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Winter/Spring 2019 Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, journaling, storytelling,
personal power for writers, guided imagery & music metaphysical secrets,
writing through trauma & grief, writing through anxiety, writing through depression


poetry, poetry month workshop, form & technique, east asian poetry,
ekphrastic poetry, poetry of pleasure & happiness


fiction, novel-craft, children's books, flash fiction, erotica, young adult


memoir & creative nonfiction, flash nonfiction


screenwriting, final draft, comedy, comic books/graphic novels


food writing, food & photography, food memoir, food in fiction


art for writers, calligraphy, visual journaling


songwriting, ukulele


writers craft, research, & professional development, blogs/websites, twitter,
fantasy, mystery, romance, humor, hostages & negotiation,
sentences/genres/planning/dialogue/voice/research/pov/plot & action, secondary characters,
ancient cities, hominids, language origins, psychology & psychologists, arts reviews,
writers block, vision boards, self-editing, grammar, punctuation, public reading,
submitting, scrivener, interviews, photoshop, self-publishing, agents


classes for veterans/service members/military families/caregivers,


classes for kids & teen writers


in norfolk, virginia (hampton roads, va)



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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.



Winter/Spring 2019 Classes:


Classes & Camps to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

Developing Personal Power as Writers

In this workshop we will explore the sources of writer’s block, procrastination, & self-sabotage through the practice of deconstructing desires, habits, & deep rooted beliefs. This workshop will include an examination of the power of words. We will break down how to write affirmations specific to you & use coaching processes to build personal power. Participants will walk away with personal affirmations, tools to remain positive when feeling overwhelmed, & unique ways to organize their schedule.
Saturday, February 9, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Anna Fitzgerald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Writing Through Depression

Writing can be one of the most healthy and powerful ways to navigate the darkness of depression. Personal insights can come to life through the pen, and light can be found. Take this seminar to learn ways to channel your more challenging feelings into something useful, positive, and potentially revelatory.
Sunday, February 10, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jesse Scaccia
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Journaling for Creative Growth: Thursday 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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-Noon
a 6 meeting session beginning February 28
Instructor: Mira Roberts
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4
Session cost: $175 ($165 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Start Writing, Keep Writing... Write Now: Thursday 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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 28
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

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, March 3, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jesse Scaccia
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Writing Through Trauma and Grief: Monday Mornings

Sharing our stories of trauma and grief through the cathartic act of writing can bring healing, hope, and acceptance. This 6 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.
Mondays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning March 4
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: writers of all levels of experience and returning members
Meets: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22
Session cost: $230 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Unlock your Creative Voice with Guided Imagery and Music

The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), developed by Dr. Helen Bonny in the 1960s, allows you to access your dream state and let go of barriers such as stress and fear so you can tap into your creative power. In this seminar, you will set an intention and then "travel" to a recorded music program; you will then process the experience through mandala drawing, journaling, and optional sharing. The music will help you drop into a non-ordinary state where you can bypass the linear logic of the left brain and access a vast inner scape of connections and feelings. Some travelers are kinesthetics, experiencing bodily sensations; some are intuitives, receiving impressions that lead to insights; some are visualizers, seeing imagery; and others are a combination of the types. Come experience your own unique journey into your imagination. Even a single image can help to crystallize a complex issue, unblocking stuck emotions and freeing you to create what you want to create. Appropriate for previous attendees of the Unlock Your Creative Voice workshop.
Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sheila Sheppard
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

The Big Art: Living Creatively

Erich Fromm said, "...not only medicine, engineering and painting (I would include writing) are arts; living is an art." Living creatively may be the biggest art. This seminar explores ways to include creativity in daily activities. Ask me about the creative habits of Victor Hugo or Gertrude Stein. I provide the activities and materials; you do; you create; you decide what works for you. In the long run, a more creative life may mean more creative writing, or painting or...
Saturday, March 9, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Susie Pedigo
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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, March 23, 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

Writing Letters to Dead People

There are almost always things left unsaid to those that we have loved and lost. It can be healthy--and make for great writing--to say what we have to say anyhow, even if the person the letter is addressed to is no longer with us. This seminar will dive into the ancient form of communication that is letter writing. We will discuss voice, tense, format, and what we hope to accomplish by writing such letters. In-class exercises will open the writer's mind, heart, and spirit so they can communicate from the present into the past. Note: We will use the term 'dead' loosely. We will also discuss letters to those who may be living, but are no longer an active part of our lives.
Sunday, April 7, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jesse Scaccia
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us

The holidays are a great time to share and collect stories from your past, as well as from family and friends. In this class, we will use activities to find our holiday stories and how to share them in both a private and public venue. We will also look at national and international holiday traditions and stories--not just Christmas, Ramadan and Yom Kippur--that you can share with friends and families as you gather over the holiday season.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning April 7
Instructor: Sheila Arnold
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: April 7, 14 (skipping April 21), 28
Session cost: $135 ($125 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Metaphysical Secrets

Come and explore methods for opening your mind to unseen levels of your writing--before or after writing it. Meditation, guided imagery, and the pendulum will be introduced and demonstrated. Examples of depth of meaning will include symbolism, color interpretation, and numerology. Body, mind, and spirit interact as physical, mental, and spiritual interpretations of the universal mind.
Sunday, April 28, 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: 7

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 5
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: Meets: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Looking for Creating a Vision Board for Your Story?
Looking for Erotica Workshop?
Looking for Food Writing Classes?
Looking for Finding the Literary Agent Who’s Right for You?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Visual Journaling?
Looking for Twitter and Twitter Pitches?
Looking for Songwriting or Ukulele?
Looking for Ancient Cities and First Civilizations?
Looking for The Deep History of Words?
Looking for Hominid Heresies?
Looking for The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener?
Looking for How to Self-Publish Your Book?
Looking for Writing Children's Picture Books?
Looking for The Art of the Interview?
Looking for Psychologists, Psychology, and Psychotherapy?
Looking for Writing Art Reviews?


Poetry Classes:

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Tuesday 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.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning March 5
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: Meets: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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 March 6
Instructor: Amanda Gomez
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10
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 4
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 4, 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Persona Poems: The Mask Beneath The Mask

In writing persona poems, to speak convincingly, we must imagine ourselves as others--historical figures, movie stars, Muppets, the famous, the infamous and, perhaps, the unknown guy on the corner. As we explore these voices and their sense of what's what, four things happen: we deepen our sense of empathy, we widen the range of what is felt, and we become more agile with both language and imaginative possibility. Each of these things make us more imaginative writers--and, in some ways, better people. In this day-long workshop, we will practice entering the minds and voices of many types of beings. Good work for both poets and fiction writers.
Saturday, February 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
a 1-meeting, morning and afternoon class (with lunch break)
Instructor: Tim Seibles
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Session cost: $95 ($85 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2 of 12

Eastern Asian Poetry Forms: A More Perfect Union

Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) wrote I’m trying to sleep--/Go easy/When you swat flies. Shiki’s insinuating either the swatting is producing positive results (it’s simply too loud) or somebody in bed with the speaker is swatting the speaker. I like the double reading. It may be a triple reading--the speaker could be the fly. Co-instructors Eddie Dowe and Jeffrey Hecker will lead an intensive workshop in which we fly into Eastern Asian forms (waka, senryu, haiga, etc.). This course will seek brevity, instant metaphor, and maximize fun using minimal words. For instance, this course description is much too long.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning February 23
Instructors: Eddie Dowe & Jeffrey Hecker
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 23, March 2, 9, 16
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Poetry Today: A Workshop in Craft & Technique

The poetry market is always changing, and even writers like Shakespeare and Robert Frost would need to examine modern techniques when submitting to places like Poetry, The Paris Review, Poet Lore, or Black Warrior. In this workshop, we’ll take a look at what the best journals are looking for and the craft used by the poets within. Together, we’ll workshop your poems with an eye to stretching ourselves and getting our submissions and chapbooks ready for the world.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning February 27
Instructor: Robert Arthur
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 27, March 6, 13, 20
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Exploring International Poetry as a Means to Inclusion

Poetry is the language of seeing beneath the surface. In this class we will explore our own voice through persona and an international lens. We will look at international poetic forms as well as culture and custom through the poetry of that country, incorporating research of new forms. We will explore: Haiku, Haibun, Tanka/Renga, Pantoum, Sijo, Landay, Sestina and Sevenling as we connect forms to content and read Basho, Rumi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda, Dunya Mikhail, Rabindranath Tagore, Valzhyna Mort and others. We will also incorporate the persona poem into our study of culture and experiment with writing in different voices.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning March 10
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: March 10, 17, 24, 31
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Ekphrastic Poetry: Write from Art: Tuesday Afternoons

Spring is a great time to harness and build with new inspiration. Come try your hand at Ekphrastic Poetry. Ekphrastic--meaning "description" in Greek--is poetry inspired by works of art (painting, sculpture, photography, etc.). Writers in this class will work to draw from personal or imaginative connections with each selected work of art. Ekphrastic Poetry typically describes and expands the imagery and narrative of a piece of artwork. Writers will be encouraged to experiment with an array of ways to interpret not only what is given and in view, but also what could exist outside of the single still frame or poised sculpture. Each class meeting will include time for discussion, examples, writing from art, sharing, and feedback. While each writer will interpret the selected pieces of art through their own experience and view, sharing these poetic versions--while enjoyable--can greatly attend to the continued growth of each writers voice and style through shared inspiration.
Tuesdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning March 19
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: March 19, 26, April 2, 9
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Kicks and Bliss: Poetry of Pleasure and Happiness

Pleasure comes to us in a variety of forms, but can be understood in basically two ways. There are cultivated pleasures and forbidden fruits. Happiness, of course, is more complicated, since many people are happy as a result of work, toil, struggle, of hardship overcome. This class will focus on poems of cultivated pleasures, of forbidden pleasures, of work related happiness and of mystical happiness. Cultivated pleasures include anything one has to learn about, get good at or get accustomed to; forbidden pleasures are just what they sound like: things people enjoy though they know they shouldn’t do them; work related happiness refers to poems of accomplishment, of the satisfaction of goals met, or hardship survived; mystical happiness refers to poems about spiritual balance, of psychological or emotional health. We will read poems by Philip Levine, Larry Levis, Jack Gilbert, William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, Louise Gluck, Rosanna Warren, Robert Penn Warren, William Shakespeare and John Keats. Each class meeting will involve workshopping your poems, then discussing the class’s subject, and the instructor will also meet with each student individually.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning March 23
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: March 23, 30, April 6, 13
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

30 Poems in 30 Days: Writing Your Way Through National Poetry Month

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, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning April 6
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: poets of all levels of experience
Meets: April 6, 13, 20, 27
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 19
Facilitator: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional poets; new members must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 3 poems) via email
Meets: February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21
Seats Remaining: 2

Sexy as F*** (Form, that is): Studies and Practice in Form and Technique

Beautiful, memorable poems are not made from the gush/rush of "raw emotion" alone. They are not the product of mere intensity of involuntary feeling ("feeling more" does not necessarily make one a poet);and their goal is not simply to provide the experience of emotional catharsis. Rather, every poem that takes our breath away is also one that delivers a sense of powerful insight or epiphany, that expands the register of what can be thought, felt, seen, and heard. Whether or not poems are written in traditional/updated forms or in free verse, whatever their subjects or themes, it is the understanding and application of form and its dynamics that gives poets the ability to better marshal their material and structure. Athletes train every day for many hours before an actual match; swimmers do many laps. Engineers, architects, and artists spend many hours on blueprints, models, and scale studies before they arrive at the best embodiment of their vision. In this workshop, students will aim to produce new work as well as work to revise existing poems. We will study line, syntax, sonics, image, metaphor, and the language of our poems. We will read and study exemplary works from a range of poets, conduct "experiments" with both traditional and contemporary forms. More importantly, we will apply ideas of practice, repetition, and mastery to widen our understanding of what we can do more effectively with the language and structures of poems.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning February 10
Instructor: Luisa Igloria
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 10, 17, 24, March 3
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Twitter and Twitter Pitches?
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
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Looking for Submitting?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Journaling?
Looking for Food Writing Classes?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for How to Edit Your Own Writing?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Visual Journaling?
Looking for How to Self-Publish Your Book?
Looking for Storytelling Classes?
Looking for Writing Through Trauma and Grief, Anxietry, or Depression?
Looking for Psychologists, Psychology, and Psychotherapy?
Looking for Unlock your Creative Voice with Guided Imagery and Music?
Looking for General Creative Writing?


Fiction Classes:

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Wednesday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 6
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Thursday 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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 28
Instructor: Abi Putnam
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 7
Instructor: Dana Staves
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: Meets: March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Writing Children's Picture Books

Have you always wanted to write a picture book? This class will give you the tools for doing so: creating memorable characters, identifying the central conflict, beginnings and endings, story structure and plotting, writing lyrical language, and other elements of craft. We will also focus on the children's book market (including studying successful recent picture books) and getting published. The class will include discussions, writing exercises and group critiques.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 13
Instructor: Sylvia Liu
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 10, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

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 18
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15, 29
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Continuing 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 11
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Flash Fiction Short Workshop

In a world where attention spans are shrinking, novels are formatted to fit the screens of our handheld devices, and our daily witticisms are limited to 140 characters, it’s no surprise that the Flash Fiction story format has taken off. As Dorothy Parker once said, "Brevity is the soul of Flash fiction." Just kidding, she said, "Brevity is the soul of lingerie." But the point is, brevity is even more important for a story with a 500-1,000 word limit. Join us as we discuss the best methods for trimming down your prose, distilling your ideas, and writing a novel in just a few short paragraphs. Members of the group will write and revise flash fiction in this short workshop.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning March 14
Instructor: Abi Putnam
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: March 14, 21, 28 (skipping April 4), April 11
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Erotica Workshop

In this advanced workshop, we'll be going deep--real deep--with the ins and outs of good erotica. We will review the basics of writing erotica in the first session. In the following weeks, we'll have exploratory discussions about our hang-ups, hard times, and hurrahs on our erotica-writing journeys, as well as time to workshop each other's work. We'll be creating a supportive and enjoyable environment to develop your own unique erotica voice. We want you to be 21+ for this class, and as always, please come prepared to have a (moderately) intelligent, playful, and above all, respectful, discussion.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning March 24
Instructor: Cait Woods
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: March 24, 31, April 7, 14
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 12
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
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: 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.
Wednesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 13
Instructor: Dana Staves
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: 8

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday 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: Jacob Gregory
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: Thursday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning 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: 4

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 4
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: February 4, 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

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 13
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: February 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 10, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday 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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 6
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: February 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
The class is currently closed to new student registration.

The YA & Crossover Workshop

This four-week workshop will bring together writers of YA and crossover fiction of all genres. We'll provide targeted critique informed by industry sensibilities and discuss how the basic elements of fiction function in YA. Students will each submit 2-3 excerpts for workshopping.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning February 16
Instructors: Hannah Capin & Jessica Kelley
Open to: students who have taken other YA courses or by instructor permission
Meets: February 16, March 2, 16, 30
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Tuesday 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
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 26
Instructor: Cynthia Davis
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 26, (skipping March 5), March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Wednesday 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
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning March 6
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17, 24
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Monday Evenings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 11
Instructor: Cynthia Davis
Open to: memoir and cnf writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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.
a 6 meeting session beginning February 12
Instructor: Jesse Scaccia
Open to: memoir and cnf writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 12, 19, 26, (skipping March 5), March 12, 19, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

In this advanced workshop, experienced students working on narrative personal essays and memoir chapters will receive guidance, support and feedback. We'll continue to shape our experiences and their meanings on the page, discuss higher level elements of craft; try new techniques and structures; and create strategies for revision. We’ll use prompts, exercises, and discussions based on readings by notable authors, to help you see your own work with fresh eyes. Each member of the group 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 5
Instructor: Christine Koubek
Open to: memoir and essay writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 5, 19, March 5, (two week gap) 26, April 9 , 23
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Thursday 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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 7
Instructor: Jennifer Malia
Open to: memoir and cnf writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 11
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 4
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with workshop experience
Meets: February 4, 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Nonfiction in a Flash: Monday 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.
Mondays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning March 4
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with workshop experience
Meets: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Building Your Memoir: From Blueprint to Book

Returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience will learn, discover and share anything and everything involved in the seemingly daunting task of writing a complete memoir. We will decide what kind of memoir you want to write, what audience awaits your story, and most importantly, explore multiple organizational and creative techniques that will make the completion of your project possible. Prerequisites include completion of one of our Memoir or Creative Nonfiction Workshops or considerable memoir writing experience.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 9
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with workshop experience
Meets: February 9, 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7
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Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

How to Edit Your Own Writing

You're done writing, but before you present your work to your publisher or readers--print or online--you want to polish. How do you switch from writer to editor? How do assess your work from 10,000 feet and sentence by sentence? How do you hunt down and eliminate inaccuracies, tighten flabby prose, and correct common mistakes in grammar and usage? The class will offer a thorough method of editing and will include editing exercises. We can also cover how to write killer headlines and photo captions, which is particularly useful for those writing for websites.
Saturday, February 9, 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: 8

Quick 'n' Dirty Photoshop Hacks for a Stunning DIY Book Cover

Calling all self-publishers and indie authors: If you've ever wanted to create your own book cover, but didn't know where to start, this seminar will equip you with the skills you need to make a beautiful cover for your self-published book. We'll talk about how to design your cover, how to source images, and then give you a handful of Photoshop tricks to make your cover POP. Seminar participants are recommended to have a copy of Photoshop on a laptop you can bring to class.
Saturday, February 9, 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

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 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John McCarthy
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Happily Ever After Pretty Darn Quick: The Romance Short Story

Two people meet. Fireworks happen. They face challenges, but somehow they overcome and fall in love and find their HEA (or happily ever after). But can that happen in a short story? Yes. But that HEA needs to happen PDQ, and that's what this workshop is about. Time is not on our side, but we can work on creating memorable characters, snappy dialogue, high stakes, and a meaningful, satisfying HEA (or HFN) in the space of a short story. We'll consider the tenets of a good romance alongside the tenets of a good short story by studying published examples and workshopping our own stories, and when all is said and done, we'll craft whirlwind romances that keep our readers wanting more.
Saturday, February 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dana Staves
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
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 16, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

Creating a Vision Board for Your Story

The idea is simmering in your mind. The characters. The action. Snippets of dialogue. Maybe you know the ending, maybe you don't. But when you sit down at your desk, it goes away. The magic, the energy, diminishes. In this seminar, we'll use visual medium to bring a little of that magic back. We'll generate ideas, let inspiration guide us, and create vision board collages to help us make tangible some of the essence of our story ideas. The great thing about a vision board? It's not a binding contract, but rather a way to use visual art as a way to develop your ideas here, today, and help you get to your next bit of writing.
Sunday, February 17, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dana Staves
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Twitter and Twitter Pitches

Make 240 Characters work for you! Connect with agents and publishers who are looking to read fresh work in your genre, and learn the best way to pitch so that your much-revised query letter will actually get viewed. #GetPublished
Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sarah Hill
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Genre Fiction 101

Everyone wants to write and create their own stories, characters and worlds to explore for readers to fall in love with. But what do readers expect in a Romance novel, or in a Science Fiction story? In this seminar, we’ll go through each of the four main genres of fiction writing (Romance, Contemporary, Speculative and Young Adult) and explore the stereotypes, uniqueness and expectations of each genre. We’ll also talk about how each genre has an important mechanic (world building, point of view, etc.) that each writer can incorporate into their writings.
Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Zachary Piggott
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, February 23, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lisa Ray
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

From Novice to Novelist

Join us for a practical 15-point plan that demystifies and deconstructs novel-writing--from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans. We'll discuss how to tap into your subconscious and life experiences to transform them into a book-length project, populated with interesting characters, a twisty-turny plot, snappy dialogue, and an interesting setting. We'll also look at strategies for finding an agent, marketing the finished product, and facing your writing and marketing fears.
Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John DeDakis
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8 of 12

Planning vs. Seat-of-the-Pantsing

Are you a meticulous planner, or do you just wing it? In this session we'll explore strategies designed to add variety to your palette of writing techniques. If you're a planner, you'll learn how seat-of-the-pants writing can help you connect the dots. If your style is more free-form, we'll look at how peeking at the road ahead can inspire your writing in the here-and-now. This will be a writing lab, so bring pen and paper, or your laptop.
Saturday, March 2, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John DeDakis
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8 of 12

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, March 2, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Creating a Web Presence and Blog

Are you ready to launch your writing career? You’ll need an online presence where readers can find you. Whether you are already published and need to create an online portfolio, or you are just getting started and would like to begin blogging, an author website and blog will help you begin to build your online platform. We’ll work through the step-by-step process of setting up the typical three-page author website, and we will examine ways to keep a blog fresh and successful. Join us to take the next step you’ve been looking for! Students should plan to bring a laptop to class to complete in-class exercises.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning March 9
Instructor: Belinda Elliott
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: March 9, 16, 23
Session cost: $135 ($125 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Finding the Literary Agent Who’s Right for You

Do you want to publish your book traditionally? If so, you’ll need a literary agent, and not just any agent, but one you can trust, perhaps one who has a background or degree in English with an interest in editing because these days editors are looking for books that are nearly flawless by the time their job begins. You need an agent who desperately loves your work, so he/she will pitch and eventually sell your manuscript with passion. You might even discover an agent savvy enough to start a bidding war. In this seminar, I’ll discuss the importance of perfecting your manuscript, writing the query letter that gets your manuscript pulled from the slush pile, connecting with agents through writers’ conferences and other ways to find the agent who’s right for you.
Saturday, March 9, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Michele Young-Stone
Open to: writers with some experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Subliminal Dialogue

Ever find yourself laughing at actors or spokespeople who use their hands clumsily to make a point? Now imagine reading a story and feeling the same way. To impatient editors, unpolished writing means unpolished thinking. One guaranteed tell for unsophisticated storytelling is poor dialogue mechanics. They take a reader out of a story. They are proof that a writer doesn't care deeply about the out-of-body experience that a reader really craves. We'll learn how to craft speaker attributions so stealthily they won't disturb the "continuous dream" of a reader's enjoyment. We'll understand the vital difference between action lines and speaker tags. We'll consider lucid paragraphing as a magic pathway to reader understanding. And we'll respectfully edit a famous section of The Great Gatsby (for the better) the way a book editor would today, using Self Editing for Fiction Writers as our guide. Finally, we'll learn to take readers much closer to our characters with free indirect style.
Saturday, March 16, 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

The Art of the Interview

You’ve probably heard about the art of conversation, but when it comes to nonfiction and journalism, there’s an art to interviewing as well. It’s an art that’s never fully mastered, of course, because each interview subject is different, but the goal of this class is to provide tips that will help you make the most of every interview you conduct. This seminar, led by a pop culture writer with over 20 years of experience in chatting with actors, musicians, and other often-prickly creative types, will cover the process of doing your research, preparing your questions, having the right equipment, knowing what to ask, how to ask it, and what not to ask, and--perhaps most importantly--knowing when to stop asking and start listening.
Saturday, March 16, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Will Harris
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Using Military Experience to Inform Your Fiction

Many veterans and active-duty military members have profound experiences in combat, in war zones, during peacekeeping, or in exotic places--all of which they want to use in writing fiction. It’s an incredible well from which to draw very vivid and highly emotive writing, but there are pitfalls. In this seminar, we’ll discuss turning the raw memories and emotions of military experiences into good fiction, opening yourself up to your own past (and present) fears, and building characters and events that appeal well beyond a military/veteran readership. We’ll share some experiences, brainstorm some story concepts, and parse some fine examples of writers who got it right--and maybe one or two who got it dead wrong. Taught by a 20-year retired military guy with two historical novels on the street, both set during World War I and the 1920s.
Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jeffrey Walker
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Writing Sidekicks & Side Characters

Writers tend to be focused on their main characters and their antagonists. But they are seldom the only characters in a story. What about the other characters who live in the world of your story? The sidekicks and/or confidantes--the characters who support the main character in a major way. Think of the Sundance Kid or Spock. Another important character type is the foil: think of Sancho Panza, Mr. Hyde, or the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. Then there are the characters who may appear for only a scene or two: the bartender who serves the drinks, or the train conductor who takes the tickets. These may be stock characters, but can be portrayed as round or flat, static or dynamic. Any of Charles Dickens’ novels will attest to his mastery of developing enduring and lasting secondary characters. Learn how you, too, can make these characters interesting and integral to your story.
Saturday, March 23, 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: 5

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 23, 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: 8

How to Create the Crucial Central Conflict

The Central Conflict forms the emotional core of your story, novel, movie, play or poem which will in turn create the initial construction and the continued growth of your dramatic production for both you and your readers. This class will focus on the creation of a strong emotional Motive for your protagonist or poetic context and the incumbent actions which will reach into the "hidden content" of your readers own emotions. These in turn will form suggested plot shapes which will start you on the way toward the creation of a dramatic plot or poetic context. Exercises will help you create your own CC’s for your own work.
Saturday, March 23, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Humor in Fiction: Unfunny People Writing Hilarious Stories

Humor entertains readers, but it also serves a broader purpose, or its effects wouldn't last, especially when humor depends on one-liners or toilet jokes. Humor can bring to light deeper meaning about people and their interactions in the world they live. This seminar explores key techniques in writing humor. Whichever form of humor someone writes: straight realism with humor sprinkled in or a dark political satire, we’ll break downs what works and what doesn't. We will strengthen our story's narrative by dissecting stand-up legends Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle. We will improve our protagonist's internal voice by analyzing the techniques of Rachel Bloom (Golden Globe winner from Best Actress in a Comedy and Hugo Award nominated YouTuber) and Colleen Ballinger (YouTuber with over 1.5 billion views and creator of the Netflix series: Haters Back Off). We will move through creative exercises and writing prompts designed to touch the different elements of humor (understatement, overstatement, irony, paradox, and juxtaposition). Note: this class will show excerpts of performances by stand-up comedians, whose acts employ potentially offense language.
Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Matt Foster
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Ancient Cities and First Civilizations

Why did the first cities rise? After tens of thousands of years as hunter-gatherers, why did humans come together to create a radically different type of community? Where were these first cities located, and what made them possible? In this Research for Writers seminar, we will look at the oldest known cities and the cultures they supported, including Çatalhöyük in Anatolia, Ur and its rivals in Mesopotamia, Mohenjo-Daro in the Indus River Valley, and the enigma of Caral in the Peruvian Andes. We will explore the environmental and cultural conditions which led to their foundation, the improvements to agriculture which supported their expansion, and the human and natural factors which led to their decline--or their destruction. We will also examine the development of Native American cities such as the Great Kivas of Chaco Canyon and the lost city-state of Cahokia in the American Midwest.
Saturday, March 30, 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: 7

Using Final Draft Screenwriting Software

If you're writing a screenplay or TV show, Final Draft software makes the tricky formatting a breeze. It's not only the film and television industry standard, but offers all sorts of screenwriting and production perks you can't get in any other screenwriting software. From outline to production, ScriptNotes to SmartType, learn how to take full advantage of Final Draft on your journey from script to screen.
Saturday, March 30, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Diane Fine
Open to: screenwriters with some experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Demystifying Voice

So many tweedy writers' retreats and oceanfront summer writing camps fuzzily add the word "voice" to their brochures. Understanding the basics of voice is a promise many of these seminars can't keep. There's a lot of shapeless talk about cadence, feeling, and rhythm--even the word "special" is invoked--but you emerge without a bedrock knowledge of what 'voice' is--specifically what your voice is (or your character's) and how to take advantage of it. Voice shouldn't be a subject for self-indulgent discussion. It's the accidental (usually) or purposeful revelation of self through the fragrance of what you write. But how do we determine the fragrance? There's a method as sure-fire as a Geiger counter to test the power of voice in your work. Come to class to experience a vivid scan of your personal Word DNA. I promise a revealing look in the mirror that will make your future stories far more knowing and memorable for readers. Through drills and direct discussions of your work, we'll identify what you're saying--even if you're unaware you've been saying it. Then, you'll learn how to weaponize voice (for good) and use it to lift your stories to a new level.
Saturday, April 6, 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: 6

Mystery Writing

From Edgar Allen Poe’s "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" to installments of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s "Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes," the mystery genre is no stranger to the short story format. Imagine all of the benchmarks of a classic mystery: breadcrumb clues, red herrings, the twist ending. Now imagine all of that crammed into a mere 6-10 pages. If that sounds difficult to pull off, it’s because it most certainly is. Come join us for a discussion on the craft of mystery in short story format. We will be using examples from the work of William Gay, Sarah Cortez, and more. And don’t forget to bring your own mysterious short story (an excerpt no more than 10 pages double-spaced), for review and critique.
Saturday, April 6, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Abi Putnam
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

A Punctuation Refresher

"Let's eat Grandma" or "Let's eat, Grandma." Commas might not save lives, but they sure help clarify written work. Can you imagine reading a story with no punctuation? It would be like driving with no traffic signs to guide you. Those little commas, semicolons, apostrophes, hyphens, quotation marks and periods help us navigate written work. Correct use of punctuation marks is governed by specific rules. Learn them in this seminar. When you submit your work, you don’t want editors to reject it because of avoidable mistakes.
Saturday, April 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: 8

Hostages, Crisis, and Negotiations: Getting it Write

"A negotiator should observe everything. You must be part Sherlock Holmes, part Sigmund Freud." (Victor Kiam) 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. policework in crisis situations, the roles and tactics of a negotiator, dos and don’ts in hostage situations, how to immediately assess a growing situation, the roles of SWAT and support teams, and eliminating double meanings in speech--when you have just a split second to say the right thing. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lt. Michael Lovely
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Deep History of Words

Many writers know that English draws its core vocabulary from Old English, supplemented by French, Latin and Greek, with contributions from many other languages over the past thousand years. But where did the Old English vocabulary come from? Where did Latin and Greek come from, and why do they have uncanny similarities with Sanskrit, the ancestor of many languages in modern India? In this Research for Writers seminar, we will explore the Indo-European languages and trace them back through time to their ancient source: Proto-Indo-European, the language which gave rise to the major language families of Europe and northern India. We will trace individual words across thousands of years, from their ancient roots to their modern forms, and we will explore what these words reveal about Proto-Indo-European culture. We will also search for clues of even earlier languages--and consider whether Neandertals, who spoke radically different languages, might have contributed words as well as genes to our modern world.
Saturday, April 13, 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: 7

How to Read Like a Writer

Books are writers’ most enduring teachers. We can excavate our favorite texts to understand the elements of craft master writers implement and how they use them. Instead of getting caught up in a story, we will identify what makes them successful and consider how we, as writers, can use these same techniques in our work.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting session beginning April 13
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: Meets: April 13, 20
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Researching Your Novel

Once your Muse has inspired your novel, nothing adds value for the reader like complete and well-conducted research. Quality research frees your creative thinking, eases writers block, expands your vocabulary, identifies plot direction and provides a sound framework for the creative work ahead. Sloppy research can make or break your novel in terms of believability. Learn sound research strategies, identify sources, including how to avoid those "research traps" that can bog down your writing.
Saturday, April 13, 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 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!
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 2 meeting session beginning April 14
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: April 14, 28
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Hominid Heresies

In both fantasy and science fiction, we often see worlds with multiple intelligent species coexisting, such as the classic fantasy races of elves, dwarves, orcs and halflings. But how realistic is this? Can several different humanoid species coexist peacefully, or will one species eventually drive the others to extinction? In this Research for Writers seminar, we will examine our own recent evolutionary history to look for examples of competition and coexistence among closely related hominid species. We will examine some of the classic antecedents to modern humans, such as Australopithecus and Homo erectus--but we will also consider some of the most recently discovered hominids, such as Homo naledi and the enigmatic Denisovans. We will examine how and where Neandertals coexisted with modern humans, what their technology says about the Neandertal worldview, and whether Neandertals were the original source of the genes for red hair. We will conclude by considering what the future holds for our own species--and whether one or more future human species will inhabit the world after us.
Saturday, April 20, 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: 7

Point of View

There are several different points of view (in both first person and third) which provide different effects on the stories being dramatized. Point of view should be the last preliminary choice a writer makes prior to beginning the actual writing. What is seldom emphasized or even mentioned in writing classes is that which point of view a writer picks is absolutely crucial to a story’s success, and that different points of view will definitely change a story in all other ways. We will explore the subtle elements which help writers choose the perfect point of view and how this choice needs to be tested constantly during the entire writing of a story.
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: writers with some workshop 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 20, 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

Psychologists, Psychology, and Psychotherapy: Getting it Write

"Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event." (Carl Jung) Stories are people with problems and how they overcome them. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted psychiatrist, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you have characters with mental illness or neuroses, characters who are in therapy, characters who are psychologists or therapists, or just need a better understanding of how human behavior works to make a character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: psychological aspects of human behavior, therapy from the therapist’s point of view, the various mental illnesses, neurotic behavior, personality disorders, and treatment. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Tim Sanderson. MD
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
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 27, 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

Create Stories from Everyday Life: Tell the Truth the Way a Liar Would

Professional writers and story tellers have learned that the basic foundation for their work comes from three elemental practices: 1. Using their own personal experiences as both the source and the inspiration of their creativity; 2. Exploiting the deeply emotional significance that comes from these experiences; and 3. Dramatizing these experiences through the techniques of storytelling. We will take each of these elements and gain intimate insight into how they have worked together for some of the greatest writers of the past.
Saturday, April 27, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Writing Art Reviews

Learn from a magazine columnist with 20 years experience of writing reviews of visual and performing arts and artists. Learn how to gain perspective from both objective and subjective angles. Write using your head and your heart. There will be practice art works. Students are encouraged to bring works (their own or by others) to review in class.
Saturday, April 27, 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

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, May 4, 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
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Art for Writers:

Visual Journaling Workshop: Exploring the Imagination

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this seminar will help writers tap into a different type of creativity. We will take a break from structured writing, and combine words with visual elements. We will paint, draw, write, and collage to explore our stream of consciousness and talk about how this can be incorporated in our own writing practice.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning February 24
Instructor: Christine Rucker
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: February 24, March 10, 24, April 7
Session cost (includes materials fee): $178 ($163 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Calligraphy Workshop: The Modern Alphabet

Modern Calligraphy is the innovative cursive script with a fresh, new look. For this hand, a pointed nib versus a square nib is used. Come explore this exciting lettering technique and let your creativity flow!
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning March 10
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: March 10, 17, 24
Session cost (includes materials fee): $135 ($125 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4 of 5

Explore 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, February 24, 1:30-4 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Food Writing Classes:

Preserving Memories of Food

Learn how to capture and preserve life stories of important people in your life through their recipes. Participants will gather information through interviews and research in order to write these biographies. In addition, you will incorporate their own personal recollection of events and people that connect you with flavors and aromas of recipes that have been passed down to you. We will include recipes and pictures in this short workshop.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning February 20
Instructor: Farideh Goldin
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 20, 27, March 6, 13
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students) returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Food & Photography: Sip, Sup, Scribble, & Shoot

It’s the hottest thing since sliced bread: photographing sliced bread (and other eats and drinks) and sharing the experience with others. Join Virginia’s Secretary of Taste, chef and award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton (publisher of Virginia Eats + Drinks Magazine, www.VaEatsAndDrinksMag.com) to learn how to take great food photography (with a focus on the use of smartphones), and write short, effective descriptions to post on blogs, social media (from Facebook to Instagram, Twitter and Yelp), and more. Sip, Sup, Scribble, & Shoot combines classroom instruction and field trips (meal costs are not included in class price) to top area eateries to get practical experience from working with an experienced smartphone photographer and food journalist.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning February 24
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: February 24, March 3, 10, 17
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Feeding The Story: Food as Story Element

Food is a basic need for survival. And whether you eat to live or live to eat, when you're writing a story, food can be a valuable tool in developing character, utilizing an exciting setting, orchestrating movement, or developing plot. This workshop will lead students through writing exercises and discussion of the role of food in fiction and other prose forms. We will work on crafting food fiction and prose that is both delicious and dramatic. This isn't a kale garnish on the side of your plate; this is prime rib taking up prime real estate and pulling its weight in your story.
Sunday, April 7, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dana Staves
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Songwriting & Ukulele Classes:

Start Songwriting Saturday

Songwriting is for everyone! It is not an elite art form, reserved solely for professional musicians, it happens to be one of the most ancient forms of oral tradition and an intensely accessible social and creative outlet. In this one-day immersive workshop led by local singer-songwriter Skye Zentz, we will dive straight into the world of lyric-craft, pairing old forms with our own original words, discussing the building blocks of clear language, imagery and symbolism. We will work individually and in pairs to write, edit and present our drafted work within a fun filled afternoon of inspiration and word-play! Students should bring a notebook, a favorite writing utensil, a sense of humor and an open mind. While basic instrument/musical proficiency is helpful, the course is also open to those who do not sing or play an instrument themselves. Students who play a musical instrument are welcome to bring it along to accompany themselves in our final activity of the day.
Saturday, January 26, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
a 1-meeting, morning and afternoon seminar with lunch break
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 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 4
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students) returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Ukulele for Beginners

In this class, we'll learn all about Hawaii's famous stringed instrument, the Ukulele or "dancing flea." A perfect beginner's instrument, it’s easy to learn and lends itself well to just about any style of music. Join local songwriter and Ukulele player, Skye Zentz, as we explore basic chord shapes and strumming patterns that will prepare you for a world of tropical fun on just 4 strings! Students will have the opportunity to perform at our very own UKEBOX Open Mic later this year. 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.
Wednesdays, 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: 6

Ukulele 2: Beyond the Basics

This class will build upon the fundamentals of Ukulele playing while growing your confidence and performance skills. We'll mix in some fun new chords and incorporate a variety of strumming and picking patterns, developing our own personal playing styles. This class will culminate in December's UKEBOX Open Mic 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 (or a comparable level of training) 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.
Wednesdays, 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: 7
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Scriptwriting (Screenwriting, 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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 28
Instructor: Matt Friedman
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: 2

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 4 meeting session beginning February 28
Instructor: Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: February 28, March 14, 28, April 11
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Screenwriting Workshop: Section A

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.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 5
Instructor: Diane Fine
Open to: returning memners and writers who have completed "Screenwriting" or have similar experience
Meets: Meets: February 5, 19 (then a small gap), March 12, 26, April 9, 23
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

The Screenwriting Workshop: Section B

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.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 12
Instructor: Diane Fine
Open to: returning memners and writers who have completed "Screenwriting" or have similar experience
Meets: Meets: February 12, 26 (then a small gap), March 19, April 2, 16, 30
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

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 7
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 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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Classes for Kids & Teens:

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. Plus, we’ll have a visit or two from our comic book writing teacher to work with visual 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 17
Instructors: Abi Putnam & Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: February 17, March 3, 17, 31, April 14, 28
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 12 of 14

Teen Writers Workshop (Multi-Group): Saturday Mornings

In this workshop, you can explore fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more. Each meeting, teachers will lead different breakout groups, focused on different genres, 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. Plus, we’ll have a visit or two from our comic book writing teacher to work with visual stories. 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 16
Instructors: Robbie Ciara, Jeffrey Hecker, Jessica Kelley, Kristin Mehaffey, & Abi Putnam
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: February 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8 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 11
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: February 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2
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Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
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Looking for Improv & Sketch Comedy?
Check out The Pushers, who are teaching these classes in their new theatre (The Push Comedy Theater) on Granby Street in the new Arts District.


Classes for Veterans, Service Members, Military Families, & Caregivers:

Memoir Class for Veterans, Service Members, & Military Families

Learn more about registration for ASAP classes at The Armed Services Arts Partnership website.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning March 16
Instructor: Michael Pearson
Meets: March 16, (skipping March 23), 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27