Flash Fiction: Write, Revise, Submit (with Lyzette Wanzer)

Lyzette Wanzer




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.


A Short Course on Writing Short Memoirs (with Kristen Cosby)

Kristen Cosby




WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY 9 —FEBRUARY 20  |  The goal of this course is to help you draft, structure, and polish a multi-scene, 1,200-1,500 word memoir. Expect weekly reading and writing assignments. We will begin with narrative prompts and then move quickly towards workshops and revision. While the class is geared towards creating stand-alone pieces, it is also a great place to create the foundation for a larger memoir project. 

Kristen Cosby is a freelance writer, editor, and educator.  Her writing has received support from the Jan Michalski Foundation, Can Serrat, the Corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Artist Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and garnered the Normal Prize in Nonfiction and a Pushcart Prize Special Mention.


Create a Writing Habit in 2019 (with Jenny Bitner)

Jenny Bitner




SUNDAYS, JANUARY 13 & FEBRUARY 3  |  As a teacher I constantly meet people who say they want to write but aren’t doing it. Creating a new habit takes time and I’ve created a class to give you the encouragement and accountability you need to get started. Drawing on my years as a teacher as well as my training as a hypnotherapist, I will incorporate the psychological research on establishing habits and the power of the unconscious mind to help you make a new habit of writing. I will send you prompts throughout the class to keep you motivated, and set up a private Facebook group.


Plan Your Writing Career (with Laird Harrison)

Laird Harrison




SUNDAY, JANUARY 13  |  Getting published is a thrill, but the competition is stiff. To succeed, you have to carefully plan your career.
In this interactive course, you’ll create a road map to your fondest literary ambitions. Do you want to make money? Get published in top magazines? Hit the bestseller list? You’ll learn to evaluate the market for your work by analyzing your strengths and weaknesses, finding your competitive edge and identifying your niche. You’ll lay out each step you must take to get from where you are to where you want to be. This class is open to both new and midcareer writers pursuing their passion for the word.


Pushing The Boundaries: Experiments in Fiction and Poetry (with Jenny Bitner)

Jenny Bitner




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.


Family Stories: Turning Life Into Art (with Susan Ito)

Susan Ito




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.


Scene by Scene: A Screenwriting Workshop (with Xandra Castleton)

Xandra Castleton




TUESDAYS, JANUARY 15 —MARCH 12  |  Whether you’re new to screenwriting or already have a script underway, this course will help you achieve the key objectives of a great screenplay in an open and supportive workshop atmosphere. Through weekly writing exercises, you’ll learn how to introduce your main character, set a tone, establish the status quo of your fictional world and signal a theme, all while writing in pictures. We’ll discuss screenplays—Thelma and Louise, Moonlight and The King’s Speech—along with screenwriter interviews, articles and excerpts from The Screenwriter’s Bible by David Trottier. Students will complete the course with the first ten to fifteen pages of a screenplay, a one-line summary, and a toolbox of exercises and materials to help them complete the screenwriting process.


Grief Writing 101 (with Mary Ladd)

Mary Ladd




WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16  | Big challenges can spark writing that is personal, meaningful and cathartic. 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. The writing you create in this class will help kick start your writing process and give you tools for processing your grief. All writing levels and genres are welcome.
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.


Podcasting + Radio 101 (with Julia Scott and Grace Rubenstein)

Julia Scott

Grace Rubenstein




THURSDAYS, JANUARY 17 —FEBRUARY 7  |  An estimated 48 million Americans spend time listening to podcasts every week and the number grows every year. It’s never been easier to produce high quality audio to get your message out, whether for radio stories, podcasting, personal promotion or business branding.

But how do you get started? Two veteran journalists of public radio and podcasting show you the basics of how to record great audio, conduct killer interviews, craft a captivating story, and get your audio creations out into the world.

In this hands-on workshop, every student will produce a complete audio story — and will acquire the skills and confidence to produce future stories and podcasts on your own.


Write True Crime (with Paul Drexler)

Paul Drexler




MONDAYS, JANUARY 21 —FEBRUARY 11  |  This class is for writers who are ready to write engaging true crime stories. It is an active learning class, designed to help you to complete a short form (600 -1500 words) crime story. You should come to the first class with a specific story outline or a work in progress. Students will be expected to read each others’ work before each class. We’ll consider the ethics, point of view and legal issues in writing true crime. We’ll work on selecting a story, creating a compelling first paragraph, researching skills, interviewing techniques, trial reporting, and story structure, development, and conclusion.