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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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March 2021

Storytelling 1

In this 4-meeting workshop we will find the stories that live inside us all. We will examine the ingredients needed to tell a personal story in such a way as to make it leap off our tongues and into the mind of a listener. Together, we’ll explore the various types of storytelling and gain insight into the growing professional community of storytellers. Join us for this interactive and participatory class. No previous storytelling experience is needed. Even if you aren’t…

Sundays, March 7 - March 28 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Sheila Arnold

Fiction 1: Tuesday Mornings

We all have stories to tell, whether we’ve never written anything before, or we’re dusting off the old writing muscles and getting back in the game. This class is a foundational course to get started or begin writing fiction again. We will learn and explore all of the essential fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. We will discover and begin to understand how to write an active scene, define a character, and move your story from A to B,…

Tuesdays, March 2 - April 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

Creative Nonfiction & Memoir 1: Wednesday Mornings

“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…

Wednesdays, March 3 - April 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Screenwriting 1: Wednesday Evenings

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, March 3 - April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Creative Nonfiction & Memoir 1: Wednesday Evenings

“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…

Wednesdays, March 3 - April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions

Comics & Graphic Novels 1

Comics are a magical blend of visuals and writing. Come engage this incredible medium--whether you draw or not! We'll cover comics from the ground up--from scripting the story to getting it out into the world. Topics include character design, the relationship between a writer and an artist, layout, and so much more. The course will comprise of fun exercises and lecture, along with some case studies and games to mix it up. No experience required. Let's make comics! Please note:…

Thursdays, February 25 - May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Morgan Sawyer

Fiction 1: Thursday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we’ve never written anything before, or we’re dusting off the old writing muscles and getting back in the game. This class is a foundational course to get started or begin writing fiction again. We will learn and explore all of the essential fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. We will discover and begin to understand how to write an active scene, define a character, and move your story from A to B,…

Thursdays, March 4 - April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Abi Putnam

Journaling 1: Engineering Surprise for Creativity and Self-Discovery

Surprise is an important element in any writer’s work. One reason? It’s a good lie detector. When we’ve failed to surprise ourselves, it’s often because we haven’t surrendered control. Instead, we allow our fears to dictate where we should go, what we should think, and especially how we should write. The danger in this passivity is we lose ourselves, which is why surprise focuses our attention. It demands action. Surprise is what helps us loosen our grip on the world,…

Saturdays, February 27 - March 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Amanda Gomez

The Perfect Ending

“There’s nothing on Earth like really nailing the last line of a big book,” Alex de Campi said. “You have 200 pages to tickle their fancy, and seven words to break their heart.” But how does an author achieve this? It is no easy task, given that endings must, as Chekhov said, “artfully concentrate for the reader an impression of the entire work.” In this seminar, we will identify elements of satisfying endings, explore the pros and cons of various…

March 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Alicia Dekker

Poetry 1

Whether you’re brand new to poetry or just need a refresher on the craft of writing poems, this class will focus on the fundamentals of what makes a great poem. With a strong emphasis on how to read a poem as a writer, this class mixes both traditional and formal poetry with modern contemporary examples and covers the basics of form and language. This class will help you build your toolbox of literary devices to begin crafting poems on your…

Mondays, March 15 - April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

The Worlds Next Door: A Grand Tour of Our Solar System

In recent years, so many planets have been discovered outside our solar system that the worlds close to home seem overlooked, if not taken for granted. But despite the attention further out, even the planets closest to us have a wealth of surprises, and each of them is fascinating and mysterious in its own right. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will look past the familiar names--Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn--to see each planet as a unique and often dynamic…

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: John Aguiar

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. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Anna Fitzgerald
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