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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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February 2022

Turn Your Fragments into Stories

“I can always think of great situations, but how do I turn them into a story?” We all have a collection of ideas and even notes toward a story that somehow never come to fruition. We recognize compelling moments when we see them: a homeless person treated callously by a passerby; a child lost on a crowded street and reaching out to the wrong stranger; a space ship landing in a suburban neighborhood which can only be seen by one…

February 12 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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The Experiment: Movements

This class will consider experimental movements such as Dada, Surrealism, and Oulipo as examples of work that has pushed the dial forward in an effort to dissolve our conception of genre boundaries. These readings will potentially inspire multimedia possibilities in our own writing, as the class will allow time for students to generate their own pieces of experimental work that imitate or demonstrate influence from these movements and artists.

February 19 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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Writing Through Writer’s Block

Call it Writer's block... stumble, stall, seizure, pause, stop, or burnout. No matter the name, writer's block can invade our head for one project or everything we try to write, from one day to a month to a lifetime. When it happens, the usual advice is to "keep writing." Sometimes that works. But getting to the root cause of the block can help the stalled writer understand and then address the particulars, increasing the odds of a return to writing…

February 20 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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Songwriting 1

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…

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

6 sessions
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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.

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

6 sessions
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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…

February 26 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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My You’re Short: A seminar on the pleasures and pains of crafting short fiction

In this seminar, we will learn how to craft an exhilarating, thought-provoking, and timeless short story. By exploring the possibilities and constraints of the form, we'll work through beginning, endings, and everything in between. Finally, we'll examine a published short story to learn how an author crafts a unique voice in just a few pages.

February 27 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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March 2022

How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels 1 (for Artists)

Comics are a magical blend of visuals and writing. Come explore this incredible medium of storytelling through sequential art! This introductory class will cover scripting, thumbnailing and layout, all the way to character design and getting your work into the world. Our sessions will comprise of fun exercises and lecture, along with some case studies and games to mix it up. Artists are encouraged to sign up as the class will feature a heavy drawing aspect. Excited? So are we.…

Thursdays, March 3 - April 14 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

4 sessions
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Making Historical Writing Real

Do you have an awesome idea for a piece of historical fiction, but it’s set in ancient Rome and your only knowledge of the period is based solely on the movie “Gladiator” or Monty Python’s “Life of Brian?” How about if you have a killer idea for a medieval story, but the brutality of “Braveheart” and “Game of Thrones” is all you can think of? Maybe you want to set it more recent, like World War II; was the world…

March 5 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

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Everything I’ve Learned About World Building

World building isn't just a concern for writers of science fiction and fantasy. Regardless of whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, you are constructing a world. In this class, I will discuss the four pillars of world building and the three secrets to making your world feel real. There will be plenty of time for class participation and Q&A. Please come prepared to read a short scene from your current work in progress.

March 5 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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Writing as a Way to Heal from Grief

All of us have–or will–experience the loss of a loved one. In my case, in addition to the expected deaths of grandparents and parents, I’ve witnessed a car-train collision that killed three people, lost my sister to suicide, and endured the death of my youngest son because of an accidental heroin overdose. Even though death is a part of life, it need not be crippling or debilitating. In this session, we’ll look at strategies–including journaling and writing–to help you move…

March 6 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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Sensitivity Reading 101

Is a character from your story a part of a marginalized group? Do you want to make sure that you are representing them in a sensitive and respectful way? In this course, we will go over the importance of reading for sensitivity of marginalized groups, how to read your own work for sensitivity and how to research what marginalized groups want in representation. In addition to learning about proper representation, you will have the opportunity for a free sensitivity reading…

March 13 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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