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  • An Introductory Haiku Workshop

    Celebrate the extraordinary in the ordinary with the most popular poetry form in the world. Haiku connect us more deeply to the natural world and can provide solace in difficult times. We will learn about the history and key elements of haiku, including concision, a seasonal setting, and the juxtaposition of concrete experiences. Using writing prompts, we will also try our hand at writing some haiku poems. Everyone is welcome to this fun and supportive workshop, beginners and those who have written haiku before.
  • Conflict & Desire: Bringing Fictional Characters to Life

    In good propulsive fiction, characters drive the plot, not the other way around. If your character doesn’t start out wanting something—isn’t filled with desire that in turn creates conflict—then the plot of your novel or short story may feel flat and meandering. Join author Sandra A. Miller to learn what it takes to create complex characters that come alive on the page and, in turn, make your plot rich and vibrant. We will also talk about other elements of craft; discuss how plot and character work together in successful short stories and novels; and do plenty of generative writing meant to move your fiction forward no matter which stage of the writing process you are in. Fiction writers of all levels are welcome. Photo credit: Sharona Jacobs
  • Flash Nonfiction Workshop: Life in a Nutshell

    Flash nonfiction encompasses a world of forms from six-word memoirs to hybrid works and braided essays. Read examples of these fresh genres, learn about popular forms, and write your own new work drawing material from real life. Whether you’re a seasoned essayist or just want to express yourself in a new way, this class is the perfect place to develop your writing voice and participate in friendly group discussion of your and your classmates’ work.
  • Japanese Aesthetics in Haiku

    The haiku, a very concise poem that highlights the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of our lives, originated in Japan over 400 years ago. Japanese aesthetic concepts have influenced haiku writing for centuries. After an introduction to the major elements of haiku, we will examine six Japanese aesthetic concepts and how they continue to inform modern English-language haiku: wabi sabi, yugen, ma, mono no aware, karumi, and zoka. Each week, we will also try our hand at writing haiku inspired by these Japanese ideals.
  • Making Time To Write

    Life can get in the way of your writing practice, so it is important to find a way to sustain your passion for writing. Learn how to ensure that writing no longer feels like an add-on to your life, but rather an embedded practice. Learn how to remove barriers to writing, such as your inner critic, while rediscovering why you love to write. Through writing prompts both reflective and creative, get back into the practice of writing, and be armed with strategies to fight against blank page anxiety and excuses. Stop procrastinating–let’s write!
  • Memoir Writing Workshop

    Memoir writing seeks the truth of life as only you can tell it. Our focus will be on sharing work in a constructive and supportive environment. Each class will include a discussion of published memoir excerpts and the craft of writing, an in-class writing prompt/exercise to deepen and encourage your writing practice, and the sharing of work on a rotating schedule. This course is ideal for those seeking feedback and encouragement at any point in the memoir writing process.
  • One Poem—Many Stories

    I am scorched to realize how many small, available things are in the world that aren't pieces of gold or power—that nobody owns or could buy even for a hillside of money—that just float about the world, or drift over the fields, or into the gardens. –from "Summer Story" by Mary Oliver In her powerful poem, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mary Oliver shows how close attention to a cherished moment and her ongoing life story intersect. Together we will examine this and three other accessible poems, and discover the rich reflection, stories, and conversation each evokes. With simple prompts we will gather vivid details from our lives; what emerges may include nuances of experience to a special memory. No knowledge of poetry is necessary.
  • Read & Discuss: 100 Years of Best American Short Stories

    Please note: Each individual must register separately, even if sharing a screen. Since 1915, The Best American Short Stories (BASS) yearly anthology has provided a window into America’s literary trends. We’ll read and discuss a representative selection of entries from BASS’s first century using 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor. The instructor will provide additional readings and background information about stories and authors discussed.
  • Reading Novels for Greater Pleasure

    Quartet in Autumn by British novelist Barbara Pym is considered by many to be her masterpiece. Her wry wit has earned her the reputation of a twentieth-century Jane Austen. This novel presents four elderly single people described by the Times Literary Supplement as “living like mice in the wainscotting of life.” Book club members and other readers who want to get under the hood and see how great fiction works will deepen their appreciation of the novelist’s art. We’ll look closely at aspects of fiction including narrators, dialogue, narrative structure, character, detail and gesture. Note: Please read the first three chapters and bring the paperback Plume edition to our first class. *The time of class has been updated to 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.
  • Reflecting Through Writing

    This welcoming and inclusive class encourages you to use writing as a form of reflection. Explore a variety of topics, including work, relationships, identity, and other personal subjects worthy of reflection. We will generate a great deal of new writing, share our work (for those who feel comfortable doing so), and revise to further clarify, perhaps working towards publication. Each session will involve prompts to awaken your writing mind, readings of essays to inspire, and a longer generative session based around a prompt, a specific writing structure, or a creative nonfiction form. Former participants and writers of all levels are welcome.
  • The Writer's Workshop

    Share your work with other writers and receive the benefits of a collaborative, supportive, and fun workshop. We’ll address craft elements and do in-class exercises designed to get you thinking about your work in new ways. We will shape our course around the work and ideas that students bring, focusing primarily on the workshop process: feedback and discussion of student work in order to help you reach your writing goals. This workshop welcomes poets and prose writers of all genres, all experience levels, and those at varying stages of the writing process. Both returning writers and new faces are welcome. Please come prepared to share a portion of a current project.
  • Writing & Meditation

    Each of us has a lifetime of creative, heart-opening moments to explore. The practice of meditation gets us in touch with our body, mind, spirit, and breath, without obsessive attachment. We will combine meditation with writing prompts in order to find new ways of focusing and opening the mind, exploring meaning, and witnessing ourselves. Share insights through open-minded group discussion and leave with tools that will help you continue to explore the partnership between meditation and writing on your own. No prior experience with meditation or writing is required for this class.