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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 2021

Teen Writing Level 1: Creative Writing

This class will explore the fundamentals of craft and will ground the student in the language and techniques necessary to take their writing to the next level. The class will be a mix of readings, in-class exercises, and prompts. The class culminates in a reading which friends and family are invited to attend. Students must take this class before enrolling in Writing Level 2: Intermediate Workshop.  This class is taught by Jessica Kelley and Jeffrey Hecker. Please Note: All students…

Saturdays, October 2 - December 11 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

5 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley

Young Writers Workshop

In this afternoon class writers, aged 9-11 will engage in exercises that will allow them to explore their creativity. Every class will be a little different, with rotating teachers giving guidance in their area of specialty. Topics including Poetry, Fiction, and Music will be explored. This class will be taught by Amanda Gomez AND Skye Kentz. Please Note: All students under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please review…

Sundays, October 10 - November 21 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz

How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels (for Artists)

Comics are a magical blend of visuals and writing. Come explore this incredible medium of storytelling through sequential art! This introductory class will cover scripting, thumbnailing and layout, all the way to character design and getting your work into the world. Our sessions will comprise of fun exercises and lecture, along with some case studies and games to mix it up. Artists are encouraged to sign up as the class will feature a heavy drawing aspect. Excited? So are we.…

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

4 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

Songwriting 1

Songwriting is an ancient form--one of the earliest means of passing on oral history. Over thousands of years, it has evolved into a many faceted art-form, a source of entertainment, catharsis or escapism. In this workshop, we will explore the songwriting process through listening, writing and editing. We will examine songs from a variety of genres and time periods to investigate what it is that makes a song “stick” with us or not. Through both individual and collaborative efforts, we will explore fun new…

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

4 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz

Memoir 1: Wednesday Mornings

The journey of memoir is mapped out by the events along life’s way that transform the primary character—you. Memoir begins with memories and then formulates those memories into a story of transformation. This course teaches the tools needed to craft memories and events into truth filled stories that resonate with the lives of your readers. Through exercises, studies in craft, and utilizing successful memoirs as models, you will obtain the knowledge and confidence to shape your story. We will aspire…

Wednesdays, October 20 - December 15 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

8 sessions

Screenwriting 1

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 20 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Memoir 1: Wednesday Evenings

The journey of memoir is mapped out by the events along life’s way that transform the primary character—you. Memoir begins with memories and then formulates those memories into a story of transformation. This course teaches the tools needed to craft memories and events into truth filled stories that resonate with the lives of your readers. Through exercises, studies in craft, and utilizing successful memoirs as models, you will obtain the knowledge and confidence to shape your story. We will aspire…

Wednesdays, October 20 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

5 sessions
Teacher: Melissa Franić

Creative Nonfiction 1

“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 learn, through published texts…

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

8 sessions
Teacher: Rachel Maher

Fiction 1

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,…

Mondays, October 25 - December 13 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Abi Putnam

Write Anything 

This general creative writing class is an invitation to hone your unique writing voice in a creative and open atmosphere. You will have the unique opportunity to explore what you enjoy, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. This multi-genre workshop is an excellent first writing class as well as a place for seasoned writers to explore different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative exercises, prompts,…

Tuesdays, October 26 - December 7 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Sarah Pringle

Real Med. True Psych.

Stories in all genres often feature medical scenarios or characters with psychological challenges. This class will explore common medical mistakes that writers make, how to correct them, and how to craft medical scenes that serve the author's plot and character objectives. Using examples from literature and film, the class will also explore various psychological conditions relevant to character and plot development, including thought, mood, and personality disorders.

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

Teacher: Michael Krentz

Writing Compelling Heroes

Creating a hero (protagonist) for a story sounds simple. This is the person we care about, root for, want to protect. But it is one thing to write a likeable character and another to write a compelling character. Many writers have difficulty rounding out their heroes, warts and all. Most of us have picked up a book, been interested for a few pages, or even chapters, and then put the book down, never to return. In this class, we will…

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

Teacher: Jean Klein
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