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June 2020

Saturday

Jun 6

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Starting the Memoir

Sat, June 6 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Begin generating the first draft of a memoir or collection of personal essays. John D’Agata describes memoir as “an agitation of memory,” which suggests memory-based writing as not just the expression of memory but volatile, vital consideration of memory. Participants will look at elements of craft, including point of view and detail, and examine various writing processes. They'll also look at examples of prose memoir in which the writer uses the poet’s tools of meditation, dream, and lyricism, and then…

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Sunday

Jun 7

Writing Classes

Creating Better Characters

Sun, June 7 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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Saturday

Jun 13

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Collage in Creative Nonfiction

Sat, June 13 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Do you have a nonfiction story or essay that struggles to mold to a traditional structure? Sometimes the most personal stories or essays do not want to follow a linear trajectory. Collage and braided forms of creative non-fiction rely instead on fragmentation, silence and resonance to build suspense and/or complex thinking. In defense of disruption and silence, Louise Gluck reflects that “in the broken thing, human agency is oddly implied: breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the…

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Sunday

Jun 21

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online:June Writer of Color Workshop

Sun, June 21 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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Saturday

Jun 27

Writing Classes

Fear and Writing

Sat, June 27 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Zoom webinar: 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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July 2020

Wednesday

Jul 8

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Starting The Story: Short Fiction workshop

Wed, July 8 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This 4 -week short fiction workshop will focus on generating new work. Participants will read excerpts, share just-written work aloud, and discuss assigned weekly readings together. We will investigate ways to unearth material together and share strategies for maintaining a regular writing practice. Participants will leave will many fragments and several starts for new work.

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Thursday

Jul 9

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Starting the Novel

Thu, July 9 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dive in to the first draft of your novel with confidence, excitement, and curiosity, armed with tools to deal with doubt and writers block. This three week online class will include writing exercises, feedback and a discussion of the variety of ways to begin a novel.

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Friday

Jul 10

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Finding Flow

Fri, July 10 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

"So many of us believe in perfection, which ruins everything else, because the perfect is the enemy of the good; it is also the enemy of the realistic, the possible, and the fun.” ~Rebecca Solnit Carving time and space to be attentive to our creative practice can be daunting at anytime, during a pandemic, when we're struggling to juggle all our roles it's even more difficult. Not only do we have to make the time, which often means taking time…

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Thursday

Jul 16

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Science, Magic, and the Mundane: Speculative Worlds and how to Write Them

Thu, July 16 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

When we think of speculative words, such as those found in science fiction, high fantasy, and urban fantasy, we often wonder how the author managed to come up with fantastical ideas that are both believable and logical. We often don't stop to think about how much of the scientific in our world could easily be considered magical, or how our mundane life could also be seen as extraordinary. It’s easy enough to say that our technology would be fantastical to…

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Sunday

Jul 19

Writing Classes

Summer 2020: Mastering Revision

Sun, July 19 from 10:00 am - 12:00 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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Thursday

Jul 23

Writing Classes

The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout

Thu, July 23 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Four-week Class: This prompt-driven generative workshop will give writers an opportunity to flex their literary muscles. Classes will provide an intimate, structured, and supportive time to broaden basic and complex writing skills.

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August 2020

Thursday

Aug 6

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Turning Life Into Fiction

Thu, August 6 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

"Because something happened to you, you own it. Tell your stories. ~Anne Lamott Often, when we set out to write a story we don't know where to begin. In this class we will look at the wealth of possibility in our lives, in our family life, our work life, or something a friend has told you that seems perfect fodder for fiction. What is a story that's often retold to the point of folklore in your family? What is the…

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