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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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January 2020

The Snowglobe: A Midwinter Songwriting Retreat

The new year is the perfect time for beginning new projects, and exploring new angles of ourselves. In this one day Songwriting Retreat, we'll spend time on 3 aspects of the creative process: Dreaming, Building and Repurposing. We'll play with writing in new genres, and you'll be invited to shake things up and reinvigorate your established creative routines. In this day of imagination and discovery, you'll get the opportunity to start several new songs and share the process with a…

January 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Skye Zentz

February 2020

Writing a Resume that Works

In this one-time workshop, you’ll get the tools you need to get your resume shaped up and ready for action. Bring your laptop and several postings for jobs that interest you, and learn the tips that will make your resume the one that’ll earn the interview. (After that, it’s up to you!)

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Alison Schoew

Creative Block Breakers: Fun Recipes for Spontaneous Inspiration

Finding it hard to summon the muse lately? Are your characters, stories, songs or poems lacking variety or needing a little shift? Spend an afternoon playing with words, diving into unique writing prompts and finding some fun new ways to approach creative writing. We'll work on engaging our senses, and using a variety of stimuli to spark a variety of writing styles and creative activities. This class is open to literary, visual, and musical artists. Please bring a notebook; all…

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Skye Zentz

Write Great Sentences

Great sentences are not simply building blocks, they reflect the nature of what they are expressing within a story. Understanding and designing sentences is key to developing your personal style and voice and to becoming the writer you set out to be. Sentences that sing move your readers through the rise and fall of syntax and provide the musicality of the story or poem the sentence reveals. This seminar will help you manipulate subjects and verbs, use the punch of…

The Glory of Fantasy: Creating Secondary Worlds

"Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory," writes J.R.R. Tolkien in 1947. "If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?" In this seminar, we will probe this compelling idea by briefly surveying "secondary world" fantasy, i.e. stories set in alternative mythical spaces where magic works, mythical creatures roam the wild, and otherworldly dangers await intrepid warriors and sorcerers. In discussion we will explore the conventions of secondary world fantasy, and in…

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 Introduction to Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels, we will delve deeper into each student's comic project of choice, with the goal of polishing and revising our work.  

Thursdays, February 20 - April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

Hominid Heresies

In both fantasy and science fiction, we often see worlds with multiple intelligent species coexisting, such as the classic fantasy races of elves, dwarves, orcs and halflings. But how realistic is this? Can several different humanoid species coexist peacefully, or will one species eventually drive the others to extinction? In this Research for Writers seminar, we will examine our own recent evolutionary history to look for examples of competition and coexistence among closely related hominids. We will examine some of…

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: John Aguiar

A Grammar Refresher

(Who, whom) do you think should take this workshop? Each of the writers who (has, have) problems with grammar. Everyone who writes should know (his/her, their) grammar rules. This session will help you refresh your grammar knowledge and polish your writing skills, so you will make (less, fewer) mistakes. (Answers: who, has, his/her, fewer)

Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us

In this 3-meeting seminar we will find the stories that live inside us all. We will examine the ingredients needed to tell a personal story in such a way as to make it leap off our tongues and into the mind of a listener. Together, we’ll explore the various types of storytelling and gain insight into the growing professional community of storytellers. Join us for this interactive and participatory class. No previous storytelling experience is needed. Even if you aren’t…

Sundays, February 23 - March 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Sheila Arnold

Poetry of the Sea

Throughout the ages writers have used the sea as metaphor for their thoughts and feelings to great effect. This class will teach you how to enhance the power of your work. It’s been said that local poets learn rhythmic structures by listening to the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Together, we will read and learn from the greats and make their techniques your own.

Tuesdays, February 25 - March 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Robert Arthur

Ukulele for Beginners

In this class, we'll learn all about Hawaii's famous stringed instrument, the Ukulele or "dancing flea.” A perfect beginner's instrument, it’s easy to learn and lends itself well to just about any style of music. Join local songwriter and Ukulele player, Skye Zentz, as we explore basic chord shapes and strumming patterns that will prepare you for a world of tropical fun on just 4 strings! Students will have the opportunity to perform at our very own UKEBOX Open Mic…

Thursdays, February 27 - March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz

March 2020

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 makes a song “stick” with us or not. Through both individual and collaborative efforts, we will…

Mondays, March 2 - April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz
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