Writing Classes

  • Fall 2019: Writing the Memoir 9 month Intensive

    September 14, 2019 – May 23, 2020
    Saturdays, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. 28 class meetings
    Class does not meet November 9, November 30 (Thanksgiving weekend), December 21 – January 18; March 7, 2020
    Taught by Jay Ponteri

    This class for experienced and dedicated writers meets 28 times over the course of 9 months. 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. They should also be comfortable in a workshop setting, giving and receiving criticism on works in progress.

    Students who have taken Memoir Boot Camp one or more times at Literary Arts should find this class an appropriate next step. Memoir Boot Camp is not a pre-requisite. This class is specifically designed for writers who will benefit from spending a year with a community of writers that will support you in goal setting, meeting deadlines, honing your craft and getting the work done.

    $1,200.00

    September 14, 2019 – May 23, 2020 Saturdays, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. 28 class meetings Class does not meet November 9, November 30 (Thanksgiving weekend), December 21 – January 18; March 7, 2020 $1200 Limited to 10 students Taught by…

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    Fall 2019: Writing the Novel: 9 Months Intensive

    September 14, 2019 – May 23, 2020
    Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm. 28 class meetings
    Class does not meet November 9, November 30 (Thanksgiving weekend), December 21 – January 18; March 7, 2020

    Taught by Laura Lampton Scott
    Click here for Syllabus

    This class for dedicated writers begins in September, with the goal of completing a draft of a novel, or rewriting a draft of a novel, by May. The class is for writers who are seeking a community of fellow writers to support one another in improving one’s writing and getting work done. We will meet 28 times over the course of 9 months.

    $1,200.00

    September 14, 2019 – May 23, 2020 Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm. 28 class meetings Class does not meet November 9, November 30 (Thanksgiving weekend), December 21 – January 18; March 7, 2020 Class is limited to 10 students…

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    Fall 2019: Grief and the Lyric Essay

    September 14 & 15, 2019, Saturday and Sunday
    10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. (two sessions)
    Instructor: Wendy Noonan
    For writers at all levels

    It can be a challenge to access grief, not to mention represent it in word and forms, yet writers like Claudia Rankine, Ann Carson, and Maggie Nelson pull it off beautifully and in wildly different ways. 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. You will leave with a solid start into a new piece of writing or a fresh take on an older draft.

    $135.00

    September 14 & 15, 2019, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. (two sessions) Instructor: Wendy Noonan For writers at all levels It can be a challenge to access grief, not to mention represent it in word and forms, yet…

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    Fall 2019: September Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

    Sunday, September 15, 2019
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? 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. Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

    $15.00

    Sunday, September 15, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Emilly Prado For writers of color at all levels Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This…

  • Fall 2019: Memoir Boot Camp

    Sundays,  September 15 – November 10, 2019 (8 class meetings)
    2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    All classes meet at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
    Instructor: Natalie Serber
    For dedicated writers with some writing experience

    Complete the first draft of a memoir in just eight weeks. This class is for writers who are ready to commit to an aggressive writing schedule and explore aspects of memory-based writing in a supportive environment. You should have some prior experience in writing nonfiction, as well as a specific project to which you will devote these eight weeks. Participants will present their work to the class for discussion three to four times.

    $455.00

    Sundays,  September 15 – November 10, 2019 (8 class meetings) 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All classes meet at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Natalie Serber For dedicated writers with some writing experience Complete the first draft of a…

  • Fall 2019: Short Story Master Class

    Mondays, September 16 – November 18, 2019
    7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (10 class meetings)
    Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
    Instructor: Jeremy Townley
    For experienced writers of short fiction (see prerequisites)

    Draft two short stories in ten weeks. 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. By the end of ten weeks, you will have completed drafts of two short stories, created a plan for revision, and developed a consistent writing practice.

    $465.00

    Mondays, September 16 – November 18, 2019 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (10 class meetings) Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Jeremy Townley For experienced writers of short fiction (see prerequisites) $465 Draft two short stories in ten weeks.…

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    Fall 2019: Writing a Novel in 8 Weeks

    September 16-November 4, 2019
    Mondays, 7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m. (8 sessions)
    Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
    Instructor: Emily Chenoweth
    For dedicated writers with some experience
    Limited to 10 students

    Through mini-lectures, in-class writing, and lots of workshopping, you will explore matters of storytelling (such as plotting and character development), craft (what makes a good sentence? a good scene?), and motivation (how in the world am I supposed to write a novel in only eight weeks?) to get the work done.

    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. You do not need permission to register, but you should have some prior experience in writing. And if you’ve got an outline for your planned novel, even better. Each participant will present work to the class for discussion four times.

    $365.00

    September 16-November 4, 2019 Mondays, 7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m. (8 sessions) Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Emily Chenoweth For dedicated writers with some experience Limited to 10 students Through mini-lectures, in-class writing, and lots of workshopping,…

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    Fall 2019: Short Story Intensive

    September 24-November 5, 2019 (no meeting October 8) 
    6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (six sessions)
    Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington.
    Instructor: Margaret Malone
    For writers at all levels

    Write a draft of a short story in six weeks. Class includes an emphasis on character, voice, and how to mine detail inside a scene. Class time will be spent on generating ideas for plot and character; participants will have the opportunity to get feedback on some of their writing and learn techniques for establishing a consistent writing practice so they can revise their draft once the class is done.

    $410.00

    September 24-November 5, 2019 (no meeting October 8)  Tuesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (six sessions) Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington. Instructor: Margaret Malone For writers at all levels Write a draft of a short story in six…

  • Fall 2019: Novel Writing Accountability

    September 29,2019; October 27,2019; December 8,2019;January 26,2020; February 23,2020; March 29,2020; April 26,2020; May 17,2020
    Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (8 meetings)
    Instructor: Laura Lampton Scott

    Prerequisites:
    • Previously enrolled in nine month novel intensive with Laura Lampton Scott or Gina Ochsner or
    • Previously enrolled in “Writing a Novel in 8 weeks” or
    • Instructor permission (email Susan at susan@literary-arts.org) for information)

    This class meets once a month from September to May. This will be your monthly dose of accountability, inspiration, and honest airing of challenges we face when working on book-length work. Each writer will have the opportunity to workshop pages of their novel in progress.

    $485.00

    September 29,2019; October 27,2019; December 8,2019;January 26,2020; February 23,2020; March 29,2020; April 26,2020; May 17,2020 Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (8 meetings) Instructor: Laura Lampton Scott For writers who are working on or have a draft of a novel …

  • Fall 2019: I Contain Multitudes: Using Persona to Reveal Our Many Selves

    October 13-27, 2019
    Sundays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (3 sessions)
    Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
    Instructor: Jennifer Perrine

    Limited to 10 students

    In “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman wrote, “I am large, I contain multitudes.” We’ll follow in Whitman’s footsteps by reading and writing poems that explore the multiple people we have been, are, and could be. We’ll also blend autobiographical and fictional details and invite in personae—selves who seem vastly different from us—to discover new strategies for writing from the fullness of our messy, contradictory lives.

    $135.00

    October 13-27, 2019 Sundays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (3 sessions) Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Jennifer Perrine Limited to 10 students In “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman wrote, “I am large, I contain multitudes.” We’ll follow in Whitman’s…

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    Fall 2019: October Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

    Sunday, October 20, 2019
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? 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. Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

    $15.00

    Sunday, October 20, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Emilly Prado For writers of color at all levels Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This…

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    Fall 2019: Fiction Revision Master Class

    Saturday, October 26, 2019
    10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Zulema Renee Summerfield

    You’ve got a piece of writing that you love, but you know it needs some work. It’s got all the potential to be a great piece, but no matter your efforts you can’t figure out how to revise it. Every time you go back in, you spend hours fixating on a period or a comma and not making any real changes. You put the story away and start a new one. Same thing: great potential, uneasiness, tinkering, stalling. Wash, rinse, repeat.

    In this one-day revision class, students will learn to break out of this vicious cycle by gaining tips and tricks for revision. Most writers (even professional ones) face blocks when it comes time to revise, and together we will learn some tried and true methods that actually work.

    We’ll get into the nitty-gritty of trusted revision techniques and learn how to apply these techniques to our own work. This class is ideal for those writers who are great at starting stories but not finishing them, or for those to whom “revision” is a scary word. Together, we’ll learn that revision doesn’t have to be terrifying—that in fact, revision is where some of the best work happens.

    $110.00

    Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Zulema Renee Summerfield $110 You’ve got a piece of writing that you love, but you know it needs some work. It’s got all…

  • Fall 2019: The True, Brilliant You: Master Class

    Thursday, November 7, 2019
    6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Brenda Shaughnessy

    In this workshop you will read poems (to fill up on wonder and beauty and weirdness and resilience) workshop poems, (to re-see ourselves and hear each other), and generate poems (to open up to the new brilliant truth in us.) This class is for experienced poets. To apply for this class, please e-mail three poems in a single document by October 15, 2019 to Susan Moore at susan@literary- arts.org. Work e-mailed as the manuscript submission will be shared among registered students and discussed in this three- hour workshop.

    Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently The Octopus Museum. Her book Our Andromeda was a New York Times Notable book and a finalist for the Griffin International Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Prize. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Harper’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, O Magazine, Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013 and is Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers University-Newark.

    $125.00

    Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Brenda Shaughnessy In this workshop you will read poems (to fill up on wonder and beauty and weirdness and resilience) workshop poems, (to re-see ourselves and hear each other), and generate…

  • Fall 2019: Storytelling Intensive: Stories of Healing/Healing our Stories

    November 6 – December 4, 2019 (3 sessions plus a storytelling performance on December 4)
    Wednesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Mindy Nettifee
    Limited to 10 students
    For storytellers at all levels

    $175.00

      November 6 – December 4, 2019 (3 sessions plus a storytelling performance on December 4) Wednesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Mindy Nettifee Limited to 10 students For storytellers at all levels This workshop covers crafting stories using the…

  • Fall 2019: November Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

    Sunday, November 17
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
    Instructor: Emilly Prado
    For writers of color at all levels
    Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? 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. Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

    $10.00

    Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Emilly Prado For writers of color at all levels Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This…

  • Fall 2019: December Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

    Sunday, December 8, 2019
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
    Instructor: Emilly Prado
    For writers of color at all levels
    Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? 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. Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

    $10.00

    Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Emilly Prado For writers of color at all levels Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This…