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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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October 2021

Screenwriting 1

This course is designed as both an introduction for students who are new to screenwriting, and as continuity for those who have already started writing a screenplay and wish to further develop their scripts. No matter your level of experience, everyone will benefit from the groups’ members sharing their experiences they encounter. Class activities will include: discussing and developing story ideas, and sharing comments and suggesting solutions; an introduction to the three-act structure and the critical importance of the first…

Wednesdays, October 20 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Creative Nonfiction 2

Returning students from Creative Nonfiction 1 and new writers with intermediate CNF writing experience will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of writing that polishes the truth. We will learn the power of the first person and the limitations & benefits of writing in the third, practice and refine research and memory habits and techniques, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and master the writing of…

Wednesdays, October 13 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Lizz Schumer

Words Bear Witness: Writing About Trauma

We are walking wounds, but I am not sure any of us know quite how to talk about it. --Roxane Gay As human beings, we’ve all experienced trauma—simply defined as the significant events that have shaped our lives and identities, no matter how big or small. During this immersive writing workshop, we will explore the complex relationship between trauma, language, and healing. We will focus on how to write about the significant events of our lives, moments which often leave…

Thursdays, October 21 - December 16 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Libby Kurz

How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels (for Artists)

Comics are a magical blend of visuals and writing. Come explore this incredible medium of storytelling through sequential art! This introductory class will cover scripting, thumbnailing and layout, all the way to character design and getting your work into the world. Our sessions will comprise of fun exercises and lecture, along with some case studies and games to mix it up. Artists are encouraged to sign up as the class will feature a heavy drawing aspect. Excited? So are we.…

Thursdays, October 14 - December 9 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

Creative Nonfiction 1

“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 learn, through published texts…

Thursdays, October 21 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Shawn Girvan

Teen Writing Level 2: Writing Workshop

In this class, teen students will encounter the model that serves as the basis for writing at the college and graduate level: The Workshop. They will be required to submit work for review and to offer constructive, kind feedback to their classmates. This is the perfect class for serious writers who want a rigorous look at what the writing world is like post-high school.  The prose sessions of the workshop will be led by Susan Deutsch. The poetry sessions of…

Saturdays, October 30 - December 11 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

7 sessions
Teacher: Jeffrey Hecker

Real Med. True Psych.

Stories in all genres often feature medical scenarios or characters with psychological challenges. This class will explore common medical mistakes that writers make, how to correct them, and how to craft medical scenes that serve the author's plot and character objectives. Using examples from literature and film, the class will also explore various psychological conditions relevant to character and plot development, including thought, mood, and personality disorders.

October 30 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

Teacher: Michael Krentz

Teen Writing Level 1: Creative Writing

This class will explore the fundamentals of craft and will ground the student in the language and techniques necessary to take their writing to the next level. The class will be a mix of readings, in-class exercises, and prompts. The class culminates in a reading which friends and family are invited to attend. Students must take this class before enrolling in Writing Level 2: Intermediate Workshop.  This class is taught by Jessica Kelley and Jeffrey Hecker. Please Note: All students…

Saturdays, October 30 - December 11 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley

Writing Compelling Heroes

Creating a hero (protagonist) for a story sounds simple. This is the person we care about, root for, want to protect. But it is one thing to write a likeable character and another to write a compelling character. Many writers have difficulty rounding out their heroes, warts and all. Most of us have picked up a book, been interested for a few pages, or even chapters, and then put the book down, never to return. In this class, we will…

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

Teacher: Jean Klein

Poetry of Bliss

Cheap thrills, escape, the sense of participating (without really participating); courage: willful financial, psychological or physical self-flagellation embarked upon by those who’ve been sold some hollow version of a quest; confusion, the medicine show, spending more than one can afford on snake oil, or a situation in which your tormentors come with smiles and trays and congratulate you on your good taste as they rip you off. Intoxication, obviously. Hydrocephalac didacticism, the old maladroit chimera coming again into prominence with…

Saturdays, October 16 - November 6 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
Teacher: Tom Yuill

To Joy

In a recent interview, to answer the question “how can we be joyful in a moment like this?” — poet Ross Gay said “It is joy by which the labor that will make the life that I want, possible. It is not at all puzzling to me that joy is possible in the midst of difficulty. …There’s some kind of tenderness that might be possible — not always gonna happen, because I might just get scared and do something else.…

Sundays, October 17 - November 7 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
Teacher: Luisa A. Igloria

Writing about Sexuality in Memoir

No exploration about relationships would be complete without an honest inquiry into our attitudes and beliefs about sex and sexuality, as well as how we express that aspect of our beings in our romantic relationships.  Everyone has had a sexual experience whether pleasant or damaging that could be included in their memoir. That’s part of being human. Yet it remains a relatively taboo, “delicate” topic to write about.  Sex is a real and important part of all of our lives.…

Sundays, October 3 - December 12 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper
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