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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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November 2020

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 27 - January 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sarah Pringle

How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels

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:…

Tuesdays, October 27 - December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Adam Meuse

Begin, See, See Again

Revision may be the most demanding aspect of being a writer, but it need not be drudgery. In fact, reworking poems should be as focused on discovery and development as it is on cutting and correcting. With a blueprint that I will pass out at the start, each student will take one (or two) of his/her/their original poems through several stages of re-seeing that will promote a more inspired and creative approach to revision. Please note: This class is an…

Saturdays, November 7 - November 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Tim Seibles

The Art of The Ode

A creative, start-to-finish workshop for writers of poetry, songwriting, and prose to explore the marriage between abstracts and emotions with a little absurdity and humor. Join us and dive into the art of the ode! 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. *Student’s parent or legal guardian must complete Student Release in order to participate in the class. Please review…

November 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Skye Zentz

The Poem is a Book is a Plane Ticket is a Chess Piece is a Lost Earring is the Clapper in a Little Bell is a Room Where You Can Breathe

In this 4-session class, each session we will read and write poems on different (but related) themes: Awareness/Intuition; Strength; Solidarity; Care. Workshop participants will be provided with prompts to inspire both their writing and a second layer of exploration— We will sketch out and exchange creative ideas for adding visual elements to our work. As we are inspired, perhaps we'll try collage; or turn poems into postcards, cutouts, erasures, illustrated letters, accordion books, mini poetry zines, repurposed books, matchbox poems,…

Sundays, November 29 - December 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Luisa A. Igloria

Introduction to Writing Poetry

Whether you’re brand new to poetry or just need a refresher on the craft of writing poems, this class will focus on the fundamentals of what makes a great poem. With a strong emphasis on how to read a poem as a writer, this class mixes both traditional and formal poetry with modern contemporary examples and covers the basics of form and language. This class will help you build your toolbox of literary devices to begin crafting poems on your…

Mondays, October 26 - November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

The Advanced Fiction Workshop

The Advanced Fiction Workshop continues with returning members, writers from The Fiction Workshop level, and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience. Having learned and refined the essential craft elements of fiction writing, it is time to actively write and revise our original short stories and chapters of novels. We will continue to master the art of constructive critique in our workshop, offering thoughtful suggestions that will lead to meaningful revision of our work. All members of the group will…

Mondays, October 5 - December 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

December 2020

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

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 members…

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

8 sessions
Teacher: Alison Schoew

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

Songwriting: The Lyrical Craft

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…

Wednesdays, November 4 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz
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