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This class will discuss ways to break the mammoth task of completing a manuscript into manageable pieces
Learn to use visual art as a tool to prompt rich reflective writing in this ekphrastic workshop
Within the genre of happy poems, we’ll think about poems that celebrate love, sex, community, and connection of various kinds. We’ll examine some model poems by Ross Gay and others, including Czesław Miłosz, Jane Hirshfield, Derrick Austin. Come prepared to engage in jubilant experimentation.
Learn what it takes to hone an idea, write descriptive scenes and share a message with universal appeal that editors can’t wait to publish, whether you want to craft essays about personal experiences or a current event.
Just as poets might use craft devices like humor, rhyme or lineation to encourage heightened attention from readers, interactivity is another tool, and one that’s becoming increasingly prevalent.
Wonder if the first page of your manuscript will make the editor’s cut? Gather ’round to watch and listen to a rare two-sided assessment from both the business and the craft side of writing — served with wit, insight, experience, and punch. Witness how a highly-regarded literary agent and a New York Times bestselling author discuss — and debate — aspects of creating a skillfully told story and navigating the professional side of publishing by dissecting that oh-so-important first page.
Gather ’round to watch and listen to a rare two-sided assessment from both the business and the craft side of writing.
We’ll review the elements of successful love essays and discuss what makes them unforgettable. A series of stimulating prompts will help you generate your own stories either long buried or forgotten.
In this three-session course, you’ll learn what makes a great three-minute spoken essay; you’ll draft, get feedback, and edit an essay; you’ll learn the basics of being recorded; and you’ll record your three-minute essay in a professional sound studio. This class is being offered in partnership with Charlotte Art League.
You have finally finished your manuscript but now you need to find your readers and market your book.
In this course, we will sample it all, reading and writing “Fiction of strictly real events or facts” as well as fantastical and allegorical representations of ourselves, using much of our real biographical information, but not much else.
By taking a close look at some poems we’ll discover how the use of imagery, line-breaks, quotes, leaps, surprises and other “tricks” lead to their satisfactory conclusions.
Through carefully selected prompts and timed writing laps, we’ll pave the way for new ideas to surface. This writing marathon is designed to force the “censor” to the sidelines, even off the page.
n this class we’ll explore poems that utilize tools of disruption and how we can incorporate those tools into our own writing. Embracing the spirit of Robert Frost, we’ll set out on a quest to startle the reader and ourselves.
In this three-part course, we're going to explore the inner world of our characters. Through guided study and writing exercises, you will develop a strong understanding of how interiority supports the integrity of a compelling story. The series will conclude with one-on-one feedback conferences between writer and instructor.
This workshop will respond to writing prompts and the emotions that stem from our writing through simple art.
Explore the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry winner Natasha Trethewey's collection of poetry, Thrall (2012), presents highly crafted lyric poems probing ideas about mixed race
This class will draw inspiration from the counsel of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “People wish to be settled: only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.” In this spirit, we will experiment with different generative exercises and read poems to guide us, to challenge us, and to spur us on.
In this five-week course, participants will explore The Odyssey as a story of a man trying to come home physically from Troy but emotionally and spiritually as well.
n this class, we’ll discuss who these mysterious literary agents are, and the essential five paragraphs that make up a query letter, including the elevator pitch, author bio, and the dreaded comparison books.
Explore how fairytales transform from stories for adults to staples of childhood (and back again).
In this immersive talk Judy Goldman will cram every tip she wishes she had known before she started writing personal essays and memoir.
In this class, we’ll explore how poets incorporate details from their personal histories into the narrative of a poem, and then lyrically transform those moments into memorable discovery.
n this two-hour class, we’ll review the basics of pitching freelance work from finding opportunities and writing compelling pitches to negotiating contracts and managing workflow.
Choose this to attend both days of this two-day, nature-based writing retreat. Members: $275, Non-members $350.
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