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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 2023

Visual Journaling: 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 quick break from structured writing and combine words with visual elements, also looking at other artists’ journals. This semester, we will try simple art techniques to explore our stream of consciousness and talk about how this can be incorporated in our writing practice.

March 25 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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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.

March 25 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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Horror in Poetry

“Man lives in a sunlit world of what he believes to be reality, but there is unseen by most, an underworld. A place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit. A dark side.” Explore your poetic dark side through the genre of horror poetry. Students will learn the core elements of horror, examine examples of horror poetry, explore how humans react to fear in order to apply it to their writing, and learn how the use horror…

March 25 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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Discover Your Core Story: Define It In Three Words

Your core story has nothing to do with your chosen genre or the fictional landscapes you love. It has everything to do with the themes, conflicts and emotions that compel you. Discovering your core story will empower you because you will realize you can take it anywhere. Join us and reach your core.

March 26 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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April 2023

How to Write Non-Human Characters

Characters are the lifeblood of any work of fiction, but only in speculative fiction are they not always human. This workshop will explore what it takes to develop complex, interesting characters within a speculative context. How can a character from another world still be relatable to readers? How does the world they come from tie into character creation? What makes an alien truly alien? In this workshop, we'll explore all these questions and more through discussion, examples, and imaginative writing…

April 1 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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Writing Fanfiction

In recent years, fanfiction--that is, unofficial stories about the characters and worlds from popular media--has exploded into the mainstream. More and more professional writers are now coming out as fanfic writers too, many published novels have their origins as fanfiction works, and some have even argued that certain literary classics, such as Paradise Lost, are really fanfiction at heart. The boom in popularity reveals what fiction writers have known for a long time: fanfiction is an immense source of inspiration…

April 1 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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Songwriting 2: Into the Groove 

\When a song lyric hits you, it can take you back in time. In that mystical blend of melody and carefully crafted imagery, we can, for a time, be transported somewhere else. In Songwriting 2, we’ll bridge the gap between the tune and the lilt of the line, while finding our own, unique narrative voices. We will write 4 original songs during the class and workshop  them during weeks 3-6. Students will be invited to perform their work at a…

Mondays, April 3 - April 24 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

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Submit Your Work to Magazines, Journals, and Publishers

You’ve crafted your writing; now it’s time to get it published! From formatting to researching markets, tracking your submissions to keeping a positive attitude, we'll dive deep into the basics of submissions to the vast world of literary journals and magazines. Don’t let the fear of rejection--or an unfamiliarity with the process--get in your way. We’ll explore a few tips and tricks to help your writing get placed sooner than later. Plus, we'll explore the many reasons why most work…

April 8 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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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 spaceship landing in a suburban neighborhood which can only be seen by one family.…

April 8 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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Writing the Body: a Workshop for Health/Medical Workers and Caregivers (April)

Doctors, nurses, health, or hospice workers--as well as many other professionals and caregivers--are always called to heightened service in their line of work, especially in the current climate of global pandemic. Because so much of what we are asked to deal with is out of the bounds of human control, the challenge to be authentic is intense. Serving others involves not only great physical labor, but also emotional and intellectual labor. At the end of the day, after we have…

April 8 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

Punctuation and Grammar Revealed

In this interactive seminar, we'll start by writing your grammar and punctuation questions on the whiteboard, and then explore them together using simple exercises, examples, and tips. In the last half of our session, we'll take a look at samples from your own writing and find ways to make your prose shine more brightly, unencumbered by common grammar and punctuation errors--or misconceptions--that blur the meaning of your story. (Who, whom) do you think should take this workshop? During a dinner…

April 8 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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Advice from an Agent on Your Path to Publication

You've written your book, and it’s ready to send into the world. But how? In this seminar, we’ll look at everything from crafting a grabbing elevator pitch and where and how to find an agent to what to do and say while pitching and what agents actually do after you’ve signed. Join literary agent Jessica Errera and explore everything that follows typing “The End” on the last page of your manuscript.

April 15 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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