Writing the Travel Essay: From Inspiration to Publication

  • January 8, 2015 - February 12, 2015
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Some of our greatest moments and breakthroughs—or at least our best bar stories—come from our travels. Do you have a travel tale you’re ready to unleash? Here’s your chance.

INSTRUCTOR: Lavinia Spalding


Revision Boot Camp: Circuit Training Your Manuscript

  • January 10, 2015
    10:00 am - 3:30 pm

For some writers, first drafts are the fun part. Anything is possible! After that, revision can feel overwhelming. But it can also be fun and rewarding, especially when broken down into manageable components.



Personal Essay: From Transcendent Moments to Political Passions

  • January 10, 2015 - February 7, 2015
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm

In this three-session class, students will learn the basics of personal essay writing (yes, there is a structure that works), get feedback on their chosen topics, have their essays workshopped, learn about how to pitch to publishers, and perhaps form the basis of a writing group in the process.



A Master’s Class on Building a Character’s Vibrant Psychology

  • January 12, 2015 - March 2, 2015
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In this course for writers of all levels, we will master the art of literary psychology. Each week, we will analyze the work of contemporary, working authors, deconstructing their various techniques of bringing a protagonist’s interiority to life on the page.



Finding Your Story

  • January 14, 2015 - March 4, 2015
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Whether you’re writing fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction or a screenplay, your most essential job is knowing just what story you’re telling and how to shape the entire work to tell it as clearly and powerfully as you can.

INSTRUCTOR: Gerard Jones


How to Write an Effective Query Letter

  • January 14, 2015
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This course will provide useful tips on how to write an effective query letter that gets an agent’s attention, presents you as an appealing potential client, and introduces your work in the most salable way.

INSTRUCTOR: Chelsea Lindman


Screen Hikes: Weekend Excursions In Film Story & Craft (Drugstore Cowboy)

  • January 17, 2015
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learning film story from books is like getting to know nature from maps. Let award-winning Grotto filmmaker David Munro be your field guide in a new series of immersive Saturday classes that explore the choices – both authorial and artistic – that inform storytelling in the filmed medium.



Personal Essay: From Idea to Draft in One Day

  • January 18, 2015
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

In this one-day intensive, students will figure out how to focus on which topics and ideas to write about, and how to structure those ideas into an essay that works.

INSTRUCTOR: Laura Fraser


Memoir in a Nutshell

  • January 25, 2015
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

We will discuss the elements that go into a successful memoir, including dramatic storytelling, tension, vivid characters and clear sense of direction.

INSTRUCTOR: Julia Scheeres