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Putting Meat on the Bones of a Story

We all know the dictum “Write what you know,” but how do we get to know things we want to write about? The answer is a simple one: research. Writing realistically and accurately, whether fiction or nonfiction, requires an attention…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: David Neiwert

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Start Date: 4/27/2015 – 7:00 PM

The Chekhovian Story

What makes Chekhov great? In this class, we’ll read iconic stories by the “father of the modern short story” as well as those by contemporary writers who write in a Chekhovian vein, such as Mavis Gallant, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Ehud…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Anca Szilágyi

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Start Date: 4/27/2015 – 7:00 PM

Authoring Change: Writing Socially Engaged Nonfiction

Bring together your literary sensibility and your social conscience in this class, which will help you generate (and revise) essay, memoir, reportage, and commentary inspired by social and political issues. We’ll focus on a different nonfiction form each week, reading…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Wendy Call

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Start Date: 4/28/2015 – 6:00 PM

Intro to Fiction: Writing the Short Story

This class will focus on the three-part backbone of story: character, plot, and landscape. Who is your main character? What do they want? What keeps them from getting what they want? Readings and discussions will include canonical and contemporary stories…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Anca Szilágyi

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Start Date: 4/29/2015 – 7:00 PM
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How to Make The Best of Inciting Incidents

Any story that involves a quest – i.e., most stories – starts with a disturbing event known to fiction writers and filmmakers as the “inciting incident,” which often collides with a character’s deeply held beliefs or values. This class will…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Scott Driscoll

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Start Date: 4/30/2015 – 7:00 PM

Pitching a Book: the Greatest Marketing Tool of All

Learn what makes you and your book truly compelling to potential readers, reviewers, and media. When it comes to pitching your book, the instructor will share what works, what doesn’t, and why. The pre-class assignment is to write that 30-second…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Alice Acheson

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Start Date: 5/1/2015 – 6:00 PM

Visual Poetry (and Prose)

Language can live a very different sort of life when it exists with, or in, a visual-arts realm. A few examples from such leading practitioners as Tom Phillips, Bianca Stone, and John Ashbery will be presented to jump-start your imagination…

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Nance Van Winckel

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Start Date: 5/2/2015 – 1:00 PM

Insights and Answers: the Publishing Process

This class reveals the “mysteries” behind your book’s publication. Understanding the publishing process – whether you take the traditional or self-publishing route – informs what you need to do before, during, and after publication.

Course Type: 1 Day  |   Instructor: Alice Acheson

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Start Date: 5/2/2015 – 10:00 AM

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