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They say everyone has a story and this new writing class with Irish novelist Yvonne Cassidy will help you tell yours. Over the course of eight weeks, Yvonne will work with you to develop your story while you discover the fundamental tools of the craft of creative writing. Whether you want to write fiction, memoir, or about the lives of your Irish ancestors,...

$165
8 sessions
W.   Sep 28th, 7pm
All levels
(20)

What do you think about X or Y or Z? And how have your life experiences informed your views on these topics? That’s the essence of a personal essay: viewpoints filtered through the lens of your personal experience. Any topic goes, from the ridiculous to the sublime. Unlike the stiff essays you may have written in school, these should feel personal,...

$150
F.   Sep 16th, 10am
All levels
(219)
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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
F.   Jul 29th, 10am
All levels
(219)

Nonfiction—pieces that spring from the real world—is everywhere. Magazines, newspapers, books, blogs, websites. And nonfiction has grown more diverse and creative than ever, embracing all styles from straight to zany to lyrical, encompassing every topic imaginable from schoolyard memories to a trek in Nepal to the creation of the universe. Here...

$340
6 sessions
M.   Aug 1st, 7pm
Beginner
(219)

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.   Sep 23rd, 10am
All levels
(219)
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Producer, publicist and writer Kambri Crews gave this workshop at the West Virginia Writer's Conference and the feedback was phenomenal, so she's bringing it to us. You're a performer, writer, artist, business owner, musician, athlete, you name it and you want to be noticed for how awesome you (and/or your work) are? You must toot your own horn loudly...

$30
Sa.   Aug 6th, 3pm
Beginner
(67)

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

$360
7 sessions
T.   Sep 6th, 6:45pm
All levels
(6)

There’s a reason why writers gravitate to cafes and libraries, where it can help just to be surrounded by others doing the same thing. The challenge of persevering through the long and lonely process of writing a full-length work can be daunting. The Writing Room is here to help. Whether you’re putting off starting a novel, memoir or narrative...

$410
8 sessions
Th.   Sep 8th, 6:30pm
All levels
(6)
Other Dates (2)

Every life holds many tales. Whether your life is wildly unconventionalor relatively normal, there’s bound to be something fascinating about it. That’s why the contemporary memoir—everyday people telling their stories—has become such a popular phenomenon. A memoir covers an aspect of a life, whether it’s a short piece about, say, a bicycle...

$150
No Upcoming Schedules
All levels
(219)

This course helps you sharpen your skills at memoir craft and work toward completion of one or two short memoirs or a book. Writers often repeat Memoir II to continue their projects.  Course components:  Lectures Writing exercises  Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times) Prerequisite: Memoir Writing...

$450
10 sessions
No Upcoming Schedules
Advanced
(219)

Using a balance of lecture, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates, this course gives students a firm grounding in all the basics of memoir writing. Everything is presented in a clear, accessible manner. Write one or two short memoirs or begin a book Lectures on basics of memoir craft Writing exercises Present work for...

$450
10 sessions
No Upcoming Schedules
Beginner
(219)

Life stories like Orange is the New Black and The Glass Castle sell copies. Memoirs can be tear-jerkers, but they can also be fun, funny, and heart-warming. It's time for you to write your New York Times bestseller. This class is strongly focused around literary structure. You'll create a story arc designed to keep your reader glued to the page. You...

$550
8 sessions
No Upcoming Schedules
Advanced
(48)

Learn how to produce up to 30 pages of polished text and an outline that will serve as the basis for a potential contract. Learn how to develop a distinctive voice and make deeply personal material accessible -- and even irresistible -- to outsiders. Everyone may have a story to tell, but not everyone can write a compelling memoir. This class will...

$550
8 sessions
No Upcoming Schedules
Beginner
(48)

Learn the basics of memoir writing through instructional exercises. Topics include plot, character, dialogue, theme, how to get published, how candid you should be, and how to write about other people without hurting them.

$20
No Upcoming Schedules
All levels
(67)

In this one-day weekend writing workshop, we'll look at the art of writing the personal essay. From the New York Times' Modern Love column, newspapers to magazines, the personal essay is one of the most popular ways to tell your stories and get published in the mainstream media. This class will provide practical guidelines for your piece and exercises...

$82
No Upcoming Schedules
All levels
(389)
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