New in the Writers’ Studio: Quiet writing time
Beginning August 1, the Writers’ Studio will be reserved for quiet writing time Wednesdays and Fridays from 7am-noon. Of course, you can still write in the studio other times when there are no classes or groups scheduled.
Stay cool with Robbie this summer
We have a new mobile air conditioner (dubbed Robbie) in the Writers’ Studio. If you would like to cool the room, simply push the power button on the top left and Robbie will spring into action. Please remember to turn him off when you leave the studio.
Group is open for new members
Book Group 4 Writers reads and discusses literature by award-winning authors. The group meets the second Thursday of each month from 6:30-8pm. If you’re interested, contact email@example.com
FLASH FICTION: A SHORT SHORT STORY
Have you wanted to write a story but felt overwhelmed by the magnum opus of a novel? Have you tried writing a short story but 20+ pages still felt unattainable? This August 1 class with Janee J. Baugher is for you. A short-short story (flash fiction) has two requirements, says author Fred Chappell: “that it be quite short and that it be troubling.” In this generative class, we’ll review the elements of craft employed by fiction writers (with a nod to the craft of poetry), and we’ll read and discuss examples of flash fiction from anthologies such as Sudden Fiction and Flash Fiction. We’ll compose our own flash stories by responding to some in-class writing exercises which are designed to help you write succinctly while suspending disbelief. Show details
Summer Youth Program
Comics and Self-Care
Comics are a great tool for self-care because, in a short amount of time with just a pen and something to write on, you can tell a big story, reframe a moment, or just make something goofy that lightens your mood. In this two-session workshop beginning August 23, we’ll get confident making simple comics and learn how our comic-making practice can support our self-care and well-being. We’ll play drawing games, learn how to express emotion with simple lines, tell the stories we want to tell, and play more drawing games. Show details
Jump-Starting College Application Essays
This August 29 class is designed to take pressure off students and parents surrounding what can—but needn’t—be an overly stressful process. We will discuss how to “triage” various essay prompts, how to make keeping track of deadlines and requirements as painless as possible, how to select a topic (i.e., a favorite story to tell about yourself), and how to begin structuring that story into a narrative that shows authentic self-awareness—and one that moves, interests, and perhaps even amuses you and your readers (college admissions officials) in the process. As in a typical writing workshop, we will begin to try those stories out on each other and offer constructive input as requested. Show details
HISTORICAL FICTION FOR THE CONTEMPORARY READER
WRITING TO SELL: A PERSUASIVE APPROACH
In this five-session class beginning October 9 with Jennifer Mann, you will explore the genre of picture books via classic and contemporary examples with a focus on current publishing preferences and practices.
Your look at this unique literary form will cover topics such as narrative structure, character development, word choice, the relationship between words and images, developing a story, thumbnails and book dummies, steps to finding an agent and publication, and joining critique groups and professional organizations. A portion of each class, except the first, will be devoted to sharing and critiquing student projects. Show details
SEE YOUR MANUSCRIPT THROUGH AN EDITOR'S EYES
This class is for those who have always wanted to write a memoir but just haven't gotten pen to paper (or need a little motivation to keep going). A two-day workshop with Erica Bauermeister beginning October 19 offers multiple short lessons and writing prompts to help you delve into issues such as finding your subject, voice, and perspective; creating dynamic characters and scenes; shaping a story; and crafting language. Show details
THE SHORT STORY