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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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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

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, 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. We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels, and in this class, we will begin to explore both the fundamentals of craft and the even more crucial challenge of carving out a space for yourself as an artist. We will work at every level with your stories, from the mystery of the creative impulse itself to the logistics of getting a character from…

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

6 sessions
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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

6 sessions
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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

6 sessions
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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

6 sessions
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Memoir Exploration 

Is there a moment or series of moments in time that you’d like to bring to life on the page? In this exploratory class, we will tap into our personal histories listening closely to ourselves and asking what stories are ready to be unearthed. We’ll look at the craft of memoir as a whole, and explore selections from phenomenal authors while digging deep into our own repertoire of memories. Brainstorming techniques such as guided imagery, music, and light meditation will…

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

6 sessions
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Science Fiction & Fantasy Workshop

Do you take your fiction with a side of aliens, superheroes, dragons, or witches? Then this is the workshop for you! Together we will consider those elements of writing which are crucial to crafting compelling speculative stories, such as building our own worlds, extrapolating the fantastic from reality, and creating compelling non-human characters. In addition to discussing classic and contemporary SFF works, you will participate in writing exercises and bring in your own work for critique. All members of the…

Wednesdays, October 5 - December 14 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Poetry 3: Going Deeper with Revision & Workshop

You've been crafting poetry and you've successfully made use of several forms and styles. It's time to take a more critical look at what makes a poem appeal to a greater audience, and to consider what makes a poem a contender for publication. In Poetry Level 3, you'll have the opportunity for a more immersive experience through a deeper workshop of your poems. You'll closely read fellow poets as they closely read your work to help prepare for revision and…

Wednesdays, October 5 - December 14 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Nonfiction 1: The Art of Writing True Stories (Thursday Mornings)

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…

Thursdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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