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Open Fall 2017 Classes:

submitting, reading prep


Winter/Spring 2018 Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, journaling, guided imagry & music,
health & wellness, storytelling, travel writing,
writing through trauma & grief, writing about social issues, writing through anxiety,
poetry, food poetry, revolutionary poets, bards & romantics,
lyrical prose, ghazals, poetry craft,
fiction, novel-craft, flash fiction, children's books,
memoir & creative nonfiction, flash narratives,
screenwriting, comedy, comic books/graphic novels,
writing cookbooks, blogs/websites, songwriting, ukulele,
writers craft, research, & professional development, submitting, ghost writing,
scrivener, sentences/loglines/emotion/dialogue/characters/plot & action/settings, social media,
staging crime scenes, black holes & exotic stars, fantasy, magic realism,
romance, doctors & disease, old english, self-publishing, writer's block,
ms word, copy editing, grammar, punctuation, public reading,
calligraphy, zentangle, blank journal book making,
& classes kids & teen writers (including young & teen 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.




Open Fall 2017 Classes:

submitting, reading prep

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!
Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
a morning and afternoon session on December 16
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

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: 2 of 4


Winter/Spring 2018 Classes:


Classes to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

The Joy of Travel Writing

Great travel writing is a gift that can bring the world to the palm of anyone's hands, with just a few well-crafted paragraphs. Learn the basics of travel writing, and get your feet wet in the genre by writing, editing, and workshopping a travel article based on your own experiences. From this workshop, to anywhere!
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning February 3
Instructor: Jesse Scaccia
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: February 3, 10, 17, 24
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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, February 10, 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)
Seats Remaining: 7

Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us

In this 4-meeting 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!
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning February 11
Instructor: Sheila Arnold Jones
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: February 11, 18, 25, March 4
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7 of 10

Writing About Social Issues

These days it feels like the world is on fire, and our eyes are forever clouded by the smoke. This is why quality writing about social issues is so important: it helps cut through the noise and to the heart of an issue. Great writing about social issues helps guide our society forward with clear-thinking, research, facts, and quotes from experts; it has the capacity to change the world. Learn some tricks of the trade at this workshop from an experienced writer activist.
Sunday, February 18, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jesse Scaccia
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Writing Through Trauma and Grief

Sharing our stories of trauma and grief through the cathartic act of writing can bring healing, hope, and acceptance. This 5 week course will explore the five stages of trauma—victim, survivor, thriver, server, empowered server—and give individuals an opportunity to assess where they are in their journey. We will be given ample time to craft and share origin stories of trauma and/or grief and provide encouragement and feedback to one another for personal use or professional publication.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning February 21
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: Meets: February 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Writing Through Anxiety

About one in five Americans deal with anxiety, and as anyone who has dealt with anxiety knows, it can be debilitating and can negatively impact our quality of life. Writing can help. In this class we will work through exercises to help us better cope with anxiety in the moment, and better process the experience of living with it on a macro level.
Sunday, February 25, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jesse Scaccia
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Start Writing, Keep Writing... Write Now: Tuesday 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.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 27
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 27, March 6, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Start Writing, Keep Writing... Write Now: Thursday 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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning March 1
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: Meets: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5
Session cost: $200 ($185 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, March 3, 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: 8

Journaling for Creative Growth: Monday Mornings

Oftentimes, the only way to access your creative potential is to put away your plans and simply get curious. In this structured and relaxed 6 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.
Mondays, 10 a.m.-Noon
a 6 meeting session beginning March 5
Instructor: Mira Roberts
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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, March 11, 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: 8

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 6 meeting session beginning March 13
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Journaling for Creative Growth: Saturday Mornings

Oftentimes, the only way to access your creative potential is to put away your plans and simply get curious. In this structured and relaxed 6 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.-Noon
a 6 meeting session beginning March 17
Instructor: Mira Roberts
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: March 17, 24, April 7, 14, 21, 28
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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.
Saturday, April 7, 1-3:30 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: 7

Secrets: Using Metaphysical Tools to Reveal Depths in Your Writing

Learn to excavate what you have written by considering hidden meanings. On the surface of your creations, what you see is what you get. But wait! There’s more! Using metaphysics, we can look at the seen and the unseen to find pay dirt and layers of gold beneath the surface—here and now—and beyond. Topics include: defining metaphysics (the nature of reality); metaphysical poetry; creativity and where it comes from; and some sources for inspiring dimension to your writing. This session is perfect for you if you can be out of your mind—and ready for the universal mind.
Sunday, April 22, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Fran Ward
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Poetry Classes:

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Wednesday 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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 26
Instructor: Amanda Gomez
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Thursday 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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning March 14
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 February 12
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 12, 26, March 12, 26, April 9, 23
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Sustenance and Savor: A Food Poetry Workshop

What is the solitude of the egg before it is broken, the flavor of light refracted through a lemon wheel? How could the stringent green of limes remind one of rain, and a dense crust of bread evoke war? In this workshop, we will read and write poems that focus on food and hunger in a variety of contexts—as both the main ingredients and the heat for generating new work. Our goal will be to explore as fully as possible the ideas of food and poetry as sustenance, as necessity, as source of savor and pleasure, as metaphor for and manifestation of the desiring self’s relationship to others and to the world. We will seek innovative approaches to writing in familiar forms, as well as write of familiar tastes and experiences. We might also keep a food journal throughout the course, and read and sample each other’s writing in this additional form.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning February 4
Instructor: Luisa Igloria
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Tim Seibles Class

Tim Seibles will teach a workshop; more information coming soon.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (morning and afternoon, with lunch break)
a 2-week session beginning February 10
Instructor: Tim Seibles
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 10, 17
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8 of 12

The Practice of Poetry

Writing poetry is a practice, a daily exercise that strengthens like a muscle the more we learn how to use it. As William Stafford writes, "A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of if he had not started to say them." In this workshop, we will explore the practices and processes that allow us to generate new work and tune our poetic voices. We will go "back to the basics" of image and metaphor, as well as break open new possibilities and connections that have yet to be explored. We will look to the work of contemporary poets such as Tony Hoagland, Dean Young, Charles Bukowski, Linda Pastan, Carrie Fountain, Richard Hugo, Jane Kenyon, and many more, to guide and inspire our practice. Each week we will use different exercises to generate raw material for new poems and share our work in a workshop setting. Poets of all ages and stages welcome.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning February 20
Instructor: Libby Kurz
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Pictures that Shimmer: The Art of Lyrical Prose

Joan Didion’s phrase, "pictures that shimmer," is our tapestry for a five-week workshop on the art of lyrical prose. This is not a class in writing memoir, though you’ll draw from the well of memory. It’s more about capturing moments of intensity and freeze-framing them in poetic language as our best prose stylists do: E.B. White, Diane Ackerman, Annie Dillard, Jamaica Kincaid and others. Lyrical prose can take the form of essay, prose-poem, even fiction. It’s poetry let loose in sentences, and those sentences—the grammar and syntax—have extraordinary flexibility. They rise and fall, they somersault, they leap and loop, they crash. We’ll explore the genre itself, consulting writers and critics who attempt to corral this beautiful prose creature in order to study and define it. We’ll read remarkable selections to inspire and raise possibilities for our own writing. And we will write, share, revise. At the end you will have composed several polished pieces of lyrical prose that will hopefully lead to a lifetime of writing pictures that shimmer.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning February 24
Instructor: Suzanne Rhodes
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Revolutionary Poets: Charles Olsen and Beyond

In this class, we will focus on post-modern poems, including your own. Merlin, Olson, Dickey, Cage, Bright Eyes, Gage, Laughlin, Duncan, Ferlinghetti, Morley, Bukowski, Guest, others, and you. Each week your work will be on the table with the poetry of the greats for criticism and appreciation, and we will work together to become better poets. In four weeks, we’ll strengthen our ability to analyze poems, striving for drop-dead acumen.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning February 24
Instructor: Robert Arthur
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 24, March 3, 10, 17
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Poetry as Play

From Language Poetry to Oulipo to Skittery to Surreal to Spoken Word to Beat to Ekphrastic to Found to Erasure to Eavesdropping, we'll hammer out a dozen poems with wild and playful poetry exercises. We'll tap into some well-known and lesser-known poets, workshop a few pieces, and possibly put a few poems into the hands of passers-by. The main goal is to create as many poems as possible in four classes and dress a few up for publication.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning March 18
Instructor: Eddie Dowe & Jeffrey Hecker
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: March 18, 25, April 8, 15
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Ghazal Seminar

The ghazal is a poetic form known for its Arabic and Persian roots, its repetitive refrain, and its common themes of loss and love. Today, it can still be considered a fairly new form for many English speakers as it did not enter the American poetry scene until 1968 when Aijaz Ahmad, a Pakistani literary and cultural critic, solicited poems from many popular American poets to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Mirza Ghalib's death. In this seminar, we'll discuss how a poetic form changes as it becomes incorporated into different languages, as well as examine examples of the form before crafting your own.
Saturday, March 24, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Amanda Gomez
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Bards and Romantics: Poetry of the Public and Personal

A classical model of poetry and its relation to the public is of the poet literally or figuratively on stage, speaking from the proscenium to an attentive public. The Romantic, and more common contemporary model of the poet/public relationship is of the poet as a creative person, inspired and expressing herself more privately, who is sort of overheard by the public, who are themselves, in turn, inspired. The former descends to us as a received idea from Homer, the epic poet singing to a rapt audience. The latter comes to us from Sappho and Catullus, and eventually the Romantics—a tortured or inspired individual moved to create, whose private lyric is irresistible to the listener or reader who notices. The types carry with them formal innovations. How are public poems written? What are the particular characteristics of private utterance which make it inspiring to a reader who, after all, has her or his own private life? Since last year’s presidential election increasing numbers of people seem to want to express individual views publically. Conversely, private pain seems unusually pent up among many, as well. Frustration is often increased by inability to articulate thoughts and feelings. In this course we will focus on the poetry of Homer, Horace, Virgil, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Allen Ginsberg and Robert Pinsky to study what goes into making public poems. We will focus on Sappho, Catullus, Louise Gluck, Emily Dickinson, Frank Bidart and Dorothea Lasky to learn about how poets make poems of private observation so attractive their readers keep reading them.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning April 7
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: April 7, 14, 21, 28
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Writing Through National Poetry Month: 30 Poems in 30 Days

How many poems have you written this week? This month? This year? Sometimes the biggest aid to creativity is a deadline. April is National Poetry Month and many poets celebrate it by writing a poem a day. 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 April with 30 first drafts of poems we can tinker with all summer. 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, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning April 7
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: April 7, 14, 21, 28
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 February 20
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: February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15
Seats Remaining: 2
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
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Looking for Submitting?
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Looking for Creativity?
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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 How to Self-Publish Your Book?
Looking for Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us?
Looking for The Joy of Travel Writing?
Looking for Playwriting?
Looking for Social Media for Writers?
Looking for Old English: Then and Now?
Looking for Writing Through Trauma and Grief?
Looking for Writing About Social Issues?
Looking for Writing Through Anxiety?
Looking for Writing Through Writer’s Block?
Looking for Microsoft Word for Writers?


Fiction Classes:

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday 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.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 6
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 274
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 February 27
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 March 1
Instructor: Maggie Libby
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: March 1, 8, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 15
Instructor: Sylvia Liu
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 15, 22, March 15, 29, April 12, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Flash Fiction: Quick 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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning February 8
Instructor: Christina Dalcher
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 8, 15, 21
Session cost: $135 ($125 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 February 19
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 19, March 5, 19, April 2, 16, 30
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 February 13
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 10, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 20
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 20, 27, March 13, 27, April 10, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 February 14
Instructor: Leslie Entsminger
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 11, 25
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 February 7
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 February 12
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 12, 26, March 12, 26, April 9, 23
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 February 5
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 5, 19, March 5, 19, April 2, 16
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 February 12
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: February 12, 26, March 12, 26, April 9, 23
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 February 14
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
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: February 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 11, 25
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

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 February 27
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 February 21
Instructor: Christine Koubek
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 21, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 11, 18, 25
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Nonfiction in a Flash: Monday Evenings

In this workshop, creative nonfiction and memoir writers will explore the genre of flash creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words). We will discuss and discover the many craft elements that make flash nonfiction an engaging, experimental and exciting genre! Every session we will generate and critique our small memoir and nonfiction stories and essays 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.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 12
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 12, 26, March 12, 26, April 9, 23
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Nonfiction in a Flash: Thursday Mornings

In this workshop, creative nonfiction and memoir writers will explore the genre of flash creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words). We will discuss and discover the many craft elements that make flash nonfiction an engaging, experimental and exciting genre! Every session we will generate and critique our small memoir and nonfiction stories and essays 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 March 15
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 February 5
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 5, 19, March 5, 19, April 2, 16
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday 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.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 13
Instructor: Jennifer Malia
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 10, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 February 14
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 11, 25
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

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. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 15
Instructor: Tarin Kovalik
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 15, March 1, 15, April 5, 12, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

Writing Through Writer's Block

Writers block, stumble, stall, seizure, pause, stop, burnout. No matter what we call it, it invades our heads, on a particular piece or in everything we do. Everyone is at risk. Although we don't think writer's block will happen to us, it can and probably will. The good news is there are simple steps we can take to cure it and resume creating our literary masterpieces. In the workshop, we will look at the who, what, where, when, why, and how of blocks, what we can do to overcome them, and techniques to keep it away.
Saturday, February 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John McCarthy
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Write Great Sentences

Great sentences are not simply building blocks, they reflect the nature of what they are expressing within a story. Understanding and designing sentences is key to developing your personal style and voice and to becoming the writer you set out to be. Sentences that sing move your readers through the rise and fall of syntax and provide the musicality of the story or poem the sentence reveals. This seminar will help you manipulate subjects and verbs, use the punch of parallel structure, and eliminate annoying prose clutter so you can create sentences that are either short and punchy or long, elegant, and coherent.
Saturday, February 17, 10 am.-12:30 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: 8

The Art of Ghostwriting

Don’t get spooked! It’s an honorable, age-old craft. Whether writing a blog or newsletter column for your boss or a full-length autobiography for a client, ghostwriting can be financially, educationally and personally rewarding. This three-hour workshop will look at the history of the craft, survey the range of contemporary types of ghostwriting activities, offer practical guidelines and give in-class practice exercises. Finally, resources for ghostwriting opportunities will be provided.
Saturday, February 17, 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)
Seats Remaining: 8

Writing Romance for Feminists

In this course, we'll unpack the ideas of feminism and social justice in the modern world, and how it can apply to your writing. Specifically, we'll look at problems with categorical romance, and how we, as writers, can start solving those problems using feminist concepts. We'll also look at how intersectional feminist ideals can influence romance writing and how to include diverse characters without "tokenizing" them. Anyone curious about equality and diversity in literature is welcome to attend.
Saturday, February 17, 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: 8

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, February 17, 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: 8

Literary Book Review Workshop

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. And then we’ll apply our newly earned knowledge to a review of our own! Share your review in a workshop format to help gain readerly insight into your work. Join us for a seminar and workshop on how to better share your favorite books and a bit of fun.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 2 meeting session beginning February 17
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 17, March 3
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Black Holes and Exotic Stars

Whether your characters are speeding towards an event horizon or exploring the dead planets of a neutron star, how you present exotic objects can lend verisimilitude to your science fiction writing. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will examine black holes in detail, from their accretion disks and tidal effects to the supermassive singularity at the heart of our galaxy—and whether black holes are really gateways to elsewhere in the universe. From there we will explore a wild array of the galaxy’s most dynamic and unusual stars, including pulsars, halo stars, unstable giants, repeating supernovae, and antimatter stars from the dawn of the universe. We will also survey the resources available to help you populate your own interstellar settings—whether ancient worlds in a globular cluster, or rogue stars in the galaxy’s turbulent core.
Saturday, February 24, 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: 8

Loglines as Geiger Counters for Your Story

Before you leave this seminar, we’ll help you workshop a fireproof logline for your story that will make your brain dance. It’ll catch the attention of agents and editors. Some writers think, great—I’ll use it for my cover letter. Absolutely, but why not take your logline a step further and use it to check through your plot to make sure it the deep motions of story development are present the way through? The process of developing a logline is essential to understanding how others will see your story at a glance—not just you. It is a doorway for them to understand your story more deeply. It is a magic step that takes the private universe of your story and goes public with it. If there’s no opposition character in your logline, there may not be one in your story, either. Yikes. Your Geiger Counter rattles with a radioactive story emergency. Beautiful. Now you can easily see what’s missing and fix it! Everybody hates to come up with a logline when a logline is the best friend you’ve been ignoring all along. I guarantee this seminar will change how you diagnose and discover the real strengths of your work in a dramatic, exciting way. "I won’t even start a story unless I have a logline." (Malia Politzer, investigative human-rights reporter)
Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m.-12:30 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: 8

Microsoft Word for Writers

Deep within the electronic catacombs of Microsoft Word lie marvelous hidden treasures. Riches beyond compare will impel the most hardened writers to quiver with delight and issue forth wondrous, beautiful prose. Okay, perhaps not...but many useful capabilities of MS Word are often overlooked by the casual user. This workshop explores lesser-known tips and processes to help streamline workflow and ease writing tasks. From quick keyboard shortcuts to strange and esoteric symbols, from automatic word counters to customized manuscript templates, we'll venture into the hidden mysteries of the beast we call "Word." Join the adventure, if you dare! Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops/tablets and follow along, though this isn't necessary for the session. This workshop assumes users have a basic knowledge of MS Word. Some features discussed may not be applicable to all versions, but most will be.
Saturday, February 24, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Rick Eley
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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, March 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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, March 3, 1-3:30 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: 7

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, March 10, 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: 8

Back on Track: Your Key to Writing Success

Every writer has had the experience of having a great idea, being totally inspired and getting off to a great start - only to get side-tracked by interruptions, unexpected delays, by life itself. Back on Track is your guide to getting back where you were with your writing project, no matter where you left off! Writers at any stage of progress will be provided a framework for rediscovering your muted muse, and getting on with the project you originally envisioned. Class includes a copy of Back on Track workbook and materials.
Saturday, March 10, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Malcom Massey
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How to: Start an Author Blog/Website

Are you ready to start launch your writing career? Many authors have a significant web presence including a blog, and other authors got their start with blogging. Come join us as we explore what a blog can (and can't) do for you, investigate the type of author blogs, the ethics of E-publishing, and find out what it takes to keep a blog fresh and successful. We’ll work through the step-by-step process of setting up a blog. Join us to take the next step you’ve been looking for!
Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m.-12:30 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: 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, March 17, 1-3:30 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: 7

Copy Editing for Yourself & Others

A good copy editor is a reader’s best friend. The editing techniques covered in this workshop can also be valuable for writers who want to polish their work for print and online. Learn a rigorous approach to finding and removing inaccuracies, tightening flabby prose and correcting 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, they are the best-read elements of print and online publications.)
Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-12:30 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

You Talkin’ to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

With great dialogue, you can almost feel readers lean in to the page so they won’t miss a word. Every word counts. In this seminar, you’ll find the best ways to make your characters’ dialogue both dynamic and natural as well as unique to their specific character. You’ll discover how to avoid chit-chat and write dialogue that has a true punch. Learn to better engage readers as you listen for the silence between the words as well as the words themselves and explore ways to be as true to your characters' voices as you can.
Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-12:30 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: 8

Doctors & Disease, Patients & Prescriptions

"I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places." (Henny Youngman). Doctors, illness, injuries, and treatment often play an import role in our stories. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted physician, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, no matter your story’s genre. Learn about medicine and medical treatment from the patients’ point of view and that of the doctors, so you can make a character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: evaluation of illness and injury, diagnosis and treatment, medical tests, chronic illnesses, disease prevention, and what a doctor’s life is like. After a short presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, March 24, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dana Buchanan, MD
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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, March 24, 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

Managing Your Characters Over the Course of A Series

In a written series, managing your characters is paramount to the artistic integrity of your work. Over time, incongruent details may cost you readers, especially if readers strongly identify with a particular character, their role or their traits. In this course, we examine characters, their role in the overall story line, the series versus standalone character, the regular versus recurring character, and so much more. Of critical importance will be the time we spend on what to never do with any series character. This course is for novel and fiction writers who have, or have considered writing a series.
Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Malcom Massey
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 April 7
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: April 7, 14
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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, April 7, 1-3:30 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

Magical Realism: It’s Just Weird, but that’s Normal

Have you ever asked yourself, "What even is Magical Realism?" Or maybe, you’ve been wondering how it’s possible to casually slip a talking armadillo into your otherwise very normal story. Either way, this course is for you. We will discuss what the term Magical Realism is all about, where it comes from, and what sort of elements go into crafting a story in this genre. Using examples from the masters of the subject, Gabriel García Márquez, Karen Russell, and Amelia Gray, we will dive straight into a few writing exercises designed to get you thinking about how to play with reality in your writing, how to combine "realism and the fantastic so that the marvelous seems to grown organically within the ordinary, blurring the distinction between them" (Wendy B. Faris).
Saturday, April 7, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Abi Putnam
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Making Stories Move: Plot & Action

Every story, whatever its genre, must engage its readers through a sense of forward movement, of taking a journey. Great stories have great complications, reversals, and intriguing turns of events. Finding the best actions to make stories move is what plot is all about. In this seminar, we will explore techniques for developing dramatic obstacles--and ways for characters to move past them--to create a dynamic narrative arc.
Saturday, April 14, 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: 7

Putting More than History in Historical Fiction

Writers who take on the challenge of historical fiction can do basic research—names, dates, locations, basic cultural facts. But historical fiction that rings true, that transports the reader’s senses and imagination, requires a much deeper dive. In this seminar, you’ll learn how to get characters and places from the past into your head, hearing their voices and sensing their experiences. We’ll examine the power of primary sources, as well as contemporaneous literature, art, architecture, and music. Finally, we’ll explore tools for putting authenticity and life into your dialogue.
Saturday, April 14, 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: 8

How to Stage a Crime Scene

"There is nothing like first-hand evidence." (Sherlock Holmes) 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 courtroom dramas, or simply need a better understanding of what happens in court to make a specific character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: police response, crime scene analysis and investigation, general police investigations, robberies and bank robberies, and homicides and violent crime. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, April 21, 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: 6

Dynamic Settings to Drive Your Stories

Did you know that anytime someone drops into a nightclub in a story, it’s a symbolic descent into the underworld? It’s not just the Zodiac Club in Bell, Book, and Candle. Why does Superman return to the Fortress of Solitude to recharge his batteries? Why are the Friends eternally hanging out at Central Perk? Unconscious cues of setting drive all plots. Otherwise, you’d have to imagine Sleepless in Seattle without the Empire State Building, Trainspotting without Edinburgh. Hemingway wrote about the Spanish sense of the term Querencia in Death in the Afternoon: Toward the end of a bull fight, the bull drags himself to the first magic spot where he entered the ring, where he felt invincible. Bullfighters know this and play for it. So it is with people, who whisper, "Unhook me from this hospital respirator and take me to the lodge on the lake where we spent our honeymoon." Aristotle says action is character. So why not put your settings into action? We’ll look deeply at the settings in your story and consider how we can make them dynamic, so they can move your readers, too.
Saturday, April 21, 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: 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, April 21, 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: 8

X-Ray Your Characters: What Makes Them Tick?

People--and characters--have basic inner drives that define the core of who they are and help determine how they solve problems, interact with others, respond to pleasure or pain, or overcome obstacles. Using the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory as a guide, we will use the eight basic personality types as a foundation for building consistent characters, for allowing them to grow beyond our initial attempts at defining them, and for using our own profiles as a way of understanding the driving forces of our characters. Before the course, you will receive, via email, an abbreviated version of the MBTI to complete.
Saturday, April 21, 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: 7

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, April 21, 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

Self-Editing Seminar

This purpose of this seminar is to help train writers to see their manuscripts the way editors might see them. Writers will learn techniques that, if adopted, will brand their manuscripts as the work of a professional writer instead of an amateur. Through discussions about dialogue mechanics, point of view, interior monologue; the difference between narrative summary and immediate scenes and ways to strike the most effective balance between them; showing versus telling, authorial and narrative intrusion, the fictional dream, and effective ways to achieve immediacy, attendees will strengthen their own understanding of the craft of self-editing.
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lauran Strait
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Glory of Fantasy: Creative Secondary Worlds

"Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory," writes J.R.R. Tolkien in 1947. "If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?" In this seminar, we will probe this compelling idea by briefly surveying "secondary world" fantasy, i.e. stories set in alternative mythical spaces where magic works, mythical creatures roam the wild, and otherworldly dangers await intrepid warriors and sorcerers. In discussion we will explore the conventions of secondary world fantasy, and in writing activities we will test world-building techniques, practice characterization methods, and otherwise "escape" into the elsewhere and elsewhen. Students should expect to leave the seminar with drafts of three flash fictions in the fantasy genre they can later expand. Students will also receive information about current markets for short fiction in the secondary world fantasy genre.
Saturday, April 28, 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: 8
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Art for Writers:

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, March 4, 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: 7

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, March 18, 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: 8

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, March 25, 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: 5 of 5

Memories Found and Bound: Making Recycled Covers for Books

Do you have a favorite printed tee you want to reuse, somehow? Have you held onto clothing your child has outgrown? Are you interested in upcycling sentimental fabrics into a simple, soft cover book? Revisit your precious memories with a handmade journal. Learn how to make soft covers and perform a pamphlet bound stitch. Come prepared with three 10"x12" pieces of your favored, cotton textiles and all other supplies will be provided to fashion your own books.
Sunday, April 15, 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: 8

Calligraphy: The Modern Alphabet

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Sunday, April 22, 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: 5 of 5
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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 March 5
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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! Students will have the opportunity to perform in a Ukulele Cabaret this Spring. All students must bring an approved Ukulele and Digital Tuner to class. Approved Ukulele Brands: Kala, Makala, Lanikai, Cordoba, Luna, and Martin. If your ukulele is not among the brands listed, please contact Skye to make sure that it is approved.
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning February 27
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: February 27, March 6, 13, 20
Session cost: $110 ($100 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Ukulele 2: Beyond the Basics

This class will build upon the fundamentals of Ukulele playing while growing your confidence and performance skills. We'll start by mixing in some fun new chords and incorporating a variety of strumming and picking patterns in order to develop our own personal playing styles. This class will culminate in a Ukulele Cabaret where each student will have a chance to prepare, arrange and perform a song of their choice for a supportive audience of ukulele lovers! Ukulele for Beginners is a prerequisite for this class, and all students must bring their own digital tuner and approved Ukulele to class. Approved Ukulele Brands: Kala, Makala, Lanikai, Cordoba, Luna, & Martin. If your ukulele is not among the brands listed, please contact Skye to make sure that it is approved.
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning April 3
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons who have completed "Ukulele for Beginners" or have greater experience
Meets: April 3, 10, 17, 24
Session cost: $110 ($100 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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Food & Cookbook Writing Classes:

Writing Cookbooks

Whether you are a chef or foodie looking to bring your recipes to a wide audience or a home cook hoping to pass down your dishes to your family’s next generation, successful food writer and cookbook author, Patrick Evans-Hylton, will help you choose a theme and format for your cookbook. You’ll collect, select, and edit your best recipes, stories, and culinary anecdotes, while developing an introduction and headnotes and exploring the use of food photography. In this class, we’ll also explore publishing methods and procedures, from the traditional route to blogs and social networking promotion.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 week session beginning February 11
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: February 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7
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Scriptwriting (Screenwriting, Playwriting, Comic Books, Graphic Novels) Classes:

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 February 28
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 week session beginning February 15
Instructor: Diane Fine
Open to: writers who have completed "Screenwriting" or have similar experience
Meets: February 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels

Comic books and graphic novel and comic books 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. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 22
Instructor: Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: February 22, March 8, 22, April 5, 19, May 3
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 15
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: February 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Classes for Kids & Teens:

Young Writers (ages 6-8) Day

In this morning and afternoon fun day for writers ages 6-8, 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, March 3, 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 February 4
Instructors: Cathy Malley & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: February 4, 18, March 4, 18, (skipping April 1), April 15, 29
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 10 of 12

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 February 3
Instructors: Robbie Ciara, Jessica Kelley, & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: February 3, 17, March 3, 17, (skipping March 31), April 14, 28
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 19 of 20

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 February 5
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: February 5, 19, March 5, 19, (skipping April 2), April 16, 30
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 February 25
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: ages 7-12 of all levels and experience
Meets: February 25, March 11, 25, April 8
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Pop Songwriting Crash Course for Teens

In this one day seminar, we'll take a step into the wild world of pop songwriting where we will discuss, dissect, and then create a well-versed pop song. Bring along an adventurous spirit, and all the unrequited love you've ever felt, as we investigate and experiment with what makes a song a hit. How do we craft lyrics that are catchy and also singable? Using a variety of examples throughout many decades of "pop music," we'll borrow tips from the pros and craft a true pop masterpiece!
Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
a 1-meeting, morning and afternoon class (with lunch break)
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Session cost: $95 ($85 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Songwriting or Ukulele?
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Looking for Journaling?
Looking for The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener?
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Looking for A Punctuation Refresher?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us?
Looking for Old English: Then and Now?
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Looking for Writing About Social Issues?
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Looking for Writing Through Writer’s Block?
Looking for Microsoft Word for Writers?
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.