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Summer 2016 Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, writer's block, art journaling,
poetry, poetry craft, found poetry, poetic topics, chapbooks,
fiction, novel-craft, children's books, flash fiction,
memoir, creative nonfiction, flash memoir,
screenplays, comedy, comic books/graphic novels
food & travel writing, blogs/websites, ukulele, songwriting,
writers craft, research, & professional development, characters/internal monologue/plot/emotion,
police proceedures, psychology, science fiction,
agents, pitching, submitting,
copy editing, grammar, punctuation, public reading,
calligraphy, book making, zentangle,
classes for kids & teen writers
writing camps for kids & teen writers
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:

Conquering Writer’s Block

Feeling Stuck? In this seminar, we’ll Kick start your creative flow with a review some of what’s been said and written about writer’s block, as well as sharing our own experiences with it. Then we’ll delve into the best methods and techniques to get our writing to flow back on track.
Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 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: 8

Nourish Your Creativity

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, July 16, 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: 7

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, 10 a.m.12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 30
Instructor: Al Markowitz
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 30, August 6, 13, 20
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Art Journaling for Creative & Personal Growth

Simply put, an art journal is a journal in which you combine art and words to express yourself. This course provides a structured and safe place to exercise your creative muscles, incorporate play into your life and encourage self-expression. We will develop the tools to maintain a lasting art journal for personal growth and awareness. More than a strictly written journal, we’ll use words, sketches, collage, photographs and mixed media to explore our feelings, experiences, relationships and creative ideas. Join us and take your Art Journaling to a whole new level.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 23
Instructor: Emily Howell
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: July 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Word Prompt in a Jar

Ever get stuck in your writing life? Need just a small creative push along the way? This fun workshop will provide fun, creativity, writing inspiration, some brainstorming, and some sharing! We’ll spend time creating fun writing prompts on decorative papers and share them with our classmates. You will not only have your favorite prompts, but some fun ones you may not have thought of from your writing peers in class with you. Sprinkled in this creative time, will be some five minute writing prompts, allowing you to write for the fun of it! At the end of class you will go home with a decorative jar filled with writing prompts and ideas to use over and over again for those moments when you feel stuck in your own writing life. We all need inspiration or a writing push from time to time. Come and spend a light hearted afternoon at the Muse, and walk away feeling inspired and ready to fill your writing journal!
Sunday, June 12, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost (includes materials fee): $52 ($47 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Start Writing, Keep Writing... Write Now

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 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, 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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 16
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 21, 28, August 11, 18
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, June 18, 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
Looking for Writing Children’s Picture Books?
Looking for Flash Fiction?
Looking for Food Writing?
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for The Pitch: Magazine Articles and Features?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for The Salvation of Science Fiction?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Writing Camps for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Psychologists, Psychology, and Psychotherapy?
Looking for How to Find & Query an Agent?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Songwriting?
Looking for Ukulele for Beginners?


Poetry Classes:

The Craft of Poetry

What makes great poems? In this class, we will read and discuss the craft strategies involved in work that resonates. We will examine such things as anaphora, enjambment, meter, metaphor, and so forth, in poems offered to us by Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Louise Gluck, Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Rosanna Warren, and Tim Seibles, to name a few. Students will be encouraged to write poems and do poetic exercises, with time also spent workshopping new work. Our guiding questions will be: how did they do it? And, can we do it, too?
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 9
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: July 9, 16, 23, 30
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Finders Keepers: The Art of Found Poetry

Does Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky fascinate you with its nonsense language? Do you find yourself repeating words and phrases you’ve heard throughout your day, just for the musical sound of it? Have you ever whiled away the afternoon picking interesting words out of the classifieds? You, my friend, are reveling in the joys of found poetry. We will explore the art and origins of found poetry from the Dada movement and Oulipan’s, to collage poetry and abecedarian forms. We will find out how to channel our spontaneous sides into finding poetry everywhere. By hands on experimentation with cut-up, cross-outs, ransom notes, and magnetic poetry we will come to see poetry hiding in plain sight. Come play!
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 10
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 10, 17, 24, 31
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Odes, Praise Songs, and Prayers: Poems of Gratitude

Poets and praise have a rich history. From the Odes of Ancient Greece to the ecstatic songs of Sufi masters, from classic Romanticism to the wildly diverse 21st century voices of our current day—giving thanks is alive and well, and it isn’t just for the religious. In this short course, we will examine the tradition of expressing gratitude in poetry, that sometimes complex yet joyful longing to elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary, to uncover something unseen or unheard. We will read an incredible bunch of poems from classic voices such as Neruda, Whitman, and Rumi—and dig deep into contemporary voices like Lucille Clifton, Sharon Olds, Ross Gay, Philip Levine, and Czeslaw Milosz. These poems and poets take into consideration the sacred and the secular; they can be elegiac in nature (which seems paradoxical); ultimately though, this tradition resides firmly in the opportunity to bear witness and perhaps bow a bit to the world, and the self. We will look at elements of craft in the ode/praise poem, and practice it in our own writing. Through practice with metaphor and imagery—in tones that are anything from reverential to downright playful—our work here is meant to reveal a little truth, and above all, be celebratory. Let’s have fun together, and surprise ourselves with how thankful we become when we pay attention.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning August 7
Instructor: Sarah McCall
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: August 7, 14, 21, 28
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 June 21
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: June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20
Seats Remaining: 2

The Poetry Workshop: Thursday Mornings

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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 9
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Poetry Workshop: Monday Evenings

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 June 6
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 6, 20, July 18, August 1, 15, 29
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Encountering the Other

What kinds of poems might we write that reach beyond the familiar? What mysteries will we unearth by contemplating all that we are not in relation to other beings? Might these reflections lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the universe? This five-week workshop will consider the Other on various levels: your unknown self, strange people, nature, God. Some poets for study are William Blake, Randall Jarrell, Mary Oliver, T.R. Hummer, and others. A consideration of form as it embodies meaning will open new possibilities for writing these poems about the Other. Poems will be discussed in the workshop setting and revised as needed.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12-3:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning June 4
Instructor: Suzanne Rhodes
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 9
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Getting Your Poetry Chapbook Ready?
Looking for Writing Children’s Picture Books?
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Songwriting?
Looking for Ukulele for Beginners?
Looking for Managing Writer’s Block?
Looking for Submitting?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Psychologists, Psychology, and Psychotherapy?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Writing Camps for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Copy Editing?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Art Journaling?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Calligraphy?


Fiction Classes:

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Wednesday 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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 22
Instructor: Kenny Tomasits
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Flash Fiction: The Art of Condensed Storytelling

Ever wanted to write a complete tale in a thousand words? How about five hundred? One hundred? Fifty? Welcome to the world of the short-short story! In this workshop, we'll discuss fiction that can fit on a postcard—stories in which every word counts. As in the longer forms of creative writing, character and plot are crucial; the trick is to create a streamlined, standalone work that can be read in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee, but remembered long after. Our meetings will focus on craft, inspiration, and generating fresh material. Along the way, we'll explore experimental techniques that lend themselves to the ultra-short form, read examples of other writers' work, and discuss publication opportunities for flash. Expect to create several smaller pieces over the four sessions. All writers will have the opportunity to have their work critiqued by other class members and the instructor.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning July 19
Instructor: Christina Dalcher
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 19, August 2, 16, 30
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

The Novel Doctor

Trying to get your novel ready to submit to an agent, editor, or competition? It’s time to hand over the book for a professional critique. Get frank, respectful suggestions for perfecting your book in a detailed assessment. You can choose how much or how little feedback you’d like. Specific services and costs will be determined on a case-by-case basis with novelist, Ellen Bryson. Pre-register below, and Ellen will contact you for more information.
Open to: advanced and professional novelists, with a completed, polished manuscript

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 June 21
Instructor: Leslie Entsminger
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Writing Children's Picture Books

Have you always wanted to write a picture book? This class will give you the tools for doing so: creating memorable characters, identifying the central conflict, beginnings and endings, story structure and plotting, writing lyrical language, and other elements of craft. We will also focus on the children's book market (including studying successful recent picture books) and getting published. The class will include discussions, writing exercises and group critiques.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly after the second meeting)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 22
Instructor: Sylvia Liu
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 22, 29, July 13, 27, August 10, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 15
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 15, 29, July 13, 27, August 10, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 14
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 1 (a Wednesday), 28, July 12, August 9, 30, September 13
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 June 14
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 14, 28, July 12, 26, August 9, 23
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND 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 June 8
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 8, 22, July 6, 20, August 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday 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.
Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 9
Instructor: Leslie Clements
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 9, 23, July 7, 28, August 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND 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 June 6
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to the waiting list by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: June 6, 20, July 18, August 1, 15, 29
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND 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 June 8
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to future waiting lists by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: June 8, 22, July 6, 20, August 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Screenwriting & Film?
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Witnesses and Suspects, Police Interviews and Investigation?
Looking for The Salvation of Science Fiction?
Looking for How to Find & Query an Agent?
Looking for Characters, Internal Monologue, Plot, Emotion?
Looking for Psychologists, Psychology, and Psychotherapy?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Writing Camps for Kids & Teens?
Looking for The Pitch: Magazine Articles and Features?
Looking for Managing Writer’s Block?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Art Journaling?
Looking for Songwriting?
Looking for Ukulele for Beginners?
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 Zentangle?


Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction: Tuesday Mornings

In its various forms, essay to memoir to commentary to review, creative nonfiction includes vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice. This class will introduce you to the contemporary nonfiction writer's toolbox by examining published texts and writing a wide range of stories (personal commentary/essay, profile pieces, travel/place essays, memoir, art reviews, magazine writing and food/nature/science writing). You 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 June 21
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 21, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction: Tuesday Evenings

In its various forms, essay to memoir to commentary to review, creative nonfiction includes vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice. This class will introduce you to the contemporary nonfiction writer's toolbox by examining published texts and writing a wide range of stories (personal commentary/essay, profile pieces, travel/place essays, art reviews, magazine writing and food/nature/science writing). You will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 21
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 21, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Memoir Workshop: Thursday Evenings

The Memoir Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise compelling and engaging stories spun from their own lives. We will address larger questions of form and substance—determining the scope of your memoir, 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. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 16
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 16, July 14, 28, August 11, 25, September 1
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with advanced creative nonfiction writing experience will actively write and revise nonfiction, personal essays, memoirs and more. We will discuss larger issues of both form and substance, looking beyond what story you have to tell, toward how to tell your story beautifully and informatively with the goal of finding a larger audience. You 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 June 15
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 15, July 6, 13, 27, August 10, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Personal Narratives: An Introduction to Memoir

Personal narratives are the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class we will move toward uncovering the stories within ourselves which most need telling. Through writing exercises, readings, and constructive discussions of our short essays-in-progress, we’ll explore the ways in which language, voice, and literary techniques can bring the truth of our experiences to vibrant life on the page.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 20
Instructor: Lauren Hurston
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 8, 15, 22
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir Workshop: Monday Evenings

The Memoir Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise compelling and engaging stories spun from their own lives. We will address larger questions of form and substance—determining the scope of your memoir, 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. You 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 June 6 (note: starting a week earlier than sequence)
Instructor: Jason Carney
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 6, (note: skipping two weeks) 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Short Memoir: Narratives in a Flash

Memoir writing is about creating compelling and engaging stories spun from your own life. Those stories allow readers to experience what matters to you—it also allows them feel part of something that matters to them, too. In this class we will be writing short personal essays (between 500 and 1,000 words) which may or may not be part of a longer work. We'll generate new material in and out of class, and we'll continue working to refine our editing and storytelling skills. Working in a shorter format will let you take a fresh look at your life experiences; you'll also find ways to tighten your prose, to better focus and shape your story into something resonant and necessary.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 6
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: Meets: June 6, 20, July 18, August 1, 15, 29
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with advanced creative nonfiction writing experience will actively write and revise nonfiction, personal essays, memoirs and more. We will discuss larger issues of both form and substance, looking beyond what story you have to tell, toward how to tell your story beautifully and informatively with the goal of finding a larger audience. You 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.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 7
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: writers with some workshop experience &/or instructor approval
Meets: June 7, 21, July 5, 19, August 2, September 6
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir Studio

What draws us to memoir are the possibilities of exploring the big truth among the many smaller truths in our lives. We reflect on and select among a myriad of experiences and memories and bring these selections together to create our understanding of truth. In this studio we'll do detailed, grad-school-level critiques of each other's work in a safe, supportive environment. Studio members must have significant workshop experience and must submit a writing sample to the teacher in advance of enrollment, with the goal of limiting this studio to experienced writers.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 6 (note: starting a week earlier than sequence)
Instructor: Nicole Emmelhainz
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to the waiting list for next session by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email.
Meets: June 6, (note: skipping two weeks) 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Food Writing?
Looking for Screenwriting & Film?
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Looking for Songwriting?
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Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Writing Camps for Kids & Teens?
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Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Characters, Internal Monologue, Plot, Emotion?
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Looking for A Punctuation Refresher?
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Looking for Art Journaling?
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Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

The Picture of Your First 1000 Words

The first 1000 words of a novel have to capture the reader’s interest and give enough information without giving too much backstory. This seminar will go over dos and don’ts of the first few pages of a manuscript by dissecting some highly (and some not so highly) effective openers. We also discuss of when and whether prologues are actually necessary, and why so many literary agents hate them.
Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Erin Beaty
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Writing Great Internal Monologue

The internal or interior monologue is possibly one of the coolest, but least used points of view these days. Once you get the hang of it, writing interior monologues can be as natural as writing notes to yourself. This seminar will focus on writing both direct and indirect interior monologues, providing great techniques for your narrator to react to his or her immediate surroundings, present their thoughts as memories, and mapping your narrator’s train of thought as a reflection, and in itself, the story.
Saturday, July 9, 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: 5

Bringing Historic Characters to Life

Breathing fictional life to an historical figure takes a triple dose of skill: good research, imagination, and a little witchcraft. We’ll examine a research-based approach that appeals to both the intuition and the imagination, and one that hopefully shows you how to look under the rug or behind the door for what you need.
Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Salvation of Science Fiction: Imaginary Technology

Writing in 1978 amid fears of nuclear apocalypse, Isaac Asimov wrote, "The core of science fiction has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all." Salvation. This is a compelling description of a popular genre pioneered in interwar pulpwood magazines, a mass medium traditionally allied with the same technological acceleration that brought about the very existential crisis that premises Asimov's statement. In our seminar, we will explore this ambivalence, seek to understand how SF celebrates and also condemns technology, imagines utopias and dystopias, the emancipation of humanity via mastery of nature or its bondage to sinister A.I. overlords, as well as test world-building techniques. Students should expect to leave the seminar with drafts of three flash fictions in the SF genre they can later expand. Students will also receive information about current markets for short fiction in SF.
Saturday, July 16, 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: 6

Witnesses and Suspects, Police Interviews and Investigation: Research for Writers

"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, July 23, 10 a.m,-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sgt. Michael Lovely
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
This seminar rotates topics each session:
Spring: police reponse, crime scenes, police investigations, robberies and bank robberies, homicides and violent crime
Summer: police interviews, interrogation, lie detection, witnesses and suspects
Fall: court proceedings, defendants, presenting cases, police preparation for trials and hearings

Getting Your Poetry Chapbook Ready: A How-To Workshop

Do you have a good number of poems—say 20-30—that you’re pleased with, with some published in literary journals, print or digital? How do you go about assembling and arranging your poems according to some sort of logic or theme? This three-hour workshop will explore the process of chapbook preparation. Or, it may be you’re still working toward the goal of 20+ poems but aren’t there yet. You’re welcome to come, too. If you have a complete manuscript, bring it. You’ll have opportunity to select five of your poems to consider for exercises to do in the workshop. Time permitting, we’ll examine some published chapbooks, draw from the expertise of editors, and consider such issues as thematic poems vs. varied poems, arrangement, and title. We’ll also talk about chapbook contests and publishers. (Note: Besides a full-length collection, What a Light Thing, This Stone, Suzanne Underwood Rhodes has published two chapbooks, Hungry Foxes and Weather of the House). She is also an associate editor for the Sow’s Ear Poetry Review and a frequent second-tier judge of the journal’s annual contest.)
Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Suzanne Rhodes
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Mind Mapping for Plot and Character

Mind Mapping is a creative tool that allows you to use your imagination in non-linear ways in developing stories, including plots and characters. It allows you the freedom to experiment and develop scenes by creating branches stemming out from a central scene or idea. It is another way to progress from fragment to story while exploring many permutations and combinations of plot, character and setting. Mind maps link and group concepts together through natural associations, helping generate more ideas, find deeper meaning in your subject, and also prompt you to fill in more or find what you're missing. Join us and explore different creative pathways.
Saturday, July 23, 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

The Urge, the Ache: Evoking Emotion in Fiction

"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon." (E.L. Doctorow). Writing emotion well is a key to writing a successful story, because great emotional arcs compel readers to turn the page. In this seminar, you’ll get to the meat of how to write emotion without overwriting or using purple prose. Techniques covered include using carefully selected details, layering your story, making symbols out of objects, avoiding sentimentality, and putting your dialogue to work.
Saturday, July 30, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 July 31
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 31, August 7, 14, 21
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

How to Find & Query an Agent

In this seminar geared for fiction writers (though writers of other genres will still benefit), we will cover researching agents and editors to increase your chances of being moved to the top of the pile. When it comes to getting attention in the publishing industry, the query letter is often the first piece of work an agent or editor will see from a writer. You’ll learn proper query formatting, including voice and tone, as well as drafting a compelling synopsis that will make agents and editors say, "I. Want. More!" This seminar is geared for fiction writers, but other genres welcome as much of the technique is the same.
NEW MEETING DATE
Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lamar Giles
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Pitch: Magazine Articles and Features

Sell your story without selling yourself short. In this seminar, we'll discuss ways to get fresh ideas for magazine articles, determine which publications to target, and learn the art of writing query letters. This session is designed for aspiring freelance writers who have a desire to publish their work in magazines or current freelancers who would like to brush up on their skills or branch out to new publications.
Saturday, August 6, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Melissa Stewart
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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.
NEW MEETING DATE
Saturday, August 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: 7

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.)
NEW MEETING DATE
Saturday, August 13, 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: 5

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, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting seminar beginning August 13
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: August 13, 20
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Preparing for Your Reading

Learn to bring your writing to life at public readings and open-mics. This interactive, small-group workshop is designed for first-time and newer reading participants, or others who simply want a bit of polish. We 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, August 27, 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

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, June 11, 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)
THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD IN THE FALL

Giving Your Characters Personality

Few things ruin a connection with a reader faster than a character who acts in a way inconsistent with their personality, and few things hook a reader better than seeing themselves in a character. Learn how to build believable characters utilizing personality theories, body language, stress factors, quirks, and gestures appropriate to a variety of situations.
Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Erin Beaty
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Psychologists, Psychology, and Psychotherapy: Research for Writers

"Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event." (Carl Jung) Stories are people with problems and how they overcome them. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted psychiatrist, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you have characters with mental illness or neuroses, characters who are in therapy, characters who are psychologists or therapists, or just need a better understanding of how human behavior works to make a character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: psychological aspects of human behavior, therapy from the therapist’s point of view, the various mental illnesses, neurotic behavior, personality disorders, and treatment. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, June 25, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Tim Sanderson, MD
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Art for Writers:

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, July 10, 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)
Seats Remaining: 2 of 5

Calligraphy for Teens: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Please see our teen class listings to register for this class.

Bookmaking: Stab Binding

Our first books were made by hand. The care and artistry in the creation of the physical book mirrored the astonishing value of the words inside. In this one meeting seminar, Christine Rucker will work side-by-side with you to publish your collection of poetry or prose within 3 beautiful hand-bound stab bound 3.5x5" books. After registration and submitting your completed manuscript, Christine will discuss various options for colored covers, pages, and other simple layout designing before your meeting. Materials you need to get started are included. Join us as you hand-craft your words into the world.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting seminar beginning July 17
Instructor: Christine Rucker
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: July 17, 24
Session cost (includes materials fee): $95 ($85 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3 of 4

A Zentangle Workshop 2

In this Zentangle 2 class we will take the basics of Zentangle and explore them even further. We will learn new tangle designs and techniques and use more materials to deepen your Zentangle practice. Join us!
Sunday, August 7, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: persons with some Zentangle experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost (includes materials fee): $53 ($48 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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, June 26, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost (includes $8 materials fee): $53 ($48 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Food Writing Classes:

Noshes and Knapsacks

Food and travel writing is hot; folks love to explore good eats and drinks on a stay-cation in their own backyard or while jet-setting around the globe. You can learn a lot about a place and its people when you explore the food and foodways of the locals. Join award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton and explore how to plan, enjoy, and journal a trip whether near or far. This is great for folks looking to journal, scrapbook, or blog, or those who are wanting to write a book or pitch articles to newspapers, magazines and websites. The class will include fun field-trips and assignments, writing and photography tips, ideas on finding the right angle to a story, and more.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 week session beginning July 10
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: July 10, 17, 24, 31
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4
Looking for How to Find & Query an Agent?
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Looking for Creativity?
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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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning June 15
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning August 3
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: August 3, 10, 27, 24
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6
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Classes for Kids & Teens:

Calligraphy for Teens: 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.
Saturday, July 9, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: writers 12-17 of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5 of 5

Young Writers (7-8) Week

Each day in this fun morning "camp" for writers ages 7 and 8, we’ll explore a different kind of creative writing and expression. We’ll try our hands at poetry, sharing poems we like and writing short poems together. We’ll bring our imaginations and characters to life by writing short and very short stories. We’ll have a chance to write what we think about ourselves and the world around us by using nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. And, on Friday, we’ll have a chance to write what we liked best in the week, and then read (or perform) it for our friends and family for the last hour of the camp at 11 a.m. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words—both out loud and on paper. Come learn to express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment. Light snacks and supplies provided.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon
a week-long session beginning August 8
Instructors: Amanda Huynh & Tammy Wartell
Open to: writers ages 7-8 (2nd-3rd grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: August 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5 of 10

Young Writers (9-11) Week

Each day in this fun morning "camp" for writers ages 9-11, we’ll explore a different kind of creative writing and expression. On Monday, we’ll have a chance to write what we think about ourselves and the world around us by using nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. On Tuesday, we’ll try our hands at poetry, sharing poems we like and writing short poems together. On Wednesday, we’ll bring our imaginations and characters to life by writing short and very short stories. On Thursday, we’ll try our hands at calligraphy. Then, on Friday, we’ll have a chance to write what we liked best in the week, and then read (or perform) it for our friends and family for the last hour of the camp at 11 a.m. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words--both out loud and on paper. Come learn to express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment. Light snacks and supplies provided.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon
a week-long session beginning August 8
Instructors: Sarah Pringle, Emily Howell, Kindra McDonald, Kenny Tomasits, Cathy Malley.
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: August 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3 of 10

Teen Writers Week

Each day in this fun afternoon "camp" for writers ages 12-17, we’ll explore a different kind of creative writing and expression. Teachers will lead breakout groups with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. On Mondays, the focus will be nonfiction, memoir, and personal writing. Tuesday will focus on poetry. Fiction will be the theme of Wednesday. Thursday, we’ll take a look at screenwriting and film. Then, on Friday, we’ll have a chance to write what we liked best in the week, and then read (or perform) it for our friends and family for the last hour of the camp at 3 p.m. 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. Light snacks and supplies provided.
Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.
a week-long session beginning August 8
Instructors: Sarah Pringle, Emily Howell, Kenny Tomasits, Rick Fischer.
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: August 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8 fo 14

Young Writers 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 June 12
Instructors: Cathy Malley & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 9-11, of all levels of experience
Meets: June 12, 26, July 10, 24, August 7, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 June 13
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: June 13, 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 June 11
Instructor: Lauren Hurston & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: June 11, 25, July 9, 23, August 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Screenwriting Classes:

Screenwriting

This course is designed both for students new to screenwriting as well as for those who have begun a screenplay or already have a completed draft. Class activities will include discussing and developing story and scene ideas as well as sharing feedback and suggesting solutions, all in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and understanding. No matter your level of experience, everyone will benefit from sharing experiences and works in progress. Those beginning their scriptwriting journey will concentrate on writing a short film. Story ideas will be "pitched" in class and outlines discussed, and first and final drafts will be read and discussed. Those with screenwriting experience who have been working on existing story treatments, outlines, or early drafts will continue those projects, with a view towards moving closer to the completion of a well-written first draft. Members with completed screenplays will refine and polish their stories to get them ready for submission to agents and production companies. Screenwriting is an exciting and creative art that can be learned. Every screenplay begins with FADE IN. Let’s get started.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 22
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION