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Fall Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, general creative writing,
personal power for writers, guided imagery & music, metaphysical secrets, women writers,
writing through trauma & grief, writing about movies, spiritual writing, resumes,

poetry, octpowrimo, nature poetry, surrealist poetry,
dramatic monologues, chapbooks, spoken word/slam, poetry of the body


fiction, novel-craft, romance, flash fiction


memoir & creative nonfiction, flash nonfiction,


screenwriting, playwriting, comedy, comic books/graphic novels


food writing, food blogging


calligraphy, visual journaling, bookmaking, zentangle


songwriting, ukulele


writers craft, research, & professional development,
john dedakis seminars, leslye penelope seminar,
agents, self-publishing, submitting, audiobooks, blogs/websites, instagram,
horror, mystery, hominids, alien races & worlds, lyric fiction,
active shooters & terrorists, anatomy and physiology, memory gaps in memoir,
editing/settings/story elements/voice/scenes/aesthetic distance, scrivener, second drafts,
grammar, punctuation, sensitivity reading, public reading,

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 Classes:


Classes to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

Writing Through Trauma and Grief: Wednesday 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.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 9
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: writers of all levels of experience and returning members
Meets: October 9, 23, November 6, 20, December 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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—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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 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, 21, (skipping Nov. 28), December 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Big Art: Living Creatively

Erich Fromm said, "...not only medicine, engineering and painting (I would include writing) are arts; living is an art." Living creatively may be the biggest art. This seminar explores ways to include creativity in daily activities. Ask me about the creative habits of Victor Hugo or Gertrude Stein. I provide the activities and materials; you do; you create; you decide what works for you. In the long run, a more creative life may mean more creative writing, or painting or...
Saturday, October 12, 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: 7

Spiritual Writing

Spiritual writing can be found in all forms of literature, from essays and memoirs, to poetry, fiction and even literary journalism. The common thread is an emphasis on our personal quests for spiritual transformation, whether through communion with nature or the rituals of a particular religion. In this workshop, participants will work on the form of their choice and learn how to describe their spiritual quests in ways that will be clear and compelling to readers who are spiritually inclined. Each session will begin with a brief discussion of a model of the genre, followed by the workshop of participants’ work.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 13
Instructor: Tom Robotham
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 13, 20, 27, November 3
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Write Anything: Thursday Mornings

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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 17
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Writing a Resume that Works

In this one-time workshop, you’ll get the tools you need to get your resume shaped up and ready for action. Bring your laptop and several postings for jobs that interest you, and learn the tips that will make your resume the one that’ll earn the interview. (After that, it’s up to you!)
Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Writing Through Trauma and Grief: Sunday Evenings

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.
Sundays, 4:30-7 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 20
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: writers of all levels of experience and returning members
Meets: October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Writing About Movies

Film criticism is almost as old as film itself. In this seminar, we will examine what prominent critics have written about the cinema and explore how they use words to review and clarify a predominantly visual medium. How do critics like Roger Ebert, Pauline Kael, and Andrew Sarris approach the task of distilling what they experience in the theater into reviews on the page? What kinds of critical approaches do different critics adopt, and how do their outlooks differ and affect how they perceive the films they watch? This seminar will expose students to prominent critics from the history of film and offer suggestions for further reading to those with an interest in the medium.
Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: James Beardsley
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Developing Personal Power as Writers

In this workshop we will explore the sources of writer’s block, procrastination, and self-sabotage through the practice of deconstructing desires, habits, and deep rooted beliefs. This workshop will include an examination of the power of words. Participants will walk away with unique ways to organize their schedule and tools to remain positive when feeling overwhelmed.
Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Anna Fitzgerald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Spark Your Creativity

Everyone is creative. There are tools that can help us be more creative, find our projects and knock down our inner walls. In this seminar, we’ll explore the creativity gene, how creativity works, why we get blocks, and discover some methods of breaking through the blocks. We’ll move quickly through five or six exercises in creativity, followed by discussion. Experiment in a place where success and failure are both part of the learning process. Bring with you a willingness to try something new, and you’ll discover that you have a wealth of creativity energy just waiting to be mined.
Saturday, October 26, 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

Creative Block Breakers: Fun Recipes for Spontaneous Inspiration

Finding it hard to summon the muse lately? Are your characters, stories, songs or poems lacking variety or needing a little shift? Spend an afternoon playing with words, diving into unique writing prompts and finding some fun new ways to approach creative writing. We'll work on engaging our senses, and using a variety of stimuli to spark a variety of writing styles and creative activities. This class is open to literary, visual, and musical artists. Please bring a notebook; all other supplies will be provided.
Sunday, October 27, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Giving Voice: A Creative Writing Workshop for Women

"A person's creative work is nothing but a slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three images in whose presence his or her heart first opened." (Edwidge Danticat) This workshop for women will follow the Amherst Writers Method of developing voice, craft and leadership through the practice of writing poetry, fiction and essays in a supportive group setting. This method has been highly effective with a wide variety of participants including those with marginalized gender, racial and socio-economic identities. It has also been used with survivors of relationship and sexual violence. Many of us return to or arrive in a writing group after having internalized the message that our voices don't matter or that we can't write. This method is designed to help participants overcome such barriers so they may develop the stories and perspectives only they possess. This process connects participants to their animating passions and empowers them in both their writing and their lives.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 2
Instructor: Wendi White
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: November 2, 9, 16, 23
Session cost: $170 ($155 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, November 2, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sheila Sheppard
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Writing Affirmations & Learning to Reframe With Words

In this workshop we will explore the power of words and reframing. Participants will explore why affirmations have been used for thousands of years for personal power and how to craft the most effective affirmation for them. Reframing exercises will reveal how to change from negative language and mindset to positive and empowered mindset to accomplish your goals in life and writing.
Saturday, November 9, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Anna Fitzgerald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Metaphysical Secrets

Come and explore methods for opening your mind to unseen levels of your writing--before or after writing it. Meditation, guided imagery, and the pendulum will be introduced and demonstrated. Examples of depth of meaning will include symbolism, color interpretation, and numerology. Body, mind, and spirit interact as physical, mental, and spiritual interpretations of the universal mind. The seminar includes lecture, discussion, and writing prompts.
Saturday, November 16, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Anna Fitzgerald
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Write Anything: Four Tuesday Evenings

This shorter version of Write Anything 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 4 meeting session beginning November 19
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: November 19, 26, December 3, 10
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Write Anything: Six Tuesday Evenings

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 1
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Destroying the Ordinary: Writing Supernatural Horror?
Looking for Finding the Literary Agent Who’s Right for You?
Looking for Publishing An Audiobook?
Looking for Sensitivity Reading?
Looking for Mystery Writing?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Visual Journaling?
Looking for Bookmaking?
Looking for Food Writing Classes?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
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Looking for Songwriting or Ukulele?
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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 22
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

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

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 7
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 2, 16
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 5
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 5, 12, 19, 26
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Poetry and Nature: Poets Exploring the Outdoors

In this 4 week seminar we will explore poetry both through and in the outdoor world. Students will work deeply with a handful of poems by eco-poets and poets who use the natural world as their primary muse. We will work to hear the voice in the poetry, the "voices" in nature and develop our own poetic voice in response to our surroundings. This class will incorporate outings to First Landing State Park and Norfolk Botanical Gardens. We will interpret sound devices, meter, form, figurative language devices, tone, theme, and purpose of nature poems in a nature setting. We will be able to observe, identify, and describe the inspiration for nature poems, while matching the sounds and rhythm of nature poems to the sounds and rhythm of nature. We will explore contemporary eco-poets, such as Jack Collom, Juliana Spahr, Forrest Gander and Mary Oliver. Students will be able to discuss the ability of poems to reflect the behavior and conscience of a culture/society regarding its respect for and stewardship of the land.
Sundays, 1-3::30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 6
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 6, (skipping Oct. 13), 20, 27, November 3
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Surrealist Poetry

Breton wrote: "We are in front of a fountain, whose jet she seems to be watching. Those are your thoughts and mine. Look where they all start from, how high they reach, and then how it's still prettier when they fall back. And then they dissolve immediately, driven back up with the same strength, then there's that broken spurt again, that fall ... and so on indefinitely." In this workshop, Jeffrey Hecker will examine why turning objects into subjects helps poetry maintain its allure. With a heavy emphasis on women surrealists, we’ll uncover cross-cultural and cross-generational sources for inspiration and work together to make your poems less recognizable to yourself and more visible to others.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 12
Instructor: Jeffrey Hecker
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 12, 19, 26, November 2
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

This Difficult Friendship: Crafting Poems about The Human Body

In her poem "Cages," poet Jane Kenyon refers to the "long struggle to be at home in the body" as a "difficult friendship." Indeed, learning how to be in a body--how to bear its impulses, cravings, changes, blunders, and limitations--is so integral to our human experience. In this workshop, we will carry on poetry’s long tradition of crafting lines about the complex relationship with have with our own bodies, looking at the miraculous functions and awkward features alike. Each week will include workshop and assignments to generate new writing. We will look at the writings of contemporary poets such as Ellen Bass, Marge Percy, Dorothy Chan, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dorianne Laux, and many more.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 30
Instructor: Libby Kurz
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 30, November 6, 13, 20
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Masks and Windows: Dramatic Monologues, and The Poetry of Voice and Ventriloquism

This class will focus on writing poems in the voice of someone else, and on using that voice to ventriloquize, to speak, and to invoke or consider the present and the past. We will look specifically at dramatic monologues, and poems containing the voices of others, by Tim Seibles, Jill McDonough, Larry Levis, Geoffrey Hill, William Blake, Richard Howard, Rosanna Warren, Ilya Kaminsky, William Shakespeare, David Mamet, Robert Burns, Marie de France, Frank Bidart, Elizabeth Bishop, Louise Gluck, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Pete Townsend, Robert Johnson and others. For our purposes we will define "dramatic monologue" somewhat loosely, considering our examples for study as poets, makers, rather than in terms of more terse theoretical agendas. That being said, I may regard some literary translations as dramatic monologues, such as Rosanna Warren’s poems about Marianne Faithful and Coco Chanel, or Jill McDonough’s sonnets dealing with prisoners awaiting the death penalty. Jagger and Richards are obviously song writers, but songs such as "Midnight Rambler," "Jumpin’ Jack Flash," "Sympathy for the Devil" and, most controversial of all, "Brown Sugar," are plainly written in the voice of invented characters, whatever gossips or biographers think they know about the authors. Of course I will also include some excerpts from Shakespeare’s or David Mamet’s plays. As one considers the list of poets and writers above, one is reminded of many, many others. We will regard that as a freedom, but will focus on the specific examples to work toward writing our own dramatic monologues more effectively, letting the needs and possibilities of other voices dance within the myriad formal and musical powers of poetry.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 2
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: November 2, 9, 16, 23
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Finding Poetic Inspiration

We are all capable of continued creativity, and together we will spark and expand our poetic options. We will defy any blocks we have encountered in our journeys as poets and let pen and paper lead us. Get ready to follow and trust the writer within, unleashing the poems waiting to escape that may surprise and excite us. Each week, we’ll explore new and different activities to provoke tangible influence as well as unblock barriers to what the mind holds--writing from a treasure box of provided objects, writing from images, and writing verbal and written prompts. We’ll conclude with a workshop and group critique, and together we will nurture each other’s desires, magic, and talents. Come create in a space designed to inspire.
Tuesdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 5
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: November 5, 12, 19 26
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Revising & Arranging for a Chapbook

In this workshop, poets will explore how groups of poems work together to create a beautiful and focused collection that resonates with the reader long after the pages has left their hands and eyes. We will look at various chapbook models, strategies of organization and arranging poems, formatting and preparing the manuscript, and critiquing and revising the work to be included. Join us and find ways to bring your work to a new audience.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 9
Instructor: Robert Arthur
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: November 9, 16, 23, (skipping Nov. 30), December 7
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Leaps and Turns: Creating Spaces for Grace in the Poem

Every poem has elements that allow it to work like an efficient machine: but how do we engineer the poem’s ability to sing, to fly--and thereby more deeply move both reader and writer? In The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Phillis Levin describes the turn (volta) which "introduces into the poem a possibility for transformation, like a moment of grace." In this workshop, we will read a good selection of exemplary poems (not just sonnets), and work on the architecture of our own poems by considering "the infinite variety of moves a poet can make to negotiate a ‘turn.’"
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 10
Instructor: Luisa Igloria
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: November 10, 17, 24, (skipping Dec. 1), December 8
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

From Page to Stage: Spoken Word

Are you a Def Poet? Transforming your poetry to spoken word is an exciting process when working in a group of hungry writers ready to share! Whether you are a ‘virgin to the mic’ or a seasoned slam poet these workshops are designed to revise your current drafts, get professional feedback from local slam poets, and to enjoy the history of slam poetry while examining the techniques of poets such as Alan Kaufman, Patricia Smith, or Taylor Mal. Watch your confidence grow at your next reading after you bask yourself in this creative, supportive, slam poetry environment. You bring the words--we’ll have your stage.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 16
Instructor: Robbie Ciara
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: November 16, 23, (skipping Nov. 30), December 7, 14
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work may be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (monthly)
a 4 meeting session beginning October 15
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 15, November 19, December 17, January 21
Seats Remaining: 2
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
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Looking for Spiritual Writing?
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Looking for Metaphysical Secrets?
Looking for Instagram for Writers?
Looking for Publishing An Audiobook?
Looking for Sensitivity Reading?
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
Looking for Songwriting or Ukulele?
Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Visual Journaling?
Looking for Bookmaking?
Looking for How to Self-Publish Your Book?
Looking for Writing Through Trauma and Grief?
Looking for Unlock your Creative Voice with Guided Imagery and Music?
Looking for Food Writing Classes?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
Looking for Submitting?
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Fiction Classes:

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 15
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, (skipping Nov. 26), December 3, 10
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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.
am 8 meeting session beginning October 16
Instructor: Abi Putnam
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, (skipping Nov. 27), December 4, 11
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Introduction To Romance

Two characters meet, fall in love, overcome obstacles, and earn their happily ever after. It's a tale as old as time, in a genre that often gets picked on in literary circles, but that doesn't mean it's easy to write. This 4-week introductory course will explore the hard and fast rules of romance, how to craft engaging characters, how to plot your romance, and what tropes and tricks are available to create a romance that's engaging, swoon-worthy, and fun to read. Whether your angle is contemporary, paranormal, suspense, or any of the other sub-genres of romance, this is a class that will guide you on your journey.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning October 28
Instructor: Dana Staves
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 28, November 11, 25, December 9
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 13
Instructor: Abi Putnam
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: November 13, 20, (skipping Nov. 27), December 4, 11
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Novel Creation & Structure Workshop

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 a 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. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 7
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 2, 16
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 8
Instructor: Alicia Dekker
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 1
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 1, 15, 29, November 12, 26, December 10
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

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 9
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 9, 23, November 6, 20, December 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday 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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 3
Instructor: Leslie Entsminger
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 3, 17, 31, November 14 (skipping Nov. 28), December 5, 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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. (somewhat bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 17
Instructor: Dana Staves
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 17, 24, (skipping Oct. 31), November 7, 14, 21, (skipping Nov. 28), December 5
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 2
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: advanced and professional writers; new students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: October 2, 16, (skipping Oct. 30), November 6, (no gap), 13, 27, December 11
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

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. (mostly bi-weekly).
a 6 meeting session beginning October 2
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: advanced and professional writers; new students may apply to the waiting list by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: October 2, 16, 30, November 13, (skipping Nov. 27), December 4, 11
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

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 7
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 2, 16
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1
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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Tuesday 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
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 22
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Wednesday 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
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 16
Instructor: Cynthia Davis
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, (skipping Nov. 27), December 4, 11
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 8
Instructor: Sheila Sheppard
Open to: memoir and cnf writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 8
Instructor: Cynthia Davis
Open to: memoir and essay writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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 2
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: memoir and cnf writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 2, 16, 30, November 13, 27, December 11
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

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. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 14
Instructor: Cristina Foss
Open to: writers with workshop experience
Meets: October 14, 28, November 11, 25, December 9, (no gap), 16
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

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 28
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with workshop experience
Meets: October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Wednesday Evenings

In this advanced workshop, experienced students working on personal essays and memoir chapters will receive guidance, support and feedback. We'll continue to shape experiences and their meanings on the page; discuss higher level elements of craft and structures; and create strategies for revision. We’ll also use prompts, exercises, and discussions based on readings by notable authors, to generate new scenes and stories. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 2
Instructor: Christine Koubek
Open to: memoir and essay writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 2, 16, 30, November 13, (no gap), 20, December 4
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

How to Write Characters with Mental Illness: Culture vs. Science

This seminar is designed for writers wanting to improve their understanding of mental illnesses/disorders and write better characters. The class begins with basic facts about different types of mental health issues then analyzes characters in popular books and shows such as: As Good as It Gets, Awakenings, The Deer Hunter, Nurse Jackie, A Beautiful Mind, and The Big Bang Theory. Using a "Character Development Tool" provided in class, students will have time to write characters with one or more mental health problems. Toward the end of the session, students have the option to share their own and critique each other’s work.
Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Marilyn Barton
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

How to Edit Your Own Writing

You're done writing, but before you present your work to your publisher or readers--print or online--you want to polish. How do you switch from writer to editor? How do assess your work from 10,000 feet and sentence by sentence? How do you hunt down and eliminate inaccuracies, tighten flabby prose, and correct common mistakes in grammar and usage? The class will offer a thorough method of editing and will include editing exercises. We can also cover how to write killer headlines and photo captions, which is particularly useful for those writing for websites.
Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dan Duke
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Snowflake Method: Turning a Single Idea into a Novel in One Afternoon

Do you want to write a novel, but you're stuck figuring out how to start? Or maybe you already have a great synopsis--but how do you convert that into ninety-thousand words? In this workshop we'll explore a near-effortless way to take a simple idea and build it into a story of any length and genre, fiction or nonfiction. Whether you write novels, short stories, or screenplays, Snowflake is the best way to create the foundation for your work. With this easy method you can produce anything from an elevator pitch up to a spreadsheet of scenes/chapters showing the word counts needed, pivot points, act breaks, and more. If you're a "pantser" this workshop will change your life! If you're a plotter, there's a 98.7% chance Snowflake will change your life! If you're a vedic poet, results may vary.
Saturday, October 12, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Rick Eley
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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, October 12, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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! Students should plan to bring a laptop to class to complete in-class exercises.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning October 19
Instructor: Belinda Elliott
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 19, November 2, 16
Session cost: $135 ($125 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Settings: More Than Just a Time and Place

Settings are where our stories happen, locating our readers in time and space. They are the scenery in which our characters live and breathe. But how can the setting of your story can lift your work from mundane to compelling? We all know great settings when we see them. The train in the opening of "The Book Thief." The train station in "Hills Like White Elephants." The wilderness in "To Light a Fire." But how do we create settings that will give our readers goosebumps or make a mundane setting compelling? It’s all in learning how settings can amplify plot, character, or theme. Come to this seminar and learn how to avoid common omissions that decrease a scene’s impact; synchronize characters and setting to create compelling stories; turn "scenery" into spectacle.
Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Once Upon a Time in Anatomy and Physiology

To write effectively in any discipline, you must first understand that discipline’s physiology; the very nature and origin of its language. To write effectively about science and medicine, you must first understand its anatomy; the structure and innermost workings of its form. This seminar will guide writers through the depths of human gross anatomy and physiology with the objective of increasing an innate understanding of the body. By approaching the human body in an organized manner, writers will learn structure and function, homeostasis, levels of organization and integration of systems.
Saturday, October 19, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: B. Elizabeth Kostal, MD
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Elemental Characteristics of Story

This seminar will focus on how fiction makes use of story, which is one of the primary experiences of human life. As far as we know, no other living creature creates stories, although they do have brains that remember. The symbology of language makes the creation of story possible. In a real sense, story "exists" as a genre because human beings have chosen to apply language to their actions in learned and perhaps permanent ways. In-class exercises will analyze professional examples, and help you gain insight of the power of story in prose, poetry, song lyrics, stage plays and films, and use that insight to strengthen your work.
Saturday, October 19, 1-3:30 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

Mystery Writing

From Edgar Allen Poe’s "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" to installments of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s "Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes," the mystery genre is no stranger to the short story format. Imagine all of the benchmarks of a classic mystery: breadcrumb clues, red herrings, the twist ending. Now imagine all of that crammed into a mere 6-10 pages. If that sounds difficult to pull off, it’s because it most certainly is. Come join us for a discussion on the craft of mystery in short story format. We will be using examples from the work of William Gay, Sarah Cortez, and more. You will also be able to bring copies of your own mysterious short story (an excerpt no more than 10 pages double-spaced), for review and critique.
Saturday, October 19, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Abi Putnam
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Tools of the Trade: Building a Fantasy World

Why do so many fantasy novels take place in the same, medieval, pseudo-European setting? How can writers create unique, fully-realized environments that readers will want to get lost in? Dive into techniques for architecting your own world and learn how elements such as geography, technology, economics, weather, government, culture and more are all integral to crafting a tale designed to delight. Expect to leave the seminar with the building blocks of your own fantasy world as well as a plan for fleshing out your creation while not getting lost in the details.
Saturday, October 26, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Leslye Penelope
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Writing the Next Draft

The passion of the first draft is behind you, but what is this awkward, unfamiliar thing it has left behind? While the first draft is a burst of unbridled inspiration, the second draft is where the writing really takes shape. In this hands-on seminar, we will look at the first draft of your finished stories and discuss the choices you must make to push your raw fiction towards completion. We will look at summary and scene-making, cutting and expanding, and the careful refinement of language and voice. Most importantly, we will try out strategies to help us discover what the story really is--not necessarily what we wanted, but what is staring back at us from the page. We will also discuss how this kind of work on a short story can be adapted to novels. All writers need to bring a recent first draft of a story to the class.
Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Gavin Pate
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Who Is That? Developing a Strong Voice in Fiction

Margaret Atwood knows the secret. "A word after a word after a word is power." A writer’s excitement is at its most thrilling when she works to capture the voice of a character who in her deepest essence is different from herself. You know you’re close when that character rises up and says or does something so astonishing you’d never have thought to put it in your outline. Yet it becomes the making of your story. To sneak up on such a bold spirit, we need to consider shades of timing, cadence, and texture; eavesdrop on innocent bystanders to sharpen our skills; and learn to listen to our characters when they start to talk to us, even criticize us. In this seminar, we’ll venture writing drills to help us consider the journey we must take to meet someone new.
Saturday, November 2, 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: 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 2, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christopher De Matteo
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Publishing An Audiobook

The market for audiobooks is huge! Are you ready to publish your book on audio? Learn the critical steps to success, including costs, preparing your manuscript, narration options, contract rights overview and more from an author who has successfully navigated this process. Markets of Audible, Amazon, and iTunes will be discussed, among others.
Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Malcom Massey
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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, November 9, 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, November 9, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Writing Around Our Gaps in Memory

Memoir writers often need to write around the blank spaces in our memories and create a cogent narrative despite that fallibility. In this seminar, we’ll discuss what to do when there's a detail missing from the author's memory that seems crucial, as well as when one should recreate missing details and when one should simply admit one doesn't know.
Saturday, November 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: James Beardsley
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Writing Great Scenes

The Scene is the essential building block of stories. Everyone talks about a scenes. Adding them. Deleting them. So, exactly what constitutes a great scene? Is it length? Do you need a minimum number of characters? Is it the same thing as a chapter? How do you know when a one scene begins and another ends? What is a scene supposed to accomplish? Join us and analyze scenes from published work. Or start and build a scene from a prompt. Enroll in this workshop and learn to build scenes that will power your stories forward.
Saturday, November 16, 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: 7

Active Shooters, Terrorists, and Lone Wolves: Getting it Write

Unfortunately, the news is filled with new dangers that can randomly explode our lives. As they become more common, our stories are beginning to include them. 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 and need a better understanding of active shooters, terrorists, and lone wolves to make a character or story-line ring true. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, November 23, 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: 7

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 23, 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: 6

Hominid Heresies

In both fantasy and science fiction, we often see worlds with multiple intelligent species coexisting, such as the classic fantasy races of elves, dwarves, orcs and halflings. But how realistic is this? Can several different humanoid species coexist peacefully, or will one species eventually drive the others to extinction? In this Research for Writers seminar, we will examine our own recent evolutionary history to look for examples of competition and coexistence among closely related hominid species. We will examine some of the classic antecedents to modern humans, such as Australopithecus and Homo erectus--but we will also consider some of the most recently discovered hominids, such as Homo naledi and the enigmatic Denisovans. We will examine how and where Neandertals coexisted with modern humans, what their technology says about the Neandertal worldview, and whether Neandertals were the original source of the genes for red hair. We will conclude by considering what the future holds for our own species--and whether one or more future human species will inhabit the world after us.
Saturday, November 23, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John Aguiar
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Lyrical Fiction: Keeping the Poetry in Your Prose

Lyrical fiction: "The lyrical novelist uses fictional devices to find an aesthetic expression for experience, achieving and effect most frequently seen in dreams, picaresques, and allegories." At what point is the prose poetic in the tradition of Hermann Hesse, Andre Guide, and Virginia Woolf, and at what point does it cross into purple language that is overwritten and tired? This seminar will explore poetic language versus purple prose. Class participants will learn how to write and edit lyrical prose using language that is simple, clear, and rhythmic.
Saturday, November 23, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Rebekah Coxwell
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Writing About Family Drama, Courts, and Mediation

Conflict is the essential element in fiction writing. Because of this, your characters may sometimes find themselves facing dangerous spouses and lovers, or perhaps they are caught in a tangle of child custody, visitation or child support problems. How does all this play out in court? As a former assistant in the protective order office in Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, and as a mediator helping parents bypass the judge as they attempt to come to agreement over their parental arrangements, Grace will help you see how these issues play out in local courts. This class will help you understand the basics of these thorny dramas so you can write your scenes with detail and authenticity.
Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Grace Tazewell
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Writing What You DON'T Know

Is your lack of knowledge about a topic inhibiting your writing? Is learning about a subject becoming a bottomless rabbit hole? In this class, former CNN editor and award-winning author John DeDakis offers tips and techniques on how to keep your writing flowing even when you're not sure of the facts.
Saturday, December 7, 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: 4

Characterization Through Dialogue

When characters talk to each other, the story moves forward and the reader learns about the speaker. In this class, former CNN editor and award-winning novelist John DeDakis helps you find the right words to put into the mouths of your characters.
Saturday, December 7, 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: 6

Sensitivity Reading: 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.
Saturday, December 7, 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)
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!
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting session beginning December 8
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: December 8, 15
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Instagram for Writers

Just because you're a writer, doesn't mean you can't get a lot out of the visual social media platform, Instagram! You'll learn everything from Instagram basics to hashtags to use to how to build your brand as a writer through video. Bring your smartphone and download the app to come prepared.
Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sarah Darrow
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Creating an Alien Race and World

Twi'leks. Klingons. Vogons. Daleks. All famous races from different science fiction stories. All timeless. But how does one come up with an alien race? How do you make a unique race of aliens that can stand out from the crowd? In this seminar, we will explore how to create an alien race, their world and everything else in between, from their history to religion, beliefs and their society.
Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Zachary Piggott
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

How to Understand and Use Aesthetic Distance

If you went to the theater to watch a production of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth," you probably did not run out of the theater to call the police because a murder was happening on the stage. You knew it was only play-acting and not real. This human realization that the observed object is an element of art and not reality is called "aesthetic distance." It creates a mental separation in which you can appreciate and appraise the work of art on an entirely artistic basis. What happens at the same time is that author’s creation of a certain amount of distance is entirely controlling your response to the art object itself. Authors have the ability to make you feel an intimate part of their dramatized reality or almost entirely separate from it, and many different degrees of distance between. This variance of distance is achieved through use of fictional, dramatic, or poetic techniques. These techniques are the devices of point of view. This seminar will introduce you to published examples and thought in-class excercises show you when and how to manipulate various responses of distance in your stories, plays, and poems.
Saturday, December 14, 1-3:30 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

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, December 14, 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

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 4, 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:

Visual Journaling Workshop: 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.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning October 13
Instructor: Christine Rucker
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: October 13, 20, 27
Session cost (includes materials fee): $143 ($133 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Explore 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.
Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m.-12:30 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

Calligraphy Workshop: The Modern Alphabet

Modern Calligraphy is the innovative cursive script with a fresh, new look. For this hand, a pointed nib versus a square nib is used. Come explore this exciting lettering technique and let your creativity flow!
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning November 2
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: November 2, 9, 16
Session cost: $135 ($125 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 3, 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: 2

Bookmaking

Learn how to make books using three different book binding techniques. Each week in this 3-part bookmaking class, we’ll learn a different style, including little black books, children's board books, tape binding, coil binding, or Japanese stab binding. In this workshop, you’ll see and feel examples of these different bookbinding methods. Join us and learn how to bind books by hand with needle & thread. Each student will receive a kit to continue binding books on their own.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning November 17
Instructor: Christine Rucker
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Meets: November 17, 24, (skipping Dec. 1), December 8
Session cost (includes materials fee): $143 ($133 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Food Writing Classes:

Food Blogging from Start to Finish

Learn how to share your food experiences--whether in a kitchen or a restaurant--through blogging with Virginia’s Secretary of Taste, chef and award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton. We explore the essence of eating, and learn how to express your thoughts in a clear, concise and compelling way. We will be eating--and imbibing--and getting the most from all of our senses to fully appreciate food and drink through the written word and photography. In this introduction to food blogging, learn about the world of food blogs and how to showcase your food experience on your own.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 week session beginning November 3
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: November 3, 10, 17, 24
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5
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Songwriting & Ukulele Classes:

Start Songwriting Saturday

Songwriting is for everyone! It is not an elite art form, reserved solely for professional musicians, it happens to be one of the most ancient forms of oral tradition and an intensely accessible social and creative outlet. In this one-day immersive workshop led by local singer-songwriter Skye Zentz, we will dive straight into the world of lyric-craft, pairing old forms with our own original words, discussing the building blocks of clear language, imagery and symbolism. We will work individually and in pairs to write, edit and present our drafted work within a fun filled afternoon of inspiration and word-play! Students should bring a notebook, a favorite writing utensil, a sense of humor and an open mind. While basic instrument/musical proficiency is helpful, the course is also open to those who do not sing or play an instrument themselves. Students who play a musical instrument are welcome to bring it along to accompany themselves in our final activity of the day.
Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
a 1-meeting, morning and afternoon seminar with lunch break
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Songwriting: The Lyrical Craft

Songwriting is an ancient form--one of the earliest means of passing on oral history. Over thousands of years, it has evolved into a many faceted art-form, a source of entertainment, catharsis or escapism. In this workshop, we will explore the 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 21
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students) returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Ukulele for Beginners

In this class, we'll learn all about Hawaii's famous stringed instrument, the Ukulele or "dancing flea." A perfect beginner's instrument, it’s easy to learn and lends itself well to just about any style of music. Join local songwriter and Ukulele player, Skye Zentz, as we explore basic chord shapes and strumming patterns that will prepare you for a world of tropical fun on just 4 strings! Students will have the opportunity to perform at our very own UKEBOX Open Mic later this year. All students must bring an approved Ukulele and Digital Tuner to class. Approved Ukulele Brands: Kala, Makala, Lanikai, Cordoba, Luna, and 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 October 15
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: October 15, 22, 29, November 5
Session cost: $110 ($100 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Ukulele Performance Workshop

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 a 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. Please bring along any songs you are comfortable playing, or in the process of learning.
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 18
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons who have completed "Ukulele for Beginners" or have greater experience
Meets: November 19, 26, December 3, 10
Session cost: $110 ($100 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Scriptwriting (Screenwriting, Playwriting, Comic Books, Graphic Novels) Classes:

Introduction to Screenwriting: Wednesday Evenings

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 16
Instructor: Matt Friedman
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20 (skipping Nov. 27), December 4, 11
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Introduction to Screenwriting: Thursday Mornings

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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 17
Instructor: Matt Friedman
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, (skipping Nov. 28), December 5, 12
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels

Comics are a magical blend of visuals and writing. Come engage this incredible medium--whether you draw or not! We'll cover comics from the ground up--from scripting the story to getting it out into the world. Topics include character design, the relationship between a writer and an artist, layout, and so much more. The course will comprise of fun exercises and lecture, along with some case studies and games to mix it up. No experience required. Let's make comics!
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning October 28
Instructor: Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 28, November 11, 25, December 9
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Playwriting: Writing the Ten-Minute Play

We will use Gary Garrison’s A More Perfect Ten as a guide to writing the ten-minute play, which "have become a regular feature of theatre companies and festivals from coast to coast." More and more theatre companies employ writers based on the success of their ten-minute plays because if the writer is doing their job, the plays will follow the structure of a full-length play, have compelling, complex characters with a clear objective, there will be conflict and complications, turning points and a dramatic change at the end. The goal is to have two final drafts of two ten-minute plays by the end of the workshop.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 26
Instructor: Marcieanna Klaustermeyer
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 26, November 2, 9, 16
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Screenwriting Workshop: Five 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 for feature-length, short, or TV scripts. You will have at least two 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. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 5 week session beginning October 1
Instructor: Diane Fine
Open to: returning memners and writers who have completed "Screenwriting" or have similar experience
Meets: October 1, 15, 29, November 12, (skipping Nov. 26), December 10
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Adapted Screenplay Workshop

In this workshop, we will transform our own novels, short stories, poems, comics, or graphic novels into a screenplay using the structure, fundamentals, format and techniques of writing for the screen. Members can also find a story from the public domain to adapt into a screenplay--be it folklore, mythology, or a news article--as long as the names and locations are changed (or not, if you happen to own the rights to the source material). Either way, we will break down the story in order to create a treatment, step and/or sequence outline, and first act.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 10
Instructor: Marcieanna Klaustermeyer
Open to: returning memners and writers who have completed "Screenwriting" or have similar experience
Meets: October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 10
Instructor: Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers who have completed "How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels" or have related experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Screenwriting Workshop: Six 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 for feature-length, short, or TV scripts. 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 meeting session beginning October 8
Instructor: Diane Fine
Open to: returning memners and writers who have completed "Screenwriting" or have similar 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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Classes for Kids & Teens:

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. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 13
Instructors: Abi Putnam & Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: October 13, 27, November 10, 24, December 8, (no gap), 15
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 7
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 2, 16
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 12
Instructors: Robbie Ciara, Jeffrey Hecker, Jessica Kelley, Kristin Mehaffey, & Abi Putnam
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 12, 26, November 9, 23, December 7, (no gap), 14
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 12 of 16

Songcraft for Teens

Let's Get Lyrical! Join local singer-songwriter Skye Zentz on a 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.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 3
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: November 3, 10, 17, 24
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Classes for Veterans, Service Members, Military Families, & Caregivers:

Memoir Class for Veterans, Service Members, & Military Families

This class will cover a combination of memoir and fiction, and sessions typically consist of direct instruction, group workshopping, and writing exercises. It will culminate with an intimate public reading for family, friends, and the local community. Upon graduating, alumni will have the opportunity to enroll in further classes with our partners at The Muse Writer's Center. Learn more about this class and register on The Armed Services Arts Partnership website.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning September 15
Instructor: Emily Pease
Meets: September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20

Write Now Class for Veterans, Service Members, & Military Families

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. Learn more about this class and register using this fomr on The Armed Services Arts Partnership website.
Saturday, October 26, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Alison Schoew