Course Catalog

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The Poetry of Place

We are rooted in place—and in displacement—even if we are just passing through. But how to get to the life of a place, beyond the static and expected observations? Through readings and targeted exercises, we’ll approach writing about home, the…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Judith Roche

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Start Date: 2/28/2015 – 10:00 AM

Your Poetic Obsessions

We will open by discussing just what a poetic obsession is. Then we’ll apply that definition to strategies for engaging with poems written as parts of long projects, sequences, and works in series. We’ll read excerpts of works in sequence…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Oliver de la Paz

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Start Date: 2/28/2015 – 1:00 PM

Short but Not Sweet: Writing Short Poems

Condensed into just a few lines, what can a poem offer us? Can distillation build meaning? We will explore the “little” poem; through writing and discussion, we will discover the power of concision and clarity in poetry. We will consider…

Course Type:  |   Instructor: Jane Wong

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Start Date: 2/28/2015 – 1:00 PM

The Unconventional Memoir

Through close readings and discussions we will unravel unusual memoir structures. In weekly workshops, we will encourage experimentation, risk-taking, and convention-breaking. Prompts will invite novices to develop new ideas and challenge seasoned writers to slip the restraints of dull drafts….

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Erin Gilbert

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Start Date: 2/28/2015 – 10:00 AM
This class is full

Your Book’s Best Beginning

We’ll focus on the essential elements of the first ten pages of a memoir. What makes a reader (or editor!) want to keep reading? How do you quickly convey the essence of the story and grab the reader’s attention? What’s…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Theo Nestor

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Start Date: 2/28/2015 – 1:00 PM
1 seats available

Limited Sight: Getting from One Sentence to the Next

E. L. Doctorow said that writing a novel is like driving a car at night in the fog. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. How to get from…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Joan Leegant

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Start Date: 2/28/2015 – 1:00 PM
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Improv for Writers: Moving a Story Forward Section II (Matt Smith

A second section of this sold out class. Learn the improv exercises practiced by the world’s best improv artists. The exercises will be accessible, easily transferable, simple, and often obvious; the premise is that by embracing these principles, your writing…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Matt Smith

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Start Date: 3/1/2015 – 1:00 PM

Deep Revision

This class is for writers who have a rough draft of a novel. We’ll examine your themes and structure and delve into ways to enrich plot and character. Then we’ll focus on the dynamics of each scene or chapter, the…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Waverly Fitzgerald

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Start Date: 3/4/2015 – 7:00 PM

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