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Meter

Do you have two left feet when it comes to writing in meter? We will cover the basics of meter through interactive lectures, class discussion, and class writing exercises that may use songs and dances. This class will use Timothy…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Emily Beyer

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Start Date: 7/1/2015 – 5:00 PM

Light Becomes Itself in the Dark: Experiments in Chiaroscuro

“Light becomes itself in the dark, and becomes nothing when the real light comes.” writes Brenda Shaughnessy in her poem “Streetlamps.” Visual artists use light and shadow to direct our eye and suggest dimension, movement, and mood; how can writers…

Course Type: 4 Week  |   Instructor: Sierra Nelson

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Start Date: 7/2/2015 – 7:00 PM

Make a Scene!

This course will cover all elements of the craft of memoir with a special focus on writing vibrant scenes. Students will learn how to pull readers so close to the moment that they feel encapsulated by story. Heighten the artistry…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Tara Hardy

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Start Date: 7/6/2015 – 7:00 PM

Conscious Revision

Toni Morrison has said that “as a writer, a failure is just information,” and, in a sense, revision is recognition of past failure. In this class, we’ll learn what to do with this information, studying what poems can gain by…

Course Type: 4 Week  |   Instructor: Bill Carty

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Start Date: 7/6/2015 – 7:00 PM

That Swing

The music of a poem can augment the meaning to such a large extent that the sound and sense become synonymous. We will look at the measured lines in Gjertrud Schnackenberg’s “Heavenly Questions,” Theodore Roethke’s “Praise to the End,” and…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: J.W. Marshall

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Start Date: 7/7/2015 – 7:00 PM

Brainstorming

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

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: David Schmader

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Start Date: 7/7/2015 – 7:00 PM

Keeping It Brief: Writing Flash Fiction

Sudden fiction. Micro fiction. Short shorts. Generally considered anything under 1,000 words, flash fiction is an exciting, innovative art form that takes elements of a short story and compacts them, forging a gem from a lump of coal. Students will…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Ruth Joffre

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Start Date: 7/8/2015 – 10:00 AM

Wandering & Wondering the Eastside: Literary Connections Between Walking and Writing

In Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit writes: “Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly making a…

Course Type: 4 Week  |   Instructor: Dianne Aprile

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Start Date: 7/8/2015 – 10:00 AM

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