Winter 2020: The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout

Ciminello, David

Winter 2020: The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout


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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 provide an intimate, structured, and supportive time to broaden basic and complex writing skills. Through a series of experimental and innovative exercises, you will explore the concepts of voice, form, and technique. Close attention will be paid to literary and poetic devices as we dive into the craft of prose writing. Supportive in-workshop sharing and feedback will encourage you to go deep. All genres welcome.

David Ciminello’s fiction has appeared in the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City; Underwater New York; Lumina; Nailed Magazine, and in the podcast series Storytellers Telling Stories. As
a professional screenwriter, David has developed projects with Aaron Spelling Productions, All Girl Productions, Sony Pictures, HBO, and Twentieth Century Fox. His original screenplay, Bruno, appears on DVD as The Dress Code.

CLASS LIAISONS: All classes have one liaison position. Liaisons receive free tuition in exchange for light duties before and after each class meeting.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire class tuition. All of our writing classes have at least one scholarship position available, made possible by a generous gift from Dennis Steinman.

To apply for Scholarship or Liaison positions, e-mail Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers, at with your name, contact information, and the class you are interested in. Priority is given to students who have not taken classes with us before. Scholarships are awarded 1-2 weeks before the class begins.  All scholarships are subject to availability.