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Open December 2016 Classes:

characters, copy editing, submitting, public reading


Winter/Spring 2016 Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, dreams & imagination,
art journaling, women's voice, travel writing,
poetry, poetry of witness, poetry of desire,
narrative poems, sonnets, surrealist poetry,
fiction, novel-craft, children's books,
memoir, creative nonfiction, flash narratives, business & technical writing,
screenplays, comedy, comic books/graphic novels,
cookbooks, food writing, blogs/websites, songwriting, ukulele,
writers craft, research, & professional development, submitting, book deals, agents,
scrivener, beginnings/endings/sentences/style/tense/plot, shipwrecks,
future predictions, historial writing, crime scenes, the galaxy, fantasy,
copy editing, grammar, punctuation, public reading,
calligraphy, blank journal book making,
& classes 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.




Open December 2016 Classes:

characters, copy editing, submitting, reading prep, food writing

The Juicy Opposition Characters Your Readers Crave

Imagine pitching Star Wars without Darth Vader. How about Moby Dick without a great white whale? Then there's Pride & Prejudice without Mr. Darcy. I daresay we'd have some flat-out boring main characters rushing from scene to scene with untrammeled success because no one opposes them. And they must be opposed. Many of the best opposition characters are closer than we think. Some are even ghosts. An editor might say, "there's no story here," when she really means, "I can't sink my teeth into the opposition character." This seminar will discuss your main character vis-à-vis his or her opposition character. We will tweak motivations to enrich both sides of the equation, and consider the subtle but important differences between protagonists, antagonists, and contagonists. Just as drastic is the need for opposition characters in poetry and particularly journalism. What's a snappy magazine story about an exciting role model without an opposition character? It's PR.
Saturday, December 10, 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: 2

Copy Editing

A good copy editor is a reader’s best friend. This seminar, led by an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor, can help any writer or editor who values clarity. We will cover ways to find and remove inaccuracies, tighten flabby prose, check every number in an article (even the hidden ones), and correct common mistakes in grammar and usage. We also will review deadline-tested methods to make a final review of an assignment to avoid mortifying embarrassments. If class members are interested, we can cover how to write killer headlines and photo captions. (After all, copy editors are the best-read writers at newspapers and magazines.)
NEW MEETING DATE
Saturday, December 10, 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: 4

How to Submit Your Work to Magazines and Journals

You’ve crafted your writing; now it’s time to get it published! This two-session seminar will guide you through the world of submitting to literary journals and magazines from start to finish. First, we'll discuss our individual publishing challenges, review our work in an optional short workshop, and then start pulling together a submission while we learn about file organization, proper formatting, crafting a cover letter, finding markets that fit our work, and how to utilize social media. Then after we've had time to research and hone our submissions we'll meet again to review our cover letters, share the markets we found, discuss copyright, fees, paid markets, time management, review some exercises to help you keep writing and submitting. learn how to handle the enviable rejections and answer any additional questions. By the end of this two-session seminar you will have learned everything you need to know to confidently send your work into the world!
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting session beginning December 10
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: December 10, 17
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Preparing for Your Reading

Learn to bring your writing to life at public readings and open-mics. This interactive, small-group workshop will focus on simple oral and physical techniques to teach you the skills to read like a pro. You’ll practice reading your own writing—with constructive feedback—to help you become an effective, engaging reader.
Saturday, January 7, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4 of 4

Savor and Share: December 5

Spend an early Monday evening with Virginia’s Secretary of Taste, chef and award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton, at one of the region’s top restaurants breaking bread—and posting it online. One part social club and one part social media, Savor and Share meets over a meal while you receive instruction and encouragement on how to take food photos, evaluate dishes, write a succinct review, use the appropriate hashtag, and post your experiences on a variety of platforms from Facebook to Instagram, Twitter and Yelp. Tons of tips and advice are served up fresh and hot: you aren’t just out on the town with a renown food critic—YOU are the food critic. Price of class does not include your cost of dining out. Each meeting is separate and visits a different restaurant in Coastal Virginia.
Monday, December 5, 6 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar at a restaurant to be determined
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION


Winter/Spring 2017 Classes:


Classes to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

Travel Writing Across Genres

In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and develop the skills of a travel writer and practice how to translate your travel experience into sensory details that bring your adventures to life on the page. This class is a great opportunity for writers of all levels to explore different forms and techniques and to write about your travel experiences in whatever form inspires you--fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. Whether your travel experience spans the globe, the country or the state, join us as we share our memories of all the places we've been!
Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
an 8 meeting session beginning February 16
Instructor: Emily Howell
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 20, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Let Your Words Flow: Write Anything

This general creative writing class is an invitation to hone your unique writing voice in a creative and open atmosphere. You will have the unique opportunity to explore what you enjoy, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. This multi genre workshop is an excellent first writing class as well as a place for seasoned writers to explore a different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative exercises, prompts, short readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You are welcome to share writing from home as well as selections written in the classroom.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 22
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Start Writing, Keep Writing... Write Now

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write to cues and prompts, and then share your work in a safe and positive environment. (You can always opt out.) You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, fiction) to poetry. Class members may also bring one longer, written-out-of-class piece for an insightful group critique, under the guidance of your instructor.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 23
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Spark Your Creativity

Everyone is creative. There are tools that can help us be more creative, find our projects and knock down our inner walls. In this seminar, we’ll explore the creativity gene, how creativity works, why we get blocks, and discover some methods of breaking through the blocks. We’ll move quickly through five or six exercises in creativity, followed by discussion. Experiment in a place where success and failure are both part of the learning process. Bring with you a willingness to try something new, and you’ll discover that you have a wealth of creativity energy just waiting to be mined.
Saturday, February 25, 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: 8

Art Journaling for Creative & Personal Growth

Simply put, an art journal is a journal in which you combine art and words to express yourself. This course provides and structured and safe place to exercise your creative muscles, incorporate play into your life and encourage self-expression. We will develop the tools to maintain a lasting art journal for personal growth and awareness. More than a strictly written journal, we’ll use words, sketches, collage, photographs and mixed media to explore our feelings, experiences, relationships and creative ideas. Join us and take your Art Journaling to a whole new level.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning March 11
Instructor: Emily Howell
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: March 11, 18, 25, April 1
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Finding Yourself at the Intersection of Dreams & Imagination

Dreams and the written word have much in common: they can communicate through metaphor. In this seminar, we will unravel the mysteries of the dream metaphors and dream symbology through the use of poetic and literary techniques. Don’t remember your dreams? Not to worry: we will work with all realms of the imagination, including daydreaming. We will bring forth to our conscious awareness the messages that our dreams are trying to tell us and will rework those messages into something that we can understand. In addition, by utilizing peer group activities, we will provide each other with new perspectives on our dreams to further enhance our understanding. We will leave having shed some light on our nighttime reveries and being ready to step more confidently into our waking world.
Sunday, March 12, 1-3:30 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: 8

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, March 26, 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: 8

Seven Habits of Creative People

Cars need gas to go. Our bodies need food to move, and even computers need input to create an output. In this seminar, we’ll perform some maintenance on our creativity. When work starts to feel formulaic, clichés can creep in. And sometimes—even with tremendous planning—the source feels dry. Let’s refill the source and develop habits, routines, and techniques that will provide depth for your creative process. We all want ideas to keep flowing. Together, we’ll find ways to prevent the dry spells.
Saturday, April 8, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Susie Pedigo
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
Looking for Writing Children’s Picture Books?
Looking for Food Writing or Cookbooks?
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for The Glory of Fantasy?
Looking for Business & Technical Writing?
Looking for How to: Find & Query an Agent?
Looking for Between the Book Deal and Your Publication Date?
Looking for The Future of Society and Conflict?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?
Looking for Shipwrecks and Underwater Archaeology?
Looking for Making Historical Writing Real?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Songwriting or Ukulele?
Looking for Geography of the Galaxy?
Looking for The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener?


Poetry Classes:

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Monday 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.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 27
Instructor: Sarah McCall
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Wednesday Mornings

This class, for anyone interested in writing poetry, is designed to help you write and respond to poems through creative exercises, readings and discussions. Each member of the group will compose and revise original poems. Together we’ll explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 22
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 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 13
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 10, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

A Certain Slant of Light

How often have you been frustrated by the false start or the wrong turn when attempting to write a poem you care about, then found your frustration only increasing as you make demands on your imagination to perform? How many poems have you crammed into your "unfinished" folder over months or even years that you just can't seem to get off the ground in order to convey the emotional ache you feel in your bones? This class will examine a variety of remarkable poetic angles by both traditional and contemporary poets, including John Donne, Emily Dickinson, Jean Toomer, Sylvia Plath, Norman Dubie, Josephine Jacobsen, and others. Emphasis will be placed on strategies for entering a poem and pursuing the angle of vision (angel of vision?) that leads to your inevitable and unforgettable ending.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning February 4
Instructor: Suzanne Rhodes
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 4, (skipping the 11th), 18, 25, March 4, 11
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Don't Look Away: Poetry and the Work of Witness

Throughout history, poets have felt moved to use language (poems) to bear witness to conditions of injustice and tyranny both in their individual lives and communities and in larger contexts. Our time is no less rife with situations and events that compel an immediate ethical and human response to crisis, degradation, and violence. In this complex and volatile world, it is easy to feel increasingly bewildered and bombarded by the digital—easy to feel as if at once connected, and at the same time separate, from the ways others experience daily life, struggles, sorrows, joys, hopes. This class hopes to explore the ways in which poetry offers a path to more active and humanizing witness, deep engagement, and hopeful agency—as we face important questions about our connected futures and our survival. We will read a carefully curated selection of poems and readings by poets who bear witness, including but not limited to C.P. Cavafy, Solmaz Sharif, Claudia Rankine, Anna Akhmatova, Gabriela Mistral, Cesar Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Carolyn Forche, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sam Hamill, Langston Hughes, Deborah Miranda, Philip Metres, Martin Espada, Craig Santos Perez, Juan Felipe Herrera, Emmanuel Lacaba, and Carlos Bulosan. Participants will use guided prompts in the creation of new work, in response to specific topics of their choice.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning February 19
Instructor: Luisa Igloria
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 19, 26, March 5, 12
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Poetry of Desire

Desire dictates much of a poet’s language. While we often think of desire as rooted in eroticism, a sense of wanting can be expanded from sex to spirituality, metaphysics, politics, and ultimately—a broad investigation of world and self. Desire is complex in that it can lend itself to attachment, and even suffering. We will consider questions such as—how does one negotiate and manage a spectrum of desire in a social system overwhelmed with excess and frenetic existence? These are just a few of the ideas poets seem to wrestle with in their work. In this workshop, we will investigate how desire informs craft and aesthetic, and addresses audience. We will read work from a diverse body of poets, and write poems of our own.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning March 1
Instructor: Sarah McCall
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Adding Fuel to The Fire

Virginia Poet Laureate Tim Seibles will teach a workshop focused on narrative poems and the ways in which the tone of the storyteller's voice is clarified through the use of specific detail and imagery.
Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
a 1-meeting, morning and afternoon seminar, with lunch break
Instructor: Tim Seibles
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Saturday Morning Sonnets

Each week we will savor—taste, appreciate and/or relish—one or two great sonnets (little songs), including works by Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Mark Doty, Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Robert Hayden, among others, and we will compose our own sonnets and/or sonnet-like poems. Our collective attentions to the poetic craft and content in our world-class model sonnets and sonnet-like poems, ranging from traditional Petrarchan/Italian and Elizabethan/Shakespearian forms to more open-ended and divergent near-sonnets, will inform our weekly drafts. Class time will include sharing and praising new sonnets in-progress and their potential.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning March 18
Instructor: Renee Olander
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: March 18, 25, April 1, 8
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Creations and Armageddons: Poems of the Endings and the Beginnings

This class will focus on poetry of endings and beginning, not only of social (or global?) scope but of personal scope as well. Such poetry acts as angel or emissary, ushering us from one reality to another, one door closing, another opening. We will study poems by James Merrill, Jorie Graham, W. H. Auden, William Shakespeare, Frank O'Hara, Yehuda Amichai, Langston Hughes, and others.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning March 18
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: March 18, 25, April 1, 8
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Surrealist Poetry and Word Play

Writing clear and penciling with clarity has its place. However, a certain comfort can be taken by embracing commotion and uncertainty, not chaos, not insincerity, but surprise and anticipation. A party of old friends might hide behind your house’s front door, on your birthday, or the same coat rack, or ten new coat racks). To accept sharp curves, to run into corners you’re forced to find ways out on your own. Confusion can be loads of fun. From French Symbolism to South American leaping poems, from speed-dated masters spanning gender, sex, creed, and culture like Nicanor Parra, Pablo Neruda, Mina Loy, to modern poets and gems, this workshop will sightsee different means to walk away from meaning and instead harp on unconscious and subconscious derivations. It’s your chance to unleash imagination without adjudication, to find a certain peace in the inexplicable joy of the non-cliché, or the complete unknown.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning March 19
Instructors: Eddie Dowe & Jeffrey Hecker
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: March 19, 26, April 2, 9
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 21
Facilitator: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional poets; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 3 poems) via email
Meets: February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16
An announcement will be made after December 21 about available space
Looking for Writing Children’s Picture Books?
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Songwriting or Ukulele?
Looking for Submitting?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for The Intersection of Dreams & Imagination?
Looking for Art Journaling?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Copy Editing?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Exploring Our Voice as Women?
Looking for Travel Writing Across Genres?


Fiction Classes:

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday Mornings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 21
Instructor: Leslie Entsminger
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 7
Instructor: Erin Beaty
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 7, (skipping Feb. 14), 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Thursday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning March 9
Instructor: Kenny Tomasits
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 16
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Fiction Workshop: Monday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 6:30-9 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 6
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

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

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

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

The Fiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 15
Instructor: Leslie Entsminger
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 22
Instructor: Lamar Giles
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 22, March 8, 15, 29, April 12, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 23
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20, May 4
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Writing Children's Picture Books Studio

Students who have taken Writing Children's Picture Books or writers with experience writing for children will write and revise picture book manuscripts. The focus of the class will be on sharing and receiving critiques along with further explorations of the craft of writing picture books (developing characters, narrative structures, mentor texts, and more).
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 2
Instructor: Sylvia Liu
Open to: writers who have completed Writing Children's Picture Books; new members must submit a writing sample via email
Meets: February 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 27
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 27, March 13, 27, April 10, 24, May 8
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 1
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: February 1, 15, March 1, 15, 2, April 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6
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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

Personal Narratives: An Introduction to Memoir

Personal narratives are the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class we will move toward uncovering the stories within ourselves which most need telling. Through writing exercises, readings, and constructive discussions of our short essays-in-progress, we’ll explore the ways in which language, voice, and literary techniques can bring the truth of our experiences to vibrant life on the page.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 22
Instructor: Emily Howell
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 22, March 1, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction: Tuesday Mornings

In its various forms, essay to memoir to commentary to review, creative nonfiction includes vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice. This class will introduce you to the contemporary nonfiction writer's toolbox by examining published texts and writing a wide range of stories (personal commentary/essay, profile pieces, travel/place essays, memoir, art reviews, magazine writing and food/nature/science writing). You will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 21
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction: Tuesday Evenings

In its various forms, essay to memoir to commentary to review, creative nonfiction includes vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice. This class will introduce you to the contemporary nonfiction writer's toolbox by examining published texts and writing a wide range of stories (personal commentary/essay, profile pieces, travel/place essays, art reviews, magazine writing and food/nature/science writing). You will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 21
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Business & Technical Writing

Technical and business writing is a good market for freelancers to explore. In this seminar, we’ll explore the real-world process of producing business and technical documents, using hands-on and practical exercises geared for success in the world of enterprise. You’ll create specific documents and writing appropriate to the demands of the twenty-first century technical and business writing market, while considering many newly researched professional writing techniques.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning March 4
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: March 4, 11, 18, 25
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 February 28
Instructor: Liz Argento
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 28, March 14, 28, April 11, 25, May 9
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 February 15
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Narrative Nonfiction in a Flash

Memoir and creative nonfiction writing is about creating compelling and engaging stories. In this workshop, we will discover how to craft those nonfiction stories—but in a flash! In this workshop, we will be writing in the genre of flash creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words). We will generate new memoir and nonfiction stories for every class, and we will focus on the unique techniques and opportunities that the genre of flash gives every creative nonfiction writer. Working in a shorter format allows you take a fresh look at your work; you will also find ways to tighten your prose, to better focus and shape your story into something resonant and necessary.
Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 16
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 February 6
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: February 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning February 19
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: February 19, 26, March 5, 12
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with advanced creative nonfiction writing experience will actively write and revise nonfiction, personal essays, memoirs and more. We will discuss larger issues of both form and substance, looking beyond what story you have to tell, toward how to tell your story beautifully and informatively with the goal of finding a larger audience. You will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 14
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: writers with some workshop experience &/or instructor approval
Meets: February 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 11, 25
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Wednesday Evenings

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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 22
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 22, March 8, 22, April 5, 19, May 3
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Studio

What draws us to memoir and creative nonfiction are the possibilities of exploring the big truth among the many smaller truths in our lives and the world. We reflect on and select among a myriad of experiences, events, and memories and weave these together to create our understanding of those realities. In this studio we'll do detailed, grad-school-level critiques of each other's work in a supportive environment. New studio members must have significant workshop experience and must submit a writing sample to the teacher in advance of enrollment, with the goal of limiting this studio to experienced writers.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 23
Instructor: Joe Jackson
Open to: advanced and professional writers/returning members; new students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: February 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20, May 4
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

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 18, 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

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, February 25, 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

Shipwrecks and Underwater Archaeology

The sea holds mysteries ripe for exploring in story. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by an underwater archaeologist, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own settings and plot-lines in stories involving the sea or travelling it as well as the discovery and science of what lies beneath the surface of the deep. Topics covered will include shipwrecks and sinkings, discovery of lost ships, underwater archaeology, and preservation and conservation of underwater artifacts. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, March 4, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Joseph Hoyt
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How to: Find & Query an Agent

In this seminar geared for fiction writers (though writers of other genres will still benefit), we will cover researching agents and editors to increase your chances of being moved to the top of the pile. When it comes to getting attention in the publishing industry, the query letter is often the first piece of work an agent or editor will see from a writer. You’ll learn proper query formatting, including voice and tone, as well as drafting a compelling synopsis that will make agents and editors say, "I. Want. More!" This seminar is geared for fiction writers, but other genres welcome as much of the technique is the same.
Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lamar Giles
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Beginnings and Endings

Sometimes the hardest thing about writing is coming up with that first line! In this class we will look at the successful beginnings of short stories and novels and discuss how and why they work. We will work on writing our own beginnings and finish the class by looking at story endings. We will discuss where to find inspiration and how this can translate into beautiful, attention-grabbing first and last lines.
Saturday, March 11, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Victoria Kelly
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

A Grammar Refresher

(Who, whom) do you think should take this workshop? Each of the writers who (has, have) problems with grammar. Everyone who writes should know (his/her, their) grammar rules. This session will help you refresh your grammar knowledge and polish your writing skills, so you will make (less, fewer) mistakes. (Answers: who, has, his/her, fewer)
Saturday, March 11, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Picture of Your First 1000 Words

The first 1000 words of a novel have to capture the reader’s interest and give enough information without giving too much backstory. This seminar will go over dos and don’ts of the first few pages of a manuscript by dissecting some highly (and some not so highly) effective openers. We also discuss of when and whether prologues are actually necessary, and why so many literary agents hate them.
Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Erin Beaty
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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. 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, March 18, 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: 8

Creating a Web Presence and Blog

Bring your laptop, or other web-enabled device and join and craft a site fit for any author or budding blogger. In this hands-on workshop you’ll create and publish multiple personalized webpages including your blog, utilizing both WordPress and Blogger. See, learn, and complete the steps needed to build your own website and blog for free using the popular hosting sites and their easy to use built in tools. We’ll explore creating pages and posts, adding media and links, managing comments, getting feedback, customizing your site’s appearance, and the basics of promoting your site via social media. (Not all web-enabled devices are created equal. A few features may be limited, work differently, or not at all if you are using a smart device or tablet.)
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning March 19
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: March 19, 26, April 2, 9
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6 of 6

Beyond Earth: Geography of the Galaxy

Whether your characters are exploring alien ruins on a sunless planet or commanding an interstellar battlefleet, how you present the geography of space can lend verisimilitude to your science fiction writing. In this Research for Writers Seminar, we will start with our local stellar neighborhood and examine some classic nearby stars—including Alpha Centauri, Tau Ceti and Epsilon Eridani—before moving out to explore the broader structure of the Orion Arm. We will survey star clusters, rogue planets, pulsars and nebulae, and then consider the galaxy on a grand scale, including halo stars, globular clusters and satellite galaxies, before venturing across the intergalactic void to the Andromeda Galaxy and beyond. We will also explore the resources available to help you chart new worlds and develop your own interstellar settings—whether a unique planetary system or a future galactic empire.
Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John Aguiar
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Writing with Style

A writer’s style is a writer’s trademark. Readers are moved not just by content or plot, characters or settings, but by how the author uses their voice to color and shape the story. In this seminar we will explore how style is affected by active and passive voice; showing vs. telling; varying sentence length and structure; the author’s choice of verbs and nouns; repetition; descriptive details; and the use of figurative language to convey emotion, setting, character, and more. Join us as we add some polish to our style.
Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Karen Tatum
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Making Historical Writing Real

Do you have an awesome idea for a piece of historical fiction, but it’s set in ancient Rome and your only knowledge of the period is based solely on the movie Gladiator or Monty Python’s Life of Brian? How about if you have a killer idea for a medieval story, but the brutality of Braveheart and Game of Thrones is all you can think of? Maybe you want to set it more recent, like World War II; was the world really black and white? Well, have no fear! In this seminar, you will learn simple research methods used by real historians, learn the difference between popular and scholarly histories, the differences between the types of sources available, as well as what sources are reliable and what sources should be avoided. Finally, we will discuss various historical constants and dispel several long-standing myths that could damage the authenticity of your historical fiction from antiquity to the Cold War. In this Research for Writers Seminar we’ll work together to make our stories more authentic..
Saturday, March 25, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christopher De Matteo
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!
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting session beginning April 1
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: April 1, 8
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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, April 1, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Colin Sargent
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 1, 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

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, April 8, 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

Advanced Scrivener

Scrivener is a streamlined and user friendly word processor that offers more to the writer than Microsoft Word or Mac Pages ever could. It’s designed for writing projects. But you know that, already. You’ve started your project; you’ve written your story. You know how to create and organize your binder and maybe even have some experience with compiling. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In this seminar, participants will learn the deeper mechanisms, offering a whole new level of organization, opening greater doors to your creativity. This is for those who’ve taken the "Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener" seminar or for those who are already confident in the basics of the program. Participants must own a copy of Scrivener, to be brought to the meeting on a laptop. The program is available on the App Store, Microsoft Marketplace, and via their website: www.literatureandlatte.com.
Saturday, April 8, 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

Between the Book Deal and Your Publication Date

You have signed your book deal with a publisher. After you've squealed, screamed and told everyone you know, what comes next? From revisions to title changes, cover art to fair usage permissions, acknowledgments, blurbs, dedications, book launch and tour, publicity and more, we will explore what to expect in the months between your book deal and your publication date.
Saturday, April 8, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: writers with experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Crime Scene Investigations

"There is nothing like first-hand evidence." (Sherlock Holmes) Tales of crime and punishment often take central stage in our stories. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted police officer, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you are writing crime stories, mysteries, or courtroom dramas, or simply need a better understanding of what happens in court to make a specific character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: police response, crime scene analysis and investigation, general police investigations, robberies and bank robberies, and homicides and violent crime. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, April 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: 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 22, 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

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 29, 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: 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, April 29, 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
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for The Intersection of Dreams & Imagination?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Travel Writing Across Genres?
Looking for Exploring Our Voice as Women?
Looking for Business & Technical Writing?


Art for Writers:

Bookmaking: Blank Journals

There’s nothing like the intimacy between a writer and their pen and paper. The joy of tactile art objects is incomparable to screens and word processors. Learn how to build your own journal with bookmaker Christine Rucker. All supplies will be provided to construct classic leather journals. Come and try your hand at building your own book.
Sunday, February 26, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christine Rucker
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost (includes materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.
Sunday, March 26, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5 of 5
Looking for Art Journaling?
Looking for Writing Children’s Picture Books?
Looking for Exploring Our Voice as Women?
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for The Intersection of Dreams & Imagination?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Creativity?


Food Writing Classes:

Writing Cookbooks

Whether you are a chef or foodie looking to bring your recipes to a wide audience or a home cook hoping to pass down your dishes to your family’s next generation, successful food writer and cookbook author, Patrick Evans-Hylton, will help you choose a theme and format for your cookbook. You’ll collect, select, and edit your best recipes, stories, and culinary anecdotes, while developing an introduction and headnotes and exploring the use of food photography. In this class, we’ll also explore publishing methods and procedures, from the traditional route to blogs and social networking promotion.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 6 week session beginning February 19
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Noodle, Nibble, & Scribble

Hone your creative food writing skills in this open-forum workshop with Virginia’s Secretary of Taste, chef and award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton. You’ll noodle ideas, or use a supplied writing prompt or two, and get guidance and feedback as you commit your tastebuds' deepest, darkest secrets to paper. This is a great class for food writers on all levels to scribble about their nibbles, network with others, and work with an experienced writer.
Sunday, April 2, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Savor and Share: February 20

Spend an early Monday evening with Virginia’s Secretary of Taste, chef and award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton, at one of the region’s top restaurants breaking bread—and posting it online. One part social club and one part social media, Savor and Share meets over a meal while you receive instruction and encouragement on how to take food photos, evaluate dishes, write a succinct review, use the appropriate hashtag, and post your experiences on a variety of platforms from Facebook to Instagram, Twitter and Yelp. Tons of tips and advice are served up fresh and hot: you aren’t just out on the town with a renown food critic—YOU are the food critic. Price of class does not include your cost of dining out. Each meeting is separate and visits a different restaurant in Coastal Virginia.
Monday, February 20, 6 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar at a restaurant to be determined
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Savor and Share: March 20

Spend an early Monday evening with Virginia’s Secretary of Taste, chef and award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton, at one of the region’s top restaurants breaking bread—and posting it online. One part social club and one part social media, Savor and Share meets over a meal while you receive instruction and encouragement on how to take food photos, evaluate dishes, write a succinct review, use the appropriate hashtag, and post your experiences on a variety of platforms from Facebook to Instagram, Twitter and Yelp. Tons of tips and advice are served up fresh and hot: you aren’t just out on the town with a renown food critic—YOU are the food critic. Price of class does not include your cost of dining out. Each meeting is separate and visits a different restaurant in Coastal Virginia.
Monday, March 20, 6 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar at a restaurant to be determined
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Savor and Share: April 24

Spend an early Monday evening with Virginia’s Secretary of Taste, chef and award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton, at one of the region’s top restaurants breaking bread—and posting it online. One part social club and one part social media, Savor and Share meets over a meal while you receive instruction and encouragement on how to take food photos, evaluate dishes, write a succinct review, use the appropriate hashtag, and post your experiences on a variety of platforms from Facebook to Instagram, Twitter and Yelp. Tons of tips and advice are served up fresh and hot: you aren’t just out on the town with a renown food critic—YOU are the food critic. Price of class does not include your cost of dining out. Each meeting is separate and visits a different restaurant in Coastal Virginia.
Monday, April 24, 6 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar at a restaurant to be determined
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
Looking for Creative Nonfiction?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?


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 21, 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: 8

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. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 6
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: February 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Ukulele for Beginners

In this class, we'll learn all about Hawaii's famous stringed instrument, the Ukulele or "dancing flea." A perfect beginner's instrument, it’s easy to learn and lends itself well to just about any style of music. Join local songwriter and Ukulele player, Skye Zentz, as we explore basic chord shapes and strumming patterns that will prepare you for a world of tropical fun on just 4 strings! Ukulele and Digital Tuner required.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning February 2
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: February 2, 9, 16, 23
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Songcraft for Teens
Start Sonwriting Saturday for Teens

Please see our teen class listings to register for these classes.
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Scriptwriting (Screenwriting, Comic Books, Graphic Novels) Classes:

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.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning February 21
Instructor: Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Screenwriting

This class is designed to benefit those who want to begin learning what screenwriting is and start drafting their stories, as well as those who have scripts they are working on and want to continue to explore and more fully understand the art and craft of the screenwriting process. The classical method of writing screenplays for both short and feature films will be covered. An initial writing exercise will serve to bring class participants together as a team to critique each other’s work. Discussions on participants’ story ideas for their first scripts will follow. Those with scripts-in-progress will "pitch" their stories to the class and receive comments and advice. In addition, both short and longer-form films will be screened in order to observe how screenwriting elements have been used by filmmakers. Learning how to "read" films will serve to inspire your own screenwriting, better inform you with examples from great screenwriters, along with the added benefit that you will never look at films the same way again. If you are new to screenwriting, come prepared with story ideas; if you have a script you are working on, be prepared to discuss your progress, problems and goals with the class. Every script begins with FADE IN. Let’s get started.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 22
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
Looking for Crime Scene Investigations?
Looking for The Glory of Fantasy?
Looking for Beginnings, Endings, Sentences, Style, Tense, Plot?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?
Looking for Geography of the Galaxy?
Looking for Shipwrecks and Underwater Archaeology?
Looking for The Future of Society and Conflict?
Looking for Making Historical Writing Real?
Looking for How to: Find & Query an Agent?


Classes for Kids & Teens:

Young Writers (ages 7-8) Day

In this morning and afternoon fun class for writers ages 7-8, we’ll explore creative writing and expression. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share our work. You can explore multiple genres: share poems you like and write short poems together; bring your imagination and characters to life by writing short stories; write what you think about yourself, where you came from, and the world around you by writing personal memoir-type stories. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words. Pizza will be served for lunch! Come express yourself in a friendly and supportive morning and afternoon writing day.
Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
a 1-meeting, morning and afternoon class
Instructors: Amanda Huynh & Tammy Wartell
Open to: writers ages 7-8 (2nd-3rd grade), of all levels of experience
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 12 of 12

Young Writers (ages 9-11) Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we’ll explore creative writing and expression. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share our work. You can explore multiple genres: share poems you like and write short poems together; bring your imagination and characters to life by writing short and very short stories; write what you think about yourself, where you came from, and the world around you by writing nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words. Come express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 5
Instructors: Cathy Malley & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: February 5, 19, March 5, 19, April 2, 23 (note, skipping Easter on April 16)
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 14 of 14

Teen Writers Workshop (Multi-Group): Saturday Mornings

In this multiple-group workshop, you can explore different genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. Each meeting, teachers will lead breakout groups with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 4
Instructor: Robbie Ciara, Amanda Huynh, & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: February 4, 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 23 of 24

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 6
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: February 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Start Songwriting Saturday For Teens

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 28, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
a 1-meeting, morning and afternoon seminar, with lunch break
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Songcraft for Teens

Join local songwriter Skye Zentz, as she introduces songwriting in a fun and enriching course. You will learn the basics of lyrical composition with the goal of creating unique original songs in a variety of styles. In this light hearted, supportive environment, we will explore various angles of the writing process both individually and in collaboration with other students. At the conclusion of our session, students will have the opportunity to perform their work in a Muse showcase if they choose. While basic music and writing experience is helpful, the course is open to people with or without any experience playing a musical instrument.
Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 13
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: February 13, 27, March 13, 17, April 10, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Songwriting or Ukulele?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Journaling?
Looking for The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener?
Looking for A Grammar Refresher?
Looking for A Punctuation Refresher?
Looking for Zentangle?
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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.