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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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March 2021

Teen Writers: Writing the Short Film

Learn what goes into writing movies by starting with a short! In this class, you will analyze films and the art of visual storytelling, drill down into Three Act Structure, and learn how to dramatize conflict and resolution. We will do in-class writing exercises and share our work for positive group feedback. You will finish the class with a better understanding of characterization, plotting and writing dialogue PLUS a script for a short film, between 3-10 pages long. Please note:…

Sundays, February 21 - March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine
Level:

Storytelling 1

In this 4-meeting workshop 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…

Sundays, March 7 - March 28 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Sheila Arnold

Teen Writers Class: 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. We will also learn about the workshop structure and students will have the opportunity to have the writing workshopped with the whole class. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing…

Mondays, February 22 - May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sierra Foltz
Level:

Nonfiction in a Flash

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, February 8 - April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

Fiction 1: Tuesday Mornings

We all have stories to tell, whether we’ve never written anything before, or we’re dusting off the old writing muscles and getting back in the game. This class is a foundational course to get started or begin writing fiction again. We will learn and explore all of the essential fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. We will discover and begin to understand how to write an active scene, define a character, and move your story from A to B,…

Tuesdays, March 2 - April 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

The Fiction Studio: Tuesday Evening

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members, writers from the Advanced Fiction Workshop, and new members with professional fiction workshop experience. We 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. New members…

Tuesdays, March 2 - April 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

8 sessions

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 different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative exercises, prompts,…

Tuesdays, March 9 - April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sarah Pringle

The Advanced 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 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 advanced screenwriting students. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate,…

Tuesdays, February 9 - April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Mornings

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members, writers from the Advanced Fiction Workshop, and new members with professional fiction workshop experience. We 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. New members…

Wednesdays, February 10 - April 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kelly Sokol

Creative Nonfiction & Memoir 1: Wednesday Mornings

“True Stories Told Well,” is the definition given by Lee Gutkind, the founder and publisher of Creative Nonfiction Magazine of the 4th genre known as Creative Nonfiction. Whether it be a memoir, the personal essay, or a literary journalistic article in The New Yorker, the truth can be told in a compelling way that keeps the reader engaged. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will…

Wednesdays, March 3 - April 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Flash Fiction 1

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…

Wednesdays, March 3 - March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Abi Putnam

Writing YA Fiction Workshop

In the last couple decades, the publishing world has seen an explosion of literature written for younger audiences, many of which have adult crossover readers. This workshop will explore the unique pacing, character, and elements of writing fiction about teens, for teens. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels and submit material for review. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session. This intermediate…

Wednesdays, February 24 - May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Erin Beaty
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