The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

October Classes and Workshops

Date: October 1 - November 11, 2018
Type: Online Class
Genre: Agents, Business of Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Editing, Fiction, Publishing

The goal of this course is to give you a basic understanding of the publishing industry: how it is structured, how to navigate it, and how to make the best choices for your writing life and the life of your books. You are a writer, an artist—the most important thing you can do is focus on your work. But when the time comes to bring your writing to an audience, a host of other skills and knowledge come into play. While it’s true that the publishing world exists to support and promote art, it is also a business; agents, editors, and publishers must be mindful of the market and of money.


Revising Your Novel
Corey Ann Haydu

Date: October 1 - November 4, 2018
Type: Online Class
Genre: Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mixed Genre, Novels, Science Fiction, Young Adult Literature

Through video lectures, activities, discussions, video conferences, peer reviews, and direct feedback from your instructor, you will learn new tools and methods for tackling a deep and intensive revision, gain knowledge on how to work with edit letters from publishing professionals, leave this course with revised pages from your own novel, and create a solid plan for moving forward to complete a full revision.


Date: Tuesdays, October 2 - 23, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Seminar, Workshop
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Memoir

In this course, participants will be invited to "sing the body electric" (thanks, Whitman) ... in memoir. Through in-class exercises, discussions, and group workshop of manuscripts, each participant will attempt to locate his, her, their body's story and history. Through our writing and mentor texts, we will trace how what we think, what we believe, and who we are has grown out of our embodied experiences. George Lakoff and Mark Johnson argue that reason "is not, in any way, a transcendent feature of the universe or of disembodied mind.


Date: Thursdays, October 4 - 25, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Lecture, Workshop
Genre: Screenwriting, Stageplays

This course takes students on a journey through the necessary information, tools, and exercises for the beginning screenwriter to start the first draft of a feature-length screenplay. Over the course of four weeks, individuals will be involved in in-class writing assignments, discussions on screenplays verses other formats, and learning techniques such as the 3-Act Structure and 10 Plot Points, Character Analysis, World-Upside-Down Overview, and formatting. Participants will present their screenplay drafts for feedback from others and also give feedback to the other individuals in class.


Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction

What can we learn from fairy tales as fiction writers? Whether it be strange characters, random  plots, or startling twists, fairy tales burn interesting and memorable paths into our psyches. How do we weave these curious societal impressions into our current stories of today and make them work? Join renowned author and illustrator, Ursula Vernon (T. Kingfisher), as she discusses ways to spin some of the more absurd elements of fairy tales into workable modern narratives.


Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Experimental, Stageplays

Performance narrative is for every writer—those who may want to add new elements to one’s current writing style or those who are interested in writing performance pieces. Together, let us explore contemporary writers (Carla Harryman, Ron Allen, Amiri Baraka, Adrienne Kennedy and Nova Baize) who have moved descriptive narrative into experimental performance. As a class, we will consider a social problem, and then in groups create a narrative work and add performance elements. In brief and playful revisions, text arrangement will indicate sound and pace dynamics.


Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Poetry

A poem contains multiple kinds of intelligence. Beneath the meanings of the words that make up a poem, other forms of meaning strive to be felt. This workshop will explore two of the most prominent of those alternate intelligences: musicality and image. Following the poet Louis Zukofsky’s sense, “Lower limit speech / Upper limit music,” we’ll seek ways, through readings and through in-class experiments, to re-awaken our ear to the musical intelligence undergirding language.