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Winter/Spring 2016 Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, personal growth for women, writer's block, journaling,
poetry, poetry & myth,
poetic styles, poetry & revision, poetry performance,
fiction, novel-craft, novel services,
memoir, creative nonfiction, flash memoir,
writers craft, research, & professional development, submitting, marketing,
crime scenes, words/sentences/story/editing, fantasy worlds,
blogs/websites, interviews, self-publishing,
copy editing, grammar, punctuation, public reading,
food writing, recipes, calligraphy, book making, zentangle,
screenplays, film studies, comedy, songwriting,
& classes for kids & teen writers
in norfolk, virginia (hampton roads, va)



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The Muse Writers Center Classes

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

General Classes and Writing Workshops

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

Writing Studios

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



Winter/Spring, 2016 Classes:


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, February 20, 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: 5

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

Gain the power of assertiveness with an intimate supportive and fantastic group of women from all ages and backgrounds. With directed questions, creative tools, 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.
Mondays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 22
Instructor: Danielle Leibovici
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: February 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

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

Gain the power of assertiveness with an intimate supportive and fantastic group of women from all ages and backgrounds. With directed questions, creative tools, 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.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 23
Instructor: Danielle Leibovici
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: February 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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

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 attended any previous "Let’s Be Honest" group.
Sundays, 4-6:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 21
Instructor: Danielle Leibovici
Open to: persons who have attended any previous "Let’s Be Honest" group
Meets: February 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Get Unstuck! Managing Writer’s Block

Feeling Stuck? In this seminar, we’ll Kick start your creative flow with a review some of what’s been said and written about writer’s block, as well as sharing our own experiences with it. Then we’ll delve into the best methods and techniques to get our writing to flow back on track.
Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John McCarthy
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Nourish Your Creativity

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, March 19, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Susie Pedigo
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 February 27
Instructor: Emily Howell
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: February 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2
Session cost: $135 ($125 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 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.
a 6 meeting session beginning February 25
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Let Your Words Flow: Writing Across Genres

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 multiple genres: 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 genre or technique or work in whichever genre seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative exercises, prompts, short readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You are welcome to share writing from home as well as selections written in the classroom.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning February 16
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Food Writing?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Songwriting?
Looking for Creating Fantasy Worlds?


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 February 23
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Thursday 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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 18
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, April 7, 14
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Silver Trails: Experimenting with a Range of Poetic Styles

From the natural and unadorned to the highly decorative to the abstract, the workshop will afford opportunities to play with a variety of writing styles in order to lay out, like snails, silver trails of possibility. In so doing, we strengthen our literary muscles, enabling us to travel farther and discover new regions of mind and heart. Examples will be drawn from classic poets—Donne, Milton, Hopkins--and more contemporary writers—Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, Wendell Berry, Li Young Lee, Sofia Starnes.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
a 5 meeting session beginning March 5
Instructor: Suzanne Rhodes
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Poetry in Performance

Performing poetry before an audience features a textural study of the pieces to be performed (an in-depth analysis of form and meaning), continues with mechanical considerations in regard to speech, posture, gestures, etc.,and concludes with performances of student poetry in a workshop setting, including criticism. The instructor will provide some of the necessary materials; students will perform their poems or favorite poems they will provide.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning April 3
Instructor: Robert Arthur
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: April 3, 10, 17, 24
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work may be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (monthly)
a 4 meeting session beginning February 16
Facilitator: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional poets; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 3 poems) via email
Meets: February 16, March 15, April 19, May 17
Seats Remaining: 2

Poetry & Myth

Why are our beliefs so deeply connected with our poems? What is it about poetry which makes such proposed meanings relevant to us? In this short course, we will probe the poetry of myth. Myth has three persistent functions: the pedagogical, cosmological, and mystical. Poems are sounds strung together which move souls. Students will be encouraged to write poems, with time spent workshopping new work both in the group and individually. But a great portion of class time will be spent examining poems--poems of teaching such as those which instruct and delight by Horace, Milton, Emily Dickenson, Rumi, Kabir, Antonio Machado, and others; poems which diagram our cosmos by Whitman, Auden, Li Po, Basho, Wordsworth, Blake, St. John of the Cross, and others; and poems about the nature and mystery of life and death, by Sappho, Keats, Baudelaire, Poe, Hart Crane, Federico Garcia Lorca, W. S. Merwin, and the King James Bible. We will conclude with a consideration of our own selection of poems which tell, retell, invent, and/or reinvent Judeo-Christian, Hindu, Japanese, and Cherokee stories.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning January 31
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: January 31, February 7, 14, 21
Session cost: $170 ($155 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 February 8
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 8, 22, March 7, 21, April 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Stoking Good Fire: Rough Drafts & Revision

In this one day workshop, Tim will spend the morning (10 a.m.-noon) offering exercises to generate new poems. After lunch (1-3:30 p.m.), he will discuss the essentials of revision and work with participants on particular ways to improve and polish early drafts.
Saturday, February 20, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
a 1-meeting, morning and afternoon seminar
Instructor: Tim Seibles
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Songwriting?
Looking for Managing Writer’s Block?
Looking for Submitting?
Looking for How to Self-Publish Your Book?
Looking for Market Your Writing & Yourself?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Copy Editing?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Journaling?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Personal Growth for Women?


Fiction Classes:

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 February 11
Instructor: Leslie Clements
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Wednesday Mornings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 17
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, April 6, 13
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Wednesday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning March 9
Instructor: Kenny Tomasits
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

The Fiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 10
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 10, 24, March 9, 23, April 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Fiction Workshop: Wednesday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 10
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 10, 24, March 9, 23, April 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 18
Instructor: Dr. Christina Dalcher
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 18, March 3, 17, 31, April 14, 28
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 8
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: February 8, 22, March 7, 21, April 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 10
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: February 10, 24, March 9, 23, April 6, 20
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Evenings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 17
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: February 17, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

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

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 9
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 9, 23, March 8, 22, April 5, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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.
Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 9
Instructor: Leslie Clements
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 9, 23, March 8, 22, April 5, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Screenwriting & Film?
Looking for Crime Scenes?
Looking for Creating Fantasy Worlds?
Looking for Words, Sentences, Story, Editing?
Looking for Beginning the Novel?
Looking for Managing Writer’s Block?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Journaling?
Looking for Personal Growth for Women?
Looking for Songwriting?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Submitting?
Looking for Market Your Writing & Yourself?
Looking for How to Self-Publish Your Book?
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 February 17
Instructor: Emily Howell
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, April 6, 13
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction: Tuesday Mornings

In its various forms, essay to memoir to commentary to review, creative nonfiction includes vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice. This class will introduce you to the contemporary nonfiction writer's toolbox by examining published texts and writing a wide range of stories (personal commentary/essay, profile pieces, travel/place essays, memoir, art reviews, magazine writing and food/nature/science writing). You will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 23
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction: Tuesday Evenings

In its various forms, essay to memoir to commentary to review, creative nonfiction includes vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice. This class will introduce you to the contemporary nonfiction writer's toolbox by examining published texts and writing a wide range of stories (personal commentary/essay, profile pieces, travel/place essays, art reviews, magazine writing and food/nature/science writing). You will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 23
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

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 February 15
Instructor: Jason Carney
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 15, 29, March 14, 28, April 11, 25
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

The Memoir Workshop: Wednesday Evenings

The Memoir Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise compelling and engaging stories spun from their own lives. We will address larger questions of form and substance—determining the scope of your memoir, what story to tell, what to leave out—and will continue discussing craft issues such as: writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 10
Instructor: Jennifer Adams
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 10, 24, March 9, 23, April 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

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 February 8
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: Meets: February 8, 22, March 7, 21, April 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

The Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Monday 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.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
an 8 meeting session beginning February 15
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 15, 29, March 14, 28, April 11, 25
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with advanced creative nonfiction writing experience will actively write and revise nonfiction, personal essays, memoirs and more. We will discuss larger issues of both form and substance, looking beyond what story you have to tell, toward how to tell your story beautifully and informatively with the goal of finding a larger audience. You will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 2
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: writers with some workshop experience &/or instructor approval
Meets: February 2, 16, March 1, 15, 29, April 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

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 February 17
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 17, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 15
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: February 15, 29, March 14, 28, April 11, 25
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7
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Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

Words on the Page

The story in our minds might be perfect, but sometimes finding the right words to express it turns out to be is the hardest part. You know how it is. You have a great idea for a scene, but even though you know exactly what is happening, your readers just don't get it. Through exercises and examples, we’ll look at how action and meaning get blurred by overuse of modifiers, the passive voice, time-confusing clauses, and empty words. Learn to sharpen your scenes so that readers can experience what you intended.
Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Write Great Sentences

Great sentences are not simply building blocks, they reflect the nature of what they are expressing within a story. Understanding and designing sentences is key to developing your personal style and voice and to becoming the writer you set out to be. Sentences that sing move your readers through the rise and fall of syntax and provide the musicality of the story or poem the sentence reveals. This seminar will help you manipulate subjects and verbs, use the punch of parallel structure, and eliminate annoying prose clutter so you can create sentences that are either short and punchy or long, elegant, and coherent.
Saturday, February 13, 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: 5

Reading Like a Writer

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.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting seminar beginning February 27
Instructor: Karen Tatum
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 27, March 5, 12, 19
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

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, February 27, 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: 6

How to Market Your Writing & Yourself

The right kind of marketing can help you reach a wider audience as a writer. But what are the most effective ways to keep your name and your work in the public eye? In this seminar, you’ll learn the best techniques to reach new readers in the ever-changing marketplace as well as the best strategies to implement your ideas. Seminar topics include promotions and interviews to publicity and networking, all helping to build your brand as a writer.
Saturday, March 5, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Heather Hildebrand
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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, March 5, 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: 5

Beginning the Novel

Learn how professional writers plan and create a novel from a beginning conception to a full-blown treatment or detailed map for the entire work. The course presents the fiction writing process as it relates to longer works, problems with dramatization techniques vs. expository techniques, and matters of plan vs. discovery. Central conflict, plot summary, character biographies, and scene-by-scene treatments will be discussed, and brief exercises will provide you with an hands-on understanding. We will also look at how these steps will relate to each other and how you will deal with them as you write your novel.
Saturday, March 12, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

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, March 13, 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: 5

Crime Scene Investigations: Research for Writers

"There is nothing like first-hand evidence." (Sherlock Holmes) Tales of crime and punishment often take central stage in our stories. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted police officer, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you are writing crime stories, mysteries, or courtroom dramas, or simply need a better understanding of what happens in court to make a specific character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: police response, crime scene analysis and investigation, general police investigations, robberies and bank robberies, and homicides and violent crime. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, March 19, 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)
Seats Remaining: 6
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

Building Story: Meet the Madman

What can you do if you can’t find an idea for a new story, or if you have a beginning but are circling round and round and can’t seem to move forward? Stories are everywhere, and crammed inside every beginning are hidden possibilities, secret plot pockets, and tricks to up the ante. Sometimes it just takes a madman to find a way through.
Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 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, April 2, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dan Duke
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Glory of Fantasy: Creative Secondary Worlds

"Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory," writes J.R.R. Tolkien in 1947. "If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?" In this seminar, we will probe this compelling idea by briefly surveying "secondary world" fantasy, i.e. stories set in alternative mythical spaces where magic works, mythical creatures roam the wild, and otherworldly dangers await intrepid warriors and sorcerers. In discussion we will explore the conventions of secondary world fantasy, and in writing activities we will test world-building techniques, practice characterization methods, and otherwise "escape" into the elsewhere and elsewhen. Students should expect to leave the seminar with drafts of three flash fictions in the fantasy genre they can later expand. Students will also receive information about current markets for short fiction in the secondary world fantasy genre.
Saturday, April 2, 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: 7

A Punctuation Refresher

"Let's eat Grandma" or "Let's eat, Grandma." Commas might not save lives, but they sure help clarify written work. Can you imagine reading a story with no punctuation? It would be like driving with no traffic signs to guide you. Those little commas, semicolons, apostrophes, hyphens, quotation marks and periods help us navigate written work. Correct use of punctuation marks is governed by specific rules. Learn them in this seminar. When you submit your work, you don’t want editors to reject it because of avoidable mistakes.
Saturday, April 2, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Self-Editing Seminar

This purpose of this seminar is to help train writers to see their manuscripts the way editors might see them. Writers will learn techniques that, if adopted, will brand their manuscripts as the work of a professional writer instead of an amateur. Through discussions about dialogue mechanics, point of view, interior monologue; the difference between narrative summary and immediate scenes and ways to strike the most effective balance between them; showing versus telling, authorial and narrative intrusion, the fictional dream, and effective ways to achieve immediacy, attendees will strengthen their own understanding of the craft of self-editing.
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lauran Strait
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 seminar beginning April 9
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: April 9, 16
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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, April 9, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Will Harris
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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, April 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jeff Andrews
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Preparing for Your Reading

Learn to bring your writing to life at public readings and open-mics. This interactive, small-group workshop 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, April 23, 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:

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, February 21, 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: 2

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.
Saturday, March 19, 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 $5 materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.
Sunday, March 20, 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: 1 of 5

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, April 10, 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 $5 materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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, April 24, 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 $8 materials fee): $53 ($48 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
Looking for Creativity?
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Food Writing Classes:

Cooking Up a Recipe

Join award-winning food journalist and cookbook author Patrick Evans-Hylton in this four-session workshop on the proper way to write a recipe. This class is great for a culinary professional who shares recipes with others, wants to make sure recipes are standardized in the kitchen, or wants to have recipes to promote themselves to media outlets. It’s great too for food bloggers, or folks working on a cookbook project--whether that’s a cookbook of your own, or a cookbook you are assisting with, such as a fundraiser for a school and the like. We will look at the formula used to ensure recipe accuracy and efficiency, going over details in both ingredient lists and method; we will look at the various types of headnotes, and how to write concise descriptions of the dishes; and we will explore food photography and marketing ideas for your projects. Ideas on using your new-found knowledge in print and online will also be shared.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 week session beginning March 7
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: March 7, 14, 21, 28
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Hashbrowns and Hashtags

Join award-winning food journalist and cookbook author Patrick Evans-Hylton in creating a compelling online presence for your food photos and prose. This is a class where we focus on blogging and social media posting, building on digital food photography. We will create a blog, Facebook profile, and Instagram page (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. 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. Your new-found knowledge can translate to print projects, too, like magazine or newspaper articles, books and the like. Information on posting, tagging and promoting your photos will also be covered.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 week session beginning April 10
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: April 10, 17, 24, May 1
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7
Looking for Creative Nonfiction?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Market Your Writing & Yourself?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for How to Self-Publish Your Book?


Script Writing Classes:

Introduction to Screenwriting

Make your stories come alive! 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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 18
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: February 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The 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 introductory class, completed an early draft, or who have an outline/treatment of a complete story.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 10
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers with some screenwriting workshop experience
Meets: February 10, 24, March 9, 23, April 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Visual Vocabulary of Film

A universal requirement for well written screenplays is to "show it, don’t say it." In the seminal book on screenwriting, Screenplay, The Foundations of Screenwriting, Syd Field defines screenwriting as: "a screenplay is a story told with pictures, in dialogue and descriptions." The Visual Vocabulary of Film is a 6-week course that will explore the strictly visual means that screenwriters and filmmakers use to film narrative stories. Film clips taken from over 100 feature films will illustrate the storytelling categories of Character Introductions, Symbolic Uses of Props, Let The Blocking Do the Talking, Images of Authority, and Expressions of States of Mind. Clips taken from silent films through recent feature films will show students how Hollywood writers and filmmakers have visually revealed character, expressed emotions, and used props, all to minimize the use of dialogue to reveal storytelling information. Just a few of the films used in this class include the 1928 Napoleon, Casablanca, Goodfellas, Schindler’s List, Apocalypse Now, Citizen Kane, Psycho, Lawrence of Arabia, and many more. The Visual Vocabulary of Film will benefit aspiring screenwriters by providing them with many more screenwriting tools at their disposal. And the course is also designed for a general audience who simply love movies and would like to gain a greater appreciation films by learning how to "read a film" beyond just listening to the dialogue. This course is as entertaining as it is a useful learning experience.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 17
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: persons of all levels and experience
Meets: February 17, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4
Looking for Crime Scenes?
Looking for Creating Fantasy Worlds?
Looking for Words, Sentences, Story, Editing?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Blogging/Websites?
Looking for Managing Writer’s Block?


Songwriting Class:

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. Our writing exercises will involve individual and collaborative efforts as we explore fun new ways to approach songwriting. 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.
a 6 meeting session beginning February 27
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: February 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Book Making?
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Classes for Kids & Teens:

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 February 7
Instructors: Jennifer Adams & Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers ages 9-11, of all levels of experience
Meets: February 7, 21, March 6, 20, April 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3 of 14

Teen Writers Workshop: Monday Evenings

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 8
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: February 8, 22, March 7, 21, April 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Teen Writers Workshop (Multi-Group): Saturday Mornings

In this multiple-group workshop, you can explore different genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. Each meeting, teachers will lead breakout groups with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 13
Instructor: Robbie Ciara, Lauren Hurston, & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: February 13, 27, March 12, 26, April 9, 23
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8 of 24

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 Songwriting?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Journaling?
Looking for A Grammar Refresher?
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