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With demand for "true and shocking" narratives apparently at a peak, this course will ask participants to explore alternative ways that personal lives, histories, and relationships can be used as creative material, and what the reasons might be for doing so.  Together, we'll ask what can be uniquely expressed by performance and writing that incorporates...

$180
8 sessions
T.   Mar 1st, 7pm
All levels
(24)

Feature articles are the human side of journalism—pieces that go beyond the facts, exploring the world in a personal and compelling way. Such articles can examine virtually any topic, from the latest news to the newest trends to profiles of interesting people. And they can even grow into narrative nonfiction books. To succeed at features, you need...

$150
F.   Jun 3rd, 10am
All levels
(169)
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Non-fiction books (anything from memoir, pop culture, true crime and self-help) are sold to publishers on the basis of a proposal which is a 20-50 page document pitching the book’s content and marketability and is supplemented by sample chapters. You write the proposal before you actually write the book. Taught by the owner and published author,...

$30
Sa.   Mar 12th, 2pm
All levels
(43)

Workshop classes are limited to 12 students. The writing workshop is the core of this intensive curriculum. An experienced writer-teacher focuses on students' manuscripts, guiding students in the creative acts of revision and self-editing through class exercises and private conferences. Note: After you have registered, choose one literary salon per...

$4,347
12 sessions
M.T.W.Th.   Jun 6th, 2:30pm
All levels
(13)

Mark Twain said the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the “difference between lightning and lightning bug.” The goal of this class is to help you find the right words. This workshop provides students the opportunity to generate, share, and get feedback on writing inspired by personal experiences. All levels of writers...

$410
8 sessions
T.   Mar 1st, 10am
All levels
(6)
Tuesday March 1 10am - 12pm 8 Sessions $410
Thursday March 3 10am - 12pm 8 Sessions $410
Tuesday May 3 10am - 12pm 8 Sessions $410
Thursday May 5 10am - 12pm 8 Sessions $410
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Every life has stories worth telling. This workshop provides tools to overcome fear of the blank page and writing prompts to jump-start the creative process. Inspired by class discussion and examples of great writing, participants will hone in on their stories and explore elements of craft. Maximum enrollment is 9 students. No pre-registration requirement(s):...

$410
8 sessions
T.   Mar 1st, 1:30pm
All levels
(6)
Tuesday March 1 1:30pm - 3:30pm 8 Sessions $410
Tuesday May 3 1:30pm - 3:30pm 8 Sessions $410
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For nonfiction writers (eg. memoir, magazine, and personal essay) interested in working towards some form of publication. Each week participants share and discuss works in progress. The class has a special emphasis on how to use fiction techniques of narration, description, dialogue, and structure to improve each piece. Location Instructions: Students...

$310
6 sessions
T.   Mar 1st, 6:30pm
Intermediate
(6)

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This open-level class is for anyone interested in writing personal narrative in any form -- memoir, creative nonfiction, or personal essay. Through focused critique and discussion, we hone the tools of strong writing: distinctive voice, precise language, resonant imagery, vivid sensory description, dramatic scene and dialogue, and inventive form.

$410
8 sessions
W.   May 4th, 6:45pm
All levels
(6)

This workshop provides a forum to develop and polish work specifically about issues of identity relating to race, culture, and ethnicity using the framework of literary journal and magazine submissions as a timeline. Each week will be dedicated to a step towards publishing your work: setting goals, researching venues, reading in depth, refining your...

$300
7 sessions
Sa.   Apr 2nd, 10:30am
Intermediate

This online workshop will give you exercises, feedback and community to develop your creative process, whether you’d like to begin a new project, continue your work with a fresh eye, or delve back into a project you’ve spent time away from. Geared for prose writers drawing from life experiences, weekly readings and exercises of both fiction and...

$350
7 sessions
Su.   Apr 3rd, 6:45pm
Intermediate

Geared for intermediate to advanced writers working on individual short stories and essays or fiction/nonfiction book-length projects, this ongoing community-oriented group encourages members to write in a way that is both bravely personal and socially conscious.  Held in a supportive environment in the instructor’s home, the weekly sessions...

$400
8 sessions
W.   Apr 6th, 6:30pm
Intermediate

Are you eager to test the waters of creative writing but not sure where to start, or how? Have you written previously but been away for a while and hope to dip back in? Here you will be guided surely and safely into the writing life. There’s no pressure to work on a specific project or even settle on which type of creative writing you prefer. The...

$150
Sa.   Apr 9th, 11am
All levels
(169)
Saturday April 9 11am - 6pm 1 Session $150
Friday June 10 10am - 5pm 1 Session $150
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Who doesn’t love the pleasure of literary laughter? We’re talking about essays, memoirs, articles, short stories, and novels that are humorous. It can be anything from a true story about the special hell of raising kids to a far-fetched tale of a would-be knight tilting at windmills. As Mark Twain says, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to...

$150
Sa.   Feb 20th, 11am
All levels
(169)
Saturday February 20 11am - 6pm 1 Session $150
Friday May 6 10am - 5pm 1 Session $150
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You’ve spent months, or years, sweating and swearing over a book and now you’re ready to draw the interest of agents and/or publishing houses. Or perhaps you’re in the midst of writing a book and you want to know the publishing challenges up ahead. The question looms: how do you get a book published? Here you will learn how to navigate the ins-and-outs...

$190
2 sessions
W.   Mar 16th, 7pm
Beginner
(169)

The quiet magic of Goodnight Moon grows into the zaniness of Dr. Seuss and widens into the dazzlement of Harry Potter then matures into the straight talk of Judy Blume and the gritty reality of The Outsiders. Such is the amazing journey children take through books. These stories are a treasured part of childhood and they linger for a lifetime. To...

$150
F.   Mar 4th, 10am
Advanced
(169)
Friday March 4 10am - 5pm 1 Session $150
Saturday April 9 11am - 6pm 1 Session $150
Friday June 10 10am - 5pm 1 Session $150
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