Oct
25
to Dec 6

How to Write a (Kickass) Personal Essay Thursdays 6PM–8PM

Instructor: Melissa Stephenson

Course Description: The word “essay” might make you think of some five-paragraph written to fulfill an English class assignment, but a personal essay is a different kind of animal. In the simplest sense, it is a true story well told—memoir in short form, or a short story that happens to be true, or a narrative poem without line breaks. We’ll use ideas from veteran creative nonfiction writers like Mary Karr, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Ann Hood to explore this question and inspire new work. Each participant will draft a complete essay and receive feedback as well as guidance for revising and submitting work for publication.

*Note: No class November 22nd

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Jun
12
to Jun 28

How to Write a (Kickass) Personal Essay (for High School students) Tuesdays and Thursdays 1PM–3PM

Instructor: Melissa Stephenson

Course Description: The word “essay” might make you think of some five-paragraph written to fulfill an English class assignment, but a personal essay is a different kind of animal. In the simplest sense, it is a true story well told—memoir in short form, or a short story that happens to be true, or a narrative poem without line breaks. We’ll use ideas from veteran creative nonfiction writers like Mary Karr, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Ann Hood to explore this question and inspire new work. Each participant will draft a complete essay and receive feedback as well as guidance for revising and submitting work for publication.

*Note: It’s important for this class that all participants can attend the first meeting.

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May
7
to May 21

Business of Writing Mondays 6PM-8PM

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Instructors: Sarah Aswell and Stephanie Land

Course Description: What’s the big difference between saying “I like to write” and “I am a writer”? The answer lies in the business of writing. Taught by two women who make their living just from typing words, this six-hour course is designed to teach you everything you need to know about the writing life, other than the writing itself. From branding to business cards, from health care to taxes, we have you covered–not to mention insider information on how to find clients, agents, and editors; how to pitch an article; and how to shop around a book.

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Apr
16
to Apr 30

Business of Writing Mondays 5:30PM-7:30PM

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Instructors: Sarah Aswell and Stephanie Land

Course Description: What’s the big difference between saying “I like to write” and “I am a writer”? The answer lies in the business of writing. Taught by two women who make their living just from typing words, this six-hour course is designed to teach you everything you need to know about the writing life, other than the writing itself. From branding to business cards, from health care to taxes, we have you covered–not to mention insider information on how to find clients, agents, and editors; how to pitch an article; and how to shop around a book.

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Apr
10
to May 15

[FULL] ORDERING OUR OBSESSIONS: A Poetry Workshop Tuesdays 6:00PM-8:15PM [FULL]

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Instructor: Phillip Schaefer

Course Description: Baby elephants, sequin studded denim, Pluto as planet or dust particle, it’s all worthy of obsessing over and writing about. In this six week, all-levels workshop, we will generate, revise, and attempt to bind our writerly addictions. Each person will try to locate, explore, and compose from their fanatical, possibly ridiculous, desires and gravitations. The goal is to source an energy that liberates, directs, and forms a bondage with our obsessions. Want to write love letters to Ryan Gosling or hate mail to Daffy Duck? Perfect. We’ll tap the tree until sap is syrup, until the characters in our minds shake their shackles and run rampant down Poetry Street. And hopefully, by the end of it all, we’ll still get along and have something to show Mom.

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