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Summer 2015 Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, personal growth for women, journaling,
poetry, found poetry, poetic forms, cover poetry,
fiction, novel services,
memoir, creative nonfiction, flash memoir,
writers craft, research, & professional development, self-publishing, police investigations,
outlining/plot/characters/scenes/short stories, blogs/websites/online magazines,
copy editing, interviewing, pitching to magazines, submitting,
grammar, punctuation, public reading,
food writing, calligraphy, book making, zentangle,
screenplays, screenwriting for teens, comedy,
& classes for kids (9-11) & teen writers
in norfolk, virginia (hampton roads, va)



Key to Classes

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.




Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

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, August 1, 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: 3

Moving the Scene from Our Mind to Words on the Page

The stories in our minds are perfect, but translating them into actual language is the tricky part. You know how it is. Your character has an emotional breakthrough, or you’ve reached a crucial point in the story that you’re itching to write. But even though you know exactly what is happening, sometimes when you put it to paper your readers just don’t get it. This seminar will help you focus on the language level of your work. We’ll look at what is actually on the page versus what we think the story is about, and work to sharpen our scenes so readers experience what we intended.
Saturday, August 1, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

The Short Story: An Excavation

In this seminar, we’ll dissect a classic short story and examine each of its critical elements. We’ll identify the inciting incident, and locate the beats of its plot. We’ll look at point of view, and discuss how it influences our understanding of events. We’ll ask and answer key questions: How are the characters revealed? Why does a paragraph begin and end where it does? How does the chosen diction of dialogue and narrative contribute to the work? Improve the vital components of your own work through the close examination of a story that has endured.
Saturday, August 8, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers with some workshop 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 seminar will guide you through the world of submitting to literary journals and magazines. We’ll cover pulling together a submission, proper formatting, choosing an appropriate home for your work, crafting a cover letter, and simultaneous submissions. We’ll also explore Duotrope--an online submissions manager—to make your publishing life easier. Join us and learn the best ways to let your work live in print!
Sunday, August 9, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

How to: Self-Publish Your Book

You’ve written a great book, but the query letter/literary agent/publisher game isn’t your cup of tea. Have you considered self-publishing? With print-on-demand, it's easier than ever to get your book into print—and e-books are even easier! From platform choice to formatting and cover design, this workshop will answer your questions and walk you through the process of getting your manuscript ready to market in both print and e-book formats.
Saturday, August 15, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructors: Jeff Andrews
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Pitch: Magazine Articles and Features

Sell your story without selling yourself short. In this seminar, we'll discuss ways to get fresh ideas for magazine articles, determine which publications to target, and learn the art of writing query letters. This session is designed for aspiring freelance writers who have a desire to publish their work in magazines or current freelancers who would like to brush up on their skills or branch out to new publications.
Saturday, August 15, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Angela Blue
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Launching an Online Magazine

Everyone needs a place to be heard. Are you ready to start an online magazine, so you can get the word out about all of the great writers you know? Join us for basics of getting started with your own magazine. The tutorial will focus on launching your site, developing content (utilizing multi-media content), and maintaining and promoting your site. We’ll also cover the basics of finding and fostering an audience, and more. Find out what you need to know to get started!
Sunday, August 23, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
Please note this session takes place at 757 Creative Space, 259 Granby Street, Suite 250, Downtown Norfolk, 23510.

Preparing for Your Reading

Learn to bring your writing to life at public readings and open-mics. This interactive, small-group workshop is designed for first-time and newer reading participants, or others who simply want a bit of polish. We will focus on simple oral and physical techniques to teach you the skills to read like a pro. You’ll practice reading your own writing—with constructive feedback—to help you become an effective, engaging reader.
Saturday, August 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

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.
Saturday, June 6, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Mae Lynn Walker
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

A Grammar Refresher

(Who, whom) do you think should take this workshop? Each of the writers who (has, have) problems with grammar. Everyone who writes should know (his/her, their) grammar rules. This session will help you refresh your grammar knowledge and polish your writing skills, so you will make (less, fewer) mistakes. (Answers: who, has, his/her, fewer)
Saturday, June 20, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Art of the Interview

You’ve probably heard about the art of conversation, but when it comes to nonfiction and journalism, there’s an art to interviewing as well. It’s an art that’s never fully mastered, of course, because each interview subject is different, but the goal of this class is to provide tips that will help you make the most of every interview you conduct. This seminar, led by a pop culture writer with over 20 years of experience in chatting with actors, musicians, and other often-prickly creative types, will cover the process of doing your research, preparing your questions, having the right equipment, knowing what to ask, how to ask it, and what not to ask, and—perhaps most importantly—knowing when to stop asking and start listening.
Saturday, June 27, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Will Harris
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Turn Your Fragments into Stories

"I can always think of great situations, but how do I turn them into a story?" We all have a collection of ideas and even notes toward a story that somehow never come to fruition. We recognize compelling moments when we see them: a homeless person treated callously by a passerby; a child lost on a crowded street and reaching out to the wrong stranger; a space ship landing in a suburban neighborhood which can only be seen by one family. These are all interesting ideas which suggest narratives, but they are not yet fully formed. In this seminar, we’ll explore a variety of ways to develop our fragments into fully realized stories.
Saturday, July 11, 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Witnesses and Suspects, Police Interviews and Investigation: Research for Writers

"Book ‘em, Danno!" 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 detective stories, or simply need a better understanding of police procedures and investigation to make a character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: arrests and interrogation, police intelligence and investigations, lie detection, and witnesses and suspects. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m,-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sgt. Michael Lovely
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
This seminar rotates topics each session:
Spring: police reponse, crime scenes, police investigations, robberies and bank robberies, homicides and violent crime
Summer: police interviews, interrogation, lie detection, witnesses and suspects
Fall: court proceedings, defendants, presenting cases, police preparation for trials and hearings

Developing Characters: Getting Started

Writers breathe life into their characters. Sometimes we write extensive biographies, scenes from the characters' pasts, or imagined journals the characters have kept. We may research character types. But these lists often result in artificial characters who never leap off the page because we are delving into their characters' pasts from the outside. In this seminar, we will walk through the process of the conception and gestation of characters—and find ways to let them grow into the people they are meant to be.
Saturday, July 18, 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

How to: Start an Author Blog/Website

Are you ready to start launch your writing career? Many authors have a significant web presence including a blog, and other authors got their start with blogging. Come join us as we explore what a blog can (and can't) do for you, investigate the type of author blogs, the ethics of E-publishing, and find out what it takes to keep a blog fresh and successful. We’ll work through the step-by-step process of setting up a blog. Join us to take the next step you’ve been looking for!
Sunday, July 19, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Please note this session takes place at 757 Creative Space, 259 Granby Street, Suite 250, Downtown Norfolk, 23510.

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, July 25, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Spark Your Creativity?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Book Making?


Art for Writers:

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, August 16, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 one meeting seminar, Christine Rucker will work side-by-side with you to publish your collection of poetry or prose within 3 beautiful hand-bound stab bound 3.5x5" books. 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.
Sunday, August 30, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session 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

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, June 28, 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 materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Bookmaking: Accordion Books

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 one meeting seminar, Christine Rucker will work side-by-side with you to publish your collection of poetry or prose within 3 beautiful hand-bound accordion books. After registration and submitting your completed manuscript, Christine will discuss various options for colored covers, page sizes, and simple layout designs before your meeting. Materials you need to get started are included. Join us as you hand-craft your words into the world.
NEW MEETING DATE
Sunday, July 26, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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, July 26, 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): $50 ($45 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED TO REGISTRATION


Classes for Kids & Teens:

Young Writers Week

Each day in this fun morning "camp" for writers ages 9-11, we’ll explore a different kind of creative writing and expression. On Monday, we’ll try our hands at poetry, sharing poems we like and writing short poems together. On Tuesday, we’ll bring our imaginations and characters to life by writing short and very short stories. On Wednesday, we’ll try our hands at Zentangle drawing and then combine our stories with pictures. On Thursday, we’ll have a chance to write what we think about ourselves and the world around us by using nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. Then, on Friday, we’ll have a chance to write what we liked best in the week, and then read (or perform) it for our friends and family for the last hour of the camp at 11 a.m. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words—both out loud and on paper. Come learn to express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment. Light snacks and supplies provided.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon
a week-long session beginning August 10
Instructors: Jennifer Adams, Kindra McDonald, Robbie Ciara, Donna Wynn, & Leah Thiessen
Open to: writers ages 9-11, of all levels of experience
Meets: August 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2 (of 11)

Young Writers Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we’ll explore creative writing and expression. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share our work. You can explore multiple genres: share poems you like and write short poems together; bring your imagination and characters to life by writing short and very short stories; write what you think about yourself, where you came from, and the world around you by writing nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words. Come express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 14
Instructors: Jennifer Adams
Open to: writers ages 9-11, of all levels of experience
Meets: June 14, 28, July 12, 26, August 9, 23
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Teen Writers Workshop: Section A

Sarah Pringle has an opportunity to teach in Europe this summer. She will be back in the fall. This summer, take a class from Robbie Ciara (Section B) or Sarah McCall (Ssction C).

Teen Writers Workshop: Section B

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.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 13
Instructor: Robbie Ciara
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: June 13, 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 22
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Teen Writers Workshop: Section C

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.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 13
Instructor: Sarah McCall
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: June 13, 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 22
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Screenwriting Seminar for Teen Writers

In this introduction to the art and craft of screenwriting, you will delve into the three-act structure, proper industry formatting, as well as character motivation. You will begin or continue to write your own script, and be given constructive feedback. Get a real glimpse "behind the camera" from someone who has been there.
Saturday, July 11, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Calligraphy for Teens: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.
Sunday, July 12, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: persons ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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.
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for A Punctuation Refresher?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?


Classes to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

Let's Be Honest: A Personal Growth Group for Women

Gain the power of assertiveness with an intimate supportive and fantastic group of women from all ages and backgrounds. With directed questions, self-evaluation quizzes, and writing exercises, you will get reacquainted with who you are and what you want. This group course will help you redirect your goals and creativity by increasing personal confidence, communication and focus. When we learn about ourselves and share our lives in honest, real and even humorous ways, our perspectives change. Prepare to go deep real quick. You will discover that your current challenges can become your set-ups for success.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning May 7
Instructor: Danielle Leibovici
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 18
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Let's Be Honest: A Personal Growth Group for Women 2

Continue your journey of self discovery and growth with strong and supportive women around you. New writing exercises and life experiments will be presented to further challenge your life perceptions. The power of assertiveness comes more easily now that you appreciate exactly who you are. Open to members who have been in a previous LBH group.
Mondays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning April 27
Instructor: Danielle Leibovici
Open to: persons with previous LBH group experience
Meets: April 27, May 4, 11, 18, June 1, 15
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Journaling for Creative & Personal Growth

Often the simplest way to gain clarity in life is to write your way through it. In this structured and safe 90-minute journaling workshop, you will develop the tools to maintain a lasting, daily practice in writing for personal growth and awareness. More than "telling our stories," we’ll explore and consider our thoughts around our feelings, experiences, and relationships. Join us to begin a careful conversation with yourself that will continue both inside and outside of class.
Saturdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning June 6
Instructor: Mira Roberts
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18
Session cost: $125 ($115 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Spark Your Creativity

Everyone is creative. There are tools that can help us be more creative, find our projects and knock down our inner walls. In this seminar, we’ll explore the creativity gene, how creativity works, why we get blocks, and discover some methods of breaking through the blocks. We’ll move quickly through five or six exercises in creativity, followed by discussion. Experiment in a place where success and failure are both part of the learning process. Bring with you a willingness to try something new, and you’ll discover that you have a wealth of creativity energy just waiting to be mined.
Saturday, June 13, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Susie Pedigo
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 can also bring one longer, out-of-class piece for an insightful group critique, under the guidance of your instructor.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 2
Instructor: Melissa Sipin
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 2, 16, 24, 30, August 6, 10
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION


Poetry Classes:

Inside the Room, the Ceiling will be the Sky: A Workshop in Poetry Forms

In this workshop, we will read and try our hand at a variety of both received and imposed forms, including but not limited to sonnets, terza rima forms, triolets, ghazals, villanelles, and abecedarians. In playing with these forms we will learn how to extend tradition and received lore on craft and poetic technique to our contemporary sense of time, language, and idiom.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning August 2
Instructor: Luisa Igloria
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: August 2, 9, 16, 23
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work may be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (monthly)
a 4 meeting session beginning June 23
Facilitator: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional poets; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 3 poems) via email
Meets: June 23, July 21, August 18, September 15
Seats Remaining: 2

Introduction to Writing Poetry

This class, for anyone interested in writing poetry, is designed to help you write and respond to poems through creative exercises, readings and discussions. Each member of the group will compose and revise original poems. Together we’ll explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 18
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 18, July 2, 9, 24, August 6, 20
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning poets and new members with poetry writing/workshopping experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 15
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 15, 29, July 13, 27, August 10, 24
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Cover Versions: Poetry and Inspiration

This course will focus on the writing of poems inspired by everything from poems written in other languages or earlier epochs to Rolling Stones’ songs, Rabelaisian anecdotes, Seinfeld reruns, Psalms from the King James Bible, or anything else we think of. The methods are what we will study: the techniques a poet uses to take inspiration from another work of art and make it into original poetry. We will examine a wide range of such inspired poems by Frank O’Hara, Francois Villon, Elizabeth Bishop, Rosanna Warren, Tim Seibles and William Shakespeare, among others. Students will also write and workshop their own original poems written in response to what inspires them.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 7
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 7, 14, 21, 28
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Finders Keepers: The Art of Found Poetry

Does Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky fascinate you with its nonsense language? Do you find yourself repeating words and phrases you’ve heard throughout your day, just for the musical sound of it? Have you ever whiled away the afternoon picking interesting words out of the classifieds? You, my friend, are reveling in the joys of found poetry. We will explore the art and origins of found poetry from the Dada movement and Oulipan’s, to collage poetry and abecedarian forms. We will find out how to channel our spontaneous sides into finding poetry everywhere. By hands on experimentation with cut-up, cross-outs, ransom notes, and magnetic poetry we will come to see poetry hiding in plain sight. Come play!
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting session beginning July 12
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 12, 19
Session cost: $80 ($75 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Fiction Classes:

The Novel Doctor

Trying to get your novel ready to submit to an agent, editor, or competition? It’s time to hand over the book for a professional critique. Get frank, respectful suggestions for perfecting your book in a detailed assessment. You can choose how much or how little feedback you’d like. Specific services and costs will be determined on a case-by-case basis with novelist, Ellen Bryson. Pre-register below, and Ellen will contact you for more information.
Open to: advanced and professional novelists, with a completed, polished manuscript

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Daytime Session

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 17
Instructor: Kelly Avery
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Evening Session

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 16
Instructor: Jennifer Adams
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Daytime Fiction Workshop

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 June 10
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 10, 24, July 8, 22, August 5, 19
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Workshop: Section A

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 11
Instructor: Leslie Clements
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 11, 25, July 16, 30, August 13, 27
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Workshop: Section C

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 June 16
Instructor: Eric Ramseier
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Daytime Fiction Studio

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.
Tuesdays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 9
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: June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Studio: Section A

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 8
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to future waiting lists by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: June 8, 22, July 6, 20, August 3, 17
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Studio: Section B

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 10
Instructor: Gavin Pate
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to future waiting lists by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: June 10, 24, July 22, August 5, 19, September 2
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION


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 June 17
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

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 June 18
Instructor: Jennifer Adams
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 24, 30, August 6
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Creative Nonfiction in the Morning

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. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 16
Instructor: Kelly Sokol Avery
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Short Memoir: Narratives in a Flash

Memoir writing is about creating compelling and engaging stories spun from your own life. 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 (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 June 15
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: Meets: June 15, 29, July 13, 27, August 10, 24
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir Workshop: Section A

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 June 8
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 8, 22, July 6, 20, August 3, 17
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir Workshop: Section B

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 July 1
Instructor: Jason Carney
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: July 1, 15, 29, August 12, 26, September 9
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Creative Nonfiction Workshop in the Morning: Section A

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 June 9
Instructor: Kelly Sokol Avery
Open to: writers with some workshop experience &/or instructor approval
Meets: June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Creative Nonfiction Workshop in the Morning: Section B

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 June 9
Instructor: Jennifer Malia
Open to: writers with some workshop experience &/or instructor approval
Meets: June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 19 (a Wednesday)
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir Studio

What draws us to memoir are the possibilities of exploring the big truth among the many smaller truths in our lives. We reflect on and select among a myriad of experiences and memories and bring these selections together to create our understanding of truth. In this studio we'll do detailed, grad-school-level critiques of each other's work in a safe, supportive environment. 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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning July 1
Instructor: Nicole Emmelhainz
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email.
Meets: July 1, 15, 29, August 12, 26, September 9
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4


Script Writing Classes:

Screenwriting 101

In this class, you will explore the craft of screenwriting for feature films. We will delve into the three-act structure and the dramatic arc of the story, proper industry formatting, creating memorable characters with motivation, and how juxtaposition is the art of filmmaking. Writing exercises designed to teach the craft of screenwriting will bring class participants together, and discussions on participants’ story ideas and initial scripting will follow. You will begin or continue writing your own script and be given constructive feedback in a workshop setting. Get a real glimpse "behind the camera" from someone who has been there.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 16
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: June 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Screenwriting Workshop

This workshop will focus on the all-important revision process in screenwriting, with members sharing the successes and difficulties encountered in the scripting process. You will have at least three opportunities to turn in pages of a screenplay for group review, workshop, and discussion—all in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and understanding. This class is open to continuing members as well as students who have either taken the 101 class, completed an early draft, or who have an outline/treatment of a complete story.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 9
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers with some screenwriting workshop experience
Meets: June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED TO REGISTRATION


Food Writing Class:

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Bites

Join award-winning food journalist and cookbook author Patrick Evans-Hylton in creating the perfect recipe of photos and prose to share your fabulous food finds with others. We'll explore the basics of digital food photography, with some tips on food styling, through the primary use of smartphone cameras and smartphone apps used for filtering and enhancing photos. We will be eating and imbibing through in-class potlucks and field trips to restaurants to get the most from all of our senses to fully appreciate food and drink; an emphasis will be put on painting a complete picture thorough imagery to accompany the food photography. We will create a blog or Facebook profile (or adding to your already existing online presence) to share these posts. From this class, you will learn how to capture effective, compelling photographs with food or drink as the subject using tools readily available and write a clear, concise description of the photo or recipe of the portrayed dish. Your new-found knowledge can be used for (1) journals and blogs, (2) online critique sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon, (3) short magazine and newspaper pieces and (4) parts of a larger food writing project. Information on posting, tagging and promoting your photos will also be covered.
NEW START DATE!
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 week session beginning August 2
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: August 2, 16, 30, TBD
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION