Career Skills

Upcoming classes: Career Skills

Mark Wallace

Alissa Greenberg




TUESDAYS, JANUARY  22 — FEBRUARY 5  |  For a freelance journalist, essayist, or nonfiction writer, a good pitch letter can not only generate work but open doors, build new relationships, or 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.


Lyzette Wanzer




SATURDAYS, JANUARY 26 —MARCH 2  |  This workshop is open to writers who are considering applications for–or wish to learn about–writing grants, fellowships, scholarships, or residencies.  Many writers aren’t aware of the many different types of funding opportunities  available to them. Or they think they’ve got to have a book out, or a long list of publication credits, before they can apply for grant money.  That’s just not true.


This workshop will cover:

  • The best places to locate opportunities
  • The dreaded Project Statement, Work Plan, or Goals and Objectives question
  • How to demonstrate a rising trajectory (remembering that most people who are awarded grants are on their way up, not already there)
  • Using headings and “buckets” to make your statement navigable
  • How to craft clear, concise personal or “artist” statements (leave this class with a completed first draft in hand!)
  • Why the marketing angle is so important
  • Creating an effective literary resume (you’ll have a nice new one at the end of class!)

This is an intensive hands-on workshop; laptops, tablets, or iPads are required.


Laura Fraser




SUNDAY, JANUARY 27  |  Whether you’ve always dreamed of writing professionally, you already do, or you’d like to figure out how to create better content for your job or business, this class will improve your writing in one day – guaranteed! After some coffee, we’ll start off with Story and Structure in the morning. This will help you start the writing process: from getting over writers’ block, understanding your audience and purpose, doing research, brainstorming ,and creating an outline so that your writing is engaging, logical, smooth, and satisfying to the reader. We’ll also remind you of stuff you should’ve learned in high school but may have forgotten: how to avoid the dreaded passive voice, weak verbs, excess verbiage, and a corporate or academic tone.


Susan Ito

Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win




SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3  |  In this interactive one-day workshop, we’ll find writing inspiration from new, unexpected sources. Instructors Susan Ito and Maw Shein Win will introduce a surprising host of artistic exercises to ignite your imagination and push your creative practice to new places. We will share inventive strategies to generate fresh ideas and inspire your writing through art. Moving between words and images, we will generate fresh new poetry and prose as well as easy-to-make art.

At the end of the workshop, you will leave with a beautiful, unique handmade book of art and words as well as an invaluable list of resources and exercises to keep you moving forward in your writing and creative life. 


Audrey Ferber




WEDNESDAYS, FEBRUARY 6 —MARCH 13  |  The most effective and vivid way for writers to transport readers into their world is to draw on the five senses. Yet, we often struggle to capture the intensity of sensorial experience on the page.

In this six-week class, we will spend one week each on the senses of smell, touch, taste, hearing and vision and practice igniting our writing with bolder, more specific language choices. Through sense exercises, in-class writing, and selected readings we will create a more vibrant palette of expression to enliven our work. By week six, students will be asked to produce a short piece of sensory fiction or nonfiction for workshop critique.



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