Current Classes and Workshops

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Type: Generative Workshop
Genre: Fiction, Flash, Memoir, Novels, Short Stories

Your falling-out with a best friend from childhood. Your family’s buffoonery in a public setting. Your perceptions of sex last year, ten years back, twenty years back. These are all gems of our lives that, with a little snip or suture, can become springboards for fictions with real resonance. In this generative short workshop, we will use a series of experimental and collaborative writing games to mine out moments from our own lives—half-remembered or not—which we will bend and stretch and snap and reshape into fictions wholly their own.

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Human Rights, Mixed Genre, Research, Social Justice, Social Practice, Therapeutic Practice, Women's Studies

When confronting a tragedy, we might ask ourselves several questions: What is going on over there? How can this be happening? Why doesn't someone do something? These are questions often asked by writers who look at society with an eye for tackling tough issues and standing up for what is right. In this course, writers will explore society’s dark side.

Date: Tuesdays, June 18 - 25, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Flash, Poetry, Spiritual Writing

In this generative workshop will explore the ways poets have used the epistolary form to scatter grief to the heavens to relieve the pressure of pain that may have grown anger, resentment, and bitterness within us. The “god” here is not a religious god, but instead any figure, creature, or higher power we feel is a possible arch to throw our bereavement over. In this two-part workshop, we’ll discuss a few poems that use this form and examine how they use language to connect our bodies to grief.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre: Hybrid, Poetry

Participants will consider the ways in which language shapes our understanding of our bodies and how it impacts our experiences of good health and illness. Through readings, conversations, and writing and movement exercises, we will explore how we describe our bodies and their functions (or dysfunctions), how medicine and healthcare systems describe our bodies and their functions, and how poetry regards both.

Date: Tuesdays, July 23 - August 13, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Experimental, Fiction, Hybrid, Poetry

We experience our lives through form. The layout of a house, the format of a letter, or the etiquette of public interaction. When these forms shift, we are forced to take notice. In this cross-genre writing studio, we will examine how language and narrative develop differently according to structural decisions crafted by the author. Participants will explore how voice, themes and images emerge through attention to life’s many architectures, and experiment with new narrative and poetic forms based on their own unique personal experiences and close readings of a range of texts.

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Type: Presentation, Workshop, Generative Workshop
Genre: Business of Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Editing, Journalism, Marketing

Looking to build or expand your freelance career? This workshop will guide you through the basics of freelance writing: finding your focus as a writer, identifying publications, crafting a pitch, connecting with editors, and building ongoing relationships. We'll talk about what to expect out of contracts, managing money, tips for improving your chances at making a sale, and how to find supportive groups that can encourage you to keep working. Please come prepared to write and discuss a story idea you'd like to pursue.