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SATURDAY, JAN. 22nd  |  Setting sometimes feels like the red-headed stepchild of the fiction-writing process—less integral, somehow, than character or story structure. But whether you’re writing a biting social satire or a sweeping historical epic, a high-fantasy adventure or a gritty dystopian one, your characters and their stories are indelibly shaped by the physical, temporal and social world in which they exist. In order to understand what makes your novel tick, you need to know that world inside and out. This one-session course will unpack how masterful writers across genre use setting to drive story and shape character—and help you discover the world of your own novel, from its unwritten mores and environmental constraints to its narrative traditions and natural wonders.


Lisa Lerner

SATURDAYS, JAN. 29th – MARCH 5th  | When you were a kid, you were probably obsessed with the hero of a book. You loved that book because it was hilarious, or thrilling, or made you feel as though you weren’t a weirdo living on the wrong planet. Maybe it taught you things you didn’t realize were possible. Maybe it even helped you survive. In this class, we will focus on learning the essentials of writing for children: memorable characters, unique voice, strong plot, deep emotion, and a big idea.


Lisa Lerner

TUESDAYS, JAN. 25th – MARCH 8th  | When you were a kid, you were probably obsessed with the hero of a book. You loved that book because it was hilarious, or thrilling, or made you feel as though you weren’t a weirdo living on the wrong planet. Maybe it taught you things you didn’t realize were possible. Maybe it even helped you survive. In this class, we will focus on learning the essentials of writing for children: memorable characters, unique voice, strong plot, deep emotion, and a big idea.


Thaisa Frank

Thaisa Frank

WEDNESDAYS, JAN. 19th – APRIL 6th | Does your story never feel finished? Do you feel frustrated when readers say they want ‘more’ but can’t tell you what​ they mean by​ ‘more’? Do you draw a blank when you try to add “more”?This workshop presents a breakthrough approach to writing a whole and satisfying story through the use of five tools of compression and six breakthrough tools for expansion.


Preeti Vangani

Preeti Vangani

SUNDAY, DEC. 19th | Poets have been focusing their work on the body for ages — on pleasure, on identity, on beauty, on illness, and on the body as a living target. We write from our lived experiences and the way our body moves through the world shapes our stories and songs. As we revisit on the page what our bodies endure, it is necessary to build a practice centered in tenderness and care. This 3-hour online class is a generative space to explore pleasure, trauma, survival and healing through writing poetry about the body. We will dive into themes of sexuality, desire and pain, while reading poems by authors such as Leila Chatti, Derrick Austin and Destiny Birdsong.


Rachel Howard

SATURDAY, JAN. 8th  | In this practical one-day course you will identify the essential three C’s of your book’s opening pages—Conflict, Character, and Clock—so that your narrative engine is ready to rev.

Through a combination of lecture, discussion of readings, and student work-sharing, we will identify the key aspects of your book’s story to set into place in the opening pages. Each student will have a chance to share his or her book opening for targeted, practical feedback.


Laird Harrison

THURSDAYS, JAN. 20th – MARCH 10th  | Journalism shapes our understanding of the world, and never in living memory has its importance loomed so large. Sometimes thrilling, always challenging and occasionally dangerous, the profession offers opportunities to uncover truth, call out injustice, and reveal the world’s many delights. In this survey course, we’ll explore what journalists do and why.

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