Hey, it's Winter/Spring 2017! Come write with us!
It's chilly, so we'll be cozying up to our notebooks and letting the wild fires of our minds warm us up. It works wonders! There are SO MANY workshops on the schedule this season; we just couldn't contain ourselves. Check them out below.
And don't forget to check out the Friday Night Writes schedule, too!
6-WEEK WORKSHOPS, Session 1
Mondays, Feb. 6 - Mar. 13, 4:30-6pm
Going against the grain. Disrupting the system. Living on the edge. Does this sound like the characters you write? In this workshop, we’ll work on one or two pieces of longer fiction in which the stakes and tension are cranked to the max. Whether it’s a tight-knit psychological drama or a full-blown dystopian war story, we’ll develop layered characters with wills of steel who can strategize, risk and outsmart their way through everything we throw at them.
Duck, Duck, Goose-a-rama
Tuesdays, Feb. 7 - Mar. 14, 4:30-6pm
Join our fantastical write-fest as we develop wacky plot lines, unlikely heroes and villains, and surreal worlds all by playing our writer’s version of Duck, Duck, Goose. Cats in pantsuits, teleporting villagers, or marauding bands of giant centipedes—who knows what you’ll come up with when you’re tapped on the shoulder in this game. Session by session, you’ll develop awesome stories of your own!
The Mosaic of Memory
Wednesdays, Feb. 15 - Mar. 22, 4:30-6pm
Do you ever lay awake at night scrolling through Tumblr or Facebook, jumping from article to article or video to video? Have you ever played the Wikipedia game where you start on a random page, like octopus, and click on the hyperlinks until you make it to some other randomly determined page, like the Byzantine Empire? Fragmentation, in its many forms, can be as telling in creative nonfiction as a linear story. Sometimes a single sentence or paragraph can contain as much as a full chapter of a book. Going between stories—or from story to research, or lists, or other subject matter—can help us see our work from new angles, letting us discover additional truths that we may not yet see.
Intensity in Ten Cities
Wednesdays, Feb. 8 - Mar. 15, 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.
Riddle Me This
Thursdays, Feb. 9 - Mar. 16, 4:30-6pm
What better way to make sense of a strange, strange world than to create your own game show for writers only? Every week, you’ll have a chance to send a query out to the universe. Channel your angst, creativity, or just plain fabulosity by putting pencil to paper and asking “what gives?” The answers are behind doors one, two, three, four, five, six...
Homeschool Day Class: Writing for Learning
Mondays, Feb. 13 - Mar. 20, 10am-12pm
“What are you learning this week?” This question will begin our session every Monday morning, and each student will offer something that has caught their interest. Creative writing can be very rewarding, but sometimes a student needs to write and think with the discipline that academic writing requires. This class will add to your free learner’s repertoire of thinking strategies. Together with several other high-school aged peers, each student will choose to explore challenging subjects of personal interest.
WEEKEND WORKSHOPS, Session 1
Beyond Pink and Blue
3 Saturdays, Feb. 18th, Feb. 25th and March 4th, 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.
Writing Forward: Thoughts on Diversity, Inclusion and Compassion
Ages 12+ (adults, too!)
Sunday, February 19th, 2-4pm
Sunday, March 19th, 2-4pm
These free workshops will provide a safe space for all ages to write and share thoughts about what it means to live in America in 2017. We have noticed over the years that the wider the range of ages in a workshop, the deeper the insights gained by writers young and old; thus, Writing Forward is open to both youth and adults. Opportunities to blend voices across the divides of age, race, religious affiliation, gender identity, sexual orientation and tax bracket has become a priority for us, and we are proud to offer them to the Richmond community.