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Summer 2017 Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, journaling, women's voice, health & wellness,
guided imagery & music, creative writing camp for adults,
poetry, love poems, beat poetry,
nature/environmental poetry, villanelles, poetry craft,
fiction, novel-craft, flash fiction, children's books,
memoir, creative nonfiction, flash narratives,
screenplays, film visuals, comedy, comic books/graphic novels,
food writing & photography, blogs/websites, songwriting, ukulele,
writers craft, research, & professional development, submitting, agents,
scrivener, characters/fragments/tense/subtext/short story,
future predictions, hostages & negotiations, biomes & ecosystems, science fiction,
romance, true crime, suspense, arts reviews,
dreams, psychology, self-publishing,
copy editing, grammar, punctuation, public reading,
calligraphy, zentangle, blank journal book making,
& classes and camps for kids & teen writers
in norfolk, virginia (hampton roads, va)



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

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

General Classes and Writing Workshops

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

Writing Studios

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


Classes to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

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 to cues and prompts, and then share your work in a safe and positive environment. (You can always opt out.) You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, fiction) to poetry. Class members may also bring one longer, written-out-of-class piece for an insightful group critique, under the guidance of your instructor.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 22
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Exploring Our Voice as Women

Women's writing has often been considered "transgressive" since women first started to write about our own experiences and what the world looked like to us first hand—not how male writers thought it should or did look like. From the poetry of Sappho to the essays (and poetry) of Adrienne Rich to the novels of Toni Morrison and Alice Walker, women writers have been challenging the norm of what writing is supposed to be about and what topics are "OK" to write about. Together, we’ll use short exercises in "writing from beneath the surface" (using any genre the writer prefers) to generate a longer piece exploring our own transgressive ideas. Time will be reserved at the end of the workshop for participants to share what they have written if they wish.
Sunday, July 16, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lin Kaatz Chary
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

Seven Habits of Creative People

Cars need gas to go. Our bodies need food to move, and even computers need input to create an output. In this seminar, we’ll perform some maintenance on our creativity. When work starts to feel formulaic, clichés can creep in. And sometimes—even with tremendous planning—the source feels dry. Let’s refill the source and develop habits, routines, and techniques that will provide depth for your creative process. We all want ideas to keep flowing. Together, we’ll find ways to prevent the dry spells.
Saturday, July 22, 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: 4

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

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write to cues and prompts, and then share your work in a safe and positive environment. (You can always opt out.) You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, fiction) to poetry. Class members may also bring one longer, written-out-of-class piece for an insightful group critique, under the guidance of your instructor.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 27
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 27, August 3, 10, 17
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Let Your Words Flow: Write Anything

This general creative writing class is an invitation to hone your unique writing voice in a creative and open atmosphere. You will have the unique opportunity to explore what you enjoy, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. This multi genre workshop is an excellent first writing class as well as a place for seasoned writers to explore a different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative exercises, prompts, short readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You are welcome to share writing from home as well as selections written in the classroom.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 25
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 25, August 1, August 15, 22
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Writing our Lives: Social Realism in Poetry and Prose

As writer Mike Gold wrote, "Only in the real world with its endless change and growth can be found fresh and inspiring material for art." This workshop will focus on writing based in the reality of our lives in this time and place, where our personal experience connects to the larger sociopolitical reality of the world around us. We will strive to create and critique work not limited by style but with a focus on content and authenticity.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 29
Instructor: Al Markowitz
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: July 29, August 8, 12, 19
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Unlock your Creative Voice with Guided Imagery and Music

Can’t find the time to write? Don’t know where your novel is going? Feeling uninspired? Try asking your subconscious about it. The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), developed by Dr. Helen Bonny in the 1960s, allows you to access your dream state and let go of barriers such as stress and fear so you can tap into your creative power. In this seminar, you will set an intention and then "travel" to a recorded music program; you will then process the experience through mandala drawing, journaling, and optional sharing. The music will help you drop into a non-ordinary state where you can bypass the linear logic of the left brain and access a vast inner scape of connections and feelings. Some travelers are kinesthetics, experiencing bodily sensations; some are intuitives, receiving impressions that lead to insights; some are visualizers, seeing imagery; and others are a combination of the types. Come experience your own unique journey into your imagination. Even a single image can help to crystallize a complex issue, unblocking stuck emotions and freeing you to create what you want to create.
Sunday, August 6, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sheila Sheppard
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Creative Writing Camp for Adults

Each hour in this fun day-long "camp" for adult creative writers, we’ll explore different aspects of writing and the writing life. During parts of the day, all attendees will write together as well as enjoy the camp-wide address and workshop led by Virginia Poet Laureate Tim Seibles. Plus 12 breakout sessions will allow you to explore both craft and fun. Topics will include flash fiction, flash nonfiction, playwriting, health and wellness for writers, songwriting, the origin of the English language, book deals and publication, submission, social media for writers, word games, and zentangle, as well as a first page critique session. The camp will conclude with the 5 p.m. Writers Happy Hour, where you can mingle with campers as well as Muse students, teachers, and friends. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words--both out loud and on paper. Come and express and rejuvenate yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment. Light snacks and supplies provided. Bag lunch or lunch on your own. Strictly limited to 20 attendees.
Wednesday, August 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
a morning and afternoon adult camp
Camp Instructors: John Aguiar, Shannon Curtin, Christina Dalcher, Shawn Girvan, Sarah Hill, Michael Khandelwal, Jean Klein, Alison Schoew, Tim Seibles, Kelly Sokol, Cait Woods, Donna Wynn, & Skye Zentz
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $140 ($135 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4 of 23

Health and Wellness for Writers

In this course, we’ll cover basic principles of wellness, such as physical and mental health. We’ll discuss specific wellness issues we may encounter as writers, then explore and brainstorm real-world, practical solutions. We’ll target areas that will affect your well-being for the rest of your life. It’s the course that keeps on giving long after it’s over! This session will include some gentle stretching, so be prepared to move a little. All physical ability levels welcome.
Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Cait Woods
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Journaling for Creative Growth

Oftentimes, the only way to access your creative potential is to put away your plans and simply get curious. In this structured and relaxed 4 week journaling workshop, we will write our way through our stuck spots and plugged up places in search of renewed creativity and overall growth. Through writing prompts, class discussion and weekly writing assignments, we'll explore the process of journaling for the purposes of igniting creativity and rediscovering joy in our writing.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 17
Instructor: Mira Roberts
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: June 17, 24, July 8, 15
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Spark Your Creativity

Everyone is creative. There are tools that can help us be more creative, find our projects and knock down our inner walls. In this seminar, we’ll explore the creativity gene, how creativity works, why we get blocks, and discover some methods of breaking through the blocks. We’ll move quickly through five or six exercises in creativity, followed by discussion. Experiment in a place where success and failure are both part of the learning process. Bring with you a willingness to try something new, and you’ll discover that you have a wealth of creativity energy just waiting to be mined.
Saturday, June 24, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Susie Pedigo
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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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.
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Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 11
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 15, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Tuesday 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.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 11
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Beat Generation Poetry Workshop

When bebop master Thelonius Monk encountered a piano, he was not thinking about correct notes, he was thinking about discord, intervals between whatever was expected, about breath, about breadth. This advanced workshop class will consider the last literary movement that sought and succeeded to score improvisational elements of jazz with a vernacular. From poets Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, Welch, Rexroth, Corso, O’Hara, Kandel, Snyder, di Prima, Kyger, and Waldman, to Black Mountain projectives Olson, Creeley, and Duncan, we’ll discuss various techniques and motivations of a crusade built on foundations of free speech and spiritual mindfulness. Heavily focused on writing prompts, we’ll convene to assess why on earth a revised template of ideas formed in 1950s America, how these same ideas not only can be imitated in the contemporary, but deserve to be expanded upon, and made new again.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 9
Instructor: Eddie Dowe & Jeffrey Hecker
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 9, 16, 23, 30
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Love Poems: The Hunger of Words

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet." (Plato) One of the most powerful forces a poet can explore is the mystery of love, whether it’s a romantic expression for another person, a yearning for a place or time, or a deep connection to a friend or family member. In this short workshop, you’ll be introduced to love poems of various forms, subjects, and eras and learn how to make your expression move from the sentimental to the evocative. You’ll generate original poems for workshop to improve your expression of this constant and chaotic emotion.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 11
Instructor: Remica Bingham-Risher
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: July 11, 18, 25, August 1
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Villanelle Summer Seminar

Recurrent and ringing, if not obsessive-compulsive, the villanelle presents a potentially playful poetic model. In this seminar we'll examine great villanelles by W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, and Dylan Thomas, and then craft our own tercets, alternating lines, repetitions, rhymes and approximations to the 19-line French form.
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.-12::30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Renee Olander
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Practice of Poetry

Writing poetry is a practice, a daily exercise that strengthens like a muscle the more we learn how to use it. As William Stafford writes, "A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of if he had not started to say them." In this poetry class, we will explore the practices and processes that allow us to generate new work and tune our poetic voices. We will go "back to the basics" of image and metaphor, as well as break open new possibilities and connections that have yet to be explored. We will look to the work of contemporary poets such as Tony Hoagland, Dean Young, Charles Bukowski, Linda Pastan, Carrie Fountain, Richard Hugo, Jane Kenyon, and many more, to guide and inspire our practice. Each week we will use different exercises to generate raw material for new poems and share our work in a workshop setting. Poets of all levels welcome.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 22
Instructor: Libby Kurz
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 22, 29, August 5, 12
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Writing our Lives: Social Realism in Poetry and Prose

As writer Mike Gold wrote, "Only in the real world with its endless change and growth can be found fresh and inspiring material for art." This workshop will focus on writing based in the reality of our lives in this time and place, where our personal experience connects to the larger sociopolitical reality of the world around us. We will strive to create and critique work not limited by style but with a focus on content and authenticity.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 29
Instructor: Al Markowitz
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: July 29, August 8, 12, 19
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Our Only World: Writing about Nature and the Environment in Poetry

Poet and farmer Wendell Berry writes in his book Our Only World: "If we want to save the land, we must save the people who belong to the land. If we want to save the people, we must save the land the people belong to...." In this short statement, he illustrates the symbiotic relationship of humans to the whole of the natural environment: this one and only world which will sustain us and give us beauty, inspiration, harbor, habitation, health—and yes, poems. In this workshop, we will explore carefully curated materials that speak from the perspectives of ecopoetry—that is, the keen awareness of the natural world as not simply a decorative background in literature, but as extensions and expressions of our own cultural and other practices. We will seek to write poems invested with a more sensitive awareness of a world which makes conscious space for both a responsible practice in the present moment, and an active hope for the future. Our sessions will include readings, writing prompts, and the sharing of discussions and writing by participants.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning August 6
Instructor: Luisa Igloria
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: August 6, 13, 20, 27
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work may be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (monthly)
a 4 meeting session beginning June 20
Facilitator: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional poets; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 3 poems) via email
Meets: June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19
Seats Remaining: 2

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning poets and new members with poetry writing/workshopping experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 12
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 12, 26, July 10, 24, August 7, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Poetry from the Dark Side

Your poems are too tame. Escape the boundaries of official culture and explore poetry from the darker side. In this workshop we will study brut art, from the poetry of children to the poetry of the insane, with examples from Shelley, Byron, Smart, Wyatt, Wilmont, Savage, Pushkin, Baudelaire, Swinburne, D’Annunzio, Plath, Lowell, Sexton, Pound, Poe, and others. New work will be generated and critiqued by the group, under the guidance of noted poet, Robert Arthur.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (slightly bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning June 10
Instructor: Robert Arthur
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 10, 24, July 8, 15
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Coarseness, Valor, Visions, and Love

In this class we will consider poems and create work which engage a situation characterized by personal, social or cultural decline, and which suggest ways to rescue one’s self with ideas of coarseness, valor, fantastic vision, and mystic love. Hardship or decline can take on the characteristics of a narrative or, more perniciously, a self-perpetuating program. Poetry disrupts and reorganizes established ways of thinking. It doesn’t rebel, it recreates. We will consider work by Rabelais, Catullus, Jack Gilbert, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Jack Kerouac, Sappho, Garret Hongo, Derek Walcott, and John Keats, among others, which exceed established boundaries and reimagine inner and outer worlds, subverting existing realities and swerving toward new ones.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 17
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 17, 24, July 8, 15
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Looking for Guided Imagery and Music?
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Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Calligraphy?
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Fiction Classes:

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Wednesday 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.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 28
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Writing Children's Picture Books

Have you always wanted to write a picture book? This class will give you the tools for doing so: creating memorable characters, identifying the central conflict, beginnings and endings, story structure and plotting, writing lyrical language, and other elements of craft. We will also focus on the children's book market (including studying successful recent picture books) and getting published. The class will include discussions, writing exercises and group critiques.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 15
Instructor: Sylvia Liu
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 15, July 6, 13, 27, August 17, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Flash Fiction: Quick Storytelling

Ever wanted to write a complete tale in a thousand words? How about five hundred? One hundred? Fifty? Welcome to the world of the short-short story! In this workshop, we'll discuss fiction that can fit on a postcard—stories in which every word counts. As in the longer forms of creative writing, character and plot are crucial; the trick is to create a streamlined, standalone work that can be read in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee, but remembered long after. Our meetings will focus on craft, inspiration, and generating fresh material. Along the way, we'll explore experimental techniques that lend themselves to the ultra-short form, read examples of other writers' work, and discuss publication opportunities for flash. Expect to create several smaller pieces over the four sessions. All writers will have the opportunity to have their work critiqued by other class members and the instructor.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning August 3
Instructor: Christina Dalcher
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: August 3, 10, 17, 24
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

The Three-Week Fiction Workshop: Tuesday & 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. As this workshop meets twice a week for three weeks, students must be ready to submit multiple works for this quick but intensive workshop
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 11
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: July 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

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 June 12
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 12, 26, July 10, 24, August 7, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 20
Instructor: Maggie Libby
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Workshop: Monday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 12
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 12, 26, July 10, 24, August 7, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 June 7
Instructor: Princess Perry
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 7, 21, July 5, 19, August 2, 16
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 14
Instructor: Leslie Entsminger
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 14, 21, July 5, August 2, 16, 30
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Continuing the Novel

This workshop presents the ongoing process of writing a novel, including the production of central conflicts, plot summaries, characterization development, and other issues, leading to a specific, scene-by-scene treatment as produced by professional writers. The course is designed to prepare you for the actual writing process and completion of your novel. Pre-requisites include completion of the Beginning the Novel course or considerable fiction writing experience. The course is especially appropriate to those who have finished rough drafts of one or more novels.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 5
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 5, 19, July 17, 31, August 14, 28
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 5
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to future waiting lists by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: June 5, 19, 29 (a Thursday), July 17, 31, August 14
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 7
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to future waiting lists by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: June 7, 21, July 5, 19, August 2, 16
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Thursday 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
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 22
Instructor: Liz Argento
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Tuesday Mornings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will learn, through published texts and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the class will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 20
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 20, 27, July 11, 18 25, August 1, 8, 15
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

The Memoir Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

The Memoir Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise compelling and engaging stories spun from their own lives. We will address larger questions of form and substance—determining the scope of your memoir, what story to tell, what to leave out—and will continue discussing craft issues such as: writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 13
Instructor: Liz Argento
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 13, 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Creative Nonfiction Workshop

In this workshop, you will actively write and revise nonfiction, personal essays, and more. We will discuss larger issues of both form and substance, looking beyond what story you have to tell, toward how to tell your story beautifully and informatively with the goal of finding a larger audience. You will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 15
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 15, 29, July 13, 27, August 10, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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

Returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience will learn, discover and share anything and everything involved in the seemingly daunting task of writing a complete memoir. We will decide what kind of memoir you want to write, what audience awaits your story, and most importantly, explore multiple organizational and creative techniques that will make the completion of your project possible. Prerequisites include completion of one of our Memoir or Creative Nonfiction Workshops or considerable memoir writing experience.
NEW START DATE!
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 9
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers who have completed of one of our Memoir or Creative Nonfiction Workshops or have considerable memoir writing experience
Meets: July 9, 16, 23, 30
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Memoir Workshop: Wednesday Evenings

The Memoir Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise compelling and engaging stories spun from their own lives. We will address larger questions of form and substance—determining the scope of your memoir, what story to tell, what to leave out—and will continue discussing craft issues such as: writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 7
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 7, 21, July 5, 19, August 2, 16
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 13
Instructor: Liz Argento
Open to: writers with some workshop experience &/or instructor approval
Meets: June 13, 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Advanced Narrative Nonfiction in a Flash

In this advanced workshop, creative nonfiction writers will continue their journey of producing quality short nonfiction narratives. Weekly prompts and readings will guide us as we continue to refine and tighten our stories through the power of brevity. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material every week with at least four opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 5
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers who have taken "Narrative Nonfiction in a Flash" or those with instructor approval or extensive flash nonfiction experience
Meets: June 5, 19, July 17, 31, August 14, 28
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

Turn Your Fragments into Stories

"I can always think of great situations, but how do I turn them into a story?" We all have a collection of ideas and even notes toward a story that somehow never come to fruition. We recognize compelling moments when we see them: a homeless person treated callously by a passerby; a child lost on a crowded street and reaching out to the wrong stranger; a space ship landing in a suburban neighborhood which can only be seen by one family. These are all interesting ideas which suggest narratives, but they are not yet fully formed. In this seminar, we’ll explore a variety of ways to develop our fragments into fully realized stories.
Saturday, July 8, 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: 4

The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener

Scrivener is a streamlined and user friendly word processor that offers more to the writer than Microsoft Word or Mac Pages ever could. It’s designed for writing projects. You can organize your books, chapters, short stories, scenes, character sheets, setting descriptions, outlines, and anything else you can think of all in one easy-to-access document, which allows you to seamlessly switch between each element. To use the program to its full capacity, new users to the program need to know where to start. And experienced users are often unaware of the near-limitless customization and treasure trove of advanced features available to them. Combining visual and hands-on exercises, this seminar will teach you the basics of this amazing program and allow your writing projects to soar. This is for people with little to no experience in Scrivener. Participants must own a copy of Scrivener, to be brought to the meeting on a laptop. The program is available on the App Store, Microsoft Marketplace, and via their website: www.literatureandlatte.com.
Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christopher De Matteo
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Psychologists, Psychology, and Psychotherapy

"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, July 8, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Tim Sanderson, MD
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Tense: Moments and the Shades of Time

The tense of a story sets everything from style to thought. There’s a reflective advantage of the past tense as a road to revealing a character's deepest thoughts or interiority in storytelling (try to imagine Proust, James, or Austen without it). But how does right now differ from right then? The present tense ignites Molly Bloom's monologue in Ulysses. Some of the most memorable characters experience intertemporality. In this seminar we’ll explore the best expressions of tense, using examples from great work. Kurt Vonnegut is a genius about time. So is Milan Kundera, in Slowness. Best of all, there's Mikhail Bakhtin, the literary theorist who differentiates between real time and great time in literature in a way you'll never forget. His ideas are a revelation.
Saturday, July 8, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Colin Sargent
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Developing Characters

Writers breathe life into their characters. Sometimes we write extensive biographies, scenes from the characters' pasts, or imagined journals the characters have kept. We may research character types. But these lists often result in artificial characters who never leap off the page because we are delving into their characters' pasts from the outside. In this seminar, we will walk through the process of the conception and gestation of characters--and find ways to let them grow into the people they are meant to be.
Saturday, July 15, 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 Future of Society and Conflict

"Wars are always a race between belligerents to correct the consequences of the mistaken beliefs with which they entered combat." (Colin Gray) This Research for Writers Seminar (led by a defense futurist and international security analyst) will explore how war and society co-evolve over time. Run by a defense futurist and international security analyst—you’ll be provided some of the same tools, perspectives, and ideas that are currently animating the intelligence community, Department of Defense, NATO, and even Chinese and Russian future thinking about man, the state, society and war. This seminar will help you think through the social implications of change and the military meaning of international, social, and technological change to help you develop your own well-rounded stories about or within the future or past. Topics covered include trends analysis and military futuring, violent ideological conflict, societal patterns, the future of homeland defense, geopolitical balancing, conflict in the sea, air, and space, the future of cyber operations, and shattered and disordered regions. We will begin with a presentation with ample time for questions.
Saturday, July 15, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jeff Becker
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Hostages, Crisis, and Negotiations

"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. police work 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, July 22, 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

Copy Editing

A good copy editor is a reader’s best friend. This seminar, led by an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor, can help any writer or editor who values clarity. We will cover ways to find and remove inaccuracies, tighten flabby prose, check every number in an article (even the hidden ones), and correct common mistakes in grammar and usage. We also will review deadline-tested methods to make a final review of an assignment to avoid mortifying embarrassments. If class members are interested, we can cover how to write killer headlines and photo captions. (After all, copy editors are the best-read writers at newspapers and magazines.)
Saturday, July 22, 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: 6

How to Write Suspense

"Act I is 'Once Upon a Time,' Act II is 'Then One Day' and Act III is 'But There Was One Thing They Forgot.'" (David Mamet) Good, edge-of-your-seat, bite-your-nails stories are about suspense. More than one good story has been killed by a bad re-telling. This seminar will examine what makes a story suspenseful. Participants will learn how to pace their story to garner the greatest amount of suspense, as well as the critical role conflict plays. Aspects of Robert McKee’s principles will be studied, as well as Joseph Campbell's The Hero’s Journey and Blake Snyder’s screenwriting book Save the Cat.
Saturday, July 22, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Patti McCracken
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

But What’s It About?

Have you ever been dumbfounded when an innocent listener (or editor) asks re: your story or article, "Yes, but what’s it about?" This seminar will delve into the trends and success stories related to writing the perfect "elevator pitch." An elevator pitch is necessary so that perfect and imperfect strangers can understand, in a single burst of clarity, what you and your work are up to. It can also help you understand your work on an essential level. In the seminar, we’ll hear twenty famous elevator pitches, understand the dynamics behind them, and then discuss ideas for your own.
Saturday, July 29, 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

Writing Arts Reviews

Are you interested in writing reviews of concerts, plays, and other arts events? Get practical tips and insider information from a veteran editor and writer on the Hampton Roads arts scene. Learn how to prepare, how to use technology and how to write reviews that can be as entertaining as the events you cover.
Saturday, July 29, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dan Duke
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

How to Write True Crime

This seminar will take you behind the scenes to show how true-crime writers work. Participants will learn how to delve into archival material; they will learn the craft of documentary-style structure, how to create effective, multiple, correlative timelines, as well as how to interview in regard to sensitive subject matters. This is not internet sleuthing, but true-crime storytelling.
Saturday, July 29, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Patti McCracken
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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, August 5, 10 a.m.-12:30 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: 6

Agents and Publishers: Demystifying the Process

You’ve written your novel, now what? Learn what you need to do to get your best shot at acquiring an agent.
Saturday, August 5, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Patti McCracken
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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, August 5, 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

Advanced Scrivener

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

The Salvation of Science Fiction: Imaginary Technology

Writing in 1978 amid fears of nuclear apocalypse, Isaac Asimov wrote, "The core of science fiction has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all." Salvation. This is a compelling description of a popular genre pioneered in interwar pulpwood magazines, a mass medium traditionally allied with the same technological acceleration that brought about the very existential crisis that premises Asimov's statement. In our seminar, we will explore this ambivalence, seek to understand how SF celebrates and also condemns technology, imagines utopias and dystopias, the emancipation of humanity via mastery of nature or its bondage to sinister A.I. overlords, as well as test world-building techniques. Students should expect to leave the seminar with drafts of three flash fictions in the SF genre they can later expand. Students will also receive information about current markets for short fiction in SF.
Saturday, August 12, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jason Carney
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

How to Submit Your Work to Magazines and Journals

You’ve crafted your writing; now it’s time to get it published! This two-session seminar will guide you through the world of submitting to literary journals and magazines from start to finish. First, we'll discuss our individual publishing challenges, review our work in an optional short workshop, and then start pulling together a submission while we learn about file organization, proper formatting, crafting a cover letter, finding markets that fit our work, and how to utilize social media. Then after we've had time to research and hone our submissions we'll meet again to review our cover letters, share the markets we found, discuss copyright, fees, paid markets, time management, review some exercises to help you keep writing and submitting. learn how to handle the enviable rejections and answer any additional questions. By the end of this two-session seminar you will have learned everything you need to know to confidently send your work into the world!
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting session beginning August 19
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: August 19, 26
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Short Story: An Excavation

In this seminar, we’ll dissect a classic short story and examine each of its critical elements. We’ll identify the inciting incident, and locate the beats of its plot. We’ll look at point of view, and discuss how it influences our understanding of events. We’ll ask and answer key questions: How are the characters revealed? Why does a paragraph begin and end where it does? How does the chosen diction of dialogue and narrative contribute to the work? Improve the vital components of your own work through the close examination of a story that has endured.
Saturday, August 19, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Writing Your Dreams

When we sleep, our minds still write, creating stories in the form of dreams. Once we wake, the vividness and surreal images of our dreams and their stories can illuminate the page; many famous writers have been inspired in this way. But how do we get started in understanding the stories dreams want to tell? How do we sift through their mysterious messages to get at their essence? Dreams and the written word have much in common: they can communicate through metaphor, image, and story. In this seminar, we will utilize literary techniques such as these to unravel both the details and mysteries in our dreams and become better aware of the messages and mythic arcs our dreams deliver each night—translating the magic onto the page into something that we can grasp. As a group, we will provide each other with new perspectives on our dream life. In discovering the soul of our dreams, our writing will bridge the gap between our hearts and our heads, creating writing that is compelling and alive. Should you have difficulty remembering your dreams, this seminar is flexibly designed to work with all realms of the imagination.
NEW MEETING DATE
Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jennifer Graham
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Preparing for Your Reading

Learn to bring your writing to life at public readings and open-mics. This interactive, small-group workshop will focus on simple oral and physical techniques to teach you the skills to read like a pro. You’ll practice reading your own writing—with constructive feedback—to help you become an effective, engaging reader.
Saturday, August 26, 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

Conquering 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, June 10, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John McCarthy
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Biomes & Exotic Ecosystems: A World Building Seminar

Whether your characters are enduring the frozen tundra or navigating a rainforest river, how you present the living landscape can lend verisimilitude to your fictional worlds. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will examine the major biomes of our world, their distribution across continents, and how climate influences biodiversity and evolution. We will also explore a selection of rare and uncommon ecosystems, including tropical sinkhole caves, limestone kniferocks, and elfin cloudforest. From there we will venture into fundamentally alien environments where life thrives under bizarre conditions, such as deep-sea hydrothermal vents, cold methane seeps, and hydrogen sulfide "poison caves." We will conclude with a survey of the resources available to help you chart your own fictional terrain—and inspiration to create the lifeforms to populate your worlds.
Saturday, June 17, 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Writing Good Romance

Have you ever wanted to write romance, but didn't know where to start? Are you hesitant to include romance in your stories for fear of sounding cliché? Fear no more! Writing good romance is simpler than you think. This class will discuss elements of romance, romantic story arc structure, and how to think outside the heart-shaped-box. This class is perfect for anyone curious about how to write romance, whether you're an aspiring romance novelist, or just want to get a handle on incorporating romance into other genre stories.
Saturday, June 17, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Cait Woods
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

A Grammar Refresher

(Who, whom) do you think should take this workshop? Each of the writers who (has, have) problems with grammar. Everyone who writes should know (his/her, their) grammar rules. This session will help you refresh your grammar knowledge and polish your writing skills, so you will make (less, fewer) mistakes. (Answers: who, has, his/her, fewer)
Saturday, June 17, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Creating a Web Presence and Blog

Bring your laptop, or other web-enabled device and join and craft a site fit for any author or budding blogger. In this hands-on workshop you’ll create and publish multiple personalized webpages including your blog, utilizing both WordPress and Blogger. See, learn, and complete the steps needed to build your own website and blog for free using the popular hosting sites and their easy to use built in tools. We’ll explore creating pages and posts, adding media and links, managing comments, getting feedback, customizing your site’s appearance, and the basics of promoting your site via social media. (Not all web-enabled devices are created equal. A few features may be limited, work differently, or not at all if you are using a smart device or tablet.)
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning June 25
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 25, July 9, 16
Session cost: $135 ($125 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Subtext: Using Misconception and Mystery

Subtext is the meaning beneath the words on the page, or, as the author Charles Baxter calls it, "the unspoken soul-matter"” of a story. As humans, we rarely say exactly what we mean. We think on our feet as we talk, processing body language, and struggling with our own concerns and emotions as well as those of the listener. In fiction, this kind of miscommunication adds authenticity, creates dramatic tension, and even reveals deeper truths. This seminar will deal with what subtext is and how to incorporate it into one’s writing, both in dialogue and narrative. We will will discuss examples of subtext in fiction, and workshop portions of your own writing.
Saturday, June 24, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Art for Writers:

Bookmaking: Blank Journals

There’s nothing like the intimacy between a writer and their pen and paper. The joy of tactile art objects is incomparable to screens and word processors. Learn how to build your own journal with bookmaker Christine Rucker. All supplies will be provided to construct classic leather journals. Come and try your hand at building your own book.
Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christine Rucker
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost (includes materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Calligraphy: The Uncial Alphabet

Explore calligraphy and the uncial alphabet (think, The Hobbit) and Celtic knot patterns designed for lettering. Uncial is a fun decorative alphabet, great for greeting cards and other projects. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher
Sunday, August 13, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2 of 5

Zentangle for Beginners

We are excited to offer this Zentangle® Beginning Class this summer. Come and spend a Sunday afternoon learning about this relaxing art form! The Zentangle® method is an easy to learn, relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It increases focus, creativity and personal well being. This is a beginning course and all the materials you need are provided in the small kit fee. No drawing or art experience is needed. We learn by drawing "One Stroke at a Time." You will leave this class with a strong foundation and wanting more. We are excited to share this process with you.
NEW MEETING DATE!
Sunday, August 27, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost(includes materials fee): $53 ($48 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.
Sunday, July 16, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Food Writing Classes:

Sup, Sip, & 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. Sup, Sip & 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 week session beginning July 30
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: July 30, August 6, 13, 20
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4
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Songwriting & Ukulele Classes:

Songwriting: The Lyrical Craft

Songwriting is an ancient form—one of the earliest means of passing on oral history. Over thousands of years, it has evolved into a many faceted art-form, a source of entertainment, catharsis or escapism. In this workshop, we will explore the full songwriting process through listening, writing and editing. We will examine songs from a variety of genres and time periods to investigate what it is makes a song "stick" with us or not. Through both individual and collaborative efforts, we will explore fun new ways to think outside of the box. At the conclusion of our session, students will have the opportunity to perform their work in a Muse showcase if they choose. While basic music and writing experience is helpful, the course is open to people with or without any experience playing a musical instrument.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning June 26
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: June 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Ukulele for Beginners

In this class, we'll learn all about Hawaii's famous stringed instrument, the Ukulele or "dancing flea." A perfect beginner's instrument, it’s easy to learn and lends itself well to just about any style of music. Join local songwriter and Ukulele player, Skye Zentz, as we explore basic chord shapes and strumming patterns that will prepare you for a world of tropical fun on just 4 strings! Ukulele and Digital Tuner required.
Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning August 2
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: August 2, 9, 16, 23
Session cost: $110 ($100 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7
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Scriptwriting (Screenwriting, Comic Books, Graphic Novels) Classes:

The Visual Vocabulary of Film

The best films share a characteristic that the audience is all-too-often unaware of. In Hollywood it is known as: "Show It, Don’t Say It." That is, try to find a means to express the drama, conflicts, and even the emotions of the characters, as visually as possible; minimize the reliance on dialogue to explain what can best be shown in a medium as visual as cinema. There is a reason they are still called Motion Pictures. The Visual Vocabulary of Film is a one-of-a-kind 6-week course designed to introduce the strictly visual means that filmmakers use. Clips from over 100 feature films will illustrate the storytelling categories of: Character Introductions, Symbolic Uses of Props, Let The Blocking Do the Talking, Images of Authority, Expressions of States of Mind, and Examples From The Opening 10-Minutes. Just a few of the films used in this class include The Apartment, Nebraska, Casablanca, Primary Colors, Goodfellas, Schindler’s List, Apocalypse Now, Citizen Kane, Psycho, Lawrence of Arabia, Shane, and silent films such as 1919 Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1924 Greed, Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 City Lights, and the great French classic 1928 Napoleon (after all, silent films had no dialogue, so everything had to be told visually). The course is designed for movie lovers who would like to gain a greater appreciation of films by learning how to "read a film" in a whole new way. And aspiring scriptwriters will greatly benefit by acquiring many more screenwriting tools at their disposal. This course is intended to be as entertaining as it is a useful learning experience.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning June 20
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 26, August 1
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2 of 11

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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning June 21
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning June 21
Instructor: Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Classes for Kids & Teens:

Young Writers (ages 9-11) Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we’ll explore creative writing and expression. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share our work. You can explore multiple genres: share poems you like and write short poems together; bring your imagination and characters to life by writing short and very short stories; write what you think about yourself, where you came from, and the world around you by writing nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words. Come express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 11
Instructors: Cathy Malley & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: June 11, 25, July 9, 23, August 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 12 of 14

Young Writers (7-8) Week

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

Young Writers (9-11) Week

Each day in this fun morning "camp" for writers ages 9-11, we’ll explore a different kind of creative writing and expression. On Monday, we’ll try our hands at poetry and songs, sharing what we like and writing short poems and songs together. On Tuesday, we’ll bring our imaginations and characters to life by writing short and very short stories. On Wednesday, we’ll try our hands at calligraphy. And on Thursday, we’ll have a chance to write what we think about ourselves and the world around us by using nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. Then, on Friday, we’ll have a chance to write what we liked best in the week, and then read (or perform) it for our friends and family for the last hour of the camp at 11 a.m. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words--both out loud and on paper. Come learn to express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment. Light snacks and supplies provided.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon
a week-long session beginning August 7
Instructors: Liz Argento, Aaron Lawhon, Cathy Malley Sarah Pringle, & Skye Zentz
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: August 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 10 of 12

Teen Writers Week

Each day in this fun afternoon "camp" for writers ages 12-17, we’ll explore a different kind of creative writing and expression. Teachers will lead breakout groups with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. On Monday, the focus will be in poetry and spoken word. Tuesday will focus on fiction. Wednesday, we’ll take a look at screenwriting and film. And on Thursday, the focus will be nonfiction, memoir, and personal writing. Then, on Friday, we’ll have a chance to write what we liked best in the week, and then read (or perform) it for our friends and family for the last hour of the camp at 3 p.m. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere. Light snacks and supplies provided.
Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.
a week-long session beginning August 7
Instructors: Liz Argento, Robbie Ciara, Rick Fischer, Dexter Gore, Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: August 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7 of 16

Crafting the College Application Essay

The dreaded college application essay—perhaps nothing is as daunting. It can make the difference between an acceptance packet and a rejection letter. In this seminar, get pointers on how to select a topic and write an engaging essay.
Saturday, September 30, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: students applying to college
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Teen Writers Workshop: Monday Evenings

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 12
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: June 12, 26, July 10, 24, August 7, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Teen Writers Workshop: 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. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 10
Instructor: Liz Argento, Robbie Ciara, & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: June 10, 24, July 8, 22, August 5, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLAS IS CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
But mid-term registrations are possible. Please call the office at 757-818-9880.
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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.