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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 2022

Creating a Strong Romantic Arc

Join us and learn how to create a compelling love story that showcases a heartfelt, emotional connection between your main characters. In this course, you'll learn about the classic beats to every romantic story arc, and you'll gain insights on how to make the arc unique to your own story. We'll also discuss internal and external romantic conflict, and how to craft a love story that readers will adore.

August 20 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

Getting into the Creative State of FLOW

Learn the brain state of FLOW and how it relates to creativity. In this class you will create a mind map of your optimal creative state and what that looks like in your schedule, habits, and practices.

August 21 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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Infusing Setting with Character in Fantasy Fiction

Setting in fantasy fiction is more than just the imaginary time and space where the plot happens, i.e. the neutral zone of conflict and action. In the best fantasy fiction, setting can approach the status of character, and in doing so holds the potential for externalizing otherwise obscured psychological, spiritual, and thematic concerns. Consider the Gothic labyrinth of Dracula's castle, the barren wastelands of Mordor, the claustrophobic decadence of King's Landing, the quirky eccentricity of Hogwarts: these famous fantasy zones…

August 27 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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Global Forest Biomes

Whether guarded by wise tree-shepherds or supporting life on an alien moon, forests have long been integral to fantasy and science fiction—as locations, environments, and even characters in their own right. But how you present forest ecosystems in your writing can add depth and verisimilitude to your fictional worlds. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will survey the scope and diversity of forest ecosystems, from flooded equatorial rainforest to snowbound boreal taiga. We will examine how climate, topography and…

August 27 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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September 2022

Nonfiction 1: The Art of Writing True Stories (Monday Evenings)

The truth doesn’t have to be written like a textbook. The truth can be exciting and gut wrenching and exotic. “True Stories Told Well,” is the definition given by Lee Gutkind, the founder and publisher of Creative Nonfiction Magazine of the 4th genre known in some circles as “Creative Nonfiction.” In this class we will discover that the difference between Nonfiction and “Creative Nonfiction” isn’t the truth; the difference is the flavor in which the story is written. Whether it…

Mondays, September 26 - December 5 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

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The Fiction Studio (Monday Evenings)

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members 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 must receive pre-approval to register from…

Mondays, September 26 - December 19 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

7 sessions

Armed Services Arts Partnership Fiction Creative Writing Class

Description Coming Soon. Visit ASAPFICTION to register and learn more.  

Thursdays, September 29 - November 10 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT

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October 2022

The Memoir Workshop

This advanced workshop is for writers actively drafting or revising a full-length memoir manuscript. Each class will include craft discussions on issues pertinent to students' work, such as structure, scene vs exposition, voice, and finding the story beneath the story. We will explore various narrative forms and craft techniques through the analysis of assigned weekly reading and discuss the real-world consequences and ethics of writing and publishing true-to-life stories. The majority of each class will be spent workshopping submitted writing.…

Mondays, October 3 - December 12 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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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, October 3 - December 12 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

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The Advanced Screenwriting Workshop

The Advanced 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. We will watch films and clips, read professional scripts and critique each other’s work in a spirit of encouragement and camaraderie. The Advanced section is by invitation of the Instructor.

Tuesdays, October 4 - December 13 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

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Fiction 3: Deeper into Voice & Revision

Building on the fundamentals from Fiction 1 and Fiction 2, Fiction 3 immerses new writers in the revision process to hone their voices and tell compelling stories. The class will follow a workshop format, with students sharing their work and critiquing other students’ work via written feedback and class discussion. We’ll dig into revision on a micro and macro level, exploring line-level details such as word choice and syntax as well as broader considerations. Alongside developing facility with revision and…

Tuesdays, October 4 - December 13 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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The Fiction Studio (Wednesday Mornings)

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members 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 must receive pre-approval to register from…

Wednesdays, October 5 - December 14 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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