Art of the Query Letter: How to Woo an Agent from the Slush Pile with Lilly Barels, October 16 – October 30, 2017

Query Letter

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…

Are You Talking to Me? The Craft of Writing Believable and Intriguing Dialogue with Patrick O’Neil October 16 – October 30, 2017

Are You Talking to MeLet’s say you’ve just written the next great American novel, or maybe you’ve finally completed your creative nonfiction memoir, and while your story and structure rocks the goddamn dialogue falls so flat it’s completely destroying all your hard work. Because somehow what you imagined the characters saying wasn’t what comes off the page and it’s frustrating as hell. So okay, then consider this two-week course your hi-octane speed date with dialogue. Through two weekly lectures, ongoing group discussions, and plenty of thought provoking writing exercises, we’re going to dissect and examine dialogue to find out what makes good dialogue, and how you can get your dialogue to be great. Read more and register…

Crafting Your Hood: Travel Writing from Your Own Backyard with Julie Graham, October 30 – November 20, 2017

Your HoodYou don’t have to go to Tokyo, Paris or Abu Dhabi to create an engaging and informative travel essay. Travel narration can come from journeying into your own neighborhood and exploring your town or city through the eyes of a travel writer. This class will show you how to discover the hidden treasures around the corner that can become opportunities for travel essays. I’ll encourage you to look for the unique features of the place you call home, and help you get started on a well-crafted essay for future publication. Along the way we’ll look at what makes an exceptional travel essay, different formats used in the travel writing industry, and we’ll delve into structural tricks of the trade that will deeply engage your reader. Read more and register…

How to Make Your Novel More Cinematic for the Reader with John Reedburg, October 30 – November 20, 2017

Cinematic NovelNowadays, novelists are using cinematic technique to create visually dynamic scenes. Readers, use to watching movies and TV, have come to expect a more cinematic experience when they read. They want to watch the story unfold before their eyes rather than be told what is happening in summary or exposition. In film, the story is conveyed visually by a series of camera angles which are edited together to create each scene. This class will offer writers an opportunity to do the same in their writing by examining how to not only implement the deliberate use of camera shots, but also how to break scenes down into segments and identify the key moments in their story. Read more and register…

Mommie Brain: Documenting Your Parenting Journey with Rachel Schinderman, October 30 – November 20, 2017

mommiebrainMotherhood today is all encompassing.  Writing about motherhood fills every corner of the internet.  There are articles, listicles, pieces of advice, and everything in between covering every aspect of parenting, momoir as some call it; the heart of which is the personal essay. Documenting our children on the internet to scrapbooking to keeping old report cards is not new.  Exploring our own experiences as mothers though through essays and stories is. Whether you keep a memory journal, document a birth experience, or are trying to have an article published, this class will provide those tools.  This class will provide an opportunity for women to document their pregnancies as well as the experience of being a mother. Read more and register…

The Phases of Military Deployment and the Poetry Within with John Holt, October 30 – November 20, 2017

Deployment PoetryThis course is designed to provide and introduction to the Armed Forces, American involvement in War since World War II, the four phases of deployment and the war poem for students who may not have had the opportunity for a meaningful exploration.  Read more and register…


The Power of Place: Telling Your Story from the Ground Up! with Dominique De Fazio, October 30 – November 20, 2017

Power of PlaceDevelop your capacity to notice the integration of what people say and do with the physical, situational context in which their words and actions take place.

Learn how to establish the place of a story – Its sensations, its size, the quality of time, the situation – as the soil from which the events of a scene will grow. Read more and register…

Frightening Bursts of Creativity with Jacquie Nichols, October 30 – November 20, 2017

Frightening BurstsWe all remember the impact a good horror story can have: the spine-tingling chills and goose bumps mobilizing in a wave across your skin while your best friend holds the flashlight under her chin in the middle of a darkened room during a sleep-over. Take your readers back to their core, where the fear lurks, and produce creative works you never knew you had in you. Take a journey into the depths of terror and release them onto the world through the production of a short horror story. Read more and register…




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