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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

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

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, March 9 - April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sarah Pringle

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

Start Writing, Keep Writing… Write Now

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write--in the moment--to cues and prompts and then share your work in a safe and positive environment. (You can always opt out.) You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, nonfiction, fiction) to poetry. Class…

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

8 sessions
Teacher: Alison Schoew

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

How to Stage a Crime Scene

“There is nothing like first-hand evidence.” (Sherlock Holmes) Tales of crime and punishment often take central stage in our stories. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted police officer, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you are writing crime stories, mysteries, or courtroom dramas, or simply need a better understanding of what happens in court to make a specific character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: police response,…

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Mike Lovely

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

Using Framing Devices in Story

A frame contains. It is a border, a canister, a window into a place you are not in but can see into. Frames on the wall and the page are similar, and writers can use this parallel to create their own frames through the organic process of connecting emotional and narrative content with an appropriate frame, through craft choices. Using the text Meander, Spiral, Explode by Jane Alison, I will explore different ways framing devices can be developed and executed…

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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
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