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Summer Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, creative writing camp for adults,
classes for veterans/service members/military families/caregivers,
journaling, spiritual writing, storytelling,
writing the breakup, writing through trauma & grief, writing dreams,
poetry, poetry of aging, poetry in modern times,
poetry and place, surrealist poetry, masculine poetry,
fiction, novel-craft, flash fiction, children's books,
memoir & creative nonfiction, flash nonfiction, nonfiction queries, biography,
screenwriting, visual storytelling, comedy, comic books/graphic novels,
food writing, calligraphy, blogs/websites, songwriting, ukulele,
writers craft, research, & professional development, storyboarding,
submitting, scrivener, publishing 101, press releases, self-publishing, book trailers,
science fiction, young adult, erotica, mysteries, humor,
characters/central conflicts/narration/pov/plot/backstory/internal monologue/subtext,
hostages & negotiations, world building, doctors & disease, psychology,
copy editing, grammar, punctuation, public reading,
& classes and summer camps kids & teen writers (including young songwriters camp)
in norfolk, virginia (hampton roads, va)



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

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

General Classes and Writing Workshops

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

Writing Studios

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



Summer 2018 Classes:


Classes & Camps to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

 

Creative Writing Camp for Adults: June Session

Note: A totally different August Session is 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. Plus 12 breakout sessions will allow you to explore craft, professional development, and/or fun. Topics will include Creative Journaling; Finding Poetry Everywhere; Genre Bending Stories from Bizarro to Surreal; H.P. Lovecraft; Magical Realism; Making Blank Journals; MS Word Hints, Tips, and Tricks; Old English; Promotion in the Digital Age; Publishing with Amazon KDP; Sub-Plotting in Fiction; Word Games; & Writing Through Anxiety. 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, June 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
a 1 meeting, day-long camp
Instructor: Jason Carney, Rick Eley, Matt Foster, Malcom Massey, Kindra McDonald, Lydia Netzer, Peter Porosky, Abi Putnam, Mira Roberts, Christine Rucker, Jesse Scaccia, Alison Schoew, Dean Silkstone
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $155 ($150 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 14 of 23

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, June 2, 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: 3

Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us

In this 4-meeting seminar we will find the stories that live inside us all. We will examine the ingredients needed to tell a personal story in such a way as to make it leap off our tongues and into the mind of a listener. Together, we’ll explore the various types of storytelling and gain insight into the growing professional community of storytellers. Join us for this interactive and participatory class. No previous storytelling experience is needed. Even if you aren’t sure what story you might want to tell, don’t worry--we will find it together!
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 5
Instructor: Sheila Arnold Jones
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: June 5, 12, 19, 26
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Breakup: Writing to Recover from Lost Love

Although a few people recover quickly from lost love, many people struggle to break free of the thoughts, undying hopes, pain, jealousies, fears, and longing that comes with having to say goodbye to a relationship that has soured. Losing or letting go of someone we love is painful. The mind needs time to grieve and heal. Through the healing action of writing, this course attempts to offer a safe space to recall and bring to the surface emotions surrounding a breakup. As we write and share our love stories, we allow ourselves the time and space to process the lingering pain left behind and begin life anew.
Mondays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 18
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: Meets: June 18, 25, (skipping July 2), July 9, 16
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Start Writing, Keep Writing... Write Now: Tuesday Mornings

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.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning June 19
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: Meets: June 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Journaling for Creative Growth: Thursday Mornings

Oftentimes, the only way to access your creative potential is to put away your plans and simply get curious. In this structured and relaxed 6 week journaling workshop, we will write our way through our stuck spots and plugged up places in search of renewed creativity and overall growth. Through writing prompts, class discussion and weekly writing assignments, we'll explore the process of journaling for the purposes of igniting creativity and rediscovering joy in our writing.
Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (with 2 skipped weeks)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 21
Instructor: Mira Roberts
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: June 21, 28, (skipping July 5), July 12, 19, (skipping July 26), August 2, 9
Session cost: $135 ($125 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Spiritual Writing

Spiritual writing can be found in all forms of literature, from essays and memoirs, to poetry, fiction and even literary journalism. The common thread is an emphasis on our personal quests for spiritual transformation, whether through communion with nature or the rituals of a particular religion. In this workshop, participants will work on the form of their choice and learn how to describe their spiritual quests in ways that will be clear and compelling to readers who are spiritually inclined. Each session will begin with a brief discussion of a model of the genre, followed by the workshop of participants’ work.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning June 24
Instructor: Tom Robotham
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: Meets: June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Seven Habits of Creative People

Cars need gas to go. Our bodies need food to move, and even computers need input to create an output. In this seminar, we’ll perform some maintenance on our creativity. When work starts to feel formulaic, clichés can creep in. And sometimes—even with tremendous planning—the source feels dry. Let’s refill the source and develop habits, routines, and techniques that will provide depth for your creative process. We all want ideas to keep flowing. Together, we’ll find ways to prevent the dry spells.
Saturday, July 7, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Susie Pedigo
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Let Your Words Flow: Write Anything

This general creative writing class is an invitation to hone your unique writing voice in a creative and open atmosphere. You will have the unique opportunity to explore what you enjoy, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. This multi genre workshop is an excellent first writing class as well as a place for seasoned writers to explore a different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative exercises, prompts, short readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You are welcome to share writing from home as well as selections written in the classroom.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 10
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 10, 17, 24, 31, (skipping Aug. 7), August 14, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Unleash Your Creative Thoughts

As Elizabeth Gilbert puts it, "The central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?" If so, this seminar will teach you the strategies to unleashing your creative thoughts, establishing a writing habit, and combating those fears that keep us from writing. You will follow directed writing exercises and prompts intended to help you dig into your imagination and your memories for inspiration. With a focus on character, dialogue, and point of you, you will get the opportunity to relinquish your creative thoughts to the daunting black page.
Sunday, July 22, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sarah Sheppard
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Storytelling 2: Taking Your Story Further

This level-2 storytelling class explores collaborative artists storytelling, tandem storytelling, historical and family history storytelling, as well as focusing more intently on the physical presentation of stories (i.e., articulation, pacing, eye contact, etc.) Finally, there will be one outing to a local Storytelling Event (at no cost to student) followed by discussion and critique.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning July 22
Instructor: Sheila Arnold Jones
Open to: persons who have taken Storytelling or have instructor approval
Meets: July 22, 29, August 5
Session cost: $135 ($125 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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.
Mondays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 23
Instructor: Lisa Cooper
Open to: writers of all levels of experience and returning members
Meets: Meets: July 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Dream On! Write On!

This seminar will explore dreams and each person’s particular dream maker and style. Topics will include: the 12 types of dreams, the language of dreams, how to encourage dreams, take part in them, preserve them, record them, and interpret them. Most importantly, we will all learn to mine our dreams for golden material that can enrich our writing.
Sunday, August 12, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Fran Ward
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Creative Writing Camp for Adults: August Session

Note: A totally different June Session is 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 addresses and workshops led by Virginia Poet Laureate Tim Seibles and noted novelist Lydia Netzer. Plus 12 breakout sessions will allow you to explore craft, professional development, and/or fun. Topics will include Flashbacks; Health and Wellness for Writers; Letters from Camp; Making Recycled Covers for Books; Techniques and Theories of Scene for Fiction, Film, and Stage Play:; The Deep History of Words; The Future of Society & Conflict; The Ins and Outs of Book Swag; Tips from an Editor’s Perspective; Using Lists in Your Narrative; Writing a Family History; & You’re Written Your Manuscript--What’s Next?. 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 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
a 1 meeting, day-long camp
Instructor: John Aguiar, Jeffrey Becker, Bill Candler, Grace M. DeLeesie, Shawn Girvan, Jean Klein, Lydia Netzer, Peter Porosky, Christine Rucker, Tim Seibles, Fran Ward, Cait Woods
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $155 ($150 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 17 of 23

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

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write—in the moment—to cues and prompts, and then share your work in a safe and positive environment. (You can always opt out.) You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, nonfiction, fiction) to poetry. Class members may also bring one longer, written-out-of-class piece for an insightful group critique, under the guidance of your instructor.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning June 21
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26, August 2
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Poetry Classes:

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Thursday 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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 12
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, (skipping Aug. 9), 16, 23
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 17
Instructor: Amanda Gomez
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Black Hat, White Magic: Outsiders Bringing in Gold

The idea of the Poet as an outsider is hardly new to Americans, or to Europeans, either, since Romanticism. We will have four classes examining the poems of different kinds of outsiders "bringing gold," as it were. The first, with poems by Sappho, Catullus, Arnaut Daniel, Villon, Baudelaire and William Carlos Williams are innovators whose forms bring into being previously unknown ways of thinking and being. The second, by Jonson, Shakespeare, Catullus, Juvenal, are poems of redress: snarling at established political or moral stances, they make counter-arguments; the third are poems of legendary realms, alternative visions of reality which reveal something about our world; examples would include Villon's chaotic France of the mid-1400's, with its castles, dungeons and Coquillards (organized outlaw gang); les poetes maudit Verlaine writes about, Dante's Hell, or the Beats; the final class will consider poems of Beauty, whose gift is not new ideas, redress of existing ideas, pageants revealing us to ourselves, but expansion of consciousness: examples include Keats, David Ferry, Louise Gluck, Rilke, der Wilde Alexander, Antonio Machado, Pablo Neruda, certain passages from St. Augustine's "Confessions," and Zbigniew Herbert. In each class, we will have read selections before the class, look at how these poets do what they do, and workshop original poems by each student.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 16
Instructor: Tom Yuill
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: June 16, 23, 30, July 7
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

Mary Oliver Walkabout & Write

Welcome to poetry and fresh air in the morning! We will begin at the Muse Writer’s Center where we’ll read, listen to, and discuss several of Mary Oliver’s poems, including "Sleeping in the Forest," "Ghosts," and "Vultures," among others. Then we will relocate to the nearby Weyanoke Bird & Wildlife Sanctuary for observational walking and note-taking, before returning to our Muse space to draft and revise a poem, and possibly to read our drafts-in-progress to each other.
Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Renee Olander
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Masculine Poetry: Beyond Violence and Sex

What can poetry can tell us about the male psyche? Join us for a discussion of poetry that reveals traditional and non-traditional images of what it means to be a man in society, and what that might mean for society. We’ll explore ancient and modern poets and their tropes. Our discussion will include classic and current male artists including Archilochus, Basho, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Keats, Whitman, Elliot, Thomas, Frost, Hughes, Ginsberg, Bukowski, Dylan, Collins, Seibles, and more. A reading list will be supplied before the class.
NEW MEETING DATE!
Saturday, July 7, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Imitation Game

In his book The Art of Recklessness, poet Dean Young writes "I always tell my students to copy the manners and musics of the various, the more various the better, poetries you love: your originality will come from your inability to copy well: YOUR GENIUS IS YOUR ERROR." In this workshop, we will study and copy the "poetries we love" as a means of isolating our own unique poetic voice. We will look at the works of some of the great contemporary American poets: William Stafford, Stephen Dunn, Mark Stand, Stephen Dobyns, Ron Padgett, and many more. Using their work as inspiration, we will get out of our creative comfort zones, generate new poems, and better understand our individual areas of strength and weakness as poets. This class will be a combination of workshop and instruction.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 14
Instructor: Libby Kurz
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: July 14, 21, 28, August 4
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Bias Against the Real: Writing Poetry in America

This short poetry workshop will feature a study of the techniques of transforming the objective into the subjective, including use of the supernatural, abstraction, Impressionism, brut art, and surrealism. Each meeting will combine brief lectures with a workshop of new poems; we will work together to become better poets.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 21
Instructor: Robert Arthur
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: July 21, 28, August 4, 11
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Exploring our Landscapes: Poetry and Place

Language is housed in the landscapes that surround us: the blue-blistered bottom of the Elizabeth River ferry you take to work which makes you recall Walt Whitman’s "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry;" the phonics card with the red-trimmed house which resembles your neighbor's down the street; and the optimistically titled billboard you pass on the freeway which reads, "We’ll get you your money fast." You realize, everywhere, you are surrounded by spaces which affect your language and how your language, in turn, affects these spaces. In this workshop, we will investigate these places and explore issues such as identity, ecology, faith, and imagination in order to untangle the myths we’ve carried and to re/discover what is appearing and disappearing around us. Each week, we will ask how place is both metaphor and possibility and examine our proximity to it. We will engage with contemporary poets and generate new work each week to share in a workshop setting.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 25
Instructor: Amanda Gomez
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: July 25, August 1 (skipping Aug. 8), 15, 22
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Surrealist Poetry

Andre Breton's best answer to the question "What is your name?" was "Forty-Five Houses." Now that NASA has discovered a whole universe that consists of little to no dark matter, it's probably time to refocus on embracing commotion and uncertainty, surprise and anticipation. To invite the dead-end, then invent a way out on your own. Perplexity can be a miracle. From French Symbolism to South American leaping poems, we'll span gender, sex, creed, culture, and end up in a better place. This workshop will walk away from meaning and instead explore unconscious and subconscious derivations. We'll find peace in the complete unknown.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning August 5
Instructor: Jeffrey Hecker
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: August 5, 12, 19, 26
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work may be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (monthly)
a 4 meeting session beginning June 19
Facilitator: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional poets; members must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 3 poems) via email
Meets: June 19, July 17, August 28 (4th Tues.), September 18
Seats Remaining: 1

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 18
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets 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

Shut the Eyes With Coins, Set the Boat of the Poem Afloat with Lanterns: Poems on the Body’s Passage, Time and Age, Mortality and the Infinite

The poet Jorie Graham writes, "I am living in the late season, but it has its songs, too. I have to find out what they are …even in this period which is trying everything it can to shut one down." (The Guardian, 1 December 2017) In this workshop, we will read and write poems that contemplate the passage of time, the various ways in which we imagine and encounter the shadow of passage--ours as well as others’ in the world. But we will read and write not only poems of loss or grief--we will also work in the registers of praise and celebration, of all that is rendered more keenly felt, more brightly or intensely lit, precisely because of its impermanence.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning July 8
Instructor: Luisa Igloria
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: July 8, 15, 22, 29
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Fiction Classes:

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.
a 7 meeting session beginning June 19
Instructor: Christina Marable
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
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’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning June 20
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 20, 27, (skipping July 4), July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Writing Children's Picture Books

Have you always wanted to write a picture book? This class will give you the tools for doing so: creating memorable characters, identifying the central conflict, beginnings and endings, story structure and plotting, writing lyrical language, and other elements of craft. We will also focus on the children's book market (including studying successful recent picture books) and getting published. The class will include discussions, writing exercises and group critiques.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 12
Instructor: Sylvia Liu
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 12, 26, July 10, 24, (skipping Aug. 7), August 14, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Beginning the Novel

Learn how professional writers plan and create a novel from a beginning conception to a full-blown treatment or detailed map for the entire work. The course presents the fiction writing process as it relates to longer works, problems with dramatization techniques vs. expository techniques, and matters of plan vs. discovery. Central conflict, plot summary, character biographies, and scene-by-scene treatments will be discussed. Each student will be able to complete a schedule of practical steps for an actual novel by the end of the course. In addition, each of these steps will be reviewed in a class discussion setting, so that you will learn for yourself and from others. We will also look at how these steps relate to each other and how you will deal with them as you write your novel.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 18
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 18, July 2, 16, 30, August 13, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

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 June 11
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 11, 25, July 9, 23, August 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 19
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 19, July 3, 17, 31, August 14, 28
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 June 13
Instructor: Jacob Gregory
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)
Seats Remaining: 6

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 13
Instructor: Gavin Pate
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 13, 27, July 11 (then skipping 2 weeks), August 1, 15, 29
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning August 2
Instructor: Abi Putnam
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: August 2, 9, 16, 23
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 June 12
Instructor: Kelly Sokol
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply 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)
Seats Remaining: 5

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 4
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: June 4, (skipping June 18)), July 2, 16, 30, August 13, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

The Three-Week Fiction Workshop: Tuesday & 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. As this workshop meets twice a week for three weeks, students must be ready to submit multiple works for this quick but intensive workshop.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 10
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

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 20
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 20, 27, (skipping July 4), July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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 June 20
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 20, 27, (skipping July 4), July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15
Session cost: $230 ($215 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Monday Evenings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 4
Instructor: Kerry McNamara
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 4, 18, (skipping 2 weeks), July 9, 23, August 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (mostly bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 12
Instructor: Jennifer Malia
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 12, 26, July 10, (skipping July 24), 31, August 7, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Thursday 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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 14
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 14, 28, July 12, 26, August 9, 23
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
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Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 12
Instructor: Madeline Carey
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: July 12, 19, 26, (skipping August 2), August 9, 16, 23
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Nonfiction in a Flash: Monday Evenings

In this workshop, creative nonfiction and memoir writers will explore the genre of flash creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words). We will discuss and discover the many craft elements that make flash nonfiction an engaging, experimental and exciting genre! Every session we will generate and critique our small memoir and nonfiction stories and essays and focus on the unique opportunities that flash gives every creative nonfiction writer. Working in a shorter form allows you take a fresh look at your work; you will also find ways to tighten your prose, to better focus and shape your story into something resonant and necessary.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 11
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: June 11, 25, July 9, 23, August 6, 20
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Nonfiction in a Flash: Tuesday 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.
Tuesdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning July 10
Instructor: Shawn Girvan
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: July 10, 17, 24, 31, (skipping Aug. 7), August 14, 21
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7
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Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

Storyboarding and Other Graphic Tools for Writers

Scriptwriters and playwrights have long made use of storyboards for developing movies, TV shows, and plays. The graphic nature of storyboards are ideal for visual media, but other writers can benefit from them, too. In this seminar, we will explore how novelists, memoirists, and other "long-form" writers developing complex pieces can use storyboards and other graphic tools to develop and keep track of the work in progress. Both digital and analog methods will be explored.
Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John McCarthy
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
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, June 9, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Humor in Fiction: Unfunny People Writing Hilarious Stories

Humor entertains readers, but it also serves a broader purpose, or its effects wouldn't last, especially when humor depends on one-liners or toilet jokes. Humor can bring to light deeper meaning about people and their interactions in the world they live. This seminar explores key techniques in writing humor. Whichever form of humor someone writes: straight realism with humor sprinkled in or a dark political satire, we’ll break downs what works and what doesn't. We will strengthen our story's narrative by dissecting stand-up legends Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle. We will improve our protagonist's internal voice by analyzing the techniques of Rachel Bloom (Golden Globe winner from Best Actress in a Comedy and Hugo Award nominated YouTuber) and Colleen Ballinger (YouTuber with over 1.5 billion views and creator of the Netflix series: Haters Back Off). We will move through creative exercises and writing prompts designed to touch the different elements of humor (understatement, overstatement, irony, paradox, and juxtaposition). Note: this class will show excerpts of performances by stand-up comedians, whose acts employ potentially offense language.
Saturday, June 16, 10 am.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Matt Foster
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How to Create the Crucial Central Conflict in Fiction

This seminar will present a specific, practical procedure to get at the heart of your stories and novels. The Central Conflict is a concise presentation of the challenging issues facing the protagonist which need to be dramatized in the plot. Without the emotional appeal of the Central Conflict, readers will not resonate with the story or participate in the major character’s fate. We’ll explore great examples by published authors and write examples of our own Central Conflicts.
Saturday, June 16, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How To Craft a Query for Nonfiction Writers

When it comes to pitching ideas to an editor, writing is only part of the process. A critical first step is understanding what editors want. Learning how to find and analyze your publishing targets will vastly improve the focus of your time and effort. This workshop covers the importance of tearsheets and how to deal with the inevitable rejection along the way. When your pitch succeeds, few writing thrills equal seeing your article in print.
Saturday, June 23, 10 am.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Derek Nelson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How to Write Diverse Characters

"Literature empowers the simplest of lives to confront the most extreme sorrows with courage, and motivates the mightiest of offices to humbly heed lessons in compassion." (Aberjhani) As writers, we seek to explore the lives of characters with histories and personalities different from our own. We want to create characters who may differ from our race, origin, gender, or even sexuality, but we hesitate. Our caution stems from the desire to be culturally appropriate, something we as writers must be in order to maintain the world of our stories and keep our readers invested in our characters. In this seminar, you will be given the chance to present your stories with characters that reflect identities that differ from you own. The class will look closely at your work and consider how we can make various components of your work better mirror the culture you are exploring, so that your words may entrance your readers.
Saturday, June 23, 10 am.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dexter Gore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Mystery Writing

From Edgar Allen Poe’s "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" to installments of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s "Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes", the mystery genre is no stranger to the short story format. Imagine all of the benchmarks of a classic mystery: breadcrumb clues, red herrings, the twist ending. Now imagine all of that crammed into a mere 6-10 pages. If that sounds difficult to pull off, it’s because it most certainly is. Come join us for a discussion on the craft of mystery in short story format. We will be using examples from the work of William Gay, Sarah Cortez, and more. And don’t forget to bring your own mysterious short story (an excerpt no more than 10 pages double-spaced), for review and critique.
Saturday, June 23, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Abi Putnam
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Nonfiction Research: Digging In

Far more non-fiction is published than fiction, making it an attractive field for writers who want to get into print. If you aren't an expert in your topic, you'll have to find and learn how to use a wide range of human and static resources. Like writing itself, research requires persistence and creativity. This workshop teaches you how to prepare for collecting what you need--and make the best use of what you gather.
Saturday, June 23, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Derek Nelson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Creating a Web Presence and Blog

Are you ready to 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’ll work through the step-by-step process of setting up the typical 3-page author website and blog. Join us to take the next step you’ve been looking for! To be successful, students must have basic computer skills.
NEW START DATE!
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 3 meeting session beginning June 24
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: June 24, July 1, 8
Session cost: $135 ($125 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Writers Writing Press Releases

Market your book, your story, yourself. Expand your writing knowledge from the creative to the practical by learning how to write press releases! Take your newsworthy accomplishments to people who can get your story heard. You'll learn how to write an effective release, how to find contacts to send it to, and how to keep your press release out of the "trash" folder. You worked hard on your story, poem, or event. Time to spread the word!
Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sarah Hill
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Turn Your Fragments into Stories

"I can always think of great situations, but how do I turn them into a story?" We all have a collection of ideas and even notes toward a story that somehow never come to fruition. We recognize compelling moments when we see them: a homeless person treated callously by a passerby; a child lost on a crowded street and reaching out to the wrong stranger; a space ship landing in a suburban neighborhood which can only be seen by one family. These are all interesting ideas which suggest narratives, but they are not yet fully formed. In this seminar, we’ll explore a variety of ways to develop our fragments into fully realized stories.
Saturday, June 30, 10 am.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Psychologists, Psychology, and Psychotherapy: Getting it Write

"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’ll 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’s 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, June 30, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Tim Sanderson, MD
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Techniques of Narration in Fiction Writing Genres

Stories naturally present actions preformed by characters. We will explore how the language used to portray dramatic action is vastly different from the usual, information-based exposition that we all have been trained to use since we were small children. We’ll focus on the dramatic criteria used to create the "film strip of the mind" in our readers, and see what other published authors can teach us. Together we’ll spend time with individual exercises performed with the goal of creating detailed based drama.
Saturday, June 30, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Peter Porosky
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

First, Second, Third: Point of View in Fiction

Point of view is the most important choice in a story, because it affects the voice, reader’s expectations, and even the title. However, it can be difficult to decipher what’s the best point of view choice. This seminar will cover the differences between first and third person point of view, the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as how to maintain a consistent narrative voice in both.
Saturday, July 7, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christina Marable
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Craft of Biography

Have you ever wanted to write about your grandmother or your father, but aren’t sure how to get started? Are you interested in learning more about the art of writing a biography? If so, than this seminar is for you! Currently, biographies make up 60% of the NY Times Best sellers list of nonfiction books and maintain their popularity in our society. This seminar will give you definitive approaches to biographical writing and allow you to hone your own craft. It will examine parts of award winning biographies and assist you in creating your own meaningful stories about the important people in your life.
Saturday, July 7, 10 am.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Kerry McNamara
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Reverse! Reverse!: Reversals and Plotting in Fiction

Ever had trouble with plotting a story? Want to learn how to write a meaningful yet entertaining story? This seminar explores how to use reversals to examine characters’ motivation as well as create engaging stories. Students will learn how to create character driven stories by reversing the readers’ expectations.
Saturday, July 7, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christina Marable
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

A Punctuation Refresher

"Let's eat Grandma" or "Let's eat, Grandma." Commas might not save lives, but they sure help clarify written work. Can you imagine reading a story with no punctuation? It would be like driving with no traffic signs to guide you. Those little commas, semicolons, apostrophes, hyphens, quotation marks and periods help us navigate written work. Correct use of punctuation marks is governed by specific rules. Learn them in this seminar. When you submit your work, you don’t want editors to reject it because of avoidable mistakes.
Saturday, July 7, 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

Doctors & Disease, Patients & Prescriptions

"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’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, no matter your story’s 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’s life is like. After a short presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dana Buchanan, MD
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How Many Plots Are There?

Seven? Thirty-six? Only one? We will examine and discuss popular plot categories including Polti's dramatic situations and Campbell's monomyth. We will then look at striking similarities in bestselling books of the last few decades, and decide whether there are some elements that all stories must contain. Students who have a novel in progress and are ready to ask themselves hard questions will benefit most from this class.
Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Forging A Continent: Real World Building

Whether your characters are scaling an icy mountain range or navigating a harsh dune sea, how you present natural landscapes can add verisimilitude to your fictional world. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will examine the processes that lead to the creation of mountains, deserts, rift valleys and a broad spectrum of other landforms, from the lovely to the lethal. Beginning with plate tectonics, we will explore how continents can merge into a supercontinent, and how crustal dynamics can cause the continental fringes to pull away into long archipelagos or miniature subcontinents. We will consider the causes and effects of ice ages and glacial sheets, the rise and fall of sea levels, and the processes that grind high mountains down--or create new land in shallow seas. We will conclude with a look at how climate interacts with geology to shape the biomes which support the full diversity of life on a living world.
Saturday, July 14, 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: 7

Copy Editing for Yourself & Others

A good copy editor is a reader’s best friend. The editing techniques covered in this workshop can also be valuable for writers who want to polish their work for print and online. Learn a rigorous approach to finding and removing inaccuracies, tightening flabby prose and correcting common mistakes in grammar and usage. We also will review deadline-tested methods to make a final review of an assignment to avoid mortifying embarrassments. If class members are interested, we can cover how to write killer headlines and photo captions. (After all, they are the best-read elements of print and online publications.)
Saturday, July 14, 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

Mind Readers and Fortune Tellers: Psychic Distance in Fiction

It’s difficult to write meaningful characters if the story avoids going into their heads, or is inside of their minds too much. This seminar will cover the different types of psychic distance in short stories, from remote to close, as well as the best times to use them. Readers will learn how to incorporate psychic distance into their point of view choice, as well as how to create memorable, characters that readers connect to.
Sunday, July 15, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christina Marable
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Importance of Backstory: When to Use It and How to Write It

Using backstory in short stories, novels, screenplays, and especially in memoirs, is often inevitable, but how do you know when you are giving too much or too little information? This workshop will focus on the importance of backstory and show you the best ways to write backstory without disrupting the forward momentum of your story. Writers like Adam Haslett and Elizabeth McCracken have found ways to incorporate backstory into their narratives without writing full scenic flashbacks and you will learn the key strategies for writing backstory in both your drafts and your revisions.
Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sarah Sheppard
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Writing Great Internal Monologue

The internal or interior monologue is possibly one of the coolest, but least used points of view these days. Once you get the hang of it, writing interior monologues can be as natural as writing notes to yourself. This seminar will focus on writing both direct and indirect interior monologues, providing great techniques for your narrator to react to his or her immediate surroundings, present their thoughts as memories, and mapping your narrator’s train of thought as a reflection, and in itself, the story.
Saturday, July 21, 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

Publishing 101: Learn The Basics of Traditional Publishing

Publishing can seem overwhelming, but don't let the fear stop you from getting your work published. In this seminar, you will learn the basic steps to preparing your manuscript, writing your query letter, acquiring an agent, and the process of actually selling your books. It may seem glamorous, but publishing, like any other industry, is a business and knowing the nuts and bolts is essential. Whether you are just beginning or you are already published, it is important to learn what you should do, what you should let you publisher do for you, and how to be as successful as possible.
Saturday, July 21, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sarah Sheppard
Open to: writers with some workshop experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Beyond Amazon and Goodreads: The Literary Book Review Workshop

Have you read a great book you just need to tell everyone about? How would you like to spread the news and get published (and paid, maybe)? Come learn the ins and outs of writing the Literary Review and getting it published. We’ll look as the best examples and break down the techniques used by journalists and academics as well as: what, where, and how to submit for the best chance for publication. And then we’ll apply our newly earned knowledge to a review of our own! Share your review in a workshop format to help gain readerly insight into your work. Join us for a seminar and workshop on how to better share your favorite books and a bit of fun.
NEW START DATE!
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting session beginning July 21
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: July 21, 28
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)-->
Seats Remaining: 8

Hostages, Crisis, and Negotiations

"A negotiator should observe everything. You must be part Sherlock Holmes, part Sigmund Freud." (Victor Kiam) 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 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: police response, crime scene analysis and investigation, general police investigations, robberies and bank robberies, and homicides and violent crime. policework in crisis situations, the roles and tactics of a negotiator, dos and don’ts in hostage situations, how to immediately assess a growing situation, the roles of SWAT and support teams, and eliminating double meanings in speech--when you have just a split second to say the right thing. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, July 28, 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

Infographics for Fiction

Innovative techniques to use a pie chart, a Cartesian plane, the Golden Ratio and a simple table to populate your novel with pieces of yourself, pair up your characters with meaningful sidekicks, balance your story, and find your themes.
Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lydia Netzer
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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, July 28, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christopher De Matteo
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Subtext: the "Thing" and the "Other Thing" in a Story

Probe the depths of your subtext in storytelling by learning the principle of the "Thing" and the "Other Thing." Example: The "Thing" in Casablanca is, will Rick wind up with Ilsa at the end of the show? The "Other Thing," far more important: Will Rick rejoin the Human Race and enter the French Resistance? Seen another way, the "Thing" is a story’s X/Y plane. The "Other Thing"--the subtext--is on the Z plane. Memorable stories operate on both planes. "The Thing and the Other Thing" is a technique of story understanding credited to novelist Tony Earley. Deepen your stories to create works of consequence. We’ll look at your work to magnify and cultivate your "Other Thing."
Saturday, July 28, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Colin Sargent
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Ins and Outs of Good Erotica

Erotica: It's a sticky subject. Or, it can be, if you've never touched it before! In this seminar, we'll cover the ins and outs (pun intended) of writing good erotica, and how to get over your own hang-ups about writing steamy scenes. Take it from a one-time professional ghostwriter of romance and erotica: Your sex scenes don't *have* to suck! Obviously, we want you to be 18+ to attend this seminar, and, all naughty double-entendres aside, please come prepared to have a (moderately) intelligent, playful, and above all, respectful discussion.
Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Cait Woods
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Create Your Own Book Trailer

A Book Trailer offers a quantum leap forward in your book promotion. This valuable tool works 24/7, promotes your work even when you are not present, and is ideal for blog posts, YouTube channels or book events. Using the movie trailer concept, book trailers increase sales and interest in your work. This low-tech seminar utilizes basic tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint or the equivalent. Learn timing tricks for maximum impact, how to keep it legal, plus best ways & times to publicly post. The instructor has published five book trailers with guidance from top video production houses. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills, PowerPoint; no HTML required. Students will need a laptop in class.
Saturday, August 4, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Malcom Massey
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Writing Real and Unreal Places: How to use Regionalism to Better Your Stories

When building any world in literature--either portraying the world we live in or some fantastical place light-years away--it is essential that every write add a hint (or two) of the flavor of the region to their work in order to make things real. Portraying the Deep South? You're going to need more than bayous, gators, and tobacco fields. What about a city far away, like Brisbane? Details on the intense heat and images of marsupials won't get you far. In this seminar, we will explore techniques for developing a location, seek to discover what a successful writer must include in their stories in order to make a place, and those who inhabit it, seem real.
Saturday, August 4, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dexter Gore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 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: 8

Writing in the Now: Using the Present Voice

Do you have trouble escaping the clutches of static and passive writing? Join us as we explore proven, hands-on techniques for enlivening your prose with movement and action. Learn easy ways to spot and fix key indicators of slowness, how to find hidden words, converting the vague into juicy details, and other methods for bringing your story into "the now." These concepts apply to all genres and styles. Participants are encouraged to bring a few pages of their own work to experiment on--but breathe easy, no public reading is required.
Saturday, August 11, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Rick Eley
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Advanced 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. But you know that, already. You’ve started your project; you’ve written your story. You know how to create and organize your binder and maybe even have some experience with compiling. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In this seminar, participants will learn the deeper mechanisms, offering a whole new level of organization, opening greater doors to your creativity. This is for those who’ve taken the "Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener" seminar or for those who are already confident in the basics of the program. 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 11, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Christopher De Matteo
Open to: writers with Scrivener experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 11, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4 of 4

Writing Great YA

Do you dream of writing the next Fault in Our Stars, Catcher in the Rye, or Hunger Games? Do you want to write fiction that's driven by authentic voices, diverse characters, and high-stakes emotions? If the answer is yes, this seminar is for you! Young Adult fiction has grown faster than any other section of the market in the last 15 years, and YA has it all--from blockbuster adventures to award-winning literary novels. It isn't just vampires and mean girls: as long as your protagonist is a teenager, (almost) anything goes. We'll dive into what sets the Young Adult market apart and explore the tools you'll need to build a stand-out YA novel. Whether you're polishing a finished draft, planning your first chapter, or just interested in learning about what YA really is, this Saturday seminar is the perfect place to bring your craft to the next level.
NEW MEETING DATE!
Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m,-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructors: Hannah Capin & Jessica Kelley
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

How to Submit Your Work to Magazines and Journals

You’ve crafted your writing; now it’s time to get it published! This two-session seminar will guide you through the world of submitting to literary journals and magazines from start to finish. First, we'll discuss our individual publishing challenges, review our work in an optional short workshop, and then start pulling together a submission while we learn about file organization, proper formatting, crafting a cover letter, finding markets that fit our work, and how to utilize social media. Then after we've had time to research and hone our submissions we'll meet again to review our cover letters, share the markets we found, discuss copyright, fees, paid markets, time management, review some exercises to help you keep writing and submitting. learn how to handle the enviable rejections and answer any additional questions. By the end of this two-session seminar you will have learned everything you need to know to confidently send your work into the world!
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting session beginning August 18
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: August 18, 25
Session cost: $90 ($80 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 18, 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: 7
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Art for Writers:

Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.
Sunday, June 24, 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: 4 of 5

Calligraphy: 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!
Sunday, August 19, 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: 5 of 5
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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 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 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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 4 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
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students) returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Ukulele for Beginners

In this class, we'll learn all about Hawaii's famous stringed instrument, the Ukulele or "dancing flea." A perfect beginner's instrument, it’s easy to learn and lends itself well to just about any style of music. Join local songwriter and Ukulele player, Skye Zentz, as we explore basic chord shapes and strumming patterns that will prepare you for a world of tropical fun on just 4 strings! Students will have the opportunity to perform in a Ukulele Cabaret this Spring. All students must bring an approved Ukulele and Digital Tuner to class. Approved Ukulele Brands: Kala, Makala, Lanikai, Cordoba, Luna, and Martin. If your ukulele is not among the brands listed, please contact Skye to make sure that it is approved.
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning June 5
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 13 and older accepted)
Meets: June 5, 12, 19, 26
Session cost: $110 ($100 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Ukulele 2: Beyond the Basics

This class will build upon the fundamentals of Ukulele playing while growing your confidence and performance skills. We'll start by mixing in some fun new chords and incorporating a variety of strumming and picking patterns in order to develop our own personal playing styles. This class will culminate in a Ukulele Cabaret 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 is a prerequisite for this class, and all students must bring their own digital tuner and approved Ukulele to class. Approved Ukulele Brands: Kala, Makala, Lanikai, Cordoba, Luna, & Martin. If your ukulele is not among the brands listed, please contact Skye to make sure that it is approved.
Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning August 7
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: persons who have completed "Ukulele for Beginners" or have greater experience
Meets: August 7, 14, 21, 28
Session cost: $110 ($100 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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Food & Cookbook Writing Classes:

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.VaEatsAndDrinksMag.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 3 week session beginning July 22
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: July 22, 29, August 5
Session cost: $135 ($125 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Noodle, Nibble, & Scribble

Hone your creative food writing skills in this open-forum workshop with Virginia’s Secretary of Taste, chef and award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton. You’ll noodle ideas, or use a supplied writing prompt or two, and get guidance and feedback as you commit your tastebuds' deepest, darkest secrets to paper. This is a great class for food writers on all levels to scribble about their nibbles, network with others, and work with an experienced writer.
Sunday, August 19, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7
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Scriptwriting (Screenwriting, Playwriting, Comic Books, Graphic Novels) Classes:

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.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning June 19
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: June 19, 26, (skipping July 3), July 10, 17, 24, 31
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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—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 week session beginning June 28
Instructor: Diane Fine
Open to: writers who have completed "Screenwriting" or have similar experience
Meets: June 28, July 12, 26, August 9, 23, September 6
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

The Visual Vocabulary of Film

The best films share a characteristic that the audience is all-too-often unaware of. In Hollywood it is known as: "Show It, Don’t Say It." That is, try to find a means to express the drama, conflicts, and even the emotions of the characters, as visually as possible; minimize the reliance on dialogue to explain what can best be shown in a medium as visual as cinema. There is a reason they are still called Motion Pictures. The Visual Vocabulary of Film is a one-of-a-kind 6-week course designed to introduce the strictly visual means that filmmakers use. Clips from over 100 feature films will illustrate the storytelling categories of: Character Introductions, Symbolic Uses of Props, Let The Blocking Do the Talking, Images of Authority, Expressions of States of Mind, and Examples From The Opening 10-Minutes. Just a few of the films used in this class include The Apartment, Nebraska, Casablanca, Primary Colors, Goodfellas, Schindler’s List, Apocalypse Now, Citizen Kane, Psycho, Lawrence of Arabia, Shane, and silent films such as 1919 Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1924 Greed, Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 City Lights, and the great French classic 1928 Napoleon (after all, silent films had no dialogue, so everything had to be told visually). The course is designed for movie lovers who would like to gain a greater appreciation of films by learning how to "read a film" in a whole new way. And aspiring scriptwriters will greatly benefit by acquiring many more screenwriting tools at their disposal. This course is intended to be as entertaining as it is a useful learning experience.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 week session beginning June 20
Instructor: Rick Fischer
Open to: persons of all levels and experience
Meets: June 20, 27, (skipping July 4), July 11, 18, 25, August 1
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels

Comic books and graphic novels are among the most popular forms of literature in the modern marketplace. This class will begin with a set of exercises designed to familiarize writers with this exciting and challenging form, as well as discussions about the relationship between writer and artist and its importance in the formation of the script. We'll move from simple games like "fill in the word balloon," to the basics of character design and storytelling for a visual medium, and on to story outlining and exercises in full-fledged comics scriptwriting which will be reviewed in class.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning July 12
Instructor: Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: July 12, 26, August 9, 23
Session cost: $170 ($155 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Comic Book & Graphic Novel Workshop

For comic writers and artists looking to hone their works in progress, this workshop will emphasize critique and accountability. While retaining an element of lecture from Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels, we will delve deeper into each student's comic project of choice, with the goal of polishing and revising our work.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning June 21
Instructor: Kristin Mehaffey
Open to: writers who have completed "Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels" or have related experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: June 21, July 5, 19, August 2, 16, 30
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Classes for Kids & Teens:

Young Songwriters Week

Join local songwriter Skye Zentz, as she introduces songwriting in a fun and enriching afternoon "camp" for ages 9-14 You will learn the basics of lyrical composition with the goal of creating unique original songs in a variety of styles. 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 young songwriters with or without any experience playing a musical instrument.
Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.
a week-long session beginning July 16
Instructor: Skye Zentz
Open to: ages 9-14 of all levels of experience
Meets: July 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 9 of 9

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 6
Instructors: Amanda Gomez & Tammy Wartell
Open to: writers ages 6-8 (or 2nd-3rd grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: August 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
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 by using nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. On Wednesday, we’ll work with visual stories and writing comic books. And on Thursday, we’ll bring our imaginations and characters to life by writing short and very short stories. 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 6
Instructors: Madeline Carey, Robbie Ciara, Jessica Kelley, Kristin Mehaffey, & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: August 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6 of 14

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, screenwriting on Tuesday, writing comic books and visual stories on Wednesday, and writing fiction and nonfiction, memoir, and personal writing on Thursday. 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 6
Instructors: Robbie Ciara, Rick Fischer, Jessica Kelley, Kristin Mehaffey, & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: August 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 11 of 20

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. 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 July 1
Instructors: Cathy Malley & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 9-11 (4th-6th grade), of all levels of experience
Meets: July 1, 15, 29, August 12, 26, September 9
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Teen Writers Workshop (Multi-Group): Saturday Mornings

In this multiple-group workshop, you can explore different genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. Each meeting, teachers will lead breakout groups 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. 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 16
Instructors: Robbie Ciara, Jessica Kelley, & Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: June 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 11, 25
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 13 of 16

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 18
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: June 18, July 2, 16, 30, August 13, 27
Session cost: $200 ($185 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3
Looking for Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels?
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Looking for Creativity?
Looking for Journaling?
Looking for The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener?
Looking for A Grammar Refresher?
Looking for A Punctuation Refresher?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us?
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.


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

Write Now

In this workshop, you will write--in the moment--in response to creative prompts and cues. You will have the opportunity share your work (or not, if you so choose) with your classmates to get feedback on what works in your writing. You will have the opportunity to be heard and to strengthen your ability to get your words and thoughts across to others. There won't be much time to edit, but there will be plenty of time to write and to share.
Saturday, June 16, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Free class registration availeble through ASAP: The Armed Services Arts Partnership

Intro. to Screenwriting

Everyone's got a story to tell and the screenwriter is the one who breathes life into the characters, conflicts and unique worlds created on the silver screen. This seminar is designed to introduce the three-act structure, the use of conflict to move the story forward, and creating compelling characters that audiences will root for. If you've written a screenplay in the past or if you are entirely new to the form, you will learn something valuable about the exciting challenges of visual storytelling.
Saturday, August 25, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Alison Schoew
Free class registration availeble through ASAP: The Armed Services Arts Partnership