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Creative Writing Classes & Seminars

Looking for a place to express your inner writer? In each of our three yearly sessions (winter/spring, summer, and fall), we offer creative writing classes on weekday evenings, weekday mornings, and the daytime on weekends. 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.

We offer classes for adults as well as pre-teen and teen writers. Genres and topics offered include a variety of creative writing classes in poetry, fiction, flash fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, storytelling, comic books and graphic novels, songwriting, food writing, science fiction, fantasy, children’s book writing, journaling, and multi-genre writing, as well as seminars in writers craft, research, and professional development.

Class size is usually capped at 8 or 9 students—classes with different maximum sizes are indicated in the class listing. We teach short seminars that meet once all the way to longer workshops that meet up to eight times.

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August 2020

Storytelling: Social Justice

This session will combine hopes and cultural thoughts to address social justice issues, like suicide, PTSD, poverty, immigration, race reconciliation, etc. Learn the most effective ways to create a story surrounding current issues, and then join a group discussion and brainstorm how we can use new and old stories as vehicles for awareness and change. Quote from previous attendee: "I have a feeling that part of this feeling of power, has to do with a deeper recognition of the purposefulness…

Sundays, August 9 - August 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Sheila Arnold

Visual Journaling Workshop: Exploring the Imagination

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this seminar will help writers tap into a different type of creativity. We will take a break from structured writing, and combine words with visual elements. We will paint, draw, write, and collage to explore our stream of consciousness and talk about how this can be incorporated in our own writing practice. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a…

Sundays, August 9 - August 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Christine Rucker

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. *Student's parent or legal guardian must complete Student Release in order to participate in the class.…

Mondays, June 29 - September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell
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Ukulele Performance Workshop

This class will build upon the fundamentals of Ukulele playing while growing your confidence and performance skills. We'll mix in some fun new chords and incorporate a variety of strumming and picking patterns, developing our own personal playing styles. This class will culminate in a UKEBOX Open Mic where each student will have a chance to prepare, arrange and perform a song of their choice for a supportive audience of ukulele lovers! Ukulele for Beginners (or a comparable level of…

Mondays, August 10 - August 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz

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. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a…

Mondays, June 1 - September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions

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 to take a fresh look…

Mondays, June 15 - August 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

Introduction to Writing Poetry

This class, for anyone interested in writing poetry, is designed to help you write and respond to poems through creative exercises, readings and discussions. Each member of the group will compose and revise original poems. Together we’ll explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection and a computer or device with a webcam…

Mondays, July 20 - August 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

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 goal…

Tuesdays, July 7 - August 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

A Deep Dive Into Craft: Cheating the MFA

This craft class will consist of four seminars structured around four literary novels/novellas read prior to the respective class. We will dissect these novels to learn how the author utilized certain literary tools, and then we’ll apply what we’ve learned to in-class writing exercises meant to supplement our ongoing writing projects. The four books we’ll read are Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill and Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.…

Tuesdays, July 14 - August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Michelle Ross

The Screenwriting Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

This workshop will focus on the all-important revision process in screenwriting, with members sharing the successes and difficulties encountered in the scripting process for feature-length, short, or TV scripts. You will have at least three opportunities to turn in pages of a screenplay for group review, workshop, and discussion—all in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and understanding. This class is open to continuing members as well as students who have either taken the Introduction to Screenwriting class, completed an early…

Tuesdays, June 30 - September 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

Start Writing, Keep Writing… Write Now!

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write--in the moment--to cues and prompts and then share your work in a safe and positive environment. (You can always opt out.) You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, nonfiction, fiction) to poetry. Class…

Tuesdays, July 7 - August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Alison Schoew

How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels

Comics are a magical blend of visuals and writing. Come engage this incredible medium--whether you draw or not! We'll cover comics from the ground up--from scripting the story to getting it out into the world. Topics include character design, the relationship between a writer and an artist, layout, and so much more. The course will comprise of fun exercises and lecture, along with some case studies and games to mix it up. No experience required. Let's make comics! *Students under…

Tuesdays, June 16 - August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey
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