc, scattergrams, flowcharts, Venn diagrams, mindmaps, and infographics. None of the techniques discussed require a computer or specialized software.
Saturday, October 14, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John McCarthy
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Health and Wellness for Writers?
Looking for Guided Imagery and Music?
Looking for Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us?
Looking for Travel Writing for the Passionate Adventurer?
Looking for Playwriting?
Looking for Writing Through Depression?
Looking for Writing the Eulogy?


Art for Writers:

Bookmaking: Blank Journals

There’s nothing like the intimacy between a writer and their pen and paper. The joy of tactile art objects is incomparable to screens and word processors. Learn how to build your own journal with bookmaker Christine Rucker. All supplies will be provided to construct classic leather journals. Come and try your hand at building your own book.
Sunday, November 5, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christine Rucker
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost (includes materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Calligraphy: The Uncial Alphabet

Explore calligraphy and the uncial alphabet (think, The Hobbit) and Celtic knot patterns designed for lettering. Uncial is a fun decorative alphabet, great for greeting cards and other projects. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher
Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3 of 5

A Zentangle Workshop

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, meditative drawing process in which you create beautiful images from repetitive patterns without preplanning or design. Join Donna as she leads you in this fun, relaxing workshop through the step-by-step process of creating your own Zentangle tiles, allowing your creative spirit to soar. Discover an environment that provides you with a new way to calm the heart and mind before putting pen to page. Enhance your thought process, calm your inner critic and open the door to possibilities!
Sunday, November 19, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost (includes materials fee): $53 ($48 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.
Sunday, November 12, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Songwriting & Ukulele Classes:

Songwriting: The Lyrical Craft

Songwriting is an ancient form—one of the earliest means of passing on oral history. Over thousands of years, it has evolved into a many faceted art-form, a source of entertainment, catharsis or escapism. In this workshop, we will explore the full songwriting process through listening, writing and editing. We will examine songs from a variety of genres and time periods to investigate what it is makes a song "stick" with us or not. Through both individual and collaborative efforts, we will explore fun new ways to think outside of the box. At the conclusion of our session, students will have the opportunity to perform their work in a Muse showcase if they choose. While basic music and writing experience is helpful, the course is open to people with or without any experience playing a musical instrument.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 30
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Ukulele for Beginners

In this class, we'll learn all about Hawaii's famous stringed instrument, the Ukulele or "dancing flea." A perfect beginner's instrument, it’s easy to learn and lends itself well to just about any style of music. Join local songwriter and Ukulele player, Skye Zentz, as we explore basic chord shapes and strumming patterns that will prepare you for a world of tropical fun on just 4 strings! Ukulele and Digital Tuner required.
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 14
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: November 14, 21, 28, December 5
Session cost: $110 ($100 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Looking for the Young Songwriters Workshop?

Check out our classes for youth section!
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Scriptwriting (Screenwriting, Playwriting, Comic Books, Graphic Novels) Classes:

Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels

Comic books and graphic novels are among the most popular forms of literature in the modern marketplace. This class will begin with a set of exercises designed to familiarize writers with this exciting and challenging form, as well as discussions about the relationship between writer and artist and its importance in the formation of the script. We'll move from simple games like "fill in the word balloon," to the basics of character design and storytelling for a visual medium, and on to story outlining and exercises in full-fledged comics scriptwriting which will be reviewed in class.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 19
Instructor: Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Comic Book & Graphic Novel Workshop

For comic writers and artists looking to hone their works in progress, this workshop will emphasize critique and accountability. While retaining an element of lecture from Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels, we will delve deeper into each student's comic project of choice, with the goal of polishing and revising our work.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 18
Instructor: Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers who have completed "Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels" or have related experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Playwriting

Learn the nuts and bolts of creating exciting drama for the stage, and write your own scene or even a short play. When a play starts, you have about five minutes to engage the audience or risk losing their attention. Learn how to start with a bang and end with applause. Focusing on the short play, this workshop will help you use the techniques that drive plots forward, reveal characters engagingly, and tell their stories on stage. A two-meeting workshop, the first session will give you the tools and the second session will allow you to put what you have learned into practice. This skills taught in this workshop are invaluable to writers of fiction, creative non-fiction, and screenplays as well.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 2 meeting session beginning October 21
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 21, November 4
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Screenwriting

This course is designed as both an introduction for students who are new to screenwriting, and as continuity for those who have already started writing a screenplay and wish to further develop their scripts. No matter your level of experience, everyone will benefit from the groups’ members sharing their experiences they encounter. Class activities will include: discussing and developing story ideas, and sharing comments and suggesting solutions; an introduction to the three-act structure and the critical importance of the first 10 pages; the use of conflict to move the story forward, and creating compelling characters and character arcs. In-class screening of films is intended help students learn how to observe and articulate helpful writing techniques from great films. Those with screenwriting experience who have been working on existing story treatments, outlines, or early drafts, are invited to continue those projects, with a view towards moving closer to the completion of a well-written first draft. Screenwriting is an exciting, creative, and labor-intensive art that can be learned. Every screenplay begins with FADE IN. Let’s get started.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 17
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: October 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Screenwriting Workshop

This workshop will focus on the all-important revision process in screenwriting, with members sharing the successes and difficulties encountered in the scripting process. You will have at least three opportunities to turn in pages of a screenplay for group review, workshop, and discussion—all in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and understanding. This class is open to continuing members as well as students who have either taken the Screenwriting class, completed an early draft, or who have an outline/treatment of a complete story.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 week session beginning October 4
Instructor: Diane Fine
Open to: writers who have completed "Screenwriting" or have similar experience
Meets: October 4, 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 13
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Classes for Kids & Teens:

Young Writers (ages 7-8) Day

In this morning and afternoon fun day for writers ages 7-8, we’ll explore creative writing and expression. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share our work. You can explore multiple genres: share poems you like and write short poems together; bring your imagination and characters to life by writing short stories; write what you think about yourself, where you came from, and the world around you by writing personal memoir-type stories. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words. Pizza will be served for lunch! Come express yourself in a friendly and supportive morning and afternoon writing day.
Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
a 1-meeting, morning and afternoon class
Instructors: Amanda Gomez & Tammy Wartell
Open to: writers ages 7-8 (2nd-3rd grade), of all levels of experience
Session cost: $95 ($85 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Young Writers (ages 9-11) Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we’ll explore creative writing and expression. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share our work. You can explore multiple genres: share poems you like and write short poems together; bring your imagination and characters to life by writing short and very short stories; write what you think about yourself, where you came from, and the world around you by writing nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words. Come express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 8
Instructors: Cathy Malley & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Teen Writers Workshop (Multi-Group): Saturday Mornings

In this multiple-group workshop, you can explore different genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. Each meeting, teachers will lead breakout groups with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 7
Instructors: Robbie Ciara, Jessica Kelley, & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 2, 16
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8 of 16

Teen Writers Workshop: Monday Evenings

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 9
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 9, 23, November 6, 20, December 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Young Songwriters Workshop

Join local songwriter Skye Zentz, as she introduces songwriting in a fun and enriching course. You will learn the basics of lyrical composition with the goal of creating unique original songs in a variety of styles. In this light hearted, supportive environment, we will explore various angles of the writing process both individually and in collaboration with other students. At the conclusion of our session, students will have the opportunity to perform their work in a Muse showcase if they choose. While basic music and writing experience is helpful, the course is open to young songwriters ages 7-12 with or without any experience playing a musical instrument.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning October 15
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: ages 7-12 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 15, 29, November 12, December 10
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3
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Looking for Improv & Sketch Comedy?

Check out The Pushers, who are teaching these classes in their new theatre (The Push Comedy Theater) on Granby Street in the new Arts District.