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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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February 2022

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.

Tuesdays, February 1 - April 12 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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Giving Voice: A Creative Writing Workshop for Women

“The function of freedom is to free someone else, and if you are no longer wracked in bondage, to tell your story.” (Toni Morrison and Anne Lamott) This workshop for women will follow the Amherst Writers Method of developing voice, craft and leadership through the practice of writing poetry, fiction and essays in a supportive group setting. This method has been highly effective with a wide variety of participants including those with marginalized gender, racial and socio-economic identities. It has…

Sundays, February 6 - February 27 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

4 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, February 7 - April 18 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning members and new members having poetry writing experience. Fresh, intriguing poetry prompts offer group members the opportunity to experiment with various styles, forms, subjects and themes, and in doing so, will clarify their own voices as they actively write and revise original poems. Each workshop will include consideration of an aspect of craft based on assigned readings, as well as close reading of select poems by outstanding poets past and present to open up new possibilities for students’ own work…

Mondays, February 7 - April 18 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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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, February 7 - April 18 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

6 sessions

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 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, February 8 - April 26 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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Writing Children’s Books

 Do you have an idea for a children’s book? This fiction workshop will focus on children’s picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels.  Our discussions will include the unique voice, character development, plot, and world building needed to write in these different age categories. You will actively write and revise original picture books or chapters for book-length projects and submit them for review. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during this course.  This…

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

6 sessions
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Poetry 2

Returning students and new members with poetry writing experience will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft and analyzing select poems by our best poets that effectively model those elements. All group members 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. 

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

6 sessions
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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 space ship landing in a suburban neighborhood which can only be seen by one…

February 12 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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The Memoir Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

Workshop is for writers who want to think seriously about book-length memoir or collections in the context of narrative voice, structure and improving their craft. We’ll work with prompts, exercises, and consider strategies for revision to help you see your memoir in a new light. Each week we'll look at exemplary readings and tackle issues such as characterization, description, scene vs. narrative summary, time and pacing, arc, and real-world consequences and ethical considerations when writing and publishing true-to-life stories. You…

Tuesdays, February 15 - April 25 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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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 will be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.

Tuesdays, February 15 - May 17 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

4 sessions

The Memoir Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

Workshop is for writers who want to think seriously about their book-length memoir or essays in the context of narrative voice, structure and improving their craft. We’ll use exercises, discussion, readings, and peer review to give you strategies for revision or help you see your memoir in a new light. Each week we will workshop pieces from class members and discuss characterization, description, scene vs. narrative summary, time and pacing, arc, and real-world consequences and ethical considerations when writing and…

Tuesdays, February 15 - April 26 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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