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:


Lyzette Wanzer

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 1  |  Ready to elevate your writing career to the next level, but not sure how to present your background in an appropriately professional fashion? Whether you have a long list of publication credits or just a few, you need a literary resumé that both adheres to professional standards and encourages panelists, editors, and reviewers to learn more about your work. When done properly, this resumé helps you:

•  Land funding for your writing projects

•  Get invitations to present work at conferences

•  Obtain reading opportunities

•  Present a strong residency application

•  Get editors’ and publishers’ attention

•  Be taken seriously as a writer, and not a hobbyist.

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Laura Fraser

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 2  |  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.

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Xandra Castleton

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 2  |  You’ve got your screenplay premise, maybe a script in hand, and you need to get the money people on board. Maybe you’re headed to a screenwriting conference and you want to be ready if you run into someone who can make the right introductions. Or, you’ve got a script in progress and you really need some feedback on the title and basic premise. Whatever the case, learning how to give a succinct and persuasive presentation is an essential skill. Come out to practice and get valuable feedback at this pitch session, which will be followed by a free mixer.

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Xandra Castleton

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 8  |  Writers of all levels interested in screenwriting begin with the same questions (and some misconceptions) about how and why writing a screenplay is different from other forms of writing. What is the life cycle of a screenplay? What is different about writing with collaborators (such as directors and actors) in mind? What is the relationship of the screenwriter to the audience? What does it mean to write in the immediate present? Why do some ideas lend themselves well to the screenplay form and others not so well? What, in practical terms, does it mean to “write in pictures”?

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Laura Fraser

Laura Fraser

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 9  |  Michel de Montaigne, perhaps the father of the personal essay, wrote, “I have never seen a greater monster or miracle than myself.” That sums up the personal essay — identifying the monster within and transforming it into something miraculous. Whether it’s a small realization or a dramatic triumph over tragedy, the personal essay takes the reader on a journey where the writer — and reader — come out different on the other side. This day-long class will teach you the basics of writing essays about your life, and you’ll finish the class (miracle!) with an outline for an essay of your own.

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