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February 2020

Sunday

Feb 9

Writing Classes

To Invent What We Desire

Sun, February 9 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

One-day Workshop: It’s easy to become separated from our writing, and sometimes we don’t know how to return from that stuck place. This course explores experiences of being lost—and ways of getting found.

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Sunday

Feb 16

Writing Classes

February Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, February 16 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. This two-hour workshop meets once a month on Sundays. Writers can register for one or more sessions. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting.

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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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April 2020

Wednesday

Apr 8

Youth Events Writing Classes

Online Teen Creative Writing Workshop: Free

Wed, April 8 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This 90-minute creative writing workshop is a laid-back session taught via Zoom that is open to high school students at all skills levels interested in writing. Students will be guided through fun, imaginative writing exercises and flex their creative muscles with plenty of time to chat with fellow writers. Limited to 20 students. All genres. Zoom meeting instructions to be emailed to students by instructor prior to class start.   Sold out but still interested in joining a waitlist and/or…

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Sunday

Apr 19

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: April Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, April 19 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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Monday

Apr 27

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: Strange Stories: Putting the Uncanny in Your Fiction

Mon, April 27

A 4-week online workshop. Looking at stories from writers such as Kelly Link and A.S. Byatt, we will consider how the strange can get us closer to the truth. Plan to draft two stories and discuss one of those stories with the class.

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May 2020

Monday

May 4

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: Short Story Crash Course

Mon, May 4

Draft a short story in four weeks.  Each week’s session in this asynchronous online class combines generative writing to help cultivate ideas for plot and character with workshop feedback to assist in developing story arc, structure, and sensory details. 

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Sunday

May 10

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: Advanced Memoir

Sun, May 10 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 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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Monday

May 11

Writing Classes

Online: 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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Saturday

May 16

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 ONLINE: The Lyric Essay: Braiding the World

Sat, May 16 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The lyric essay is a form which allows many small fragments to be drawn together to create a whole. A lyric essay might hold memories, research, a bit of poetry; it celebrates mixing genres. In this workshop, we will write a series of fragments, and then stitch them together into short essays. Call it a collage, a mosaic or a quilt; you will leave the workshop with a sense of how small pieces of writing can grow into essays.

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Sunday

May 17

Writing Classes

Spring 2020: Filling the Well

Sun, May 17 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meets online via Zoom. A generative class for beginning and experienced writers who want to be writing but feel stuck on an ongoing project or are fresh out of ideas.

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Sunday

May 24

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: May Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, May 24 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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Thursday

May 28

Youth Events Writing Classes

Online Fiction Workshop for Teens

Thu, May 28 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thu, May 28, 2020

This course consists of three consecutive 90-minute workshops that will take place from noon - 1:30 p.m on May 14, May 21, and May 28, 2020 and will be taught via Zoom, by writer Jules Ohman. The workshop is open to high school students at all skills levels interested in writing fiction. Students will be guided through fun and generative writing exercises, learn new craft techniques, and receive feedback on their work from their peers and instructor. Limited to 16…

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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.

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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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Wednesday

Jun 17

Writing Classes Free Events

Pomodoro: Writing Alone Together with Natalie Serber

Wed, June 17 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Writers, having trouble focusing? Getting words on the page when our lives are so topsy turvy can be hard. There’s newsfeeds to check, social media to refresh, bread to bake, tomatoes to plant, homeschooling and another zoom meeting/happy hour to attend. Enter the pomodoro, named after the famous kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato. This free event takes place on Zoom, using the "audio only" option. If you'd like to participate, follow this link to register. Please note…

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Wednesday

Jun 24

Writing Classes Free Events

Pomodoro: Writing Alone Together with Natalie Serber

Wed, June 24 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Writers, having trouble focusing? Getting words on the page when our lives are so topsy turvy can be hard. There’s newsfeeds to check, social media to refresh, bread to bake, tomatoes to plant, homeschooling and another zoom meeting/happy hour to attend. Enter the pomodoro, named after the famous kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato. This free event takes place on Zoom, using the "audio only" option. If you'd like to participate, follow this link to register. Please note…

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July 2020

Wednesday

Jul 8

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Starting The Story: Short Fiction workshop (CLASS IS FULL)

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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Friday

Jul 17

Writing Classes Free Events

Free 90 minute Letter Writing Session with Wendy Noonan

Fri, July 17 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of personal writing in the company of others.  Sometimes the medium of *instant* messaging and emails  doesn’t do our deeper thoughts and feelings justice. If you would like to sit together in good company writing letters, Wendy will provide examples, strategies and prompts to inspire students to write from their intellect and feelings both. Pre-registration is required. Click on this link to register:  

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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 six-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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Monday

Jul 20

Writing Classes Free Events

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, July 20 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MONDAY, JULY 20, is full. Writing, even on a good day, is hard. So how do we do it on the not-good days, on the days when it feels like the world is upside-down? “Butt in chair” is the simple answer. We make ourselves sit down, and we don’t get up until we’ve gotten a few sentences down at the very least. But sometimes it feels impossible to even get to the chair. We’d honestly rather throw the chair out…

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Monday

Jul 27

Writing Classes Free Events

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, July 27 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writing, even on a good day, is hard. So how do we do it on the not-good days, on the days when it feels like the world is upside-down? “Butt in chair” is the simple answer. We make ourselves sit down, and we don’t get up until we’ve gotten a few sentences down at the very least. But sometimes it feels impossible to even get to the chair. We’d honestly rather throw the chair out the window than sit in…

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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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Monday

Aug 10

Writing Classes Free Events

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, August 10 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writing, even on a good day, is hard. So how do we do it on the not-good days, on the days when it feels like the world is upside-down? “Butt in chair” is the simple answer. We make ourselves sit down, and we don’t get up until we’ve gotten a few sentences down at the very least. But sometimes it feels impossible to even get to the chair. We’d honestly rather throw the chair out the window than sit in…

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Sunday

Aug 16

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online:August Writer of Color Workshop

Sun, August 16 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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Monday

Aug 17

Writing Classes Free Events

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, August 17 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writing, even on a good day, is hard. So how do we do it on the not-good days, on the days when it feels like the world is upside-down? “Butt in chair” is the simple answer. We make ourselves sit down, and we don’t get up until we’ve gotten a few sentences down at the very least. But sometimes it feels impossible to even get to the chair. We’d honestly rather throw the chair out the window than sit in…

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Monday

Aug 24

Writing Classes Free Events Virtual Event

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, August 24 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writing, even on a good day, is hard. So how do we do it on the not-good days, on the days when it feels like the world is upside-down? “Butt in chair” is the simple answer. We make ourselves sit down, and we don’t get up until we’ve gotten a few sentences down at the very least. But sometimes it feels impossible to even get to the chair. We’d honestly rather throw the chair out the window than sit in…

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September 2020

Saturday

Sep 12

Olufunke Grace Bankole
Writing Classes

Fall 2020: Writing No Matter What

Sat, September 12 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Walking the Path of Perseverance: Writing No Matter What The writing journey, exhilarating and wondrous as it is, can be punctuated with delays and disappointments. How do you keep writing through chaos or a stressful live event? If you are tired of not writing, and want to cultivate the “stick-to-it-ness” necessary for meeting your goals, this workshop is for you. Gleaning inspiration and guidance from writers like Annie Dillard and Julia Cameron, and mining the well of our own life…

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Monday

Sep 14

Writing Classes

Fall 2020 online: Nature Writing Now

Mon, September 14 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What does it mean to write about nature now? We are living at a time of great ecological peril and promise, when some thinkers are questioning whether “nature” still even exists. How to write about this complexity in authentic and evocative ways? How to convey both the beauty and the corruption of beauty? Together, we will consider some historical and contemporary nature writing. Noticing how the genre has changed over time will help us understand how our cultural conceptions of…

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Monday

Sep 14

Writing Classes Free Events Virtual Event

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, September 14 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writing, even on a good day, is hard. So how do we do it on the not-good days, on the days when it feels like the world is upside-down? “Butt in chair” is the simple answer. We make ourselves sit down, and we don’t get up until we’ve gotten a few sentences down at the very least. But sometimes it feels impossible to even get to the chair. We’d honestly rather throw the chair out the window than sit in…

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Tuesday

Sep 15

Writing Classes

Fall 2020 Online: Writing the Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Tue, September 15 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This six-week class will take you step-by-step through the major parts of the nonfiction book proposal: the query letter, overview, competitive analysis, marketing and promotion, author background, outline and sample chapter. Bring an idea, and be ready to write. The class includes extensive handouts and questionnaires to guide your work.

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Tuesday

Sep 15

Writing Classes

Fall 2020 online: Dear Liary: At the Outskirts of Genre

Tue, September 15 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This four-week workshop will consider the concept of “a liary” to explore the messy boundaries between fact and fiction, which takes its name from the idea that we might experiment with writing about our own life (as in a “diary”) using the tools of fiction (thus making it a “lie.”) What are the possibilities of using this as a starting technique, for both nonfiction and fiction writers? What other “truths” can be liberated when facts are off the hook? How…

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Wednesday

Sep 16

Writing Classes

Fall 2020: Nine-Month Novel Intensive

Wed, September 16 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This course for dedicated writers is designed to guide you through the writing and/or revising of your novel. It begins in September, with the goal of completing a draft of a novel, or rewriting a draft of a novel, by May.

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Thursday

Sep 17

Writing Classes

Fall 2020: Nine-Month Novel Intensive: Section 2

Thu, September 17 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This is the Thursday night section of the Nine Month Novel Intensive. We've added a second section! This course for dedicated writers is designed to guide you through the writing and/or revising of your novel. It begins in September, with the goal of completing a draft of a novel, or rewriting a draft of a novel, by May. You’ll read excerpts from published novels by authors including Han Kang, Tommy Orange, Lina Meruane, Mitchell S. Jackson, Deborah Levy, and Susan…

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Saturday

Sep 19

Writing Classes

Fall 2020: Nine-Month Memoir Intensive

Sat, September 19 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Waiting List only. The class begins in September, with the goal of finishing a complete draft of a memoir by June. Participants do not need to be published writers; however, they should have some experience with elements of memoir, including character, setting, dialogue and scene, and have a clear project in mind that they will devote nine months to.

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Sunday

Sep 20

Writing Classes

Fall 2020 Online:September Writer of Color Workshop

Sun, September 20 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

Sep 20

Writing Classes

Fall 2020 Online: Memoir Infusion!

Sun, September 20 from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This class is meant to get you moving, excited and deeply engaged with your memoir project.

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Monday

Sep 21

Writing Classes Free Events Virtual Event

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, September 21 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writing, even on a good day, is hard. So how do we do it on the not-good days, on the days when it feels like the world is upside-down? “Butt in chair” is the simple answer. We make ourselves sit down, and we don’t get up until we’ve gotten a few sentences down at the very least. But sometimes it feels impossible to even get to the chair. We’d honestly rather throw the chair out the window than sit in…

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Wednesday

Sep 23

Writing Classes

Fall 2020: Fragmentation and Joy: Writing for Resilience in Hard Times

Wed, September 23 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Following in the tradition of Ross Gay, we will focus on writing about joy in the midst of pandemic, protest, and looming election. We will explore the lyric essay as a celebration of the fragment and the collage. This is a generative writing class, where most of our time will be spent writing to prompts; at the end of our time together, we will offer feedback to each other on our work.

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