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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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July 2020

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday Mornings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories--from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another--you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goal…

Tuesdays, July 7 - August 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer…

Tuesdays, July 7 - September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell

Outside the Lines: A Multi-Genre Workshop

Outside the lines- Come write with whatever genre makes you happy-poetry, short fiction, nonfiction. This is a prompt-based class where we can write in any genre, explore many kinds of genres, and open each class with a guided meditation to promote peace of mind and self-esteem while writing. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection and a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.

Tuesdays, July 7 - September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell

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…

Tuesdays, July 7 - August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Alison Schoew

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of…

Tuesdays, June 23 - September 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cynthia Davis

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Wednesday Mornings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. 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 and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the…

Wednesdays, July 8 - August 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

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, July 8 - August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Wednesday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories--from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another--you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.…

Wednesdays, July 8 - August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

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, July 9 - August 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Outlining Workshop for Writing Sanity

It is not uncommon for fear and trembling to set in when a writer tries to weave together their story. Some sit down and start cold turkey..."He was a dark and stormy knight..." They freeze up. Stop and try to attempt a different scene in another chapter, "She was a little dark storm cloud.." Loop back around. Kill Aunt Esmeralda in chapter 22. Add a rescue Ponski with supernatural powers in chapter 14. Freeze up. Soon the writer inevitably starts…

Thursdays, July 9 - September 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.   Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a…

Thursdays, June 25 - September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Alicia Dekker

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Thursday Evenings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. 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 and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the…

Thursdays, July 9 - August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Olivia Pelham
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