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Fall Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, journaling, storytelling,
travel writing, writing through trauma & grief, social issues, guided imagery & music,

poetry, octpowrimo, radical revision, subjective poems,
walt whitman, persona poems, poetry of ancestries

fiction, novel-craft, flash fiction

memoir & creative nonfiction, flash nonfiction

screenwriting, final draft, comedy, comic books/graphic novels

calligraphy, visual journaling, zentangle

songwriting, ukulele

writers craft, research, & professional development, blogs/websites, social media,
horror, young adult, terror & terrorists, erotica,
premise/character/key scenes/pov/dialogue/voice, heroes & villains,
biomes & exotic ecosystems, flowers in writing, food as story,
copy editing, grammar, punctuation, public reading,
submitting, scrivener, self-publishing, agents

classes for veterans/service members/military families/caregivers,

classes for kids & teen writers (including teen songwriters)

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.


Fall 2018 Classes:


Classes & Camps to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

Travel Writing for the Passionate Adventurer

Some of the most moving--and enjoyable--writing throughout history has been travel writing. Foreign lands (and the strange lands nearby) can be illuminated through the sensory prose of an attentive writer. Take this seminar to equip yourself with the tools that bring the adventures home and on the page.
Sunday, October 21, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jesse Scaccia
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4
Online registration has ended, but you are more than welcome to walk-in and register in person!

Let Your Words Flow: Write Anything

This general creative writing class is an invitation to hone your unique writing voice in a creative and open atmosphere. You will have the unique opportunity to explore what you enjoy, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. This multi genre workshop is an excellent first writing class as well as a place for seasoned writers to explore a different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative exercises, prompts, short readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You are welcome to share writing from home as well as selections written in the classroom.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 23
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, (skipping Nov. 20), 27, December 4
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Journaling for Creative Growth: Thursday Mornings

Oftentimes, the only way to access your creative potential is to put away your plans and simply get curious. In this structured and relaxed 6 week journaling workshop, we will write our way through our stuck spots and plugged up places in search of renewed creativity and overall growth. Through writing prompts, class discussion and weekly writing assignments, we'll explore the process of journaling for the purposes of igniting creativity and rediscovering joy in our writing.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-Noon
a 6 meeting session beginning October 25
Instructor: Mira Roberts
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 25, November 1, 8, 15 (skipping Nov. 22), 29, December 6
Session cost: $175 ($165 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Writing Through Trauma and Grief: Friday Mornings

Sharing our stories of trauma and grief through the cathartic act of writing can bring healing, hope, and acceptance. This 6 week course will explore the five stages of trauma—victim, survivor, thriver, server, empowered server—and give individuals an opportunity to assess where they are in their journey. We will be given ample time to craft and share origin stories of trauma and/or grief and provide encouragement and feedback to one another for personal use or professional publication.
Fridays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 26
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: writers of all levels of experience and returning members
Meets: Meets: October 26, November 2, 9, 16, (skipping Nov. 23), 30, December 7
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Writing About Social Issues

These days it feels like the world is on fire, and our eyes are forever clouded by the smoke. This is why quality writing about social issues is so important: it helps cut through the noise and to the heart of an issue. Great writing about social issues helps guide our society forward with clear-thinking, research, facts, and quotes from experts; it has the capacity to change the world. Learn some tricks of the trade at this workshop from an experienced writer activist.
Sunday, November 4, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jesse Scaccia
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Wordplay: Games that Teach the Skills of Storytelling

Using play and recreation, participants will learn the skills needed to tell stories before a live audience. Selected games will practice such skills as gestures, facial expressions, word choice, enthusiasm, projection, diction, and much more. Our goal is simple: become better storytellers with equal parts laughter and learning.
Sunday, November 4, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Anthony Burcher
Open to: storytellers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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, November 17, 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: 7

Storytelling: Winter Stories

The holidays are a great time to share and collect stories from your past, as well as from family and friends. In this class, we will use activities to find our holiday stories and how to share them in both a private and public venue. We will also look at national and international holiday traditions and stories--not just Christmas, Ramadan and Yom Kippur--that you can share with friends and families as you gather over the holiday season.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning December 2
Instructor: Sheila Arnold
Open to: persons who have taken Storytelling or have instructor approval
Meets: December 2, 9, 16
Session cost: $135 ($125 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Unlock your Creative Voice with Guided Imagery and Music

The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), developed by Dr. Helen Bonny in the 1960s, allows you to access your dream state and let go of barriers such as stress and fear so you can tap into your creative power. In this seminar, you will set an intention and then "travel" to a recorded music program; you will then process the experience through mandala drawing, journaling, and optional sharing. The music will help you drop into a non-ordinary state where you can bypass the linear logic of the left brain and access a vast inner scape of connections and feelings. Some travelers are kinesthetics, experiencing bodily sensations; some are intuitives, receiving impressions that lead to insights; some are visualizers, seeing imagery; and others are a combination of the types. Come experience your own unique journey into your imagination. Even a single image can help to crystallize a complex issue, unblocking stuck emotions and freeing you to create what you want to create. Appropriate for previous attendees of the Unlock Your Creative Voice workshop.
Saturday, December 15, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sheila Sheppard
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Stressbusting: Writing Through Troubled Times

Kathleen Adams, journal therapy pioneer, derived this workshop from the expressive journaling techniques that she portrays in her book Journal to the Self. Expressed permission has been given to facilitate this workshop. We will first learn about the foundational research carried out that illustrates and theorizes how and why expressive writing can reduce stress, including the link to the benefits of writing creatively. From there, we will learn and practice several expressive journaling techniques that, collectively, will leave us with fresh perspectives on our stressors and with next steps in navigating through them, allowing us to have clarity of thought and to feel more in control and, therefore, less stressed by the end of the session. Some of the techniques are also more conducive to accessing the more creative and spontaneous parts of the brain, bringing forth descriptive and fresh writing, helping to loosen up our writing blocks. We will leave the session confident in continuing to utilize the techniques for self-growth and for expressing our creative, inner voices.
Sunday, October 7, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jennifer Graham
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

Start Writing, Keep Writing... Write Now: Wednesday Evenings

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write—in the moment—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, nonfiction, 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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
am 8 meeting session beginning October 10
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 10, 17, 24 (skipping Oct. 31), November 7, 14 (skipping Nov. 21), 28, December 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Poetry Classes:

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Tuesday Mornings

This class, for anyone interested in writing poetry, is designed to help you write and respond to poems through creative exercises, readings and discussions. Each member of the group will compose and revise original poems. Together we’ll explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 23
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, (skipping Nov. 20), 27, December 4
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Wednesday 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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 24
Instructor: Amanda Gomez
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 24 (skipping Oct. 31), November 7, 14 (skipping Nov. 21), 28, December 5, 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Leaping, Hopping, and Steady Light

In this four-week course, we'll engage in writing exercises that will help us make "swift associations" and as Robert Bly explains, move between the "conscious to the unconscious... from the known part of the mind to the unknown." We'll read leaping poets such as Bly, Garcia Lorca, Blake, Edson, Orr, Strand, Simic, Vallejo, and a few of the Beat poets. We'll try our hand with writing exercises such as exquisite corpse, metaphor circles, automatic writing, ekphrastic writing, found poetry, sonic sounds, N+7, workshop, and a few others to see if we can move around freely in our "three brains."
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 13
Instructors: Eddie Dowe & Jeffrey Hecker
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 13, 20, 27, November 3
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Writing Subjective Poems

This short poetry workshop will feature a study and discussion of the techniques of transforming the objective image into the subjective, including use of abstraction, impressionism, the supernatural, brut art, and surrealism. Each meeting will combine brief lectures with a workshop of new poems as we will work together to become better poets.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 24
Instructor: Robert Arthur
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 24, 31, November 7, 14
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Drum-taps, Lullabies & Barbaric Yawps: Revisiting Walt Whitman in the 21st Century

We will lavishly explore five essential poems by "Democracy's Bard," conducting round-robin readings, listening, possibly declaiming, and gaining juice for our own ruminations and writing. These essential poems are: "Song of Myself," "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," "The Wound-Dresser," "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," and "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking." We will discuss the radical dimensions and aesthetics of these poems, the bardic tradition, the value and role of poetry in our times as well as in Whitman's, and the life, legend, and puzzles of Walt Whitman. I will provide copies of the editions of these poems we'll focus on as well as other editions. We'll take time for written reflections and/or drafting our own poems during each session.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 10
Instructor: Renee Olander
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: November 10, 17 (skipping Nov. 24), December 1, 8
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Poetry of Ancestries

Ancestries can take different forms. Some form their sense of themselves in terms of family heritage, others become parts of peer groups, and think of their peers as their "family." Biological, imagined, created or national ancestries can reflect or help teach us who we are, or they can be dysfunctional poisons, as with gang members or groups of addicts and codependents. Most often, our ancestries are created mixtures: perhaps based on some present or remembered facts, but combined with imagined response to those facts. Robert Pinsky once called himself "a patriot of mongrelization," and explained that he is strongly inclined to view identities as created notions. Ancestries are drawn from sources such as languages, memories, inherited customs and new possibilities. The inclination to write poems about one’s family--whatever that may mean--is so deeply ingrained in American lyric poetry that a closer look at specific incarnations is necessary to avoid cliché. We will look at poems about or for immediate family members, poems of aspiration to social construction, poems which configure or confer specific identity (and focus on distinctions), and poems which aspire to an ideal vision, in which we are all each others’ ancestors. We will read and discuss poems by Robert Pinsky, Robert Burns, Sylvia Plath, Gregory Corso, William Butler Yeats, Gwendolyn Brooks, Eavan Boland, Francois Villon, Tim Seibles, Luisa Igloria, Emily Dickinson and W. H. Auden. Each class member will write new poems each week, and I will meet with each class member individually.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 10
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: November 10, 17 (skipping Nov. 24), December 1, 8
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Shape Shifting: Persona Poems and Shifting Voice

Let your poems run wild as you experiment with persona. We will get out of our own heads, put on the mask of persona and inhabit the voice of another through our poems. Whether you are working with historical subjects, fantasy characters, or even inanimate objects, we will look at capturing the authenticity of that speaker and allow a level of freedom, play and experimentation to your work. We will explore masters of the persona poem such as Ai, Cornelius Eady, C.D. Wright, Patricia Smith, Luise Gluck, Gregory Orr and others, and strive to create a series in that "other" voice that tugs at us. Join the masquerade with us as we explore in a fun and supportive environment and workshop with one another.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 11
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: November 11, 18 (skipping Nov. 25), December 2, 9
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work may be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (monthly)
a 4 meeting session beginning October 16
Facilitator: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional poets; new members must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 3 poems) via email
Meets: October 16, November 20, December 18, January 15
Seats Remaining: 2

With Blowtorch and Buff Cloth: A Poetry Workshop in Radical Revision

In this workshop, poets will aim to revise at least four of their own poems that may have been set aside, abandoned, considered unpromising, unresponsive, lifeless, "meh," or "unsuccessful" in some way--for whatever reason. Sometimes, we might need to take out the blowtorch and burn everything down; other times, all that might be needed is for us to go from room to room with a buff cloth to more lovingly polish and rearrange the language and furniture of the poem. Using workshop participants' own materials combined with the active examination of models of effective and powerful poems, we will experiment with a variety of hands-on approaches to revision, to see how we might work to change a poem from "Passable" or "I suppose it'll do," to one that delivers and sustains that heady shock of electricity and connection.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 14
Instructor: Luisa Igloria
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 14, 21, 28, November 4
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 October 1
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 1, 15, 29, November 12, 26, December 10
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

31 Poems in 31 Days: Writing Your Way Through OctPoWriMo

How many poems have you written this week? This month? This year? Sometimes the biggest aid to creativity is a deadline. In this workshop we’ll work on the hardest part of the writing process--creating the first draft, and creating a lot of them, in a short amount of time. We’ll work our way to finishing the month of October with 31 first drafts of poems we can tinker with all through the dark winter months. We’ll explore ways to plan a daily writing practice and how to sneak writing time into our day, read the work of prolific contemporaries to help us prime our pens, use daily prompts to keep us going when our imaginations run dry, and share our work in a workshop setting to spur discussion, thought, and ideas.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 6
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: poets of all levels of experience
Meets: October 6, 13, 20, 27
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Fiction Classes:

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Thursday 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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
am 8 meeting session beginning October 18
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15 (skipping Nov. 22), 29, December 6, 13
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Thursday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 18
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15 (skipping Nov. 22), 29, December 6, 13
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Beginning the Novel

Learn how professional writers plan and create a novel from a beginning conception to a full-blown treatment or detailed map for the entire work. The course presents the fiction writing process as it relates to longer works, problems with dramatization techniques vs. expository techniques, and matters of plan vs. discovery. Central conflict, plot summary, character biographies, and scene-by-scene treatments will be discussed. Each student will be able to complete a schedule of practical steps for an actual novel by the end of the course. In addition, each of these steps will be reviewed in a class discussion setting, so that you will learn for yourself and from others. We will also look at how these steps relate to each other and how you will deal with them as you write your novel.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 15
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 15, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

The Flash Fiction Short Workshop

In a world where attention spans are shrinking, novels are formatted to fit the screens of our handheld devices, and our daily witticisms are limited to 140 characters, it’s no surprise that the Flash Fiction story format has taken off. As Dorothy Parker once said, "Brevity is the soul of Flash fiction." Just kidding, she said, "Brevity is the soul of lingerie." But the point is, brevity is even more important for a story with a 500-1,000 word limit. Join us as we discuss the best methods for trimming down your prose, distilling your ideas, and writing a novel in just a few short paragraphs. Members of the group will write and revise flash fiction in this short workshop.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 7
Instructor: Abi Putnam
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: November 7, 14 (skipping Nov. 21), 28, December 5
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 2
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 2, 16, 30, November 13, 27, December 11
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Workshop: Wednesday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 3
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 3, 17 (skipping Oct. 31), November 7, 14, 28, December 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 October 4
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 4, 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 13
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 1
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: October 1, 15, 29, November 12, 26, December 10
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 3
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
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: October 3, 17, 31, November 14, 28, December 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Tuesday Evenings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will learn, through published texts and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the class will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 23
Instructor: Cynthia Davis
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Monday Evenings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 8
Instructor: Cynthia Davis
Open to: nonfiction, essay, and memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 9
Instructor: Jesse Scaccia
Open to: nonfiction, essay, and memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 9, 23, November 6, 20, December 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

Nonfiction in a Flash: Monday Mornings

In this workshop, creative nonfiction and memoir writers will explore the genre of flash creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words). We will discuss and discover the many craft elements that make flash nonfiction an engaging, experimental and exciting genre! Every session we will generate and critique our small memoir and nonfiction stories and essays and focus on the unique opportunities that flash gives every creative nonfiction writer. Working in a shorter form allows you take a fresh look at your work; you will also find ways to tighten your prose, to better focus and shape your story into something resonant and necessary.
Mondays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 15
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: nonfiction, essay, and memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Wednesday Mornings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will learn, through published texts and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the class will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 17
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14 (skipping Nov. 21), 28, December 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 2
Instructor: Christine Koubek
Open to: nonfiction, essay, and memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 2, 16, 23, November 13, 27, December 11
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 3
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: nonfiction, essay, and memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 3, 17, 31, November 14, 28, December 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Nonfiction in a Flash: Monday Evenings

In this workshop, creative nonfiction and memoir writers will explore the genre of flash creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words). We will discuss and discover the many craft elements that make flash nonfiction an engaging, experimental and exciting genre! Every session we will generate and critique our small memoir and nonfiction stories and essays and focus on the unique opportunities that flash gives every creative nonfiction writer. Working in a shorter form allows you take a fresh look at your work; you will also find ways to tighten your prose, to better focus and shape your story into something resonant and necessary.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 1
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: nonfiction, essay, and memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 1, 15, 29, November 12, 26, December 10
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

Creating a Web Presence and Blog

Are you ready to launch your writing career? You’ll need an online presence where readers can find you. Whether you are already published and need to create an online portfolio, or you are just getting started and would like to begin blogging, an author website and blog will help you begin to build your online platform. We’ll work through the step-by-step process of setting up the typical three-page author website, and we will examine ways to keep a blog fresh and successful. Join us to take the next step you’ve been looking for! To be successful, students must have basic computer skills.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 27
Instructor: Belinda Elliott
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 27, November 3, 10, 17
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Biomes & Exotic Ecosystems: A World Building Seminar

Whether your characters are enduring the frozen tundra or navigating a rainforest river, how you present the living landscape can lend verisimilitude to your fictional worlds. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will examine the major biomes of our world, their distribution across continents, and how climate influences biodiversity and evolution. We will also explore a selection of rare and uncommon ecosystems, including tropical sinkhole caves, limestone kniferocks, and elfin cloudforest. From there we will venture into fundamentally alien environments where life thrives under bizarre conditions, such as deep-sea hydrothermal vents, cold methane seeps, and hydrogen sulfide "poison caves." We will conclude with a survey of the resources available to help you chart your own fictional terrain--and inspiration to create the lifeforms to populate your worlds.
Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John Aguiar
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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, October 27, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lisa Ray
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How to Submit Your Work to Magazines and Journals

You’ve crafted your writing; now it’s time to get it published! This two-session seminar will guide you through the world of submitting to literary journals and magazines from start to finish. First, we'll discuss our individual publishing challenges, review our work in an optional short workshop, and then start pulling together a submission while we learn about file organization, proper formatting, crafting a cover letter, finding markets that fit our work, and how to utilize social media. Then after we've had time to research and hone our submissions we'll meet again to review our cover letters, share the markets we found, discuss copyright, fees, paid markets, time management, review some exercises to help you keep writing and submitting. learn how to handle the enviable rejections and answer any additional questions. By the end of this two-session seminar you will have learned everything you need to know to confidently send your work into the world!
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting session beginning October 20
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 20, 27
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Getting it Write: Terror, Terrorism, and Terrorists

Tales of crime and punishment often take central stage in our stories. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted police officer and terrorism expert, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you are writing stories that involve terrorist plots, heroes saving the day, or governments responding to threats or just need a better understanding of small towns and large countries prepare to prevent terrorism from occurring. Topics covered include: police response, analysis and investigation, the possible motivations of bad actors, terror prevention, tactics and counter-tactics, dos and don’ts in hostage situations, and the roles of SWAT and support teams. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lt. Michael Lovely
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How Editors Detect a Novice: Avoiding Common Mistakes in Your Work

Many good stories and poems sit ignored in the slush pile. Why? Because we sometimes make mistakes that stop an editor from reading past our first page or stanza. In this seminar, we’ll look at some of the obvious problems that makes it easy for an editor to reject your work, including everything from theme, characters, and inciting incidents to speaker attributions, knowing your market, subject matter, punctuation, the agony of adjectives, lack of dialogue, disruptions in time, too much narrative summary, awkward exposition, the weeds of cultural appropriation, and even word choice. Come to this fun seminar and never again let your work be rejected strictly on easily fixable matters of form or substance.
Saturday, November 3, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Colin Sargent
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

A Grammar Refresher

(Who, whom) do you think should take this workshop? Each of the writers who (has, have) problems with grammar. Everyone who writes should know (his/her, their) grammar rules. This session will help you refresh your grammar knowledge and polish your writing skills, so you will make (less, fewer) mistakes. (Answers: who, has, his/her, fewer)
Saturday, November 3, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Planning and Strategies for Authors

Writers are familiar with the major stages of writing--research, drafting, and editing/revising. But there’s a fourth step--planning--which often is ignored, presumed, or hidden in the writer’s head. There are many benefits to having the planning stage out in the open, not the least of which is being able to revise the plan when things go awry or circumstances change. In this seminar, we will discuss some of the strategies that can smooth the writing flow. Topics will include setting goals, form, schedule, intent, focus, audience, point of view, tools to use, and how to reference and modify the plan later in your writing project’s life.
Saturday, November 10, 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: 7

The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener

Scrivener is a streamlined and user friendly word processor that offers more to the writer than Microsoft Word or Mac Pages ever could. It’s designed for writing projects. You can organize your books, chapters, short stories, scenes, character sheets, setting descriptions, outlines, and anything else you can think of all in one easy-to-access document, which allows you to seamlessly switch between each element. To use the program to its full capacity, new users to the program need to know where to start. And experienced users are often unaware of the near-limitless customization and treasure trove of advanced features available to them. Combining visual and hands-on exercises, this seminar will teach you the basics of this amazing program and allow your writing projects to soar. This is for people with little to no experience in Scrivener. Participants must own a copy of Scrivener, to be brought to the meeting on a laptop. The program is available on the App Store, Microsoft Marketplace, and via their website: www.literatureandlatte.com.
Saturday, November 10, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christopher De Matteo
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Copy Editing for Yourself & Others

A good copy editor is a reader’s best friend. The editing techniques covered in this workshop can also be valuable for writers who want to polish their work for print and online. Learn a rigorous approach to finding and removing inaccuracies, tightening flabby prose and correcting 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, they are the best-read elements of print and online publications.)
Saturday, November 10, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dan Duke
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Erotica Workshop

In this 4-meeting workshop, we'll be going deep--real deep--with the ins and outs of good erotica. We will cover the basics of writing erotica in the first session. In the following weeks, we'll have exploratory discussions about our hang-ups, hard times, and hurrahs on our erotica-writing journeys, as well as time to share and critique each other's work. We'll be creating a supportive and enjoyable environment to develop your own unique erotica voice. We want you to be 21+ for this class, and as always, please come prepared to have a (moderately) intelligent, playful, and above all, respectful, discussion.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 11
Instructor: Cait Woods
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: November 11, 18 (skipping Nov. 25), December 2, 9
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

Finding the Literary Agent Who’s Right for You

Do you want to publish your book traditionally? If so, you’ll need a literary agent, and not just any agent, but one you can trust, perhaps one who has a background or degree in English with an interest in editing because these days editors are looking for books that are nearly flawless by the time their job begins. You need an agent who desperately loves your work, so he/she will pitch and eventually sell your manuscript with passion. You might even discover an agent savvy enough to start a bidding war. In this seminar, I’ll discuss the importance of perfecting your manuscript, writing the query letter that gets your manuscript pulled from the slush pile, connecting with agents through writers’ conferences and other ways to find the agent who’s right for you.
Saturday, November 17, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Michele Young-Stone
Open to: writers with some experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Writing Compelling Heroes

Creating a hero (protagonist) for a story sounds simple. This is the person we care about, root for, want to protect. But it is one thing to write a likeable character and another to write a compelling character. Many writers have difficulty rounding out their heroes, warts and all. Most of us have picked up a book, been interested for a few pages, or ever chapters, and then put the book down, never to return. In this class, we will explore the elements that give protagonists that compelling edge that draw readers into the story from beginning to end.
Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

How Villains Are More Important Than You Think

When creating story, writers obviously first focus on the major character or protagonist. Since the days of Aristotle’s Poetics, this principle has been paramount in all fictional creation. But without a person, place, or thing to block our major character from achieving his/her central agenda, the story will not occur. Who or what will be the key factor(s) that operate/s against our hero? And once chosen, how do we create those factors so that they will best dramatically affect him/her? In this seminar, we will review published works and perform writing exercises that focus on the different characteristics of the antagonist and how they operate effectively. After all, the depth in which the antagonist is portrayed will be crucial in affecting our ultimate connection with the major character.
Saturday, December 1, 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: 5

A Punctuation Refresher

"Let's eat Grandma" or "Let's eat, Grandma." Commas might not save lives, but they sure help clarify written work. Can you imagine reading a story with no punctuation? It would be like driving with no traffic signs to guide you. Those little commas, semicolons, apostrophes, hyphens, quotation marks and periods help us navigate written work. Correct use of punctuation marks is governed by specific rules. Learn them in this seminar. When you submit your work, you don’t want editors to reject it because of avoidable mistakes.
Saturday, December 1, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Social Media for Writers

Social media can be a powerful tool for personal connections, business networking, marketing and collaboration. Learn how to use tools like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to make connections, promote your work, and take your creativity to the next level!
Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sarah Hill
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

How to Write in the Voice of the Opposite Sex

Emotions are not gender specific. We all have them. It just takes a little work to get into the head of the opposite sex. In this session, we'll explore techniques for how it can be done. But the emphasis of this class goes beyond gender. The goal is also to learn ways to follow one's curiosity about people of other races, ages, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds with an eye on creating interesting and varied characters.
Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John DeDakis
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

How to Write a Key Scene

A key scene is an essential building block in any work of fiction. In this session, you'll learn tips and strategies for making the scene you see in your head come alive on the page so that your reader is compelled to keep turning the pages. Writing exercises will give class members a hands-on feel for how to add texture, dynamism, and drama to a story. The session also provides practical, hands-on guidance about the rewriting process. An added benefit: giving and receiving critical feedback.
Saturday, December 8, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John DeDakis
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Care and Feeding of Your Characters: Dialogue, Description, and Voice

Characters are slippery creatures--just when you think you have a grip on them, they often wriggle away. So how do we keep them in our net while building believable, likable/hatable, three-dimensional characters? In this seminar, we’ll examine the importance of dialogue to character building and the consequences of getting it wrong, the need to keep a character’s voice consistent and relevant, and the way to avoid rote recitations of height/eye color/hair/yadda/yadda in describing your characters. We’ll also talk about rejecting the deadly sin of stereotypes, navigating the very delicate task of writing diverse characters with purpose, and dealing with real-world characters in fiction.
NEW MEETING DATE!
Sunday, December 9, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jeffrey Walker
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Point of View: the Under-Estimated Technique

There are several different points of view (in both first person and third) which provide different effects on the stories being dramatized. Point of view should be the last preliminary choice a writer makes prior to beginning the actual writing. What is seldom emphasized or even mentioned in writing classes is that which point of view a writer picks is absolutely crucial to a story’s success, and that different points of view will definitely change a story in all other ways. We will explore the subtle elements which help writers choose the perfect point of view and how this choice needs to be tested constantly during the entire writing of a story.
Saturday, December 15, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Florid Prose: Using the Language of Flowers in Writing

Flowers and plants have evolved alongside humans since the first amoebae wriggled out of the ocean. It makes sense, therefore, that almost every plant you can think of, has a rich history of lore, culture, and symbolism. The language of flowers and medicinal plants is a fascinating way to add a subtle but meaningful layer of significance to your work. In this one-day seminar, professional horticulturist and writer Cait Woods will take you on a symbolic walk in nature. We'll talk about the meanings behind various plants, and ways to incorporate them into your writing to communicate with your characters (and readers) on a primal and visceral level.
Saturday, December 15, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Cait Woods
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Feeding The Story: Food as Story Element

Food is a basic need for survival. And whether you eat to live or live to eat, when you're writing a story, food can be a valuable tool in developing character, utilizing an exciting setting, orchestrating movement, or developing plot. This workshop will lead students through writing exercises and discussion of the role of food in fiction and other prose forms. We will work on crafting food fiction and prose that is both delicious and dramatic. This isn't a kale garnish on the side of your plate; this is prime rib taking up prime real estate and pulling its weight in your story.
Saturday, December 15, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dana Staves
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Preparing for Your Reading

Learn to bring your writing to life at public readings and open-mics. This interactive, small-group workshop will focus on simple oral and physical techniques to teach you the skills to read like a pro. You’ll practice reading your own writing—with constructive feedback—to help you become an effective, engaging reader.
Saturday, January 5, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4 of 4

Writing Unforgettable YA Characters

In Young Adult fiction, characters and the desires that drive them can make or break your novel. In this morning and afternoon seminar, we'll take a deep dive into how to breathe life into your characters--from their first lines through the struggles, successes, and growth they experience. We'll examine a sampling of memorable characters from a range of YA novels (classic and current; sci-fi/fantasy and contemporary) and dissect what makes them outstanding. Then, we'll discuss one character from each participant's writing and explore what's working and what isn't.
Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
a 1-meeting, morning and afternoon class (with lunch break)
Instructors: Hannah Capin & Jessica Kelley
Open to: students who have taken the "Writing Great YA" seminar or have instructor permission
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Back on Track: Your Key to Writing Success

Every writer has had the experience of having a great idea, being totally inspired and getting off to a great start--only to get side-tracked by interruptions, unexpected delays, by life itself. Back on Track is your guide to getting back where you were with your writing project, no matter where you left off! Writers at any stage of progress will be provided a framework for rediscovering your muted muse, and getting on with the project you originally envisioned. Class includes a copy of Back on Track workbook and materials.
Saturday, October 13, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Malcom Massey
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Sensitivity Reading 101: How to Properly Represent Marginalized Characters

Is a character from your story a part of a marginalized group? Do you want to make sure that you are representing them in a sensitive and respectful way? If so, consider taking Sensitivity Reading 101! In this course, we will go over the importance of reading for sensitivity of marginalized groups, how to read your own work for sensitivity and how to research what marginalized groups want in representation. In addition to learning about proper representation, you will have the opportunity for a free sensitivity reading consultation with the facilitator by bringing in a sample of your project to workshop.
Sunday, October 14, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Nathaniel Glanzman
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Premise: Crafting a Treasure Map

Did you ever start writing a story (novella, novel, screenplay, or drama) and suddenly wonder where you were going? Or why? Central to sustaining a story of any significant length is the ability to create a cohesive premise. In Anatomy of a Story, John Truby outlines 10 essential steps necessary to create the masterplan you need track your way through the maze of character, plot, and setting without losing your way. In this seminar, we will walk though all 10 steps and demonstrate the use of the premise as a useful writer’s tool.
Saturday, October 20, 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

Destroying the Ordinary: Writing Supernatural Horror

According to H.P. Lovecraft, a horror tale possesses "a certain atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces." He continues: "There must be a hint [...] of that most terrible conception of the human brain--a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard against the assaults of chaos and the daemons of unplumbed space." In other worlds, horror fiction dramatizes the sinister destruction of our ordinary, everyday lives. Strange. Why do we like to read and write about such an unpleasant experience? Can we describe the strange, even perverse pleasure we associate with stories of monsters, demons, zombies, mad-scientists, and brain-harvesting aliens? These questions will center our seminar on writing horror fiction. Students should expect a brief survey of classic horror fiction; additionally, students will compose three flash fictions in the horror genre that they can later expand. Students will also receive information about current markets for short fiction in horror.
Saturday, October 20, 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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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, October 21, 1:30-4 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1 of 5
Online registration has ended, but you are more than welcome to walk-in and register in person!

Visual Journaling: Exploring the Imagination

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this seminar will help writers tap into a different type of creativity. We will take a break from structured writing, and combine words with visual elements. We will paint, draw, write, and collage to explore our stream of consciousness and talk about how this can be incorporated in our own writing practice.
Sunday, October 28, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christine Rucker
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost (includes materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Calligraphy: The Uncial Alphabet

Explore calligraphy and the uncial alphabet (think, The Hobbit) and Celtic knot patterns designed for lettering. Uncial is a fun decorative alphabet, great for greeting cards and other projects. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.
Sunday, November 11, 1:30-4 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5 of 5

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, November 18, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost (includes materials fee): $53 ($48 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Visual Journaling: Handmade Poetic Journals

There’s nothing like the intimacy between a writer and their pen and paper. The joy of tactile art objects is incomparable to screens and word processors. In this seminar, we will create unique, colorful and textured papers to make a poetic journal. All supplies will be provided to construct classic leather journals; feel free to bring in your own special papers and photographs to bind inside. A basic pamphlet sewing technique will be used to attach pre-cut paper to the soft book cover. Come and try your hand at building your own book.
Sunday, December 9, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christine Rucker
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost (includes materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Songwriting & Ukulele Classes:

Songwriting: The Lyrical Craft

Songwriting is an ancient form--one of the earliest means of passing on oral history. Over thousands of years, it has evolved into a many faceted art-form, a source of entertainment, catharsis or escapism. In this workshop, we will explore the songwriting process through listening, writing and editing. We will examine songs from a variety of genres and time periods to investigate what it is makes a song "stick" with us or not. Through both individual and collaborative efforts, we will explore fun new ways to think outside of the box. At the conclusion of our session, students will have the opportunity to perform their work in a Muse showcase if they choose. While basic music and writing experience is helpful, the course is open to people with or without any experience playing a musical instrument.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 22
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students) returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Songwriting on the Fly: Spitfire Lyrics that Work

In this one-day seminar, songwriters will discover new ways to get to the point of their songs quicker, connect more with their listeners and delve deeper into the voice of their characters. With an emphasis on quick composition, we will focus on writing first and editing later, brainstorming tools that deliver rich emotional details and crafting poignant scenery within the landscape of your lyrics. Songwriting: The Lyrical Craft is recommended as a pre-requisite to this course, but open to any students with significant Songwriting experience.
Saturday, December 8, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Ukulele 2: Beyond the Basics

This class will build upon the fundamentals of Ukulele playing while growing your confidence and performance skills. We'll mix in some fun new chords and incorporate a variety of strumming and picking patterns, developing our own personal playing styles. This class will culminate in December's UKEBOX Open Mic where each student will have a chance to prepare, arrange and perform a song of their choice for a supportive audience of ukulele lovers! Ukulele for Beginners (or a comparable level of training) is a prerequisite for this class, and all students must bring their own digital tuner and approved Ukulele to class. Approved Ukulele Brands: Kala, Makala, Lanikai, Cordoba, Luna, & Martin. If your ukulele is not among the brands listed, please contact Skye to make sure that it is approved.
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 13
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons who have completed "Ukulele for Beginners" or have greater experience
Meets: November 13 (skipping Nov. 20), 27, December 4, 11
Session cost: $110 ($100 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

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Scriptwriting (Screenwriting, Playwriting, Comic Books, Graphic Novels) Classes:

Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels

Comic books and graphic novel and comic books are among the most popular forms of literature in the modern marketplace. This class will begin with a set of exercises designed to familiarize writers with this exciting and challenging form, as well as discussions about the relationship between writer and artist and its importance in the formation of the script. We'll move from simple games like "fill in the word balloon," to the basics of character design and storytelling for a visual medium, and on to story outlining and exercises in full-fledged comics scriptwriting which will be reviewed in class.
NEW START DATE!
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning October 25
Instructor: Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 25, November 8 (skipping Nov. 22), December 6, + TBA meeting
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Screenwriting Workshop: Thursday Evenings

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 Screenwriting class, completed an early draft, or who have an outline/treatment of a complete story.
NEW START DATE!
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (sometimes bi-weekly)
a 6 week session beginning October 25
Instructor: Diane Fine
Open to: returning memners and writers who have completed "Screenwriting" or have similar experience
Meets: October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 13
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

Using Final Draft Screenwriting Software

If you're writing a screenplay or TV show, Final Draft software makes the tricky formatting a breeze. It's not only the film and television industry standard, but offers all sorts of screenwriting and production perks you can't get in any other screenwriting software. From outline to production, ScriptNotes to SmartType, learn how to take full advantage of Final Draft on your journey from script to screen.
Saturday, October 27, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Diane Fine
Open to: screenwriters with some experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Screenwriting

This course is designed as both an introduction for students who are new to screenwriting, and as continuity for those who have already started writing a screenplay and wish to further develop their scripts. No matter your level of experience, everyone will benefit from the groups’ members sharing their experiences they encounter. Class activities will include: discussing and developing story ideas, and sharing comments and suggesting solutions; an introduction to the three-act structure and the critical importance of the first 10 pages; the use of conflict to move the story forward, and creating compelling characters and character arcs. In-class screening of films is intended help students learn how to observe and articulate helpful writing techniques from great films. Those with screenwriting experience who have been working on existing story treatments, outlines, or early drafts, are invited to continue those projects, with a view towards moving closer to the completion of a well-written first draft. Screenwriting is an exciting, creative, and labor-intensive art that can be learned. Every screenplay begins with FADE IN. Let’s get started.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 10
Instructor: Matt Friedman
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: October 10, 17, 24 (skipping Oct. 31), November 7, 14 (skipping Nov. 21), 28, December 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Screenwriting Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

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 Screenwriting 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 week session beginning October 2
Instructor: Diane Fine
Open to: returning memners and writers who have completed "Screenwriting" or have similar experience
Meets: October 2, 16, 30, November 13, 27, December 11
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Comic Book & Graphic Novel Workshop

For comic writers and artists looking to hone their works in progress, this workshop will emphasize critique and accountability. While retaining an element of lecture from Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels, we will delve deeper into each student's comic project of choice, with the goal of polishing and revising our work.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 4
Instructor: Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers who have completed "Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels" or have related experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 4, 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 13
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Classes for Kids & Teens:

Folktales & Fairytales: Young Writers (ages 6-8) Day

In this morning and afternoon fun day for writers ages 6-8, we’ll focus on fairytales and folktales while exploring creative writing and expression. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share our work. You’ll be writing and even drawing your own folktales and fairytales in the genres you like best--short stories, picture books, poems, and more. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words. Pizza will be served for lunch! Come express yourself in a friendly and supportive morning and afternoon writing day.
Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
a 1-meeting, morning and afternoon class (with lunch break)
Instructors: Amanda Gomez & Tammy Wartell
Open to: writers ages 6-8 (or 2nd-3rd grade), of all levels of experience
Session cost: $95 ($85 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Young Writers (ages 9-11) Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we’ll explore creative writing and expression. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share our work. You can explore multiple genres: share poems you like and write short poems together; bring your imagination and characters to life by writing short and very short stories; write what you think about yourself, where you came from, and the world around you by writing nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. Plus, we’ll have a visit or two from our comic book writing teacher to work with visual stories. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words. Come express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 7
Instructors: Amanda Gomez & Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 2, 16
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3 of 12

Teen Writers Workshop (Multi-Group): Saturday Mornings

In this workshop, you can explore fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more. Each meeting, teachers will lead different breakout groups, focused on different genres, with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. Plus, we’ll have a visit or two from our comic book writing teacher to work with visual stories. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 6
Instructors: Robbie Ciara, Jessica Kelley, Kristin Mehaffey, & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3 of 18

Songcraft for Teens

Let's Get Lyrical! Join local singer-songwriter Skye Zentz on a casual stroll through the empowering world of songwriting. We'll explore the parallels between genres, challenge ourselves with interesting prompts that lift us beyond our own experiences. Playing with a variety of styles and voices, students will create several original songs. Students will workshop their lyrics for one another, and at the conclusion of our session, they will have the opportunity to perform their work in a Muse showcase. While basic music and writing experience is helpful, the course is open to all writers ages 12-17, with or without any experience playing a musical instrument.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 3
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: November 3, 10, 17 (skipping Nov. 24), December 1
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Teen Writers Workshop: Monday Evenings

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 8
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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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.


Classes for Veterans, Service Members, Military Families, & Caregivers:

Memoir Class for Veterans, Service Members, & Military Families

This class is already full, but you can learn more about ASAP classes at The Armed Services Arts Partnership.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning September 8
Instructor: Emily Pease
Meets: September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 20

Turning the Page: Women Warriors' Writing Seminar

HER Story, Inc.'s landmark program, Turning the Page: Women Warriors' Writing Workshop, is a process-oriented workshop designed by women veterans specifically for women who have served, or are currently serving, their country. During this program, women service members/veterans will be empowered to share their own narrative while in a safe environment. With the guidance of our program facilitator, participants will learn to articulate their own stories and develop a written piece throughout the workshop. While we encourage the sharing of stories throughout the program, we respect the journey of each participant. Thus, participants are not required to share their piece at the conclusion of the workshop.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 27
Meets: October 27, November 3, 10, 17
This class was offered in collaboration with HER Story. They are handling regisration.