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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 2022

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, June 7 - August 16 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

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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…

Thursdays, June 9 - August 18 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Create A Website & Blog

Are you ready to launch your writing career? You’ll need an online presence where readers can find you. In this class, we’ll work through the step-by-step process of setting up an author website and blog. Learn how to navigate and manage your online presence on the free platform WordPress.com.

Saturdays, June 11 - June 18 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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Spark Your Creativity

Everyone is creative. There are tools that can help us be more creative, find our projects and knock down our inner walls. In this seminar, we’ll explore the creativity gene, how creativity works, why we get blocks, and discover some methods of breaking through the blocks. We’ll move quickly through five or six exercises in creativity, followed by discussion. Experiment in a place where success and failure are both part of the learning process. Bring with you a willingness to…

June 11 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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Letters of Loss 

We have all experienced loss in our lives...  loss of a loved one, spouse, pet, job, or our health. We will explore the experience and feelings related to losing something that still tugs at our hearts and psyche. Through letter writing and simple expressive arts activities such as using watercolor, clay, and oil pastels, we will begin and/or continue the healing journey in a supportive environment.  No art skills needed.  (A supply packet will be mailed to you. Please register…

Wednesdays, June 15 - August 31 @ 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, June 15 - August 24 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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The Memoir Inventory 

The Memoir Inventory is a class in perception, a way to distinguish between what works in our lives and what is no longer useful or necessary. Being aware of what we did yesterday can help us understand and accept who we are today, so that tomorrow we can become the people we want to be. We may have lost sight of our personal goals, neglected our potential, and become too concerned with our past failures to be able to fully…

Thursdays, June 16 - August 25 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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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…

June 18 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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A Grammar Refresher

(Who, whom) do you think should take this workshop? Each of the writers who (has, have) problems with grammar. Everyone who writes should know (his/her, their) grammar rules. This session will help you refresh your grammar knowledge and polish your writing skills, so you will make (less, fewer) mistakes. (Answers: who, has, his/her, fewer)

June 18 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 4:30 pm EDT

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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…

Tuesdays, June 21 - August 30 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Making Historical Writing Real

Do you have an awesome idea for a piece of historical fiction, but it’s set in ancient Rome and your only knowledge of the period is based solely on the movie “Gladiator” or Monty Python’s “Life of Brian?” How about if you have a killer idea for a medieval story, but the brutality of “Braveheart” and “Game of Thrones” is all you can think of? Maybe you want to set it more recent, like World War II; was the world…

June 25 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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How to Write a Novel

A practical 15-point plan that demystifies and deconstructs novel-writing--from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans. We'll discuss how to tap into your subconscious and life experiences to transform them into a book-length project, populated with interesting characters, a twisty-turny plot, snappy dialogue, and an interesting setting. We'll also look at strategies for finding an agent, marketing the finished product,…

June 25 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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