Upcoming Classes at the Grotto

Register now for upcoming classes at the Grotto! Early enrollment is strongly recommended, as course offerings frequently sell out. If a class is filled to capacity, please contact the instructor to request waiting-list placement.

All upcoming classes are listed below. You may also browse these categories:


Laura Fraser

 

 

 

SUNDAYS, JULY 22 & JULY 29  | These two classes will help you become a better writer, whether you already write a lot, you long to write more, or you’d like to figure out how to create better content for your job or business. Writing and storytelling are crafts, and in these two day-long seminars you will learn the essential tools that will make you a better writer right away, and over time. Note: The classes are designed so that you can take them individually or as a pair (though we recommend you take both to really improve your chops).

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Jenny Bitner

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 29  | Writing is wonderful when it flows, but how can we regularly tap into the flow state? In this class we will explore ways of accessing the unconscious for our writing. We will brainstorm, explore, play writing games, look at our dreams, and explore guided meditation for creativity. I will give you ten activities that you can use outside class to get inspired when the inspiration is not happening, and you will create 100 Ideas for Me — a book that we will brainstorm together with individualized prompts for your writing. This will be three hours (with a 10 minute break) of intense brainstorming, creating, idea-making, and writing that will leave you inspired to write NOW.

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Mark Wallace

 

 

 

WEDNESDAYS, AUGUST 1 — 15  |  No matter how compelling the characters, dialogue, or action, great scenes need a sense of place that all too often gets short shrift. And when your subject is a place itself, the task is only more demanding. It’s easy to fall back on list-making when writing about place, and that’s a tool that can be used to great effect, but there are so many more approaches to be explored.

We’ll dive into some great writing about place, and will look at specific techniques great writers use to capture the world around them, focusing on writing about the real world, but looking at fiction as well.

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Lindsey Crittenden

 

 

 

MONDAY, JULY 30 & THURSDAYS, AUGUST 9—30 | Do you have pages ready for workshop? This class is designed for students who have have taken the Work in Progress Workshop (or will have done so by end of July) or the equivalent. Please do not sign up unless you will have completed Work in Progress by the end of July, or unless you have written to me to make sure the class will meet your needs. If you are looking to generate pages, the first class (Work in Progress Workshop) is the one for you.

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Alissa Greenberg

 

 

 

TUESDAYS, AUGUST 7 & 14  |  For a freelance journalist, essayist, or nonfiction writer, a good pitch letter can not only generate work but open doors, build new relationships, or even kickstart a career. But crafting the best pitch, targeting it to the right publication, and getting it in front of the right person isn’t always simple.

In this class, you’ll gain new insights into what editors are looking for and why—as well as all the reasons they don’t want to assign you that story—and learn new ways to make your pitch letters as compelling as possible.

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Mary Ladd

 

 

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16  | We’ll read from the masters, Oliver Sacks and Joan Didion, and do our own generative short exercises to explore how to find points of entry into personal experiences of loss.

  • All writing levels and genres welcome.
  • The writing you create in the class will help kick start your writing process and give you tools for processing your grief.
  • As a seriously ill patient as well as a caregiver for my mom, I channeled my grief into a book project and writing assignments (to help pay the bills and avoid going crazy) – often using humor.
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