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Open August 2015 Classes

poetic forms, self-publishing, short stories,
pitching to magazines, submitting, public reading,
& a kids camp (9-11)


Summer 2015 Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, personal growth for women, journaling,
poetry, craft of poetry, current events poetry, poetry of the sea,
fiction, novel services,
memoir, creative nonfiction, flash memoir,
writers craft, research, & professional development, copy editing, submitting,
in the courtroom, medicine, psychology,
dialogue/characters/emotion/plot/action, blogs/websites, agents,
grammar, punctuation, public reading,
cookbooks, calligraphy, book making, zentangle,
screenplays, comedy, songwriting,
& classes for kids & teen writers
in norfolk, virginia (hampton roads, va)



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The Muse Writers Center Classes

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

General Classes and Writing Workshops

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

Writing Studios

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



Open August 2015 Session Classes


Poetic Forms, Self-publishing Short Stories, Pitching to Magazines, Submitting, Public Reading, Kids Camp (9-11)

Inside the Room, the Ceiling will be the Sky: A Workshop in Poetry Forms

In this workshop, we will read and try our hand at a variety of both received and imposed forms, including but not limited to sonnets, terza rima forms, triolets, ghazals, villanelles, and abecedarians. In playing with these forms we will learn how to extend tradition and received lore on craft and poetic technique to our contemporary sense of time, language, and idiom.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning August 2
Instructor: Luisa Igloria
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: August 2, 9, 16, 23
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

The Short Story: An Excavation

In this seminar, we値l dissect a classic short story and examine each of its critical elements. We値l identify the inciting incident, and locate the beats of its plot. We値l look at point of view, and discuss how it influences our understanding of events. We値l ask and answer key questions: How are the characters revealed? Why does a paragraph begin and end where it does? How does the chosen diction of dialogue and narrative contribute to the work? Improve the vital components of your own work through the close examination of a story that has endured.
Saturday, August 8, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

How to: Submit Your Work to Magazines and Journals

You致e crafted your writing; now it痴 time to get it published! This seminar will guide you through the world of submitting to literary journals and magazines. We値l cover pulling together a submission, proper formatting, choosing an appropriate home for your work, crafting a cover letter, and simultaneous submissions. We値l also explore Duotrope--an online submissions manager—to make your publishing life easier. Join us and learn the best ways to let your work live in print!
Sunday, August 9, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Young Writers Week

Each day in this fun morning "camp" for writers ages 9-11, we値l explore a different kind of creative writing and expression. On Monday, we値l try our hands at poetry, sharing poems we like and writing short poems together. On Tuesday, we値l bring our imaginations and characters to life by writing short and very short stories. On Wednesday, we値l try our hands at Zentangle drawing and then combine our stories with pictures. On Thursday, we値l have a chance to write what we think about ourselves and the world around us by using nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. Then, on Friday, we値l 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 10
Instructors: Jennifer Adams, Kindra McDonald, Robbie Ciara, Donna Wynn, & Leah Thiessen
Open to: writers ages 9-11, of all levels of experience
Meets: August 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2 (of 11)

How to: Self-Publish Your Book

You致e written a great book, but the query letter/literary agent/publisher game isn稚 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 15, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructors: Jeff Andrews
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Pitch: Magazine Articles and Features

Sell your story without selling yourself short. In this seminar, we'll discuss ways to get fresh ideas for magazine articles, determine which publications to target, and learn the art of writing query letters. This session is designed for aspiring freelance writers who have a desire to publish their work in magazines or current freelancers who would like to brush up on their skills or branch out to new publications.
Saturday, August 15, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Angela Blue
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Preparing for Your Reading

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



Fall 2015 Classes Below:


Classes to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

Start Writing, Keep Writing... Write Now

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn稚 have to be hard work. It痴 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値l write to cues and prompts, and then share your work in a safe and positive environment (you can always opt out). You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, fiction) to poetry. Class members can also bring one longer, out-of-class piece for an insightful group critique, under the guidance of your instructor.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning JOctober 8
Instructor: Robbie Ciara
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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値l explore the creativity gene, how creativity works, why we get blocks, and discover some methods of breaking through the blocks. We値l 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値l discover that you have a wealth of creativity energy just waiting to be mined.
Saturday, October 3, 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: 8

Journaling for Creative & Personal Growth

Often the simplest way to gain clarity in life is to write your way through it. In this structured and safe 90-minute journaling workshop, you will develop the tools to maintain a lasting, daily practice in writing for personal growth and awareness. More than "telling our stories," we値l explore and consider our thoughts around our feelings, experiences, and relationships. Join us to begin a careful conversation with yourself that will continue both inside and outside of class.
Saturdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 10
Instructor: Sheila Sheppard
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14
Session cost: $125 ($115 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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

Continue your journey of self discovery and growth with strong and supportive women around you. New writing exercises and life experiments will be presented to further challenge your life perceptions. The power of assertiveness comes more easily now that you appreciate exactly who you are. Open to members who have attended any previous "Let痴 Be Honest" group.
Mondays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 19
Instructor: Danielle Leibovici
Open to: persons who have attended any previous "Let痴 Be Honest" group
Meets: October 19, 26, November 2, 16, 23, 30
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Poetry Classes:

Introduction to Writing Poetry

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値l explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 6
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning poets and new members with poetry writing/workshopping experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 5
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30, December 14
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Craft of Poetry

What makes great poems? In this class, we will read and discuss the craft strategies involved in work that resonates. We will examine such things as anaphora, enjambment, meter, metaphor, and so forth, in poems offered to us by Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Louise Gluck, Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Rosanna Warren, and Tim Seibles, to name a few. Students will be encouraged to write poems and do poetic exercises, with time also spent workshopping new work. Our guiding questions will be: how did they do it? And, can we do it, too?
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning October 18
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 18, 25, November 1, 8
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

What's Going On? Poetry in Conversation with the News

Marvin's Gaye's questioning is more pertinent than ever. The evening news, NPR, and dailies are filled with the constant upheaval of our constantly changing times. Questionable leaders, police brutality, animal cruelty, science and technology—all the world's happenings—often leave us bewildered, wondering how we'll survive each other despite our misunderstandings. Poetry helps us articulate some of the tough questions and find our own answers amidst the onslaught of reporting in the ongoing Information Age. In this workshop, using the media as our impetus, we will explore current events as well as the works of various contemporary writers (such as Patricia Smith, Martin Espada, Phil Levine, Lucille Clifton and Brian Turner) who wrestle with the headlines as well as write and discuss our own poems to help define who we are and all that continues to shape society.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning October 26
Instructor: Remica Bingham
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 26, November 9, 23, December 7
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Sea as Metaphor: Poetry of the Sea

Description coming soon.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning November 15
Instructor: Robert Arthur
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: November 15, 22, December 6, 13
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work may be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (monthly)
a 4 meeting session beginning October 27
Facilitator: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional poets; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 3 poems) via email
Meets: October 27, November 24, December 15, January 19
Seats Remaining: 2
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Fiction Classes:

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Wednesday Mornings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we値l 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値l be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 14
Instructor: Kelly Avery
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Wednesday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we値l 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値l be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 14
Instructor: Jennifer Adams
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Fiction Workshop: Monday 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.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 12
Instructor: Eric Ramseier
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 12, 26, November 9, 23, December 7, 21
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 September 29
Instructor: Kelly Sokol Avery
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: September 29, October 13, 27, November 10, 24, December 8
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning September 29
Instructor: Jennifer Adams
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: September 29, October 13, 27, November 10, 24, December 8
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Fiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 7
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 7, 21, November 4, 28, December 2, 16
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Available Seats Will Be Announced Soon

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. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 8
Instructor: Leslie Clements
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 10
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 5
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: October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30, December 14
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
An announcement will be made soon regarding available space.

The Fiction Studio: Tuesday 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.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 6
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: October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
An announcement will be made soon regarding available space.

The Fiction Studio: Tuesday Afternoons

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 6
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: October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
An announcement will be made soon regarding available space.

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Evenings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning September 30
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: September 30, October 14, 28, November 11, 25, December 9
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Novel Doctor

Trying to get your novel ready to submit to an agent, editor, or competition? It痴 time to hand over the book for a professional critique. Get frank, respectful suggestions for perfecting your book in a detailed assessment. You can choose how much or how little feedback you壇 like. Specific services and costs will be determined on a case-by-case basis with novelist, Ellen Bryson. Pre-register below, and Ellen will contact you for more information.
Open to: advanced and professional novelists, with a completed, polished manuscript
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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

Personal Narratives: An Introduction to Memoir

Personal narratives are the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class we will move toward uncovering the stories within ourselves which most need telling. Through writing exercises, readings, and constructive discussions of our short essays-in-progress, we値l explore the ways in which language, voice, and literary techniques can bring the truth of our experiences to vibrant life on the page.
Tuesdays 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 13
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction: Wednesday Mornings

In its various forms, essay to memoir to commentary to review, creative nonfiction includes vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice. This class will introduce you to the contemporary nonfiction writer's toolbox by examining published texts and writing a wide range of stories (personal commentary/essay, profile pieces, travel/place essays, memoir, art reviews, magazine writing and food/nature/science writing). You will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback.
Please Note: This is a tentative date
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 7
Instructor: Jennifer Malia
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 2, 16
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction: Thursday Evenings

In its various forms, essay to memoir to commentary to review, creative nonfiction includes vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice. This class will introduce you to the contemporary nonfiction writer's toolbox by examining published texts and writing a wide range of stories (personal commentary/essay, profile pieces, travel/place essays, art reviews, magazine writing and food/nature/science writing). You will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 15
Instructor: Jennifer Adams
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Memoir Workshop: Monday Evenings

The Memoir Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise compelling and engaging stories spun from their own lives. We will address larger questions of form and substance—determining the scope of your memoir, what story to tell, what to leave out—and will continue discussing craft issues such as: writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 5
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30, December 14
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Memoir Workshop: Wednesday Evenings

The Memoir Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise compelling and engaging stories spun from their own lives. We will address larger questions of form and substance—determining the scope of your memoir, what story to tell, what to leave out—and will continue discussing craft issues such as: writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 7
Instructor: Jason Carney
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 2, 16
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Short Memoir: Narratives in a Flash

Memoir writing is about creating compelling and engaging stories spun from your own life. Those stories allow readers to experience what matters to you—it also allows them feel part of something that matters to them, too. In this class we will be writing short personal essays (between 500 and 1,000 words) which may or may not be part of a longer work. We'll generate new material in and out of class, and we'll continue working to refine our editing and storytelling skills. Working in a shorter format will let you take a fresh look at your life experiences; you'll also find ways to tighten your prose, to better focus and shape your story into something resonant and necessary.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 12
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: Meets: October 12, 26, November 9, 23, December 7, 21
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with advanced creative nonfiction writing experience will actively write and revise nonfiction, personal essays, memoirs and more. We will discuss larger issues of both form and substance, looking beyond what story you have to tell, toward how to tell your story beautifully and informatively with the goal of finding a larger audience. You will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 6
Instructor: Kelly Sokol Avery
Open to: writers with some workshop experience &/or instructor approval
Meets: October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with advanced creative nonfiction writing experience will actively write and revise nonfiction, personal essays, memoirs and more. We will discuss larger issues of both form and substance, looking beyond what story you have to tell, toward how to tell your story beautifully and informatively with the goal of finding a larger audience. You will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Please Note: This is a tentative date
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning September 30
Instructor: Jennifer Malia
Open to: writers with some workshop experience &/or instructor approval
Meets: September 30, October 14, 28, November 11, 25, December 9
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings

In this workshop, you will actively write and revise nonfiction, personal essays, and more. We will discuss larger issues of both form and substance, looking beyond what story you have to tell, toward how to tell your story beautifully and informatively with the goal of finding a larger audience. You will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
an 8 meeting session beginning October 1
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 1, 15, 29, November 12 (note: no gap between these two meeting), 19, December 3
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Memoir Studio

What draws us to memoir are the possibilities of exploring the big truth among the many smaller truths in our lives. We reflect on and select among a myriad of experiences and memories and bring these selections together to create our understanding of truth. In this studio we'll do detailed, grad-school-level critiques of each other's work in a safe, supportive environment. Studio members must have significant workshop experience and must submit a writing sample to the teacher in advance of enrollment, with the goal of limiting this studio to experienced writers.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 7
Instructor: Nicole Emmelhainz
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email.
Meets: October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 2, 16
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

You Talkin to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

With great dialogue, you can almost feel readers lean in to the page so they won稚 miss a word. Every word counts. In this seminar, you値l find the best ways to make your characters dialogue both dynamic and natural as well as unique to their specific character. You値l discover how to avoid chit-chat and write dialogue that has a true punch. Learn to better engage readers as you listen for the silence between the words as well as the words themselves and explore ways to be as true to your characters' voices as you can.
Saturday, October 10, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Psychologists, Psychology, and Psychotherapy: Research for Writers

"Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event." (Carl Jung) Stories are people with problems and how they overcome them. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted psychiatrist, you値l be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you have characters with mental illness or neuroses, characters who are in therapy, characters who are psychologists or therapists, or just need a better understanding of how human behavior works to make a character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: psychological aspects of human behavior, therapy from the therapist痴 point of view, the various mental illnesses, neurotic behavior, personality disorders, and treatment. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Tim Sanderson, M.D.
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Moves Writers Make

Is there a secret to really reaching a reader? What do the best authors do to make their work stand out? This seminar examines techniques (a.k.a. moves) writers make in most genres (fiction, poetry, essay), such as "voice, style, setting, point of view, characterization, examples, descriptive details, and more) to make their work resonate. After looking at moves common to all types of writing, we will practice identifying and applying them to our own work. Open to writers of all genres.
Saturday, October 17, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Karen Tatum
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

A Grammar Refresher

(Who, whom) do you think should take this workshop? Each of the writers who (has, have) problems with grammar. Everyone who writes should know (his/her, their) grammar rules. This session will help you refresh your grammar knowledge and polish your writing skills, so you will make (less, fewer) mistakes. (Answers: who, has, his/her, fewer)
Saturday, October 24, 2-5 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How to: Find & Query an Agent

In this seminar geared for fiction writers (though writers of other genres will still benefit), we will cover researching agents and editors to increase your chances of being moved to the top of the pile. When it comes to getting attention in the publishing industry, the query letter is often the first piece of work an agent or editor will see from a writer. You値l learn proper query formatting, including voice and tone, as well as drafting a compelling synopsis that will make agents and editors say, "I. Want. More!" This seminar is geared for fiction writers, but other genres welcome as much of the technique is the same.
Saturday, October 31, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lamar Giles
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Our Characters: Creating & Exploring Their Inner Dimensions

Our most interesting characters show rather than tell readers about their inner lives. But how do we as writers uncover this depth in our characters? Then, how do we reveal that that depth without an "infodump" of information? Using the concept of the Johari Window, a psychological take on profiling human consciousness, we will explore how to probe our characters depth and hidden facets so they live as fully-realized people within our stories.
Saturday, October 31, 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: 8

Copy Editing

A good copy editor is a reader痴 best friend. This seminar, led by an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor, can help any writer or editor who values clarity. We will cover ways to find and remove inaccuracies, tighten flabby prose, check every number in an article (even the hidden ones), and correct common mistakes in grammar and usage. We also will review deadline-tested methods to make a final review of an assignment to avoid mortifying embarrassments. If class members are interested, we can cover how to write killer headlines and photo captions. (After all, copy editors are the best-read writers at newspapers and magazines.)
Saturday, November 7, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dan Duke
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How to: Start an Author Blog/Website

Are you ready to start launch your writing career? Many authors have a significant web presence including a blog, and other authors got their start with blogging. Come join us as we explore what a blog can (and can't) do for you, investigate the type of author blogs, the ethics of E-publishing, and find out what it takes to keep a blog fresh and successful. We値l work through the step-by-step process of setting up a blog. Join us to take the next step you致e been looking for!
Sunday, November 8, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
Please note this session takes place at 757 Creative Space, 259 Granby Street, Suite 250, Downtown Norfolk, 23510.

Doctors & Disease, Patients & Prescriptions: Research for Writers

"I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places." (Henny Youngman). Doctors, illness, injuries, and treatment often play an import role in our stories. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted physician, you値l be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, no matter your story痴 genre. Learn about medicine and medical treatment from the patients point of view and that of the doctors, so you can make a character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: evaluation of illness and injury, diagnosis and treatment, medical tests, chronic illnesses, disease prevention, and what a doctor痴 life is like. After a short presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, November 14, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Gregg Clifford, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Urge, the Ache: Evoking Emotion in Fiction

"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon." (E.L. Doctorow). Writing emotion well is a key to writing a successful story, because great emotional arcs compel readers to turn the page. In this seminar, you値l get to the meat of how to write emotion without overwriting or using purple prose. Techniques covered include using carefully selected details, layering your story, making symbols out of objects, avoiding sentimentality, and putting your dialogue to work.
Saturday, November 14, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How to: Submit Your Work to Magazines and Journals

You致e crafted your writing; now it痴 time to get it published! This seminar will guide you through the world of submitting to literary journals and magazines. We値l cover pulling together a submission, proper formatting, choosing an appropriate home for your work, crafting a cover letter, and simultaneous submissions. We値l also explore Duotrope--an online submissions manager—to make your publishing life easier. Join us and learn the best ways to let your work live in print!
Sunday, November 15, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Copy Editing 2

A good copy editor is a reader痴 best friend. This seminar, led by an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor, will consist of exercises that will help writers and editors improve their work. The session will focus on editing stories to check for inaccuracies, flabby prose, missing information, weak structure, proper tone and other issues. If class members are interested, we can also write headlines and photo captions for the stories. Participants will be encouraged to bring their own pieces to be edited by the group, and we will discuss our editing choices.
Saturday, November 21, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dan Duke
Open to: writers with some copy editing experience, or those who have taken "Copy Editing"
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

In the Courtroom: Research for Writers

"All rise. Court is now in session." 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値l be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you are writing crime stories, mysteries, or courtroom dramas, or simply need a better understanding of what happens in court to make a specific character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: court proceedings, various kinds of defendants, how prosecutors and defense attorneys present their cases, and police preparation for trials and hearings. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers..
Saturday, December 5, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sgt. Michael Lovely
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
This seminar rotates topics each session:
Spring: police reponse, crime scenes, police investigations, robberies and bank robberies, homicides and violent crime
Summer: police interviews, interrogation, lie detection, witnesses and suspects
Fall: court proceedings, defendants, presenting cases, police preparation for trials and hearings

Making Stories Move: Plot & Action

Every story, whatever its genre, must engage its readers through a sense of forward movement, of taking a journey. Great stories have great complications, reversals, and intriguing turns of events. Finding the best actions to make stories move is what plot is all about. In this seminar, we will explore techniques for developing dramatic obstacles—and ways for characters to move past them—to create a dynamic narrative arc.
Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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稚 want editors to reject it because of avoidable mistakes.
Saturday, December 12, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Preparing for Your Reading

Learn to bring your writing to life at public readings and open-mics. This interactive, small-group workshop is designed for first-time and newer reading participants, or others who simply want a bit of polish. We will focus on simple oral and physical techniques to teach you the skills to read like a pro. You値l practice reading your own writing—with constructive feedback—to help you become an effective, engaging reader.
Saturday, December 19, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4 of 4
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Art for Writers:

A Zentangle Workshop

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, meditative drawing process in which you create beautiful images from repetitive patterns without preplanning or design. Join Donna as she leads you in this fun, relaxing workshop through the step-by-step process of creating your own Zentangle tiles, allowing your creative spirit to soar. Discover an environment that provides you with a new way to calm the heart and mind before putting pen to page. Enhance your thought process, calm your inner critic and open the door to possibilities!
Sunday, October 4, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost (includes $8 materials fee): $53 ($48 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Bookmaking: Stab Binding

Our first books were made by hand. The care and artistry in the creation of the physical book mirrored the astonishing value of the words inside. In this one meeting seminar, Christine Rucker will work side-by-side with you to publish your collection of poetry or prose within 3 beautiful hand-bound stab bound 3.5x5" books. After registration and submitting your completed manuscript, Christine will discuss various options for colored covers, pages, and other simple layout designing before your meeting. Materials you need to get started are included. Join us as you hand-craft your words into the world.
Sunday, October 11, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Christine Rucker
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost (includes $5 materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.
Sunday, October 18, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

A Zentangle Workshop 2

In this Zentangle 2 class we will take the basics of Zentangle and explore them even further. We will learn new tangle designs and techniques and use more materials to deepen your Zentangle practice. Join us!
Sunday, November 1, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: persons with some Zentangle experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost (includes $8 materials fee): $53 ($48 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Food/Cookbook Writing Class:

Writing Cookbooks

Whether you are a chef or foodie looking to bring your recipes to a wide audience or a home cook hoping to pass down your dishes to your family痴 next generation, successful food writer and cookbook author, Patrick Evans-Hylton, will help you choose a theme and format for your cookbook. You値l collect, select, and edit your best recipes, stories, and culinary anecdotes, while developing an introduction and headnotes and exploring the use of food photography. In this class, we値l also explore publishing methods and procedures, from the traditional route to blogs and social networking promotion.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 6 week session beginning October 25
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Songwriting Class:

Songwriting: The Lyrical Craft

Songwriting is an ancient form- one of the earliest means of passing on oral history. Over thousands of years, it has evolved into a many faceted art-form, a source of entertainment, catharsis, or escapism. In this workshop, we will explore the full songwriting process through listening, writing and editing. We will examine songs from a variety of genres and time periods to investigate what it is makes a song "stick" with us. Our writing exercises will involve individual and collaborative efforts as we explore fun new ways to approach songwriting. At the conclusion of our session, students will have the opportunity to perform their work in a Muse showcase if they choose. While basic music and writing experience is helpful, the course is open to people with or without any experience playing a musical instrument.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning September 26
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: September 26, October 10, 24, November 7
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Script Writing Classes:

Introduction to Screenwriting

Make your stories come alive! In this class, you will explore the craft of screenwriting for feature films. We will delve into the three-act structure and the dramatic arc of the story, proper industry formatting, creating memorable characters with motivation, and how juxtaposition is the art of filmmaking. Writing exercises designed to teach the craft of screenwriting will bring class participants together, and discussions on participants story ideas and initial scripting will follow. You will begin or continue writing your own script and be given constructive feedback in a workshop setting. Get a real glimpse "behind the camera" from someone who has been there.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 6
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Screenwriting Workshop

This workshop will focus on the all-important revision process in screenwriting, with members sharing the successes and difficulties encountered in the scripting process. You will have at least three opportunities to turn in pages of a screenplay for group review, workshop, and discussion預ll in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and understanding. This class is open to continuing members as well as students who have either taken the 101 class, completed an early draft, or who have an outline/treatment of a complete story.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning September 30
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers with some screenwriting workshop experience
Meets: September 30, October 14, 28, November 11, 25, December 9
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Classes for Kids & Teens:

Young Writers Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we値l explore creative writing and expression. We値l get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share our work. You can explore multiple genres: share poems you like and write short poems together; bring your imagination and characters to life by writing short and very short stories; write what you think about yourself, where you came from, and the world around you by writing nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words. Come express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 11
Instructors: Jennifer Adams
Open to: writers ages 9-11, of all levels of experience
Meets: October 11, 25, November 8, 22, December 6, 20
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Teen Writers Workshop: Section A

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We値l get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other痴 work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 10
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Teen Writers Workshop: Section B

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We値l get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other痴 work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 10
Instructor: Robbie Ciara
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Teen Writers Workshop: Section C

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We値l get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other痴 work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 10
Instructor: Lauren Hurston
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Looking for Improv & Sketch Comedy?

Check out The Pushers, who are teaching these classes in their new theatre (The Push Comedy Theater) on Granby Street in the new Arts District.
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