Courses

 

Feasting on Form: Noodling around with Experimental Creative Nonfiction with Arielle Silver, June 4 – July 2, 2018

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From holiday feasting to grocery shopping, every bite-sized moment is ripe for narrative discovery. This 4-week course will generate exploratory writing using constraints as creative inspiration. The final dish will be served up by way of experimental, hybrid, lyric essay. Read more and register…

Be Heard! Recording and Uploading Your Writing with Robert Morgan Fisher, June 11 – June 25, 2018

record-voice_300x500So you’ve been published and asked to do a promotional reading at a book store or on a radio show. Or maybe you’ve seen some of the new online publications/contests asking for “audio” and you’re asking: How can I get in on that? It’s actually a lot easier than you might think. And in today’s publishing world, it’s very important to be able to step up and read your work—either in a live public forum or online. Read more and register…

From Paper to Pixels: Writing Online Content that Matters and Gets Noticed with Seth Fischer, July 2 – July 30, 2018

paper2pixelsTo many writers, the Internet is a scary place: we spend more of our lives on it than we’d like to admit, it lacks that delicious book smell, photos of fluffy cats and sloths seem to eat up more and more of our time, and no matter how many social networks we join, we can’t shake this feeling that we’re not doing enough. Other writers see endless potential in the Internet, envisioning blogs and clever Twitter handles turning into book contracts turning into millions of dollars in royalties. Read more and register…

Shaping the Queer Voice: A Collaborative, Multi-Genre Writing Class with Ken Pienkos, July 2 – July 30, 2018

Queer VoiceThis class will support writers through the process of individual and specific craft prompts to explore character and situation development with their voices. We encourage an open dialogue that is not prescriptive; rather it will be supportive of a wide range of style, theme, and personality among writers who embrace “otherness.” Read more and register…

Let’s Write a Short Story with Natalie Truhan, July 9 – August 6, 2018

short-story_300x500This course will take you from story inception to a finished draft through several stages of revision. Along the way, you will learn elements of a short story. Our goal is creating a story that, as the writer Michael Swanwick put it, “is like a knife–strongly made, well balanced, and with an absolute minimum of moving parts.” Read more and register…

The World in a Flash: Flash Prose with Kate Maruyama, July 9 – August 6, 2018

Flash FictionJournals are looking for flash prose, and, as the pieces are so short, they can fit more in each issue, which ups your chances of publication. In this course we will do exercises which will generate your own flash prose and look at different ways in which various forms of flash prose work. We will workshop through revisions and you should come away with a few solid pieces, and, most important, the tools to keep generating flash prose that resonates. Read more and register…

(Re)Work It: Learning to Edit Professionally for Yourself and for Publishers with Seth Fischer, September 3 – September 17, 2018

editingsethEditing is where the magic of story and technique merge. Without fundamental tools to make stories better, they will often get lost in piles of paper (or computer files). Learn how to take a draft to perfection with this editing course. Read more and register…

 

Art of the Query Letter: How to Woo an Agent from the Slush Pile with Lilly Barels, September 10 – September 24, 2017

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So, you wrote a book and now it’s waiting to be on bookshelves. If you aren’t planning to self-publish and the owner of Penguin Random House isn’t your cousin, then you probably need a literary agent. Join me for this 2-week crash course that’ll get you down and dirty with the elusive query letter. We’ll use real examples that worked–including mine! And create a plan of action for taking your query into the world of literary agent slush piles. Read more and register…

Your Voice Inside the Picture: Ekphrastic Poetry with Adrian Ernesto Cepeda – September 10 – 24, 2018

YourVoiceYou can find inspiration for poetry everywhere! In this two-week workshop, we’ll create poetry, using Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr as sparks of visual inspiration. You will learn the craft of ekphrastic poetry. Taking images from your cell phone or computer, you will look at your social media feed in a whole new way, as a launching pad for your own creative vision.  And at the end of two weeks, you will walk away with a few fantastic ekphrastic poems of your own. Read more and register…

Page Turners: Writing Compelling Fiction with Eduardo Santiago – September 17 – October 22, 2018

PageTurners2.jpgIn this class you will learn the time-tested elements of fiction and, through consistent instruction and practice, you’ll discover which tools best serve your individual style and voice. Are you unsure which point of view to choose? Structure a problem? Writing convincing dialogue is a challenge? This course is designed for those who have an idea for a book but are having trouble getting started, and for those who have started a book and are looking for guidance and mentoring to see them through to The End. Read more and register…

Subvert the Trope! Storytelling Workshop with Haley Isleib, October 1 – October 29, 2018

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Get ready to write! This course will take you from freewriting to peer-reviewed pages of a new story. Along the way, we’ll be intentionally using, subverting and smashing common tropes to generate and revise our work. Many of the published stories we will examine will be from genres such as fantasy, fairytale and science fiction. We will also use film and television references in our discussions. However, tropes and archetypes are identifiable across all genres and the class will be useful whether you write contemporary literary fiction or epic undersea dystopias set on far away planets. Read more and register…

 

 

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