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Summer Creative & Creative Writing Classes

creative writing camps for adults: (june), (july), (august),
classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, storytelling, general creative writing,
personal power for writers, guided imagery & music, women writers,
writing through trauma & grief, advocacy, opinion/editorials, resumes

poetry, poetry revision, found poetry, poetry of the body
beginnings & endings, mary oliver, cinema poetry


introduction to fiction writing, fiction workshops, flash fiction


memoir & creative nonfiction, flash nonfiction, magazine features


screenwriting, comedy, comic books/graphic novels


food writing, food & photography


calligraphy, visual journaling


songwriting, ukulele


writers craft, research, & professional development,
blogs/websites, twitter pitches, book promotion,
scrivener, self-publishing, submitting, freelancing,
science fiction, steam/cyber/biopunk, true crime, autofiction,
police interrogations, writing fighting,
writers block, memory in memoir, ancient cities, hominids,
conversational dialogue/characters/settings/pov,
grammar, punctuation, public reading,

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


classes and camps for kids & teen writers, including college entrance essays


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.



Summer Classes:


Classes & Camps to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

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.
NEW START DATE!
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 10
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Write Anything: Four Thursday Mornings

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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 11
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 11, 18, 25, August 1
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

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 July 23
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 23, 30, (skipping August 6), August 13, 20
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

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, July 27, 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 Writing Camp for Adults: July Session

Note: Completely different June & August Sessions are also available!
Each hour in this fun day-long "camp" for adult creative writers, we’ll explore different aspects of writing and the writing life. During parts of the day, all attendees will write together as well as enjoy the camp-wide address and workshop by former Virginia Poet Laureate, Tim Seibles. Plus 12 breakout sessions will allow you to explore craft, professional development, and/or fun. Topics will include Mystery Writing, Food Writing, Creativity, Family Stories & Memoir, Creative Organization, World Building, Spiritual Writing, Word Games, Humor Writing, Doctors & Disease, English Language Origins, and Publication, among others. The camp will conclude with the 5 p.m. Writers Happy Hour, where you can mingle with campers as well as Muse students, teachers, and friends. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words--both out loud and on paper. Come and express and rejuvenate yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment. Light snacks and supplies provided. Bag lunch or lunch on your own. Strictly limited to 23 attendees.
Wednesday, July 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
a 1 meeting, day-long "camp"
Instructors: John Aguiar, Dana Buchanan, MD, Christopher De Matteo, Anna Fitzgerald, Matt Foster, Shawn Girvan, Patti McCracken, Abi Putnam, Tom Robotham, Alison Schoew, Tim Seibles, Dana Staves, Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost: $155 ($150 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 11 of 23

Getting into the Creative State of FLOW

Learn the brain state of FLOW and how it relates to creativity. In this class you will create a mind map of your optimal creative state and what that looks like in your schedule, habits, & practices.
Sunday, August 4, 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: 3

Split Open: Women Writing Ourselves

Muriel Rukeyser once said, "What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open." As women, we are taught to minimalize our needs, our wants, and our presence. This workshop is geared for you to take up space again. Open to anyone who identifies as a woman, as well as to writers of all levels and genres, students can hope to write and share through creative exercises, journal prompts, and readings.
Sunday, August 18, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Amanda Gomez
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Creative Writing Camp for Adults: August Session

Note: Completely different June & July Sessions are also available!
Each hour in this fun day-long "camp" for adult creative writers, we’ll explore different aspects of writing and the writing life. During parts of the day, all attendees will write together as well as enjoy the camp-wide address and workshop by award-winning novelist and journalist, John DeDakis. Plus 12 breakout sessions will allow you to explore craft, professional development, and/or fun. Topics will include Settings, Journal Making, Memory & Memoir, Recipe Poems, Publishing & Self-Publishing, Cultural Criticism, Word Games, Playwriting, Genre Fiction, Creative Organization, Interviews, Key Scenes, Novel Writing, & Facing Writing Fears, among others. The camp will conclude with the 5 p.m. Writers Happy Hour, where you can mingle with campers as well as Muse students, teachers, and friends. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words--both out loud and on paper. Come and express and rejuvenate yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment. Light snacks and supplies provided. Bag lunch or lunch on your own. Strictly limited to 23 attendees.
Wednesday, August 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
a 1 meeting, day-long "camp"
Instructors: John DeDakis, Shawn Girvan, Jean Klein, Malcom Massey, Zachary Piggott, Tom Robotham, Christine Rucker, Alison Schoew, Dana Staves, Grace Tazewell
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost: $155 ($150 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 11 of 23

Creative Writing Camp for Adults: June Session

Note: Completely different July & August Sessions are also available!
Each hour in this fun day-long "camp" for adult creative writers, we’ll explore different aspects of writing and the writing life. During parts of the day, all attendees will write together as well as enjoy the camp-wide address and workshop by Joe Jackson, winner of the PEN America Award in Biography. Plus 12 breakout sessions will allow you to explore craft, professional development, and/or fun. Topics will include Writing Comics, Sensitivity Reading, Turning Fragments into Stories, Poetry, Point of View, Daydreaming, Nature Writing, Songwriting, Aesthetic Distance, Visual Journaling, and Crime Scene Investigation, One-on-One Critiques, among others. The camp will conclude with the 5 p.m. Writers Happy Hour, where you can mingle with campers as well as Muse students, teachers, and friends. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words--both out loud and on paper. Come and express and rejuvenate yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment. Light snacks and supplies provided. Bag lunch or lunch on your own. Strictly limited to 23 attendees.
Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
a 1 meeting, day-long "camp"
Instructors: Alicia Dekker, Shawn Girvan, Nathaniel Glanzman, Joe Jackson, Michael Khandelwal, Jean Klein, Lt. Mike Lovely, Kindra McDonald, Kristin Mehaffey, Peter Porosky, Tom Robotham, Christine Rucker, Alison Schoew, Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost: $155 ($150 returning students)
THIS CAMP IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 June 4
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

History Storytelling

Some of the best stories are the true ones, however, being able to tell the story in a compelling and accurate manner has its challenges. The history story is more than dates and events, and in this class, we will discuss how to research in ways to develop the feelings, mannerisms and challenges of historic periods. We will also practice telling history stories and develop stronger presentation skills. This class is open to any level of storyteller, perfect to enhance Toastmaster speakers, and helps create better research and observation skills for writers.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning June 6
Instructor: Sheila Arnold
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: June 6, 13, 20
Session cost: $135 ($125 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Writing Through Trauma and Grief

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.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 11
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: writers of all levels of experience and returning members
Meets: June 11, 25, July 9, 23, August 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Advocacy Writing with Voice

You have acquired a wealth of information on a subject that you care about but are not sure of the best way to write about it. You want to inform others and possibly rally them to a cause; therefore, a dry recitation of facts won't do. You want to add voice and passion to your writing to help those facts hit home with your readers. This class, taught by a journalist with 35 years of experience writing and editing news articles, reviews and columns, will examine ways to achieve this through your own voice and make honest but effective points on the page.
Saturday, June 15, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dan Duke
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 June 15
Instructor: Wendi White
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: June 15, 22, 29, July 6
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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, June 22, 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Developing Personal Power as Writers

In this workshop we will explore the sources of writer’s block, procrastination, & self-sabotage through the practice of deconstructing desires, habits, & deep rooted beliefs. This workshop will include an examination of the power of words. We will break down how to write affirmations specific to you & use coaching processes to build personal power. Participants will walk away with personal affirmations, tools to remain positive when feeling overwhelmed, & unique ways to organize their schedule.
Sunday, June 30, 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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, July 6, 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Discovering Lost, Personal Stories Through Storytelling Games

Whether you write stories, physically tell stories, or both, this workshop is designed to help re-discover auto-biographical stories you may have long forgotten or didn't think were worth telling. Using games and activities from Anthony Burcher's book, 101 Games That Teach Storytelling Skills and many others, you will laugh and play to find an entire lost world of stories.
Sunday, July 7, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Anthony Burcher
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Making Your Case: Writing Persuasive Opinion Pieces

Do you have strong opinions about politics and culture, and desire to express them beyond social media? In this seminar, you will learn how to craft persuasive opinion pieces and editorials for newspapers and magazines. In particular, we will explore the power of voice; different styles of argument; methods of efficient research and fact checking; the selection of anecdotes for emotional impact, and, of course, the writing process itself.
Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Tom Robotham
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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, July 13, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sheila Sheppard
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Poetry Classes:

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Tuesday Mornings

This class, for anyone interested in writing poetry, is designed to help you write and respond to poems through creative exercises, readings and discussions. Each member of the group will compose and revise original poems. Together we’ll explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 9
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 9, 16, 23, 30, (skipping August 6), August 13, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Tuesday Evenings

This class, for anyone interested in writing poetry, is designed to help you write and respond to poems through creative exercises, readings and discussions. Each member of the group will compose and revise original poems. Together we’ll explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 9
Instructor: Amanda Gomez
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 9, 16, 23, (skipping July 30), August 6, 13, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Beginnings & Endings in Poems: Thursday Mornings

There are hundreds of ways to begin a poem that entices your reader to continue, as well as hundreds of ways to end a poem with a bang, so the work resonates with the reader long after the page has left their hands and eyes. In this workshop, we’ll take a look at ways to excel in writing great beginnings and endings, as well as take a look at new and innovative ways to structure poetic work. Join us and together we’ll make your work more strong and resonant.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 11
Instructor: Robert Arthur
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: July 11, 18, 25, August 1
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

You Do Not have to be Good: Honoring Mary Oliver

In her poem, "Wild Geese," Mary Oliver writes, "you do not have to be good." Yet, if anyone could be good, if not wonderful, it’s Mary Oliver. You can find her poems everywhere from Instagram, to Facebook, to random memes that pop up anywhere you look. This seminar will explore her work, her curiosity for the natural world, and like her, leave nothing untouched. Students will come away with a deeper appreciation for her work, as well as new creative works in conversation with Oliver’s writing.
Saturday, July 20, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Amanda Gomez
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Writer’s Cut: Writing Poetry about Movies

The ekphrastic tradition has existed for a long time, and in contemporary times, this tradition has evolved to incorporate modern art, such as film, as well. Instead of just elaborating on description and imagery, ekphrastic poems exist to help confront power and speak to the world around us. The writer not only meditates to the image on the screen, but speaks to the image, conjuring it to speak back, forcing the reader to re-imagine or reinterpret their position towards it. Participants can expect to trace their personal cinema histories, as well as explore their personal and communal connections to these films, in order to create new and original work.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 21
Instructor: Amanda Gomez
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: July 21, 28, August 4, 11
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Poetry Evolution: Write, Edit, Revise, Repeat: Tuesday Afternoons

Experience the journey of creating poems from first thought to finished. Writers will be encouraged to discuss poetic ideas and technique as well as experiment with their poems through writing prompts, feedback, editing and revision, more feedback, more editing and revision, and then finally refining and polishing. From week 1 to 4, writers will not only have the opportunity to focus on the poetic evolution of chosen poems, but also explore the different wants and needs of their poems as well as poetry on a larger scale. Lastly, as an additional goal, writers will hopefully explore or rediscover a new or reinvigorated dedication to the poetic writing process. It's time to dig in and evolve! Inspiration calls to exploration. Come play to your poetic potential.
Tuesdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 23
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: July 23, 30, (skipping August 6), August 13, 20
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Poems About the Body

"My holy of holies is the human body." (Anton Chekhov) The human body is a house that contains our memories, thoughts, emotions, and inner experience of the outside world. What would our body say if it had language to speak? How has our body carried us or failed us in life? How has our anatomy changed over the course of time? How are different body-parts metaphors for deeper, universal truths? We will explore these compelling questions during this four-week workshop and look at various poets who have addressed such themes in their own work. Each week will include workshop and assignments to generate new writing.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning August 3
Instructor: Libby Kurz
Open to: poets of all levels of experience
Meets: August 3, 10, 17, 24
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Obsessions, Variations, and other Hauntings: A Poetry Workshop on Making Poems New

All writers, poets, artists, may be said to have their own obsessive subjects: the themes that mark their work and often their lives, and that they find themselves returning to in each iteration of their art. In this workshop we will read and study a selection of poems demonstrating the range and variation that poets have managed to incorporate into their work. We will also apply new approaches to our most familiar material/s in order to generate discovery, pleasure, and a sense of development in "that poem we are always writing."
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 2
Instructor: Luisa Igloria
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 2, 9, (skipping June 16), 23, 30
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Here Are Your Waters: Poetry of Alchemy

In this class we will look at poems about restless voyagers, family and social insanity, and alchemies which resolve attendant anxieties. Baudelaire, Orestes, Hamlet and Rosalind (from Shakespeare’s As You Like It) will provide the models for each of the four respective classes. Baudelaire’s "Voyagers" are not pleasure seekers or treasure hunters but relentless wanderers, those who are, for better or worse, not really ever at home. Orestes and Hamlet are sufferers from family and social insanity. They respond with reactive emotion yielding to wisdom, and with art, respectively. Rosalind, who plays with gender roles, social roles, class structures and power dynamics, is one of poetry’s (and drama’s) best alchemists. We will consider how she uses language--not just actions--to transform pain into happiness. The class will also consider poems by Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, Anne Carson’s renderings of Sappho, Rosanna Warren’s translations of Max Jacob, Aeschylus, and Baudelaire--principally Richard Howard’s translation of Les Fleurs du Mal.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 8
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 8, 15, 22, 29
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning poets and new members with poetry writing/workshopping experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 10
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 10, 24, July 8, 22, August 5, 19
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Finders Keepers: The Art of Found Poetry

Does Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky fascinate you with its nonsense language? Do you find yourself repeating words and phrases you’ve heard throughout your day, just for the musical sound of it? Have you ever whiled away the afternoon picking interesting words out of the classifieds? You, my friend, are reveling in the joys of found poetry. We will explore the art and origins of found poetry from the Dada movement and Oulipan’s, to collage poetry and abecedarian forms. We will find out how to channel our spontaneous sides into finding poetry everywhere. By hands on experimentation with cut-up, cross-outs, ransom notes, and magnetic poetry we will come to see poetry hiding in plain sight. Come play!
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 11
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 11, 18, 25, July 2
Session cost: $170 ($155 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. (mostly monthly)
a 4 meeting session beginning June 4
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: June 4, July 16, August 20, September 17
Seats Remaining: 2
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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 July 9
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

The Flash Fiction Short Workshop

In a world where attention spans are shrinking, novels are formatted to fit the screens of our handheld devices, and our daily witticisms are limited to 140 characters, it’s no surprise that the Flash Fiction story format has taken off. As Dorothy Parker once said, "Brevity is the soul of Flash fiction." Just kidding, she said, "Brevity is the soul of lingerie." But the point is, brevity is even more important for a story with a 500-1,000 word limit. Join us as we discuss the best methods for trimming down your prose, distilling your ideas, and writing a novel in just a few short paragraphs. Members of the group will write and revise flash fiction in this short workshop.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 23
Instructor: Abi Putnam
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: July 23, 30, August 6, 13
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday 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.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
am 8 meeting session beginning June 25
Instructor: Abi Putnam
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, (skipping August 6), August 13, 20
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 June 18
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 18, July 2, 16, 30, August 13, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Workshop: Wednesday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 12
Instructor: Alicia Dekker
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 12, 26, July 10, 24, August 7, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 13
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 13, 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m. (somewhat bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 20
Instructor: Dana Staves
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 20, 27, July 11, 18, August 1, 8
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 3
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to the waiting list by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: June 3, 17, July 1, 15, 29, August 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Four-Week Fiction Studio: Tuesday & Thursday 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 to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning July 9
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to the waiting list by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, August 1
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 12
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to future waiting lists by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: June 12, 26, July 10, 24, August 7, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: 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 July 10
Instructor: James Beardsley
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Wednesday Mornings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will learn, through published texts and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the class will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 19
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 19, 26, (skipping July 3), July 10, 17, 24, (skipping July 31), August 7, 14, 21
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 June 18
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: memoir and cnf writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 18, July 2, 16, 30, August 13, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Magazine Feature Writing

Are you interested in writing for magazines? In this workshop you will acquire the skills you’ll need to craft solid feature articles for general-interest and specialty publications. Specifically you will learn how to: come up with ideas and pitch them to editors; research your subject; conduct meaningful interviews; write strong ledes (openers) that grab the attention of readers; structure your article for maximum impact, and polish your prose till it shines.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 11
Instructor: Tom Robotham
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 11, 18, 25, July 2
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 July 8
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with workshop experience
Meets: July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Building Your Memoir: From Blueprint to Book: Monday Evenings

Returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience will learn, discover and share anything and everything involved in the seemingly daunting task of writing a complete memoir. We will decide what kind of memoir you want to write, what audience awaits your story, and most importantly, explore multiple organizational and creative techniques that will make the completion of your project possible. Prerequisites include completion of one of our Memoir or Creative Nonfiction Workshops or considerable memoir writing experience.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 3
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with workshop experience
Meets: June 3, 17, July 1, 15, 29, August 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Building Your Memoir: From Blueprint to Book: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience will learn, discover and share anything and everything involved in the seemingly daunting task of writing a complete memoir. We will decide what kind of memoir you want to write, what audience awaits your story, and most importantly, explore multiple organizational and creative techniques that will make the completion of your project possible. Prerequisites include completion of one of our Memoir or Creative Nonfiction Workshops or considerable memoir writing experience.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 12
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with workshop experience
Meets: June 12, July 10, 24, (two week gap), August 14, 21, TBD
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Looking for Screenwriting?
Looking for General Creative Writing?
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Looking for Songwriting or Ukulele?
Looking for Police Interviews, Interrogations, and Investigations?
Looking for Characters, Settings, POV, Planning?
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Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

Witnesses and Suspects: Police Interviews, Interrogations, and Investigations

"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, interrogation, police intelligence and investigations, lie detection, and witnesses and suspects. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, July 20, 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

How to Create the Crucial Central Conflict

The Central Conflict forms the emotional core of your story, novel, movie, play or poem which will in turn create the initial construction and the continued growth of your dramatic production for both you and your readers. This class will focus on the creation of a strong emotional Motive for your protagonist or poetic context and the incumbent actions which will reach into the "hidden content" of your readers own emotions. These in turn will form suggested plot shapes which will start you on the way toward the creation of a dramatic plot or poetic context. Exercises will help you create your own CC’s for your own work.
Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

How to Write True Crime

This seminar will take you behind the scenes to show how true-crime writers work. Participants will learn how to delve into archival material; they will learn the craft of documentary-style structure, how to create effective, multiple, correlative timelines, as well as how to interview in regard to sensitive subject matters. This is not internet sleuthing, but true-crime storytelling.
Saturday, July 20, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Patti McCracken
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Managing Your Characters Over the Course of A Series

In a written series, managing your characters is paramount to the artistic integrity of your work. Over time, incongruent details may cost you readers, especially if readers strongly identify with a particular character, their role or their traits. In this course, we examine characters, their role in the overall story line, the series versus standalone character, the regular versus recurring character, and so much more. Of critical importance will be the time we spend on what to never do with any series character. This course is for novel and fiction writers who have, or have considered writing a series.
Saturday, July 27, 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: 5

The Art of Writing Fighting

A good fight can tell a great story. Whether it's two boxers in the ring or a swordfight between arch rivals, every fight tells a story. But what story does it tell? And what story do you want it to tell? In this seminar, we'll go over the big and small details of writing a fight scene. Whether it is hand-to-hand, sword-to-sword or jet-to-jet, we'll go over positioning, dialogue, tracking movements and how to tell a bigger story with a simple fight.
Saturday, July 27, 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: 2

The Age of Autofiction

Camus wrote that fiction is "the lie through which we tell the truth," but what happens when you craft your fiction from real life? Recently, novels described as autofiction--an autobiography/fiction hybrid--have garnered much attention, with French memoirist Annie Ernaux’s The Years shortlisted for the 2019 Man Booker Prize and Sigrid Nunez’ The Friend awarded The National Book Award for Fiction in 2018. In this seminar, we will delve into what autofiction is, what makes it effective, and the pros and cons of writing in this genre.
Saturday, July 27, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Alicia Dekker
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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 27, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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. (bi-weekly)
a 2 meeting session beginning July 28
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: July 28, August 11
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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, August 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John Aguiar
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 August 3
Instructor: Belinda Elliott
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: August 3, 10, 17
Session cost: $135 ($125 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, August 3, 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

Settings: Give Your Characters Somewhere to Go

The right setting creates a vivid world for your story and characters to live within--whether a hospital in 18th century London, a farm in 2014 Virginia Beach, or a tavern on a planet a long time ago in a galaxy far away. Great settings are more than a backdrop for characters and action, they locate the reader in time and space and augment the world of the story as a metaphor, pose a challenge to the characters, and factor in the action. In this seminar, you’ll explore different ways to let setting breathe life into your work, while figuring out why your characters live in a specific time and place, as well as what happens when you change your mind about where to set your story.
Saturday, August 3, 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: 6

How to Read Like a Writer

Books are writers’ most enduring teachers. We can excavate our favorite texts to understand the elements of craft master writers implement and how they use them. Instead of getting caught up in a story, we will identify what makes them successful and consider how we, as writers, can use these same techniques in our work.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m. (tri-weekly)
a 2 meeting session beginning July 13
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: July 13, August 3
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Punks of Speculative Fiction

One is a world of steam and gears. Another a terrifying dark look at the near future. The last shows nature and technology comingling as one. In this seminar, we will explore three different subgenres of Speculative Fiction: Steampunk, Cyberpunk and Biopunk. We will talk about what makes them unique, the stereotypes of these subgenres, current examples and how to incorporate them into your writing.
Saturday, August 10, 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: 6

Point of View: It’s All a Matter of Perspective

This is an all-genre seminar, equally addressing poetry, non-fiction, and fiction, because regardless of what you write, there will always be a point of view in your telling. Point of View is much more than just 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person, and rather we will consider Janet Burroway’s questions: Who Speaks, To Whom, In What Form, At What Distance, and With What Limitations, including: studying the creation and use of dramatic and cosmic irony, playing with temporal distance, and how manage psychic distance with tools like Free Indirect Discourse (FID).
Saturday, August 10, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: AJ (Andrea) Nolan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Salvation of Science Fiction: Imaginary Technology

Writing in 1978 amid fears of nuclear apocalypse, Isaac Asimov wrote, "The core of science fiction has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all." Salvation. This is a compelling description of a popular genre pioneered in interwar pulpwood magazines, a mass medium traditionally allied with the same technological acceleration that brought about the very existential crisis that premises Asimov's statement. In our seminar, we will explore this ambivalence, seek to understand how SF celebrates and also condemns technology, imagines utopias and dystopias, the emancipation of humanity via mastery of nature or its bondage to sinister A.I. overlords, as well as test world-building techniques. Students should expect to leave the seminar with drafts of three flash fictions in the SF genre they can later expand. Students will also receive information about current markets for short fiction in SF.
Saturday, August 10, 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

Ancient Cities and First Civilizations

Why did the first cities rise? After tens of thousands of years as hunter-gatherers, why did humans come together to create a radically different type of community? Where were these first cities located, and what made them possible? In this Research for Writers seminar, we will look at the oldest known cities and the cultures they supported, including Çatalhöyük in Anatolia, Ur and its rivals in Mesopotamia, Mohenjo-Daro in the Indus River Valley, and the enigma of Caral in the Peruvian Andes. We will explore the environmental and cultural conditions which led to their foundation, the improvements to agriculture which supported their expansion, and the human and natural factors which led to their decline--or their destruction. We will also examine the development of Native American cities such as the Great Kivas of Chaco Canyon and the lost city-state of Cahokia in the American Midwest.
Saturday, August 17, 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

How to Self-Publish Your Book

You’ve written a great book, but the query letter/literary agent/publisher game isn’t your cup of tea. Have you considered self-publishing? With print-on-demand, it's easier than ever to get your book into print—and e-books are even easier! From platform choice to formatting and cover design, this workshop will answer your questions and walk you through the process of getting your manuscript ready to market in both print and e-book formats.
Saturday, August 17, 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, August 24, 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: 3 of 4

Twitter and Twitter Pitches

Make 240 Characters work for you! Connect with agents and publishers who are looking to read fresh work in your genre, and learn the best way to pitch so that your much-revised query letter will actually get viewed. #GetPublished
Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sarah Hill
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

12 Steps to Finishing Well

Investigate the dozen required elements to wrap up a publishing project that are most commonly overlooked. Whether you will be published traditionally or self-published, how you approach these necessary items can make or break your book. By finishing well, you provide your work the best opportunity for a successful future.
Saturday, June 8, 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The False Promise of Show Don’t Tell

There are probably thousands and thousands of creative writing teachers and texts that have espoused this true-sounding epithet for the past hundred years. This familiar piece of advice has been responsible for countless false assumptions and ineffective writing over its longevity in our educational systems. Like counterfeit medicine, it promises fictional health but actually creates expository illness due to the fact that, like many brief general aphorisms, it requires a deeper understanding of what is actually being implied. This course will cite the many ways you need to change your language habits and what you can do specifically to guarantee that you really are showing and not telling.
Saturday, June 15, 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Techniques to Overcome Writer’s Block

Every writer and aspiring writer’s biggest, baldest, meanest fear--the blank page. Writer’s block has plagued many a penman. But it is a bully easily beaten back with the right know-how. In this course, participants will gain a better understanding of why blocks occur and how to overcome them (or drill right through them!).
Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Patti McCracken
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Letting Your Characters Talk: Writing Organic Conversation in Fiction

Conversations are powerful. They can make us laugh, make us angry, make us cry--both outside literature and within. Yet, as common as conversations are, writing one that feels organic is a writer’s constant struggle. This seminar will focus on conversation and how we can use it to characterize, to define voice, to create conflict--for, like us, all characters have something to say, yet they can never seem to say it straight. The seminar will consist of readings, discussions and writing exercises aimed at enhancing the ways your characters talk with one another.
Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Creating a Character Web

You may think of the characters in your story as individual entities as you write them. And certainly, they need to be unique. But the stronger the web that ties these characters together, the stronger and more compelling your story becomes. In this seminar, we will look at developing characters webs both by function and archetype as well as examine specific unique character situations that arise: getting rid of extraneous characters; writing the 2-character story (the romance and the buddy story); and handling a story with multiple heroes.
Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Making Memory into Story

For nonfiction and fiction writers alike, our work often pulls from our memories. How do we recreate the sense of a moment despite not remembering every detail? In this seminar, we will discover how to recreate how someone speaks without being able to recall every word of their actual dialogue, or write a story that's true to the spirit of an event even though the author can't directly recall everything that happened.
Saturday, June 29, 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)
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 29, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Connecting with Book Clubs, BookTubers, and Podcasters to Promote Your Book

Promoting a book can be daunting at times. This workshop will discuss the benefits of connecting with book clubs, booktubers and podcasters to increase readership. It will identify ways to find them locally and on the internet. It also will share tips on how to approach them and build lasting relationships.
Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Rekaya Gibson
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Breaking Into Freelancing

There is a high demand for freelancers--blogs, newsletters, newspapers, magazines, journals, custom publications--but getting a foot in the door can be tricky. This course will guide participants through the nuts and bolts: how to generate story ideas/angles, how to "pitch" to editors, how to set rates, negotiate contracts and market your business.
Saturday, July 13, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Patti McCracken
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Songwriting & Ukulele Classes:

Songwriting: The Lyrical Craft

Songwriting is an ancient form--one of the earliest means of passing on oral history. Over thousands of years, it has evolved into a many faceted art-form, a source of entertainment, catharsis or escapism. In this workshop, we will explore the songwriting process through listening, writing and editing. We will examine songs from a variety of genres and time periods to investigate what it is makes a song "stick" with us or not. Through both individual and collaborative efforts, we will explore fun new ways to think outside of the box. At the conclusion of our session, students will have the opportunity to perform their work in a Muse showcase if they choose. While basic music and writing experience is helpful, the course is open to people with or without any experience playing a musical instrument.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 11
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students) returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Ukulele for Beginners: Thursday Mornings

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.
Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 11
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: July 11, 18, 25, August 1
Session cost: $110 ($100 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

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.
Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 22
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons who have completed "Ukulele for Beginners" or have greater experience
Meets: July 22, 29, August 5, 12
Session cost: $110 ($100 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Summer Jams: The Art of the Pop Anthem

Break out your middle school diaries and put on your lab coats for a fun experiment in writing pop lyrics. In only a few hours, we will discuss, dissect and then create a summer pop anthem along the lines of "Hey Ya," "It’s My Party," "Single Ladies," "Shake it Off," etc. Bring along an adventurous spirit as we investigate just what makes a song a hit. How do we craft lyrics that are catchy, genuine and also singable? Using a variety of examples throughout many decades of "pop music," we'll borrow tips from the pros and craft a true pop masterpiece! Songwriting: The Lyrical Craft is recommended as a pre-requisite to this course, but open to any students with significant Songwriting experience.
Saturday, June 8, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons with songwriting experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Ukulele for Beginners: Monday Evenings

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.
Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 10
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: June 10 (skipping June 17), 24, July 1, 8
Session cost: $110 ($100 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Scriptwriting (Screenwriting, Comic Books, Graphic Novels) Classes:

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!
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning July 18
Instructor: Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: July 18, August 1, 15, 29
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

Screenwriting

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

The Screenwriting Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

This workshop will focus on the all-important revision process in screenwriting, with members sharing the successes and difficulties encountered in the scripting process. You will have at least three opportunities to turn in pages of a screenplay for group review, workshop, and discussion—all in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and understanding. This class is open to continuing members as well as students who have either taken the Screenwriting class, completed an early draft, or who have an outline/treatment of a complete story.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 4
Instructor: Diane Fine
Open to: returning memners and writers who have completed "Screenwriting" or have similar experience
Meets: June 4, 25, July 9, 30, August 13, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Screenwriting Workshop: Thursday Evenings

This workshop will focus on the all-important revision process in screenwriting, with members sharing the successes and difficulties encountered in the scripting process. You will have at least three opportunities to turn in pages of a screenplay for group review, workshop, and discussion—all in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and understanding. This class is open to continuing members as well as students who have either taken the Screenwriting class, completed an early draft, or who have an outline/treatment of a complete story.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 13
Instructor: Marcieanna Klaustermeyer
Open to: returning memners and writers who have completed "Screenwriting" or have similar experience
Meets: June 13, 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 22
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Comic Book & Graphic Novel Workshop

For comic writers and artists looking to hone their works in progress, this workshop will emphasize critique and accountability. While retaining an element of lecture from Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels, we will delve deeper into each student's comic project of choice, with the goal of polishing and revising our work.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 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: June 10, 24, July 8, 22, August 5, 19
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 6-8) Week

Each day in this fun morning "camp" for writers ages 6-8, we’ll explore a different kind of creative writing and expression. We’ll try our hands at poetry, sharing poems we like and writing short poems together. We’ll bring our imaginations and characters to life by writing short and very short stories. 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. And, 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 5
Instructors: Amanda Gomez & Tammy Wartell
Open to: writers ages 6-8 (or 2nd-3rd grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Young Writers (ages 9-11) 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 what we like and writing short poems together. On Tuesday, we’ll have a chance to write what we think about ourselves and the world around us as well as make up new characters and stories by exploring fiction and nonfiction. On Wednesday, we’ll bring our stories to life by writing and illustrating comic books. On Thursday, we’ll make music together by learning the art of writing songs. 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 5
Instructors: Robbie Ciara, Kristin Mehaffey, Sarah Pringle, Abi Putnam, Skye Zentz
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 9 of 12

Teen Writers Week

Each day in this fun afternoon "camp" for writers ages 12-17, we’ll explore a different kind of creative writing and expression. Teachers will lead breakout groups with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. Each day will have a different focus: poetry and spoken word on Monday, explore both nonfiction and fiction with a special emphasis on YA on Tuesday, writing and illustrating comic books and visual stories on Wednesday, and on Thursday, we’ll look at film and learn the art of screenwriting. 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 3 p.m. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere. Light snacks and supplies provided.
Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.
a week-long session beginning August 5
Instructors: Robbie Ciara, Jessica Kelley, Marcieanna Klaustermeyer, Kristin Mehaffey, Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5 of 16

Teen Songwriters Week

Join local songwriter Skye Zentz, as she introduces songwriting in a fun and enriching afternoon "camp" for ages 12-17. You will learn the basics of lyrical composition and create unique original songs in a variety of styles. We’ll focus on a different song genre or style each day, and students will be welcome to bring in recordings of songs they love for class listening and discussion. In this light hearted, supportive environment, we will explore various angles of the writing process both individually and in collaboration with other students. On Friday, students will have the opportunity to perform their work for our friends and family for the last hour of the camp at 3 p.m. The camp is open to teen songwriters with or without any experience playing a musical instrument.
Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.
a week-long session beginning July 22
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: July 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Teen Writers Workshop (Multi-Group): Saturday Mornings

In this workshop, you can explore fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more. Each meeting, teachers will lead different breakout groups, focused on different genres, with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. Plus, we’ll have a visit or two from our comic book writing teacher to work with visual stories. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 15
Instructors: Robbie Ciara, Jeffrey Hecker, Jessica Kelley, Kristin Mehaffey, & Abi Putnam
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: June 15, 29, July 13, 27, August 10, 24
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5 of 20

Crafting the College Application Essay

The dreaded college application essay--it often makes the difference between an acceptance packet and a rejection letter. In this seminar, we'll work together on selecting a topic and writing an engaging essay. Join us to get a head start and get some pointers that will help you through the whole process.
Sunday, August 25, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: students applying to college
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Young Writers (ages 9-11) Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we’ll explore creative writing and expression. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share our work. You can explore multiple genres: share poems you like and write short poems together; bring your imagination and characters to life by writing short and very short stories; write what you think about yourself, where you came from, and the world around you by writing nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. Plus, we’ll have a visit or two from our comic book writing teacher to work with visual stories. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words. Come express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 9
Instructors: Abi Putnam & Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: June 9, 23, July 7, 21, August 4, 18
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 June 3
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: June 3, 17, July 1, 15, 29, August 12
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Classes for Veterans, Service Members, Military Families, & Caregivers:
More information coming soon.

An Introduction to Songwriting for Veterans, Service Members, & Military Families

Explore the world of the lyrical craft in this collaborative introduction to songwriting. Through listening, discussion, and free writing aimed to engage our senses, we’ll work together to craft a (mostly) original song using an existing melody and form. No previous musical experience required, as this class will not involve music theory or composition. This workshop is particularly recommended for those with some background in creative writing, journaling and/or poetry. Learn more about registration for ASAP classes at The Armed Services Arts Partnership website.
Saturday, July 20, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Instructor: Skye Zentz

Closed Summer Classes


Art for Writers:

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.
Sunday, July 14, 1:30-4 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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!
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning June 9
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: June 9, 16, 24
Session cost: $135 ($125 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 3 meeting session beginning June 22
Instructor: Christine Rucker
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: June 22, July 6, 20
Session cost (includes materials fee): $143 ($133 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION


Food Writing Classes:

Food & Photography: Sip, Sup, Scribble, & Shoot

It’s the hottest thing since sliced bread: photographing sliced bread (and other eats and drinks) and sharing the experience with others. Join Virginia’s Secretary of Taste, chef and award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton (publisher of Virginia Eats + Drinks Magazine, www.VirginiaEatsAndDrinks.com) to learn how to take great food photography (with a focus on the use of smartphones), and write short, effective descriptions to post on blogs, social media (from Facebook to Instagram, Twitter and Yelp), and more. Sip, Sup, Scribble, & Shoot combines classroom instruction and field trips (meal costs are not included in class price) to top area eateries to get practical experience from working with an experienced smartphone photographer and food journalist.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meting session beginning June 2
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: June 2, 9, (skipping June 16), 23, 30
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION