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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

Nonfiction in a Flash

In this workshop, creative nonfiction and memoir writers will explore the genre of flash creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words). We will discuss and discover the many craft elements that make flash nonfiction an engaging, experimental and exciting genre! Every session we will generate and critique our small memoir and nonfiction stories and essays and focus on the unique opportunities that flash gives every creative nonfiction writer. Working in a shorter form allows you to take a fresh look…

Mondays, February 8 - April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

Flash Fiction 1

In a world where attention spans are shrinking, novels are formatted to fit the screens of our handheld devices, and our daily witticisms are limited to 140 characters, it’s no surprise that the Flash Fiction story format has taken off. As Dorothy Parker once said, “Brevity is the soul of Flash fiction.” Just kidding, she said, “Brevity is the soul of lingerie.” But the point is, brevity is even more important for a story with a 500-1,000 word limit. Join…

Wednesdays, March 3 - March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Abi Putnam

Writing YA Fiction Workshop

In the last couple decades, the publishing world has seen an explosion of literature written for younger audiences, many of which have adult crossover readers. This workshop will explore the unique pacing, character, and elements of writing fiction about teens, for teens. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels and submit material for review. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session. This intermediate…

Wednesdays, February 24 - May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Erin Beaty

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday Mornings

The Fiction Workshop is for new members from Introduction to Fiction Writing and members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing. We will refine the understanding of POV and the limitations & benefits of those choices, learn revision on the sentence level, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and master writing active prose. All members…

Thursdays, February 11 - April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sylvia Liu

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning members, new members from Introduction to Fiction Writing, and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing. We will refine the understanding of POV and the limitations & benefits of those choices, learn revision on the sentence level, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and master writing active…

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Alicia Dekker

The Creative Nonfiction & Memoir Workshop: Friday Mornings

Returning members, new writers from Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, and new members with CNF writing experience will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of writing that polishes the truth. We will learn the power of the first person and the limitations & benefits of writing in the third, practice and refine research and memory habits and techniques, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and…

Fridays, February 12 - April 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

The Shorter Poem: Sure as a Karate Chop

It is easy to underestimate the complexity and resonance of shorter poems. In reading and writing haikus, tankas, sonnets and anything in between, we find that the discipline required to make it happen in a short poem simply intensifies our moment-to-moment engagement with poems of any length. In this workshop led by National Book Award Nominee and former Virginia Poet Laureate, Tim Seibles, we will read and discuss various short poems by established authors and, from this, we will develop…

Saturdays, March 13 - March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: Tim Seibles

Dark Memoir

Writing the Dark Memoir is designed for the student who is struggling to find a safe audience and space to voice and express work that divulges sensitive material. The writers may not feel comfortable sharing mature or explicit material in a traditional classroom environment such as topics ranging from sexual abuse, grief/ death, trauma, drug addiction, incarceration, deep family secrets, guilt or shame. You find a safe haven here to share and critique without judgment. Whether you are working on…

Saturdays, February 13 - April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

The Screenwriting Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

This workshop will focus on the all-important revision process in screenwriting, with members sharing the successes and difficulties encountered in the scripting process for feature-length, short, or TV scripts. You will have at least three opportunities to turn in pages of a screenplay for group review, workshop, and discussion—all in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and understanding. This class is open to continuing members as well as students who have either taken the Introduction to Screenwriting class, completed an early…

Tuesdays, February 16 - April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

The Creative Nonfiction & Memoir Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

Returning members, new writers from Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, and new members with CNF writing experience will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of writing that polishes the truth. We will learn the power of the first person and the limitations & benefits of writing in the third, practice and refine research and memory habits and techniques, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and…

Tuesdays, February 16 - April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cynthia Davis

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning members, new members from Introduction to poetry Writing, and new members with poetry writing experience. .Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft and analyzing select poems by our best poets that effectively model those elements. All group members will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals. Please note:…

Wednesdays, February 17 - April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes

The Comic Book & Graphic Novel Workshop

For comic writers and artists looking to hone their works in progress, this workshop will emphasize critique and accountability. While retaining an element of lecture from How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels, we will delve deeper into each student's comic project of choice, with the goal of polishing and revising our work. 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.…

Thursdays, February 18 - April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey
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