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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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June 2021

Becoming a Master Writer

Take your writing to the next level in this in-depth series of topic-specific workshops designed to drill deeper into the finer points of story telling: memoir, journaling, characterization, dialogue, and research. In addition, you’ll learn how to overcome writer’s block whether you’re a planner or if you write by the seat of your pants. By the end of the series, you’ll have the skills, confidence and strategies to take your writing to a professional level. Each session will include short…

Saturdays, June 26 - June 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: John DeDakis

July 2021

Twenty Ways to Immediately Improve Your Writing

In this seminar we'll explore twenty (or more) proven methods to improve your writing. Many authors struggle with the same issues, often without knowing why they struggle. We all want to produce tighter, meaningful, more exciting prose, but how do we do it? Learning these twenty guidelines is a great step toward creating material that captivates your readers. Writers of any level will appreciate these concepts I have (painfully) learned after much study, practice, and critique. Why not skip the…

July 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Rick Eley

Writing Humor & Satire

Do you want to hone your funny bone? In this humor writing seminar, you will learn how to form a strong comedic point of view in the style of McSweeney’s, Shouts and Murmurs, and other top short humor venues. This class will cover how to develop a generate ideas, how to punch up instead of down, and examine what makes writing funny. We’ll also explore venues that publish humor, review submission guidelines, and discuss internet presence.

July 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Shannon Curtin

Characterization Through Dialogue

When characters talk to each other, the story moves forward and the reader learns about the speaker. In this class, you’ll learn how to find the right words to put into the mouths of your characters. We'll dig into the do's and don'ts of creating effective dialogue and, through writing exercises, learn how dialogue can transform story telling into story showing.

July 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: John DeDakis

Weaving Multiple Plotlines and POVs to Keep Your Reader Turning the Page

Writers of best-selling fiction craft multi-layered, action-intense stories. Linear plots and single-POV characters work, but complex stories engage readers and keep them turning the page. This two-part seminar employs examples from popular fiction authors (George RR Martin, JK Rowling, Michael Connolly, Karin Slaughter, Jayne Ann Krentz, and others) to demonstrate the techniques for crafting a novel using interrelated multiple points of view and plot threads. Structural examples will show how to segment each within a story for maximum impact, how…

Saturdays, July 17 - July 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: Michael Krentz

Keeping Military Science Fiction Fresh

Course description coming soon. David is looking forward to working with you in this seminar.

July 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: David Weber

Create an Impression: Get Hands-On with an Agent

The dream of every author is for their work to stick in the minds of their readers, but first it has to create an impression in the mind of your prospective agent. Before starting to build his own list, literary agent Steven Salpeter read manuscripts for agents at three major agencies, and has sent revision notes to over one hundred successful authors. Whether you’re writing your debut or your break-out, in this interactive seminar, Steven will work with you to…

July 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Steven Salpeter

Writing The Weird

In this seminar, we will look at making the most out of what’s on the page. Often, after a few drafts, we still don’t feel fully invested in our own work. What’s missing? Have I entertained every possibility? Am I willing to get a little weird to make this story pop? Through an engaging process of sharing ideas, writing prompts, and revision, we will further develop the characters, settings, and plots that your story has had all along, but just…

July 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Patrick Dacey

Finding Your Author Voice

Your author voice will be the most important factor in your career.  It will make you or break you. Yes, craft is important, finding the right genre is vital and there's always the element of timing when it comes to the writing profession.  But the key is voice. It is what sets you apart from every other writer on the planet.  Voice is often a mystery but I've got a few clues and techniques you can use to help you…

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Jayne Ann Krentz

Making Sci-Fi and Fantasy Digestible

Elaborate worldbuilding is a hallmark of science fiction and fantasy, but so is the plethora of confusing, unpronounceable, made up words and concepts. With so much information needed to tell your story, it's easy to overwhelm your audience. This class will discuss ways to build a fantastical world and ease readers into it, making it more likely they'll remember characters, places, and events. We'll also address how to put complex ideas into a concise, understandable, and intriguing pitch for agents…

July 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Erin Beaty

Writing Diversely

Are you an author who wants to write own voices stories but you’re not sure whether you should? Or are you an author who wants to write point of view (POV) characters who do not share your ethnic background, but you’re not sure if you should? In this seminar, we will explore the hard questions of whether you should make that leap. The main focus of this class will be on race and ethnicity. Students will engage with critical race…

July 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Power of Line Editing

Line editing involves editing sentence by sentence (or line by line) to upgrade the prose, always keeping craft in mind. A line edit ensures that your book's content is consistent while its language is creative and concise. Publishers used to provide line editors for accepted manuscripts. No longer. You are now your own line editor. But what is line editing and how is it different from copy editing? And what difference will it make in either the acceptance or sales…

July 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Jean Klein
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