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Roughing It: Writing a Draft of Your Book in Just Six Weeks

To paraphrase Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird, even the most successful authors write crappy first drafts. So why not write it fast and get it over with? We’ll write complete first drafts of a novel or memoir. We’ll alternate…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Rebecca Agiewich

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Start Date: 2/26/2015 – 7:00 PM
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Building Your Young Adult Novel

Do you feel like you’re writing without a map? Creating great scenes and interesting characters but confused about where your story is going? With a special focus on plot and character, this class is for the student in any stage…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: Karen Finneyfrock

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Start Date: 2/26/2015 – 7:00 PM
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Comics: Taking It to the Next Level

You’ve written and drawn a few pages of comics—or maybe a lot of pages of comics—and you’re thinking it’s time to take on some new challenges that build on what you know. Two expert cartoonists are ready to teach you…

Course Type: 6 Week  |   Instructor: David Lasky, Greg Stump

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Start Date: 2/28/2015 – 10:00 AM

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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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
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