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Fall 2016 Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, dreams & imagination, journaling,
poetry, poetry of crisis, spoken word,
ecopoetry, related poems, poetic meaning, chapbooks,
fiction, novel-craft, children's books, flash fiction,
memoir, creative nonfiction, flash memoir & nonfiction,
screenplays, visual vocabulary of film, comedy, comic books/graphic novels,
food writing, blogs/websites, songwriting,
writers craft, research, & professional development, submitting, scrivener,
outlining/plot/characters/dialogue/time, psychic distance,
detecting deception (police), world building, horror,
copy editing, grammar, punctuation, public reading,
calligraphy, book making, zentangle,
& 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.



Classes to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

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, October 8, 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: 4

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.
Saturday, October 15, 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

Word Prompt in a Jar

Ever get stuck in your writing life? Need just a small creative push along the way? This fun workshop will provide fun, creativity, writing inspiration, some brainstorming, and some sharing! We’ll spend time creating fun writing prompts on decorative papers and share them with our classmates. You will not only have your favorite prompts, but some fun ones you may not have thought of from your writing peers in class with you. Sprinkled in this creative time, will be some five minute writing prompts, allowing you to write for the fun of it! At the end of class you will go home with a decorative jar filled with writing prompts and ideas to use over and over again for those moments when you feel stuck in your own writing life. We all need inspiration or a writing push from time to time. Come and spend a light hearted afternoon at the Muse, and walk away feeling inspired and ready to fill your writing journal!
Sunday, October 16, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost (includes materials fee): $52 ($47 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Let Your Words Flow: Write Anything

This general creative writing class is an invitation to hone your unique writing voice in a creative and open atmosphere. You will have the unique opportunity to explore what you enjoy, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. This multi genre workshop is an excellent first writing class as well as a place for seasoned writers to explore a different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative exercises, prompts, short readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You are welcome to share writing from home as well as selections written in the classroom.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 19
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

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 October 20
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Journaling in Many Forms

We use journaling to express ourselves, gain insight into our lives and to encourage personal growth and awareness. In this 4-week journaling workshop we will focus on different types of journals, develop the skills to maintain a lasting, daily practice in writing and explore the different areas of our lives where journaling can serve as a useful, cathartic tool. Join us and expand your journaling through dreams, letter writing, mixed media and so much more.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 22
Instructor: Emily Howell
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 22, 29, November 5, 12
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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, October 29, 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: 6
Looking for Writing Children’s Picture Books?
Looking for Flash Fiction?
Looking for Food Writing?
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Writing Supernatural Horror?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Songwriting?
Looking for Psychic Distance?
Looking for Building a Real World, Imagined?
Looking for The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener?


Poetry Classes:

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.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 18
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, December 6
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

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 October 19
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Poetry Workshop: Monday Evenings

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning poets and new members with poetry writing/workshopping experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 10
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

The Poetry Workshop: Thursday Mornings

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning poets and new members with poetry writing/workshopping experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 6
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Cut from the Same Astonishing Cloth: Writing a Series of Related Poems

"Our true subjects lie in that idiosyncratic thought you advert to. There is something you find interesting, for a reason hard to explain. It is hard to explain because you have never read it on any page; there you begin. You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment" (Annie Dillard, from The Writing Life). Your astonishment is the fabric of the poems you'll write in this five-week class, poems related to each other in form, subject matter, or both. A minimum of five and a maximum of ten poems are expected. In advance, you'll write a short proposal of your project to be followed throughout. The advantage of this approach is that it opens up imaginative possibilities and insight into your creative process. It asks that you honor your idiosyncrasies and take yourself and your work seriously. By writing a group of poems on, say, food, sports, cultural icons from the Sixties, childhood, or storms, you will learn words by learning worlds, to quote Dillard again. Maybe you'll discover a form or pattern that is the perfect vehicle for your true subject.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning October 1
Instructor: Suzanne Rhodes
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Living and Writing the Poetry of the Ephemeral: A Workshop on Ecopoetry

Please think of us as we are, tiny, with skins that burn easily....
Forgive any anger we feel toward the earth,
when the rains do not come, or they come too much,
and swallow our corn.
It is not easy to be this small and live in your shadow.
(Naomi Shihab Nye,
Negotiations with a Volcano
Within the current contexts of rapid globalization and climate change, our lives, fates, and futures are more than ever linked to the kinds of relationships we cultivate with each other, with other beings both animate and inanimate, and with the totality of our ecosystems. 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 October 9
Instructor: Luisa Igloria
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 9, 16, 23, 30
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Oral Tradition of Poetry: Spoken Word

Students will explore the oral tradition of poetry and storytelling as the instrument for sharing all cultural, creative, and historical traditions passed forward, word of mouth from generation to generation. Members of the group will be challenged to consider and discuss the influences made on their poetry by other great poets of the oral tradition such as; the African Griot, Homer, the Harlem Renaissance, Beat Poetry, Shel Silverstein & rappers like Kool Moe Dee who have contributed to the recent revival of poetry as an oral tradition. Using their own poems, students will learn and apply the techniques of memorization and oral presentation which for centuries have been the full proof method of safeguarding the thoughts, culture, history, literature and laws of the human race.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 6
Instructor: Nathan Richardson
Open to: poets of all levels of experience
Meets: November 6, 13, 20, December 4
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Writing Through Crisis, Revising to Live

"As the past is put into words, as it becomes an external fact shared with someone else, the memory loses its mastery over the present...Odysseus (in telling his story) masters his experience, not only in action, but in song." (James Redfield) This class is an occasion to study a particular, powerful facet of the art of poetry, not a memoir or journal-writing course. Serious poets can write poems of crisis, heartbreak, death, or loss whether they are autobiographical or not. Still, as Redfield points out, part of the empowerment such a poet experiences has to do with establishing a healthier relationship to memory or events—real or imagined—through rendering them into art. We will study how to do such work, and will examine great examples of such work, using poems by Homer, Plath, Milton, Jack Gilbert, Sappho, Horace, Gluck. Walcott, Bidart and others.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 22
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 22, November 5, 12, 19
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

How Does a Poem Mean?

The course, inspired by the poet Miller Williams, explores how a poem achieves its meaning rather than what it means, which is assumed. Advanced students interested in writing with sophisticated technique are welcome to join this class, which will be a combination of lessons and workshop.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 5
Instructor: Robert Arthur
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: November 5, 12, 19, December 3
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 October 18
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: October 18, November 15, December 20, January 17
Seats Remaining: 2
Looking for Getting Your Poetry Chapbook Ready?
Looking for Writing Children’s Picture Books?
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Songwriting?
Looking for Submitting?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for The Intersection of Dreams & Imagination?
Looking for Journaling in Many Forms?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Copy Editing?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Calligraphy?


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 October 18
Instructor: Leslie Entsminger
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, December 6
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Thursday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 20
Instructor: Kenny Tomasits
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15
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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 12
Instructor: Sylvia Liu
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 12, 26, November 9, 30, December 7, 14
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Flash Fiction: The Art of Condensed Storytelling

Ever wanted to write a complete tale in a thousand words? How about five hundred? One hundred? Fifty? Welcome to the world of the short-short story! In this workshop, we'll discuss fiction that can fit on a postcard—stories in which every word counts. As in the longer forms of creative writing, character and plot are crucial; the trick is to create a streamlined, standalone work that can be read in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee, but remembered long after. Our meetings will focus on craft, inspiration, and generating fresh material. Along the way, we'll explore experimental techniques that lend themselves to the ultra-short form, read examples of other writers' work, and discuss publication opportunities for flash. Expect to create several smaller pieces over the four sessions. All writers will have the opportunity to have their work critiqued by other class members and the instructor.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning October 5
Instructor: Christina Dalcher
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 5, 19, November 2, 16
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 October 11
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 11, 25, November 8, 22, December 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 11
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 11, 25, November 8, 22, December 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

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 October 5
Instructor: Leslie Entsminger
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30, December 14
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Continuing the Novel

This workshop presents the ongoing process of writing a novel, including the production of central conflicts, plot summaries, characterization development, and other issues, leading to a specific, scene-by-scene treatment as produced by professional writers. The course is designed to prepare you for the actual writing process and completion of your novel. Pre-requisites include completion of the Beginning the Novel course or considerable fiction writing experience. The course is especially appropriate to those who have finished rough drafts of one or more novels.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 6
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 6, 20, November, 2, 17, December 1, 15
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 11
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 11, 25, November 8, 22, December 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 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, 6:30-9 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 10
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19
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 October 3
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to the waiting list by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: October 3, 17, November 14, 28, December 12, January 9
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 October 12
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to the waiting list by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: October 12, 26, November 9, 23, December 7, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Screenwriting & Film?
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Detecting Deceptive Behavior?
Looking for Writing Supernatural Horror?
Looking for Outlining, Plot, Characters, Dialogue, Time?
Looking for Psychic Distance?
Looking for Building a Real World, Imagined?
Looking for The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Journaling in Many Forms?
Looking for Songwriting?
Looking for Submitting?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for A Grammar Refresher?
Looking for A Punctuation Refresher?
Looking for Copy Editing?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Zentangle?


Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

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 October 19
Instructor: Lauren Hurston
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

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 October 18
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, December 6
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction: Thursday 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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 20
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Memoir Workshop: Monday Evenings

The Memoir Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise compelling and engaging stories spun from their own lives. We will address larger questions of form and substance—determining the scope of your memoir, what story to tell, what to leave out—and will continue discussing craft issues such as: writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 10
Instructor: Lauren Hurston
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

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 October 5
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30, December 14
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

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 October 4
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: writers with some workshop experience &/or instructor approval
Meets: October 4, 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 13
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with advanced creative nonfiction writing experience will actively write and revise nonfiction, personal essays, memoirs and more. We will discuss larger issues of both form and substance, looking beyond what story you have to tell, toward how to tell your story beautifully and informatively with the goal of finding a larger audience. You will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 12
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 12, 26, November 9, 23, December 7, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 October 12
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 12, 26, November 9, 23 (could be rescheduled), December 7, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Short Narratives in a Flash

Memoir and creative nonfiction writing is about creating compelling and engaging stories. Those stories allow readers to experience what matters to you—it also allows them feel part of something that matters to them, too. In this class we will be writing short personal essays and creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words) which may or may not be part of a longer work. We'll generate new material in and out of class, and we'll continue working to refine our editing and storytelling skills. Working in a shorter format will let you take a fresh look at your life experiences; you'll also find ways to tighten your prose, to better focus and shape your story into something resonant and necessary.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 3
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: Meets: Short Narratives in a Flash
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Looking for Write Now?
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Looking for General Creative Writing?
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Looking for Songwriting?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Detecting Deceptive Behavior?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Outlining, Plot, Characters, Dialogue, Time?
Looking for A Grammar Refresher?
Looking for A Punctuation Refresher?
Looking for Copy Editing?
Looking for Submitting?
Looking for Journaling in Many Forms?
Looking for Zentangle?
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Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

Let Your Story Shine: Avoiding Mistakes that Kill Your Prose

You may have a killer plot and amazing characters, but if your writing doesn’t match, you’ll have a hard time getting your work in front of readers. Agents and editors get thousands of submissions per year, and their careers depend on sorting the good writing from the bad. As a result, the vast majority of submissions are not read past the first few pages--if that far! So what is it that distinguishes the writing of a professional from one that needs more TLC than they can give? This seminar will address a number of factors that make your writing look unprofessional, from crutch phrases and filter words to unnecessary adverbs and telling rather than showing and more. Root out the weeds that are choking your prose and let your story shine!
Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Erin Beaty
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

X-Ray Your Characters: What Makes Them Tick?

People—and characters—have basic inner drives that define the core of who they are and help determine how they solve problems, interact with others, respond to pleasure or pain, or overcome obstacles. Using the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory as a guide, we will use the eight basic personality types as a foundation for building consistent characters, for allowing them to grow beyond our initial attempts at defining them, and for using our own profiles as a way of understanding the driving forces of our characters. Before the course, you will receive, via email, an abbreviated version of the MBTI to complete.
Saturday, October 22, 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: 6

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 how to use this amazing program and allow your writing projects to soar. 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, October 29, 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: 2 of 11

Detecting Deceptive Behavior

Characters can lie or withhold, and these moments are often central to characterization and plot in our stories. Is it possible to be deceptive without saying a word? Police detectives are challenged daily with identifying the deceptive methods used by suspects during criminal investigations. These manners of deceit vary from verbal, nonverbal physical cues, and written modes of deception. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted police lieutenant, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, and discover the deceptive words, phrases, and non-verbal behaviors that tell the detective what the suspect may not. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, October 29, 1-3:30 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

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.)
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 29
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 29, November 5, 12, 19
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Moves Writers Make: A Writer’s Toolbox

In this seminar we’ll reinforce the writer’s craft utilized in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, such as theme and plot, character development and point of view, setting and symbolism, and voice and style. Writers of all genres and levels will build a toolbag of strategies to use in improving their own writing and in providing their classmates and peers with constructive feedback. We’ll take a look at writers who use these techniques well and find ways to put their best techniques to play in our own work. Give better feedback at workshops. Be a better reader and writer.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting seminar beginning November 1
Instructor: Karen Tatum
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: November 1, 15, 29, December 13
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

You Talkin’ to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

With great dialogue, you can almost feel readers lean in to the page so they won’t miss a word. Every word counts. In this seminar, you’ll find the best ways to make your characters’ dialogue both dynamic and natural as well as unique to their specific character. You’ll discover how to avoid chit-chat and write dialogue that has a true punch. Learn to better engage readers as you listen for the silence between the words as well as the words themselves and explore ways to be as true to your characters' voices as you can.
Saturday, November 5, 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

Building a Real World, Imagined

Whether you're writing science fiction or fantasy, a well-developed world can be a memorable stage for your characters—or even a character in its own right. In this seminar, we will examine world-building from a global perspective, drawing on real-world geography to lend verisimilitude to our fictional settings. We will explore the major biomes of our world, consider how living landscapes are shaped by climate and terrain, and how these factors influence biogeography, evolutionary adaptations, and cultural diversity. We will also explore the resources available to help you chart and develop your own fictional realms at any scale--whether a secret island in an uncharted sea, or a new world of your own design.
Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John Aguiar
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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, November 12, 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: 5

Chapbook Readiness: Part II

The class is a continuation of the chapbook workshop held this summer, with the objective of moving writers closer to their goal of publication. Here's what will happen: In advance, each student will develop a chapbook proposal to include working title, description of theme/pattern/underlying concept, a working table of contents, acknowledgments of published poems, prospective markets for individual poems, and prospective chapbook publishers. The proposals will be sent to me a week before class, along with three poems from the collection (to include opening and closing poems) for my review. Writers will make sufficient copies of their proposals to be shared with the group. They will bring a poem from the collection that they would like to have critiqued by their peers. A freebie: I'll throw in a published chapbook from my library so each person will have a model. Anyone interested in publishing a chapbook can attend—the first class isn't a prerequisite.
Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Suzanne Rhodes
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Outlining and Plot

Don’t let plot be your downfall! Having structure in stories is vital. In Poetics, Aristotle wrote, "The plot, then, is the first principle, and as it were, the soul of a tragedy; Character holds the second place." Even though plot as a concept has been around since ancient Greece, many authors are "pantsers"—writing by the seat of their pants. This workshop focuses on building the scaffolding of stories using narrative structure techniques and plotlines—especially helpful for novelists. In our first meeting, we’ll discuss what plot is, how writers use plot to advance their story, and discuss outlining options for your own work. In our final meeting, we’ll spend time workshopping the plot points of your work.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting session beginning November 12
Instructor: Mae Lynn Walker
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: November 12, 19
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Time is on Your Side

Rare is the story that covers only the amount of time it takes to read the words. And let’s face it, not every minute of your hero’s life is worth detailing. When it comes to the limited time you have with your reader, it pays to draw out some scenes while glossing over other events. So how do you do that, and how do you know which ones are important? This seminar will address how to pick and choose your most relevant scenes, how create and stick to timelines in your work, and also how to use research to make your characters’ actions more realistic. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, but we can build thousands of days with only a few choice paragraphs.
Saturday, November 19, 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

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, November 19, 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: 5

Psychic Distance: How Close are Your Characters?

John Gardner, the author of The Art of Fiction, defines psychic distance as "the distance the reader feels between himself and the events in the story." Others call it "level of penetration," or use the metaphor of a camera dolly. It all points to how close your characters are to the world they inhabit. In this seminar, we will use examples and exercises to explore: how psychic distance ranges from hyper-objective to deeply embedded; what elements play with a reader’s perception of distance; how psychic distance relates to showing and telling; and the rhythm of intimacy—a moving point of view. Join us and hone your characters and your world.
Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Destroying the Ordinary: Writing Supernatural Horror

According to H.P. Lovecraft, a horror tale possesses "a certain atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces." He continues: "There must be a hint [...] of that most terrible conception of the human brain--a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard against the assaults of chaos and the daemons of unplumbed space." In other worlds, horror fiction dramatizes the sinister destruction of our ordinary, everyday lives. Strange. Why do we like to read and write about such an unpleasant experience? Can we describe the strange, even perverse pleasure we associate with stories of monsters, demons, zombies, mad-scientists, and brain-harvesting aliens? These questions will center our seminar on writing horror fiction. Students should expect a brief survey of classic horror fiction; additionally, students will compose three flash fictions in the horror genre that they can later expand. Students will also receive information about current markets for short fiction in horror.
Saturday, December 3, 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: 4

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, December 3, 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: 3

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: 7

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
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Art for Writers:

Bookmaking: Stab Binding

Our first books were made by hand. The care and artistry in the creation of the physical book mirrored the astonishing value of the words inside. In this three meeting seminar (the first meeting a phone conference with the instructor), Christine Rucker will work side-by-side with you to publish your collection of poetry or prose within a beautiful hand-bound stab-bound 3.5"x5" book. After registration and submitting your completed manuscript, Christine will discuss various options for colored covers, pages, and other simple layout designing before your meeting. Materials you need to get started are included. Join us as you hand-craft your words into the world.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting seminar beginning October 23 (phone meeting to take place this week)
Instructor: Christine Rucker
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 23 (phone meeting this week), 30, November 6
Session cost (includes materials fee): $140 ($130 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3 of 4

A Zentangle Workshop

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, meditative drawing process in which you create beautiful images from repetitive patterns without preplanning or design. Join Donna as she leads you in this fun, relaxing workshop through the step-by-step process of creating your own Zentangle tiles, allowing your creative spirit to soar. Discover an environment that provides you with a new way to calm the heart and mind before putting pen to page. Enhance your thought process, calm your inner critic and open the door to possibilities!
Sunday, October 30, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost (includes $8 materials fee): $53 ($48 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting: Saturday Session

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.
Saturday, November 12, 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

A Zentangle Workshop 2

In this Zentangle 2 class we will take the basics of Zentangle and explore them even further. We will learn new tangle designs and techniques and use more materials to deepen your Zentangle practice. Join us!
Sunday, November 13, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: persons with some Zentangle experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost (includes materials fee): $53 ($48 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting: Sunday Session

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, November 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Food Writing Classes:

Bites and Blogs

Learn how to share your food experiences—whether in a kitchen or a restaurant—through social media with Virginia’s Secretary of Taste, chef and award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton. We explore the essence of eating, and learn how to express your thoughts in a clear, concise and compelling way. We will be eating—and imbibing—and getting the most from all of our senses to fully appreciate food and drink through the written word and photography. In this introduction to food writing, learn about the world of food blogs and how to showcase your food experience on your own.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 week session beginning November 13
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: November 13, 20, December 4, 11
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Savor and Share: October 3

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, October 3, 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: 7

Savor and Share: November 7

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, November 7, 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: 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)
Seats Remaining: 8
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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 October 17
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: October 17, 24, November 7, 12, 21, 28
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Songcraft for Teens

Please see our teen class listings to register for this class.
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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 October 18
Instructor: Willie Cordy
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 October 19
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Visual Vocabulary of Film

This course is designed to be both entertaining and a useful learning experience. Everyone loves movies, whether they are comedies, dramas, action pictures, and everything in between. There are those of us who keep coming back to certain movies over-and-over again. Why is this? Is it simply the story, or the characters that we come to know? Or could it also be that we simply enjoy the way in which a story is translated from a written script into wonderfully visual images that dance across the screen—those "invisible," uniquely cinematic qualities. A universal axiom for well written and produced films is to "show it, don’t say it." The Visual Vocabulary of Film is a 6-week course that will explore those strictly cinematic means that filmmakers use to translate narrative stories into a visual language that is unique to movies. Film clips taken from over 100 feature films, from silent films through recent features, are organized to illustrate specific storytelling categories: Character Introductions, Symbolic Uses of Props, Let The Blocking Do the Talking, Images of Authority, & Expressions of States of Mind. Just a few of the films used in this class include such silent classics as the 1928 Napoleon and The Battleship Potemkin, also Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Casablanca, Shane, The Searchers, Goodfellas, Schindler’s List, Apocalypse Now, Citizen Kane, Psycho, Lawrence of Arabia, and many more. The Visual Vocabulary of Film is designed for those who simply love movies and would like to gain a greater understanding and appreciation by learning how to "read a film" beyond just listening to the dialogue. It will also greatly benefit aspiring screenwriters who will learn new ways to express their dramatic ideas. You will get much more enjoyment out of movies if you know how to "read" the strictly visual images that are used to tell the story.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 week session beginning October 6
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: persons of all levels and experience
Meets: October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Classes for Kids & Teens:

Young Writers (ages 7-8) Workshop

In this afternoon workshop 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 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 October 9
Instructors: Amanda Huynh & Tammy Wartell
Open to: writers ages 7-8 (2nd-3rd grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: October 9, 23, November 6, 20, December 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Young Writers (ages 9-11) Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we’ll explore creative writing and expression. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share our work. You can explore multiple genres: share poems you like and write short poems together; bring your imagination and characters to life by writing short and very short stories; write what you think about yourself, where you came from, and the world around you by writing nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words. Come express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 9
Instructors: Cathy Malley & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: October 9, 23, November 6, 20, December 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8 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 October 8
Instructor: Robbie Ciara, Amanda Huynh, & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6 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 October 10
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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, November 5, 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: 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.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 8
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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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.