Create Your Professional Literary Resumé (with Lyzette Wanzer)

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.


Be a Better Writer in One Day (with Laura Fraser)

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.


Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Workshop (with Xandra Castleton)

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”?


The Monster and the Miracle: Personal Essay (with Laura Fraser)

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.


Let’s Get Noir-y: Writing Short Noir (with Lisa Gray)

Lisa Gray




TUESDAYS, JUNE 11-JULY 2 | Gritty. Pithy. Dark. Urban. Mysterious. These elements combine to create stories that captivate readers in the seamy world of literary noir. This workshop is for folks with a bit of writing experience (they’ve taken a class or two but may not be published) and who want to learn to craft stories that call to mind the prose of noir masters like Raymond Chandler and the contemporary short noir found in books like San Francisco and Oakland Noir.We will explore the genre using the Noir Series by Akashic Books. Students will generate shorts that take readers down dark alleys and into the underside of their imaginations.


Working the Word: A Poetry Workshop (with Tonya Foster)

Tonya Foster




SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, JUNE 15 & 16 AND JUNE 22 & 23 | Whether you agree with Percy Shelley that “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” or with George Oppen’s sense that “Poets are the legislators of the unacknowledged world,” or with Audre Lorde’s heartbreaking and prophetic observation that “Your silence won’t protect you,” this poetry workshop is for you. Try out your poetic voice. This is a workshop that will encourage and inspire your poetic vision. Over the course of these two weekends, with writing and reading exercises, workshop participants will craft and revise new poems, and closely read a range of dynamic contemporary poetry.


Stealing from the Masters: Models for Short Fiction (with Lindsey Crittenden)

Lindsey Crittenden




SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JUNE 22 & 23  | “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” This weekend course will explore the implications of this statement for anyone interested in fiction writing.  (And no, we’re not talking about plagiarism.) You’ll find practical solutions and inspiration by looking at such models as newspaper headlines, fairy tales and myth, short-story classics, and non-narrative forms such as recipes and to-do lists.  You’ll examine stories such as David Foster Wallace’s “Good People,” and Nathan Englander’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank,” with an eye to what their writers have “stolen” and how they’ve made their tributes fresh.  


Fund Your Writing Passion (with Vanessa Hua)

Vanessa Hua



SUNDAY, JUNE 23 | Starting, changing, or jump-starting a writing career? Whether you’re applying for a Fulbright, a summer residency, a writer-in-residence, an M.F.A., a journalism school, or a journalism grant, you’ll learn tips and tricks for success. Learn how to fund a trip, fund your reporting, fund your writing, or fund your space – on someone else’s dime.

This class will cover how to craft a successful project proposal, work plan, or personal statement; how to solicit and draft letters of recommendation; and how to make the most of your time during and after your fellowship whether it’s one week or one year.


What Lies Within: Getting to Deeper Material (with Allison Landa)

Allison Landa




TUESDAYS, JUNE 25; JULY 2-23 |  Life proliferates at the continent’s ragged edge, where sunlight illuminates the water and a wide variety of species flourishes. Such is the case with writing, which grows most vivid at the roughest spots.  Regardless of your genre, this is where you too will find your richest material.

Over these next five weeks, we’ll explore ways to connect with what lies within and bring it to the surface through the power of the written word. This will take the form of reading assignments from diverse authors including Persimmon Blackbridge and Mark Doty, handouts, writing prompts and feedback from me as well as from your peers.


Advanced Fiction (with Jenny Bitner)

Jenny Bitner




WEDNESDAYS, JUNE 26; July 3-31  | This course is designed for students who have experience in a fiction writing workshop and want to go deeper in developing their writing. In our intimate workshop, we will discuss the direction your work is taking and how you can move it towards publication. Your will have the opportunity to have your work discussed in the workshop at least three times. We will discuss craft issues as they relate to strengthening your individual writing. I will give you written feedback on all of your submissions. You will be expected to read and give feedback on other students’ work.