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February 2020

Saturday

Feb 22

Writing Classes

Grief and the Lyric Essay

Sat, February 22 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Two-week Class: We will try different ways into the conversation with grief, first through reading other writers, then in our notebooks. Writing exercises will allow you to explore memory, specifically as it can be accessed through the body.

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Saturday

Feb 29

Writing Classes

Collage Your Writing Project: A New Way Into Your Work

Sat, February 29 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Two-week Class: These are just a tiny sample of how we're going to dig deep and investigate our projects through a visual art form. Come with a big project, come with a story, come with an idea about something you want to begin.

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March 2020

Tuesday

Mar 3

Writing Classes

Personal Essay Writing 101

Tue, March 3 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Four-week Class: In this workshop, you will be guided through the personal essay writing process step by step. We’ll build upon the fundamentals of creative nonfiction in a supportive, respectful setting and draw inspiration as diligent readers. Invest in your writing, learn to overcome your fear of the blank page, generate new ideas and reawaken resting ones, share space with a new community of writers, and challenge yourself to write all the way to an ending.

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Sunday

Mar 8

Writing Classes

New Ecological Writing

Sun, March 8 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Four-week Class: This course will help you to explore your own relationship to your environment, highlighting the interconnected nature of the world in which we live. Whether you write creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or something in between, this course will help you to explore ecologies through your work.

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Thursday

Mar 12

Writing Classes

Short Story Intensive TWO

Thu, March 12 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Six-week Class: The focus of this class will be revision and reworking of in-process stories. We will work together as a group to hone and refine existing craft techniques and to suggest possibilities for strengthening each piece.

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Sunday

Mar 15

Writing Classes

March Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, March 15 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

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Sunday

Mar 22

Writing Classes

Advanced Memoir

Sun, March 22 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Six-week Class: This workshop is for participants deep into writing their memoir. We will spend our time discussing one another's work, looking at tools and practices of the form, reading some sample memoir sections, and helping to boost writing stamina as you strive toward a finished draft.

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Sunday

Mar 22

Writing Classes

Spring 2020: Mastering Revision

Sun, March 22 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In this four-week class, we will take an editor’s perspective on polishing our work.
The class will be structured as a mini-workshop and we will devote most of our time to peer reading and critique with an emphasis on elements of developmental editing as well as line editing

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April 2020

Saturday

Apr 4

Writing Classes

Fear and Writing

Sat, April 4 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Fear is a natural part of the creative process. Instead of fighting it, work with it. Through stories, mindfulness, and free-writing, you will discover simple, realistic ways to face your fear, get to know it, and use it to propel your writing, rather than hinder it.

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Sunday

Apr 5

Writing Classes

Creating Better Characters

Sun, April 5 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Four-week Class: This workshop will focus on the skills involved in creating and sustaining vibrant and complex characters for both short-and long-form works of fiction. Through a series of in-workshop prompt-based generative exercises and take-home assignments, you will create and flesh out a series of vivid characters.

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Monday

Apr 6

Writing Classes

Short Story Master Class

Mon, April 6 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

10-week Class: This intensive workshop combines study of narrative craft and model short stories with generative writing to help cultivate ideas for plot and character and workshop feedback to assist in developing story arc, structure, and sensory details.

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Tuesday

Apr 14

Writing Classes

Short Forms: April

Tue, April 14 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Four-week Class: This class will examine short prose forms—the prose poem, the short-short story, and the lyrical essay, among others. We will take a close look within each of the forms to glean some of their distinct qualities while considering how these forms blur into one another.

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Thursday

Apr 16

Writing Classes

Writing From Our Own Voices

Thu, April 16 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Three-week Class: In the era of #ownvoices, it is more important than ever to learn how to write our own truths. In this course, we will be talking about how to write fiction, nonfiction and/or poetry from our perspective. We will talk about bringing out #ownvoices in our writing lives and in our wider circle, as well as touch on submitting to markets we might not feel would be interested in our voice. We will do exercises to bring out our individual life experiences, and learn to feel comfortable talking in our own authentic voice that is often unseen in mainstream culture.

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Sunday

Apr 19

Writing Classes

Spring 2020: Collage in Creative Nonfiction

Sun, April 19 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you have a nonfiction story that struggles to mold to a traditional structure? Both collage and braided forms in creative non-fiction resist linear development, relying instead on fragmentation, silence, and resonance to shape ideas and story

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May 2020

Monday

May 11

Writing Classes

Writing a Novel in 8 Weeks

Mon, May 11 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Eight-week Class: This is a boot-camp-style class designed for aspiring novelists who have a clear fictional project in mind and who can commit to a rigorous eight-week schedule of reading and writing.

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Thursday

May 28

Writing Classes

Spring Storytelling Intensive

Thu, May 28 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The workshop covers crafting stories using the five-part story arc, delivering your best performance onstage, and a treasure trove of secrets to this satisfying artform. This class culminates in a show at the downtown Literary Arts center, where you’ll tell your story before a live audience.

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