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Let’s Get Poetical: Poetry Calisthenics

We’ll stretch ourselves, focusing each week on a specific element of poetic craft. Within one poem, even within one line, poets create meaningful simultaneity—using image, metaphor, music, sound, syntax, lineation, structure, and an engagement with the unsaid. We will investigate…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Michelle Peñaloza

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Start Date: 1/13/2015 – 7:00 PM

Intermediate Poetry: Signature Poems

You already have a basic understanding of poetry and have written some poems you’re proud of. Now you want to stand back in order to understand and develop what makes your poems tick—to answer how you combine your very particular…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Emily Warn

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Start Date: 1/13/2015 – 7:00 PM


It’s a question that can leave any writer paralyzed: “Where do I start?” We’ll explore the best method of finding the answer via the chaotic and completely necessary process of brainstorming. At the core of the class: a strategic method…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: David Schmader

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Start Date: 1/13/2015 – 7:00 PM

Ten Keys to Nonfiction Prose

Ten weeks, ten keys. Each week, we’ll explore one essential element of creative nonfiction: story arc, research strategies, first-person narrator, sense of place, strong characters and scenes and dialogue, compelling theme, self-editing, and that elusive thing called “style.” Short readings…

Course Type: 10 Week  |   Instructor: Wendy Call

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Start Date: 1/13/2015 – 5:00 PM

POV: The Basics and Beyond

We’ll explore the many choices a writer makes about point of view. We’ll tackle first-, second-, and third-person narration and how they shape our fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. Then we’ll explore subtler aspects of POV, including level of penetration (how…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Waverly Fitzgerald

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Start Date: 1/14/2015 – 7:00 PM

Thomas Piketty: Capitalism and Lit

From Thomas Piketty’s bestseller Capital in the 21st Century: “It is surely no accident that money—at least in the form of specific amounts—virtually disappeared from literature after the shocks of 1914–1945.” This class wants to return an understanding to writing…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Charles Mudede

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Start Date: 1/14/2015 – 7:00 PM

Generating Associative Verse

How can we, as poets, access our subconscious minds—the land of dream where all that bizarre “stuff” surfaces? What’s the difference between associative writing and language poetry? By reading Franz Wright, John Ashbery, David Kirby, and other poets whose work…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Judith Skillman

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Start Date: 1/15/2015 – 7:00 PM

Taking the Leap: Intro to Personal Nonfiction

One problem with having a good story up your sleeve is figuring out how to make it interesting for others. This class is designed for writers who want to try their hand at creative nonfiction, no experience required. We will…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Irene Keliher

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Start Date: 1/17/2015 – 10:00 AM

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