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Upcoming Writing Workshops

This list is of upcoming seminars only. Since most seminars meet more than once in a term, if a class has already met at least once, it will no longer show up on this list. To find a seminar that has already started or has finished, use the calendar and set the date range to include the seminar’s starting date.

Starting: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Tuesdays, June 10 – July 15
Breaking Rules, Breaking Through
Led by Brooke Bergan

Blocked? Bored? Want outside the box? This workshop will show you how contemporary writers in every genre—from poetry and theater to mystery novels and memoirs—are drawing inspiration from experimentation. A continuation of the popular Elements of Creative Writing seminars, this workshop is open to all writers at all levels, whether they have taken the previous classes or not. Inventive...


Starting: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Wednesdays, June 11 – July 16
The Write Place: A Facilitated Children's Book Writers Group
Led by Esther Hershenhorn

Writers will have the opportunity to share their stories in a supportive, focused, and enlightening environment. Facilitated discussions of participants’ manuscripts will highlight the writing process, story components, elements of narrative, craft, revision, and a story’s marketability within today’s children’s book publishing world. Writers of all levels, all formats, and all genres will be...


Saturday, June 14, 2014
The Inner Journey: Journaling in the Modern Age
Led by Beatriz Badikian-Gartler

Journal writing is not about writing better; it’s about writing freely. The journal is a place of centering, of stepping into a quiet world to focus on what’s within and what’s around. Writing in a journal is not only a form of contemplation and examination of yourself and the world, but also a way to keep a record. Short lectures on various kinds of journals will give way to in-class writing...


Starting: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Thursdays, June 19 – July 24
Writing and Marketing the Short-Form Personal Essay
Led by Carol LaChapelle

The personal essay thrives today because of its versatility of both subject and form. It can be funny, serious, scolding, or meditative; it can take the shape of a memoir chapter or character sketch, book review or commentary, blog post or travel essay. In this workshop, we will practice writing the short-form personal essay (500-800 words), present drafts of our work for helpful feedback, and...


Saturday, June 21, 2014
Writing Family Stories
Led by Carol LaChapelle

This workshop is offered for those interested in writing family stories—those real-life accounts of the important people, places, and events in our lives. These stories of loss and triumph, love and regret, and of lessons learned may be recorded as letters, diary entries, short remembrances, character sketches, even eulogies. We will discuss the merits of each of these forms and practice...