Upcoming Workshops

Write your way to a new year~

Elements of Creative Writing (Online)

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Instructor: Sha-shonda Porter
Tuition: Early Bird $140 (Members only through September 3)
$160 (Members); $205 (Non-members)

Via both regular in-class writing exercises and reading discussions, this online course offers a comprehensive overview on how to build and sustain a writing practice. The Elements of Creative Writing is designed to help novice writers appreciate how writing is both art and craft and to give more experienced writers an opportunity to continue to hone and master essential skills. Participants will have ample opportunities to generate new writing and to participate in group critique. Please note: This course is a prerequisite for many of our other offerings.

Finding Your Voice

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September 30; 1pm-5pm

Instructor: Melissa T. Shultz
Tuition: Early Bird $95 (Members only through September 15)
$110 (Members); $155 (Non-members)

All writers have a voice. What’s yours? Sometimes we just need a little help uncovering it and translating our thoughts to the written word. Join author Melissa T. Shultz for this four-hour Saturday memoir/narrative nonfiction workshop filled with exercises and tips to help you discover your natural writing style. Bring paper and pen or a laptop.

 

Writing Past Cliché

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October 3 – 12; Tuesdays/Thursdays, 7pm-9pm

Instructor: Richard Gonzales
Tuition: Early Bird $95 (Members only through September 18)
$125 (Members); $160 (Non-members)

This four-session interactive workshop offers information, examples, and exercises for writers seeking to write responsibly about diverse people. An increasingly multi-cultural reading audience, agents, and publishers expect writers to create and describe diverse characters, settings, and motives in a manner reflective of their complex cultures and conflicts, devoid of stereotypes and “alternative facts.” Class participants will have the opportunity to share their work with the instructor and other class attendees for constructive feedback on their efforts to write responsibly. Diverse insights are welcome.

 

Elements of Fiction

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Instructor: Jan Morrill
Tuition: Early Bird $110 (Members only through September 27)
$130 (Members); $160 (Non-members)

This six-week course concentrates on matters of design, structure, and textual production associated with fiction. Four weeks of generative writing time and study help students practice techniques and overcome pitfalls specific to prose fiction through in-class exercises and critical readings of model texts. The final two weeks of the course will apply the students’ insights to workshop sessions that critique the work of their classmates.

Creative Characterization

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October 14 – November 4; Saturdays, 10am-11:30am

Instructor: Jan Morrill
Tuition: Early Bird $95 (Members only through September 30)
$115 (Members); $160 (Non-members)

In fiction, everything is seen through the eyes of a character, which makes characterization one of the most important elements of fiction. In this course of four ninety-minute classes over four weeks, Jan Morrill will discuss and demonstrate a variety of techniques she has used to develop multi-dimensional characters who will keep your readers turning the pages.

 

Terrible Poetry: Revising & Editing Your Work

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October 14; 12pm-3pm

Instructor: Logen Cure
Tuition: Early Bird $50 (Members only through September 29)
$65 (Members); $110 (Non-members)

So you think you can’t write a poem? Nonsense! We can all agree that everyone can write a terrible poem. In this generative workshop, you will do your best to write the worst poem you possibly can. Bring your clichés, your cheesy rhymes, your bad puns. So what’s good about writing bad poems? Lucky for you, every first draft of a poem is terrible. We will explore strategies for revising those awful poems toward greatness. So for all of you afraid to write a poem, join Logen Cure! Show her your worst and she’ll help you find your best.

Digital Poetics & New Hybridities

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October 19-November 2; Thursdays, 7pm-10pm
Instructor: Joe Milazzo
Tuition: Early Bird $90 (Members only through October 4)
$105 (Members); $150 (Non-members)

The Internet has exercised a profound influence over the language we use every day–and, therefore, both the experiences we consider personal and the interpersonal relationships we enter. But what do these social and psychological changes mean for poetry? From Flarf to happy autocomplete accidents, tweets, emojis, image macros, animated GIFs, and even code, the first two decades of the 21st century have witnessed a proliferation of new artistic strategies, forms, and genres. In this 3-week generative workshop, we will explore the various ways in which contemporary poets draw inspiration from Internet culture and experiment with creating our own digital poems.

 

Pitch Perfect: Your Push for Publication

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October 21; Saturday, 10am-5pm (with one-hour lunch break)
Instructor: Susannah Charleson
Tuition: Early Bird $120 (Members only through October 6)
$140 (Members); $185 (Non-members)

Have a great nonfiction concept or a novel that’s almost there? Do you puzzle over next steps? With rejection rates notoriously high, connecting your story to the people who can get it published may seem tougher than writing the book in the first place.This six-hour seminar will help you shape a perfect one-sentence, five-sentence, and half-page pitch suitable for short elevator rides, query letters, and sessions with agents sitting right across the table. Not ready to pitch but feeling stuck in the muddy middle? This seminar can help you refine and clarify for your own recharged sessions at the keyboard.

 

Modes in Poems

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November 18; 1pm-4pm

Instructor: Natasha Sajé
Tuition: Early Bird $105 (Members only through November 3)
$120 (Members); $165 (Non-members)

Identifying mode in poems is a valuable diagnostic and revision method. In this workshop, we’ll define the four modes—lyric, narrative, argument, description—and read examples of each. Then we’ll turn to participants’ poems, first identifying the dominant mode and then asking whether the poem would be better served by a different one. Please bring copies of two poems that you’re unhappy with, but note that we might not have time for both.