Writing Classes

  • Sold Out

    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…

  • Sold Out

    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…

  • Sold Out

    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…

  • Sold Out

    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: Talking Back: Poetry In Conversation With Other Texts

    November 10 – 24, 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

    We all know that words carry weight, but some words—especially those in political speeches, sacred texts, and canonical literature—can seem overwhelming in their authority. We’ll choose texts that have influenced us—for better or for worse—and use them as scaffolding for constructing our own poems. In the process, we’ll see what happens when we give our words just as much heft as the texts that matter most to us. All levels

    $135.00

    November 10 – 24, 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 We all know that words carry weight, but some words—especially those in political speeches, sacred…

  • Sold Out

    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.

    $15.00

    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.

    $15.00

    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…

  • Fall 2019: Memoir and Memory: A Generative Intensive

    $175.00

    December 14 & December 15, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.(two sessions) Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Emilly Prado In this weekend intensive, we’ll exercise, explore, and spark the memory part of memoir using personal objects, music,…

  • Winter 2020: Building A Writing Habit

    January 5 – February 9, 2020
    Sundays, 10 a.m. to noon (6 class meetings)
    Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
    Instructor: Kristina Tate
    For writers at all levels

    $275.00

    January 5 – February 9, 2020 Sundays, 10 a.m. to noon (6 class meetings) Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Kristina Tate For writers at all levels Using The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron as a resource, this…

  • Winter 2020: Elements of Story

    January 11–February 15, 2020
    Sundays, 10:00 a.m. –12:30 p.m. (six sessions)
    Instructor: Zulema Summerfield
    for writers with some experience

    This workshop is ideal for writers with an early draft of a story, an in-progress story that has stalled, or an idea for a story that hasn’t quite found its form. We’ll take in-depth looks at basic elements of craft, from plot and dialogue to point of view and voice, exploring ways to weave these elements into our own work. Each week, we will share our stories in a supportive, creative workshop setting, with an eye towards exploratory revision and eventual publication.

    $335.00

    January 11–February 15, 2020 Sundays, 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (six sessions) Instructor: Zulema Summerfield for writers with some experience This workshop is ideal for writers with an early draft of a story, an in-progress story that has stalled, or an…

  • Winter 2020: Collisions: Short Story Workshop

    January 14–February 18, 2020
    Tuesdays, 7:00–9:00 p.m. (six sessions)
    Instructor: Josha Nathan
    For writers at all levels

    In this fiction workshop, we will explore how to use all manner of combustible collisions, both small and large, as generative fuel. Have a slew of disparate ideas stewing in your brain? We’ll investigate the power of unexpected pairings—how colliding seemingly unrelated images or ideas can spark something entirely original and point your work forward. You will build your own stories and receive the focused attention of a workshop environment. All levels

    $275.00

    January 14–February 18, 2020 Tuesdays, 7:00–9:00 p.m. (six sessions) Instructor: Josha Nathan For writers at all levels In this fiction workshop, we will explore how to use all manner of combustible collisions, both small and large, as generative fuel. Have…

  • Winter 2020: Personal Essay Writing 101

    $175.00

    February 25-March 24, 2019 (no meeting March 17) Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (4 meetings) Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Emilly Prado We all have stories, but where do we start when trying to get our own…

  • Winter 2020: The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout

    $175.00

    February 2–23, 2020 Sundays, 2:00–4:00 p.m (four sessions) Instructor: David Ciminello For writers at all levels How can we build a better writing practice? This prompt-driven generative workshop will give writers an opportunity to flex their literary muscles. Classes will…

  • Winter 2020: Exploring the Lyric Essay

    February 2-23, 2020
    Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (4 class meetings)
    Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
    Instructor: Miranda Schmidt
    For writers at all levels
    Instructor: Miranda Schmidt
    Limited to 10 students

    A flexible, hybrid form, the lyric essay employs techniques from poetry, nonfiction, and fiction to create a single work. In this workshop, we’ll experiment with lyric essay techniques and structures, read a variety of examples that employ these techniques, and craft our own lyric essays on subjects of our choosing. You will also learn revision techniques you can implement as you continue to work with your pieces after the class has ended.

    $275.00

    February 2-23, 2020 Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (4 class meetings) Meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Instructor: Miranda Schmidt For writers at all levels Instructor: Miranda Schmidt Limited to 10 students A flexible, hybrid form, the lyric…

  • Winter 2020: Short Story Intensive TWO

    March 12-April 16, 2020
    Thursdays, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington.
    Instructor: Margaret Malone

    $410.00

    March 12-April 16, 2020 Thursdays, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Class meets at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington. Instructor: Margaret Malone The focus of this class will be revision and reworking of in-process stories. We will work together as a group…