Woohoo, it's the fall schedule!
Favorite hoodies, warm drinks, the crystal blue sky... and a clearer head after the bright chaos of summer. It's no wonder that fall is the favorite season of so many writers! Come get some good work down in your notebook with us - we've got lots of workshops on the docket.
And don't forget to check out the Friday Night Writes schedule, too!
5-WEEK WORKSHOPS, Session 1
Intensity in Ten Cities
Mondays, Oct. 3rd-31st, 4:30-6pm
Poets! This one’s for you! We’re going to write SO MUCH POETRY. We’re going to talk poetry. Eat poetry. Breathe poetry. (Okay, maybe not breathe, but we really will be eating it!) And while we might explore forms, don’t worry, quatrain-a-phobes: free verse will reign. We’ll dip into songwriting and reimagine the concept of the epic poem for modern times. It’s going to be… intense.
Tuesdays, Oct. 4th-Nov. 1st, 4:30-6pm
Want to explore the spirit world in your writing? We’ll talk about plot structure, suspense, and the fine art of suggestion capable of sending chills down your readers’ backs. Whether your characters are channeling Elvis or ghost hunting on Mars, we’ll have fun spinning stories to disturb the sleep and terrify your younger siblings.
Fact to Fiction
Wednesdays, Oct. 5th-Nov. 2nd, 4:30-6pm
Writers of realistic fiction spin details from the world around them into palpable, vivid literary experiences readers remember for a lifetime. How do they do it? Where and how do they dig to find the glittering heart of good story? Do they just lead more magnificent lives than the rest of us? No. No, they don’t. This workshop explores how we all have the creativity, memories and experience that it takes to write great fiction. Come find yours!
Thursdays, Oct. 6th-Nov. 3rd, 4:30-6pm
We don’t actually have Dr. Frankenstein’s castle to work in, but we do have some pretty creepy imaginations to pillage. Scribble, scribe, slither and shock into life a host of monstrous creatures only a mother could love. Join us as we mold some bizarre beings and set them free to wreak havoc just in time for spook season.
WEEKEND WORKSHOPS, Session 1
Beyond Pink and Blue
3 Saturdays, Oct. 15th-29th, 10am-12pm
This course will provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ and allied youth to explore their experiences and empower themselves through discussion, education, and writing on their own stories and those of the queer community. In addition to providing a platform for these students’ voices, each session in the course will aim to provide some basic information and discourse on topics such as: gender, physical sex, and sexuality, as well the gender binary and some alternatives; disidentification; and intersectionality. Please note that while the course will focus on the LGBTQ+ community, allies are also welcome to participate. This workshop is not genre specific. All writers are welcome.
5-WEEK WORKSHOPS, Session 2
Fork in the Road
Mondays, Nov. 7th-Dec. 5th, 4:30-6pm
There is nothing more certain to get your creative juices flowing than being presented with a choice. Should my character attempt to ride the green unicorn or the smoking hoverboard to get to his destination? Should they drink the purple potion in the vial or bite into the magic mango? Will she rescue the leprechaun tied to the tracks or the pack of Alaskan sled dogs bound for the cliff? Join us as we place our characters before the pivotal forks in the road that determine their fate henceforth.
Breaking Through the Barrier
Tuesdays, Nov. 8th-Dec. 6th, 4:30-6pm
Working on something and not sure where to go with it? Collaboration is the answer my friend. We will workshop alternate endings and use group improvisation to resolve plot conflicts in a scene. We might even assign our characters a recurring dream sequence to break through their psychological blocks. Whaa? Sound intriguing? Join us as we collectively get unstuck.
Mining and Polishing From the Depths
Wednesdays, Nov. 9th-Dec. 14th (no class Nov. 23), 4:30-6pm
Journey beyond the page to add depth and layers to your story. We'll be mining your character's inner life through journaling, Jungian dream analysis, and imagery work. We might even encounter a spirit animal or two along the way. Bring your instincts, it's going to be a wild ride.