Upcoming classes: Fiction
TUESDAYS, JANUARY 8 —FEBRUARY 12 | In this class you will birth, nurture, and release a brand-new flash fiction story. After extensive revisions of your work, you will submit your finished piece to three literary journals for publication, or to three literary contests. A laptop, tablet, or iPad is required for this workshop. If you write longhand, please also bring your journal or notebook along with your computer (not in place of it). Students registering for this class should be prepared to create new work from scratch in a concentrated, serious environment. Homework will consist of revisions and a few exercises to help ensure that your piece is as polished and economically written as possible.→ READ MORE
MONDAYS, JANUARY 14 —FEBRUARY 18 | What happens when we approach writing like an experiment? Our minds are open, our writing is deep, and there is no room for writers’ block or cliché ideas. Burroughs used cut-up writing, Anais Nin made her diary her art, and now novels are being written in tweets and texts. Each week we will explore different experimental styles from surrealism to postmodernism and do exercises to loosen our minds and push us in new directions with our writing. With daily writing prompts and in-class exercises, this class is great for beginning writers or experienced writers wanting to push their writing in new directions.→ READ MORE
MONDAYS, JANUARY 14 —FEBRUARY 11 | Writing about our families—those people who influence our lives most profoundly—is deeply personal and marked by passion, conflict and emotion. It can be both inspirational and challenging. How much detail is too much? How can we best utilize small or large swaths of family life to inform our writing?
Whether you want to tell your family’s history or write a memoir based on your grandmother’s life, your child’s birth story, or a fictional account of your distant cousin’s escapades, this class will help you to shape those family tales into compelling, polished stories.→ READ MORE
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.→ READ MORE
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.→ READ MORE
MONDAYS, FEBRUARY 4 —MARCH 11 | Need some structure and community to keep writing? If you’re looking to generate pages and gain insight into your project – whether fiction, memoir, personal essay, narrative nonfiction, or some combination thereof – set aside five Monday evenings this winter. You’ll find a supportive community designed to foster productivity and good writing habits. We’ll address specific craft issues as they come up, and I will be available for meeting one-on-one. You’ll have the opportunity to meet in small groups for feedback (with specific guidance), if you choose. Homework assignments are designed to help you meet your goals, wherever you may be in the process.→ READ MORE
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.→ READ MORE
THURSDAYS, FEBRUARY 7 —MARCH 14 | Often considered one of the most difficult forms to master, the short story is a balancing act of brevity and depth. In this craft workshop, we will read great short stories from authors like James Baldwin, Alice Munro and Carmen Maria Machado that have particular strength in character, plot, setting, and emotional resonance and use these stories to discuss the craft of short story writing. We will workshop your stories with these masters in mind. The best way to develop your craft is to imitate the masters.
Jenny Bitner‘s short stories have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, PANK, The Mississippi Review, The Sun and The Fabulist.→ READ MORE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 | Whether you’re writing about your own life in memoir or personal essay, or developing characters and situations for a fictional plot, imagery brings your material to life. Effective imagery goes far beyond flowery description to reveal character, mood, context, tone, setting, and theme. In this one-day intensive, we’ll explore how to make imagery work for you on the page. We’ll use exercises of intuition and right-brain association to harvest images, and we’ll look at how to choose and shape those images. Analyzing the uses of imagery in published pieces will help you cultivate your own voice and technique.→ READ MORE
TUESDAYS, FEBRUARY 26 — MARCH 12 | 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.→ READ MORE