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Summer 2014 Creative & Creative Writing Classes

poetry, prose poems, poetry @ pacc,
fiction, children's book, novel services,
memoir & creative non-fiction, flash memoir, magazine writing,
fun, creative, & multi-genre classes, spiritual writing,
writers craft, research, & professional development, police procedures, self-publishing,
querying agents, technical/business writing, grammar, punctuation, public reading,
food & travel, collage, calligraphy, zentangle,
standup comedy, screenplays, film study,
& classes for kids & teen writers
in norfolk, virginia (hampton roads, va)



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We offer classes on weekday evenings, weekday mornings, and the daytime on weekends. All classes are listed on this page within their respective genre sections (i.e. all Poetry classes are listed together).
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The Muse Writers Center Classes

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

General Classes and Writing Workshops

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

Writing Studios

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



Summer 2014 Classes Below:


Poetry Classes:

Poetic Coding: Writing Our Identities and Our Poetic D.N.A.

This class will explore the origins of our poetry. using inspiration from art exhibits at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, including ekphrastic writing that responds to visual art and exercises meant to help you get in touch with your identity as a poet. You will write poems drawn from both life experiences and in response to the art in the gallery. Together we will examine who we are as poets and how poetry functions as an expression of our complex personal histories. You are welcome to attend the Opening Reception for the upcoming exhibits on Friday, August 1, 5-8 p.m.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning August 2
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: poets with all levels of experience
Meets: August 2, 9, 16, 23
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students and PACC Members)
Seats Remaining: 3
Please note this session takes place at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, 400 High St., Portsmouth, 23704, 393-8543.

Introduction to Writing Poetry

This course, for absolute beginners and anyone interested in writing poetry, is designed to help you write and respond to poetry through creative exercises, readings and discussions. Each member of the group will compose and revise original poems. Together we’ll explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 18
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 18, July 2, 16, 30, August 13, 27
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Poetry in the Morning!

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.
Mondays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning June 23
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience as well as intermediate poets and returning class members
Meets: June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning poets and new members with poetry writing/workshopping experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 9
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Love Child: The Prose Poem

What is a prose poem? Not fish or fowl, not flower or tree, not solitude or song, but dream-creature born of the entire drunken and teeming territory between. Though they utilize prose stanzas rather than the traditional line breaks associated with poetry, prose poems are seeded with the lyric elements and techniques found in poetry, including metaphor, compression, repetition and variation, and internal rhyme. In this workshop, we will study examples of prose poems from a wide variety of writers including Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, Walt Whitman, Gertrude Stein, Russell Edson, Mary Koncel, David Shumate, Denise Duhamel, and Sean Thomas Dougherty, among others. And we will mine the rich crossover possibilities of two genres in our own prose poem experiments.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 20
Instructor: Luisa Igloria
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: July 20, 27, August 3, 10
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work may be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (monthly)
a 4 meeting session beginning June 17
Facilitator: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional poets; students may apply to the waiting list by submitting a writing sample (no more than 3 poems) via email
Meets: June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Ignite Your Creativity?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Collage: Your Words with Images?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Technical/Business Writing?
Looking for Self-Publishing Seminar?


Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

Flashing Back: Bringing the Past to the Present

Flashbacks can be key components to the success of a story. But sometimes authors use flashbacks for good reasons with poor results. A narrative can come to a complete stop due to a flashback simply for the purpose of providing exposition that didn’t fit in any other way. This seminar explores when and how to use flashbacks by presenting several techniques common to those writers who have used it well. Come prepared to write and refine an important dimension of story-telling.
Saturday, August 2, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5 of 11

From the Horse's Mouth: Crafting First Person POV

What can be more intimate or exciting than having a narrator tell his or her own story? First person point of view (POV) brings you smack in the center of a narrator's feelings and motivations, but it also has its drawbacks. How do other characters find a foot-hold? And what about narrators who are not honest with themselves or others? Or who are hateful, spiteful people? How does a story change when told from only one POV? How does the writer show the reader a larger universe? This seminar will touch on these issues and more. Bring a one page example of your own work (in any point of view) and be prepared to experiment.
Saturday, August 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

The Film: An Autopsy

How do filmmakers keep you on the edge of your seat? Looking at camera shots, point of view, and plot and character development, we will analyze what makes a film-story resonate. This session, we will take a look at Casablanca. This movie has everything: mesmerizing but subtle plot points, flashbacks, clever camera angles, and more. We will analyze why the director made the choices he has; what decisions actors and film editors made in the final cut; and how those choices have made the ending both heartrending and necessary.
Saturday, August 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers with some workshop experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Preparing for Your Reading

Learn to bring your writing to life at public readings and open-mics. This interactive, small-group workshop is designed for first-time and newer reading participants, or others who simply want a bit of polish. We will focus on simple oral and physical techniques to teach you the skills to read like a pro. You’ll practice reading your own writing—with constructive feedback—to help you become an effective, engaging reader.
Saturday, August 23, 1-3:30 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: 2 of 4

Self-Publishing Seminar

The increasing popularity of self-publishing has many writers wondering what exactly it takes to publish their own work. In this seminar, a published author will discuss the various methods of self-publishing, including information on proper print and e-book formatting, the various platforms available (think Amazon, Kindle, CreateSpace, etc.), and marketing your work. Everything from the importance of using an editor to finding the right cover art will be explored utilizing the authors' own experiences in this rapidly changing field. Please bring questions you have about the process.
Saturday, August 9, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John Robert Mack
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4 of 11

Police Procedures and Investigation: Research for Writers

"Book 'em, Danno!" Tales of crime and punishment often take central stage in our stories. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted police officer, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you are writing crime stories, mysteries, or detective stories, or simply need a better understanding of police procedures and investigation to make a character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: arrests and interrogation, crime scenes, police intelligence and investigations, robberies and bank robberies, homicides and violent crime. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m,-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sgt. Michael Lovely
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

A Grammar Refresher

(Who, whom) do you think should take this workshop? Each of the writers who (has, have) problems with grammar. Everyone who writes should know (his/her, their) grammar rules. This session will help you refresh your grammar knowledge and polish your writing skills, so you will make (less, fewer) mistakes. (Answers: who, has, his/her, fewer)
Saturday, June 28, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Querying Agents

When it comes to getting attention in the publishing industry, the query letter is often the first piece of work an agent or editor will see from a writer. In this seminar, we will cover researching agents and editors to increase your chances of being moved to the top of the pile, proper query formatting, voice and tone, and drafting a compelling synopsis that will make agents and editors say, "I. Want. More!"
Saturday, July 12, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lamar Giles
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Our Characters: Creating & Exploring Their Inner Dimensions

Our most interesting characters show rather than tell readers about their inner lives. But how do we as writers uncover this depth in our characters? Then, how do we reveal that that depth without an "infodump" of information? Using the concept of the Johari Window, a psychological take on profiling human consciousness, we will explore how to probe our characters’ depth and hidden facets so they live as fully-realized people within our stories.
Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Technical & Business Writing: Opportunity for Freelancers

Technical and business writing is a good market for freelancers to explore. Technical and business professionals have a specific way of processing and communicating ideas that makes them successful in their fields. In this seminar, we'll look at effective strategies for organizing analytical vs. persuasive reports, the sentence structures essential for the clear communication of technical ideas, and the grammar rules particular to those fields. You will be given both the principles and practice writing exercises to improve your skills. A book (Write For Success: A Guide to Technical and Report Writing) is included in the cost of the course.
Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

A Punctuation Refresher

"Let's eat Grandma" or "Let's eat, Grandma." Commas might not save lives, but they sure help clarify written work. Can you imagine reading a story with no punctuation? It would be like driving with no traffic signs to guide you. Those little commas, semicolons, apostrophes, hyphens, quotation marks and periods help us navigate written work. Correct use of punctuation marks is governed by specific rules. Learn them in this seminar. When you submit your work, you don’t want editors to reject it because of avoidable mistakes.
Saturday, July 26, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Ignite Your Creativity?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Collage: Your Words with Images?
Looking for Calligraphy?


Art for Writers:

Collage: Your Words with Images

In this workshop writers will discover a whole new world of artistic possibility while enjoying the traditional method of cut and glue. We will create a palette composed of a variety of materials including your own writing and others: prose, poems, newspapers, old books, song lyrics, as well as artistic papers, photographs, magazine images, fabric and found material. We will release our "creative spirit" while ripping and tearing paper, using a repeated process of arranging, rearranging, adhering materials. Michal will guide you through the process and you will leave with a finished one-of-a-kind collage for yourself or as a gift. If you are "not artistic" this workshop is for you. Some materials provided. A additional materials list will be provided by the teacher.
NEW MEETING DATE!
Sunday, August 10, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Michal Mahgerefteh
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 10

Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.
Sunday, August 17, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
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: 1

A Zentangle Workshop

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, meditative drawing process in which you create beautiful images from repetitive patterns without preplanning or design. Join Donna as she leads you in this fun, relaxing workshop through the step-by-step process of creating your own Zentangle tiles, allowing your creative spirit to soar. Discover an environment that provides you with a new way to calm the heart and mind before putting pen to page. Enhance your thought process, calm your inner critic and open the door to possibilities!
Sunday, June 29, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost(includes materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Advanced Zentangle Workshop

Zentangle is an easy to learn, meditative drawing process for artists, writers and creatives and it is fast becoming a phenomenon around the country. For those of you who took Donna's first Zentangle class at the Muse and left wanting more; or for those of you who have previous experience in the Zentangle art form... here is a chance to take your Zentangle practice even further! In this fun-filled, advanced and exploratory Zentangle workshop, you will learn more designs and techniques and work with other materials. This class is not to be missed!
Sunday, July 20, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost(includes materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED TO REGISTRATION


Classes for Kids & Teens:

Young Writers Week

Each day in this fun morning "camp" for writers ages 9-11, we’ll explore a different kind of creative writing and expression. On Monday, we’ll try our hands at poetry, sharing poems we like and writing short poems together. On Tuesday, we’ll bring our imaginations and characters to life by writing short and very short stories. On Wednesday, we’ll have a chance to write what we think about ourselves and the world around us by using nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. On Thursday, we’ll create scenes and stories together with a fun day of Improv Comedy. Then, on Friday, we’ll have a chance to write what we liked best in the week, and then read (or perform) it for our friends and family for the last hour of the camp at 11 a.m. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words—both out loud and on paper. Come learn to express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment. Light snacks and supplies provided.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-Noon
a week-long session beginning August 11
Instructors: Tracie Liguid, Kindra McDonald, Victoria Kelly, Leah Thiessen, & Brad McMurran
Open to: writers ages 9-11, of all levels of experience
Meets: August 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Teen Writers Workshop: Section A

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 14
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: June 14, 28, July 12, 26, August 9, 23
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Teen Writers Workshop: Section B

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 14
Instructor: Lucian Mattison
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: June 14, 28, July 12, 26, August 9, 23
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Improv & Sketch Comedy? Check out The Pushers, who are teaching these classes in their new theatre on Granby Street in the new Arts District.
Looking for Ignite Your Creativity?
Looking for The Film: An Autopsy?
Looking for A Grammar Refresher?
Looking for A Punctuation Refresher?
Looking for Collage: Your Words with Images?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?


Fiction Classes:

The Novel Doctor

Trying to get your novel ready to submit to an agent, editor, or competition? It’s time to hand over the book for a professional critique. Get frank, respectful suggestions for perfecting your book in a detailed assessment. You can choose how much or how little feedback you’d like. Specific services and costs (no discounts apply) will be determined on a case-by-case basis with novelist, Ellen Bryson. Pre-register below, and Ellen will contact you for more information.
Open to: advanced and professional novelists, with a completed, polished manuscript

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Daytime Session

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 11
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Evening Session

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 19
Instructor: Kelly Avery
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Writing Children's Literature

Do you have a passion for writing for children? This class will help you explore the field of children's book writing: creating memorable characters and settings, developing a strong plot, using language effectively, and all the other important elements of craft. We will also focus on the children's book market and getting published. With a combination of group discussion and writing exercises, we will address writing picture books and early chapter books for young readers. Join us to develop your writing aspirations!
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 19
Instructor: Karla Martin
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 19, July 10, 17, 31, August 14, 28
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Daytime Fiction Workshop: Section A

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.
Mondays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 16
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Daytime Fiction Workshop: Section B

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning August 6
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: August 6, 13, 27, September 3
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Workshop: Section A

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 9
Instructor: Leslie Clements
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Workshop: Section B

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 June 11
Instructor: Eric Ramseier
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 11, 25, July 9, 23, August 6, 20
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Workshop: Section C

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 17
Instructor: Eric Ramseier
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 17, July 1, 15, 29, August 12, 26
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Daytime Fiction Studio: Section A

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 9
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to the waiting list for future sessons by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Daytime Fiction Studio: Section B

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 week session beginning a 6 meeting session beginning June 10
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to the waiting list for future sessons by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: June 10, 24, July 8, 22, August 5, 19
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Studio

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 16
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply to the waiting list by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: June 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION


Script Writing Classes:

Screenwriting Consultation

If you have a completed screenplay, Kip Watson will provide comprehensive notes/coverage on the script in an one-on-one meeting, then meet with you again during the spring for a discussion of your rewrite.
Meeting dates to be arranged with instructor; available through August 21
Instructor: Kip Watson
Open to: writers with a completed screenplay
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)

Screenwriting 101

In this class, you will explore the craft of screenwriting—its art and design. We will delve into the three-act structure and its alternatives, plot, and proper industry formatting, as well as character motivation, with an emphasis on the heroic journey and universal archetypes and themes. You will begin or continue writing your own script, and be given constructive feedback. Emphasis will be given to what producers look for in a script and how to market your work. Get a real glimpse "behind the camera" from someone who has been there.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 12
Instructor: Kip Watson
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: June 12, 26, July 10, 24, August 7, 21
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION


Comedy Classes:

Standup Comedy Coaching

Polish your existing material and develop your comedic writing and performance skills in a 1-meeting session with Ken Phillips. Open to performing standups who want to refine their routines with professional guidance.
Available Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
On: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5
Instructor: Ken Phillips
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students) per 1-meeting session

Standup Comedy 101

In this class, you’ll learn the craft of writing standup comedy, performing, and everything you have always wanted to know about Standup Comedy. In the 8-meeting session, you’ll hone your comedic writing skills and develop your standup routine. At the end of the course, you’ll perform a five minute standup comedy set at a comedy venue in Hampton Roads. Come learn the secrets of being a standup comic from one of the top professionals in the business.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting course beginning June 17
Instructor: Ken Phillips
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, August 5, 12
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION


Fun, Creative, & Multi-Genre Classes:

Ignite Your Creativity

Everyone is creative. There are tools that can help us be more creative, find our projects and knock down our inner walls. In this seminar, we’ll explore the creativity gene, how creativity works, why we get blocks, and discover some methods of breaking through the blocks. We’ll move quickly through five or six exercises in creativity, followed by discussion. Experiment in a place where success and failure are both part of the learning process. Bring with you a willingness to try something new, and you’ll discover that you have a wealth of creativity energy just waiting to be mined.
Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Susie Pedigo
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Write Now

Writing isn’t always work. Sometimes it’s unplugging your pen and letting the words flow (no muss, no fuss, no tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac). In this workshop we’ll write longhand to cues, a timer ticking away, and then read our work out loud (you can always opt out) in a safe, positive environment. You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, fiction) to poetry. Each writer also can bring a longer form, out-of-class piece for group critique, under the guidance of Janine Latus.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 5
Instructor: Janine Latus
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 5, 12, 19, 26
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION


Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

Personal Narratives: An Introduction to Memoir

Personal narratives are the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class we will move toward uncovering the stories within ourselves which most need telling. Through writing exercises, readings, and constructive discussions of our short essays-in-progress, we’ll explore the ways in which language, voice, and literary techniques can bring the truth of our experiences to vibrant life on the page.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 18
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Creative Nonfiction in the Morning

In its various forms, essay to memoir to commentary to review, creative nonfiction includes vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice. This class will introduce you to the contemporary nonfiction writer's toolbox by examining published texts and writing a wide range of stories (personal commentary/essay, profile pieces, travel/place essays, memoir, art reviews, magazine writing and food/nature/science writing). You will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning June 19
Instructor: Kelly Sokol Avery
Open to: returning members and writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Introduction to Magazine Writing

This session is designed for aspiring freelance writers who have a desire to publish their work in magazines or current freelancers who would like to brush up on their skills or branch out to new publications. The early sessions will discuss the fundamentals of magazine writing, important differences from other forms of journalism, and the best ways to pitch and sell stories to editors. We will then follow up by reviewing several different types of magazine stories, including features, columns and department-style writing. Writing assignments will be turned in prior to each meeting and critiqued during the workshop. Submission of work for publication will be encouraged.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 24
Instructor: Angela Blue
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 24, July 8, 22, August 5, 19, September 2
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Short Memoir: Narratives in a Flash

Memoir writing is about creating compelling and engaging stories spun from your own life. Those stories allow readers to experience what matters to you—it also allows them feel part of something that matters to them, too. In this class we will be writing short personal essays (between 500 and 1,000 words) which may or may not be part of a longer work. We'll generate new material in and out of class, and we'll continue working to refine our editing and storytelling skills. Working in a shorter format will let you take a fresh look at your life experiences; you'll also find ways to tighten your prose, to better focus and shape your story into something resonant and necessary.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 23
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18, September 8
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Spiritual Writing

Most of us, whether we identify with organized religion or not, feel a sense of spirituality—some connection to or desire toward an eternal essence. We may seek this connection in many ways—through churches or temples, group or private meditation, through an affinity with animals, in the natural world, or through art, music, or a physical discipline like Tai Chi. This workshop will help writers of all levels chronicle their spiritual journeys, however they may manifest. In addition to working on the development of your writing, we will talk about magazines that publish spiritual essays and the process of submission.
Sundays 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 8
Instructor: Tom Robotham
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: June 8, 15, 22, 29
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir Workshop: Section A

The Memoir Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise compelling and engaging stories spun from their own lives. We will address larger questions of form and substance—determining the scope of your memoir, what story to tell, what to leave out—and will continue discussing craft issues such as: writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 16
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir Workshop: Section B

The Memoir Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise compelling and engaging stories spun from their own lives. We will address larger questions of form and substance—determining the scope of your memoir, what story to tell, what to leave out—and will continue discussing craft issues such as: writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 18
Instructor: Dillon Tripp
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 18, July 2, 16, 30, August 13, 27
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir Studio

It is said that memoir is a blend of fiction and fact, the fiction from the prism of memory, the fact from photos and records and the daily data of our lives. A successful memoir blends both to paint the writer's truth. In this studio we'll do detailed, grad-school-level critiques of each other's work in a safe, supportive environment, led by memoirist and long-time teacher Janine Latus. Studio members must have significant workshop experience and must submit a writing sample to the teacher in advance of enrollment, with the goal of limiting this studio to experienced writers.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 10
Instructor: Janine Latus
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to the waiting list for future sessions by submitting a writing sample via email.
Meets: June 10, 24, July 8, 22, August 5, 19
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION


Food Writing Class:

Noshes and Knapsacks

Food and travel writing is hot; folks love to explore good eats and drinks on a stay-cation in their own backyard or while jet-setting around the globe. You can learn a lot about a place and its people when you explore the food and foodways of the locals. Join award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton and explore how to plan, enjoy, and journal a trip whether near or far. This is great for folks looking to journal, scrapbook, or blog, or those who are wanting to write a book or pitch articles to newspapers, magazines and websites. The class will include fun field-trips and assignments, writing and photography tips, ideas on finding the right angle to a story, and more.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning June 15
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: June 15, 29, July 13, 27
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION