May Freelance Bootcamp (with Anisse Gross)


Anisse Gross

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 28  |  Breaking into the world of freelance writing can seem mysterious and downright impossible at the outset. How will you make enough money? If you currently have a job, how do you transition into full-time freelancing? When can you take the plunge? Where will you find clients? How will you successfully pitch to publications, especially if you don’t have a portfolio?

It took me several years of pitfalls, wrong turns, financial struggling, over-caffeinated meltdowns, and learning on the job to successfully make it as a freelance writer. In this one-day bootcamp, I will teach you the fundamentals of how to successfully begin freelancing for a variety of publications including magazines, newspapers, websites, and other forms of paid writing and editing work.

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Imagery Intensive (with Lindsey Crittenden)


Lindsey Crittenden

 

 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 20  | 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.

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The Power of Point of View (with Cheryl Ossola)


Cheryl Ossola

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 3  |  Point of view is one of the most essential aspects of imaginative writing. In fact, perspective is everything in narration, but writers sometimes place the narrator without understanding the implications of the choice they’ve made. In this one-day class, we’ll talk about POV options—the use of first, second, or third person as well as the manipulation of narrative distance and its impact on characterization across the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and even poetry. We’ll identity common POV “violations” and look at published examples, and we’ll respond to some writing prompts in class to experiment with POV.

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Boost Your Writing Career: Practical Strategies (with Lyzette Wanzer)


Lyzette Wanzer

 

 

 

TUESDAYS, JUNE 13 —27  |  One of the biggest challenges writers face is getting their work the recognition it deserves. You’ve been sending your work out—stories, articles, poems, plays—and you know it’s good work, but no one’s biting. You’ve applied for grants, travel scholarships, and writers’ conference funding, to no avail. You’d love to be invited to present work at Litquake or another high-profile reading series, or to read at a conference. You’d like to publish in literary journals that pay writers, and you’d like to start winning some writing contests. So what’s the missing link?

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Kinda True Stories: Turning Your Life Into Fiction (with Jenny Bitner)


Jenny Bitner

 

 

 

THURSDAYS, JUNE 15—JULY 13  |  Is it true or is it fiction – and does it matter? Often the lines between memoir and fiction can be blurry. And most of great literature has at least some elements of truth in it, from books that are largely autobiographical like Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and Chris Kraus’s Aliens and Anorexia to fictional worlds like Raymond Carver’s and Denis Johnson’s that are drawn from a world that could only be created through personal experience.

In this class we will explore memories, experiences, and characters from our own lives and turn them into fictional stories, blending the richness of our emotional and felt experiences with elements from our imagination to create compelling writing.

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Create a Writing Habit: 21 Days of Writing (with Jenny Bitner)


Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

 

 

 

SATURDAYS, JUNE 17 & JULY 8  | Do you want to make writing a part of your daily schedule? As a teacher I constantly see people who say they want to write but aren’t doing it. Creating a new habit takes support, and I’ve created this class to give you the accountability to get started. This class gives you the support to do the writing that you have been dreaming of doing and also draws on my training as a hypnotherapist to channel the unconscious to help you.  We will draw on research on the psychology of creating habits, use the power of the unconscious through hypnosis, and create a support structure to help you make a new habit of writing.

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Work in Progress Workshop (with Lindsey Crittenden)


Lindsey Crittenden

 

 

 

SATURDAYS, JUNE 17—JULY 15 | If you have started a writing project—or are longing to get one started—and need some structure and accountability and momentum, this is the class for you. Perhaps you’ve already taken a class and want to keep working in a structured environment. Or maybe you’ve been carving out writing time here & there on your own, and now’s the time to get more disciplined. Whatever your background, if you’re looking to generate pages and gain insight into your project, set aside five Saturdays this summer. You’ll find a supportive community designed to foster productivity and good writing habits.

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Plot and Theme: Foundations of Memoir (with Eleanor Vincent)


Eleanor Vincent

 

 

 

WEDNESDAYS, JUNE 21—JULY 26  |  In this class, we will delve into the effective construction of memoir – whether personal essay or book-length manuscript. Weaving together the threads of plot (the situation described) and theme (the deeper underlying truth), we will examine how to use these building blocks to create a strong foundation for your project.

“What happened to the writer is not what matters; what matters is the larger sense the writer is able to make of what happened,” writes Vivian Gornick, in The Situation and the Story, her seminal book on the art of the personal narrative.

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Ace Your M.F.A. Application (with Lyzette Wanzer)


Lyzette Wanzer

 

 

 

WEDNESDAYS, JUNE 21—JULY 5  | Have you thought about enrolling in a Creative Writing M.F.A. program but feel intimidated by the application process? Do you fret about how to make your application rise to the top in a stack of fierce competitors? What are the most common application pitfalls, and how can you avoid them? You probably know how competitive these programs are and how exacting the admissions requirements can be. Learn to present each aspect of your application in the strongest light, and avoid both the blunders and the omissions that many of your fellow applicants will make.

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Three-D Writing: How to Go from “Flat” to Wow (with Rachel Howard)


Rachel Howard

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 24  |  “Flat” writing hands off lifeless information in a two-dimensional exchange between reader and writer.  Three-dimensional writing places the reader in a charged space of heightened experience, renewed perspective, and active meaning-making.  How is that three-dimensionality created, and what do you do when you find your language stuck in 2-D?  This combination lecture and workshop for writers of fiction and literary nonfiction examines specific strategies for three-dimensionality drawn from contemporary writers like Sheila Heti, Jo Ann Beard, and Maggie Nelson, and classics by Marguerite Duras and Bruno Schulz. We will try out new techniques and tricks—but ultimately what you will achieve is a shift in consciousness that will help make your writing spacious and transporting.

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