Pushing the Boundaries: Experiments in Fiction or Poetry (with Jenny Bitner)

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Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

 

 

 

TUESDAYS, APRIL 26–MAY 31  |  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.

Jenny Bitner’s short stories and flash fiction have been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, PANK, The Sun, Mississippi Review and Fence magazine. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She is also a certified hypnotherapist.

Contact: jennybit@yahoo.com

Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates: Tuesdays, April 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Course fee: $390

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

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Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

 

 

 

THURSDAYS, APRIL 14–MAY 19  |  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 like Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior to Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar to modern examples like Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, and Chris Kraus’ and Eileen Myles’ work.

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. We will have writing prompts, in-class exercises, and reading assignments as well as writing assignments due every week.

Jenny Bitner’s short stories, articles and flash fiction have been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, PANK, The Sun, Men’s Health, Utne Reader, The Mississippi Review, Writing That Risks and Fence magazine. She is working on a memoir and combines autobiographical elements in her fiction. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia.

Contact: jennybit@yahoo.com

Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Date: Thursdays, April 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19

Course fee: $390

Finish That Story and Send It Out! (with Jenny Bitner)

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Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

Contact: jennybit@yahoo.com

Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Date: Wednesdays, January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17

Course fee: $395

Do you find yourself stuck at the beginning of writing stories and never finishing them? Or never getting around to taking that final step of sending them out for publication? In this class for students with some writing experience (including former Grotto students), we will go deeper into finishing our work and sending it out for publication. We will learn how to edit our own work, develop buddy relationships for sending things out, and explore markets for our work. I will give written and in-class feedback on your stories. Take that final step and start sending your work out, because a story in the drawer will never be read.

Jenny Bitner’s short stories, articles and flash fiction have been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, PANK, The Sun, Men’s Health, Utne Reader, The Mississippi Review, Writing That Risks and Fence magazine. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia.

This Year I Will Write More: Create a Writing Habit in 2016! (with Jenny Bitner)

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Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

Contact: jennybit@yahoo.com

Number of sessions: 2

Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Date: Saturday, January 16 & Sunday, February 7

Course fee: $190

Have you read about writers who write every day and felt envious of them? Well, I did, too, until I decided to create a daily writing habit. I had tried to do it alone and couldn’t (even after 20 years of writing). In order to create my habit, I hired a creativity coach to check in with every day for a few months. It worked! So, I decided to create a class that gives you the accountability to get started and also draws on my training as a hypnotherapist to channel the unconscious to help you. In this class 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 create a new writing habit. There will a group hypnosis in the first class, daily accountability posts to a Facebook group, frequent emails from the teacher, rewards, writing dates, and a “call a lifeline” option. We will meet in person on the first and 21st days, with optional coffee-shop writing meetings on the second and third weekends. If you really want to create a writing habit in your life, join us and let’s do it!

Jenny Bitner’s short stories, articles and flash fiction have been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, PANK, The Sun, Men’s Health, Utne Reader, The Mississippi Review and Fence magazine. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She is a certified hypnotherapist.

Fabulist Worlds: Exploring a New Genre (with Jenny Bitner)

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Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

Contact: jennybit@yahoo.com

Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Date: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 1 & 8

Course fee: $395

Many contemporary writers are playing with the boundaries of what is real and what is magical. Writers like George Saunders, Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, and Aimee Bender combine elements of fantasy and reality in their works. Speculative fiction, magical realism, slipstream—there are many names for the school of writing that blends the ordinary world and the mythic. In this class we will read writing in this new genre and write our own fabulist stories. There will be daily writing prompts and weekly writing assignments to help you blend the imaginary and the real to uncover deeper truths.

Jenny Bitner’s short stories and articles have been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, PANK, The Sun, Mississippi Review, The Fabulist, Writing That Risks, and Fence magazine. She is working on a fabulist novel about a woman who has a child with an alien. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Virginia.

Create a Writing Habit in 21 Days (with Jenny Bitner)

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Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

Contact: jennybit@yahoo.com

Number of sessions: 2

Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Dates: Saturdays, October 3 & 24

Course fee: $190

Have you read about writers who write every day and felt envious? Well, me too, until I decided to create a daily writing habit. I had tried to do it alone and couldn’t (even after 20 years of writing). In order to create my habit, I hired a creativity coach to check in with every day for a few months. It worked! So, I decided to create a class that gives you the accountability to get started and also draws on my training as a hypnotherapist to channel the unconscious to help you. In this class 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 create a new writing habit. There will a group hypnosis in the first class, daily accountability posts to a Facebook group, frequent emails from the teacher, rewards, writing dates, and a “call a lifeline” option. We will meet in person on the first and 21st days, with an optional coffee-shop writing meeting on the second and third weekends. If you really want to create a writing habit in your life, join us and let’s do it!

Jenny Bitner’s short stories, articles and flash fiction have been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, PANK, The Sun, Men’s Health, Utne Reader, The Mississippi Review and Fence magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She is a certified hypnotherapist.

Flash Fiction: Little Stories with a Big Kick (with Jenny Bitner)

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Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

Contact: jennybit@yahoo.com

Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates: Mondays, October 5, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16 (no class October 12)

Course fee: $385

Do you want to write the Great American Novel but find it hard to finish a short story? Maybe you need to ease into writing with something you can write a first draft of in a few hours. I believe that before we can tackle a longer piece of writing, it’s important to learn the elements of what make good writing, and the perfect practice ground for this is short fiction. This class will focus on learning these elements by writing flash fiction (stories under 1500 words). We will discuss different aspects of craft and read some of the best examples of flash. I will give you daily writing prompts, and each week the class will give you feedback on a new story. At the end of the class I will encourage you to send your finished work out into the world.

Jenny Bitner’s short stories and flash fiction have been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, PANK, The Sun, Mississippi Review and Fence magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia.

Pushing the Boundaries: Experiments in Writing (with Jenny Bitner)

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Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

Contact: jennybit@yahoo.com

Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates: Tuesdays, September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27

Course fee: $385

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.

Jenny Bitner’s short stories and flash fiction have been published in Best American Nonrequired Reading, PANK, The Sun, Mississippi Review and Fence magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia.

Fiction Workshop: Magical Realism (with Jenny Bitner)

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Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner

Contact: jennybit@yahoo.com

Number of sessions: 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates: Mondays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10

Course fee: $385

Why is so much of contemporary literature playing with the boundaries of what is real and fantasy? Maybe because our own world often borders on the surreal.  Speculative fiction, magical realism, slipstream, fabulist—there are many names for the forms of writing that blend the imaginary and real world. In this class we will read from this genre (authors such as George Saunders, Aimee Bender, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Franz Kafka, Margaret Atwood) and write our own stories with elements of the surreal. Daily writing prompts and weekly writing assignments will help you blend the imaginary and the real to uncover deeper truths.

Jenny Bitner’s short stories and flash fiction have been published in anthologies and literary magazines including Best American Nonrequired Reading, Writing That Risks, The Fabulist, PANK,  The Sun, Mississippi Review and Fence magazines. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She is working on a speculative (magical realist?) novel about a woman in San Francisco who has a child with an alien. You can find links to her writing at jennyart.com