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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 2020

How To Find Your “Writing” Voice

Voice touches every aspect of our craft—from the images we choose, to the characters we create. When we first start to write, we often mimic our heroes. We try to sound like Morrison or Fitzgerald, or Ferrante, rather than ourselves. This seminar will help you to find your own voice, one distinct from your literary inspirations. This will be a generative few hours, with a mix of reading, instruction, and exercises. This seminar is for all writers, seasoned and new.…

October 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Remy Smidt

Writing Supernatural Horror: Destroying the Ordinary

According to H.P. Lovecraft, a horror tale possesses "a certain atmosphere of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces." He continues: "There must be a hint of that most terrible conception of the human brain--a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard against the assaults of chaos and the daemons of unplumbed space." In other worlds, horror fiction dramatizes the sinister destruction of our ordinary, everyday lives. Strange. Why…

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

Teacher: Jason Carney

Story Mining: How to Plan & Plot Commercial Fiction

We’ve all heard the term: Write to Market. But it doesn’t mean you can’t write the book of your heart. With a few tweaks, your book could appeal to a hungry market. Learn to do the research and plotting necessary to hit reader expectations, nail the tropes, and march to the right beats in commercial fiction. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a…

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

Teacher: Ines Johnson

Writing Through Trauma and Grief

Sharing our stories of trauma and grief through the cathartic act of writing can bring healing, hope, and acceptance. This 6 week course will explore the five stages of trauma—victim, survivor, thriver, server, empowered server—and give individuals an opportunity to assess where they are in their journey. We will be given ample time to craft and share origin stories of trauma and/or grief and provide encouragement and feedback to one another for personal use or professional publication. Please note: This…

Mondays, October 12 - December 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

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…

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Patrick Dacey

Turn Your Fragments into Stories

“I can always think of great situations, but how do I turn them into a story?” We all have a collection of ideas and even notes toward a story that somehow never come to fruition. We recognize compelling moments when we see them: a homeless person treated callously by a passerby; a child lost on a crowded street and reaching out to the wrong stranger; a space ship landing in a suburban neighborhood which can only be seen by one…

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

Teacher: Jean Klein

Introduction to Fiction Writing: 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, October 20 - December 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Wednesday 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,…

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

8 sessions
Teacher: Dana Staves

Introduction to Screenwriting: 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, October 21 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Introduction to Screenwriting: Thursday Mornings

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…

Thursdays, October 22 - December 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir: Thursday 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, a 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…

Thursdays, October 22 - December 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir: Thursday 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…

Thursdays, October 22 - December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Olivia Pelham
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