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Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Date: Mondays, June 11 - 25, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Type: Workshop
Genre: Fiction
This course teaches the philosophy that each creative work is a wonder, as worthy of awe as a supernova or speck of space dust. Our intention is not an idea of correctness – our intention is to leave workshop feeling invigorated, encouraged, and aware of the greatness already within the universe on the page.

Date: Tuesdays, July 10 - 24, 2018, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Type: Workshop
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction

We all have them, swirling around us each day. These ordinary components of our lives that litter our purses, desktops, wallets, drawers, and countertops. Consider all the shopping lists, brochures, memos, notes, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations occupying your space -- what if there was a way to gain inspiration for our fiction writing through these seemingly mundane documents? Let’s put these objects to creative use!


Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Workshop
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction
Our world is full of misheard conversations, misread labels, misspoken phrases, old postcards from unknown lovers, lists from angry children found on a jog —these are the hidden gems of the creative process. From found texts and influences, participants will be encouraged to write in collaboration and examination of these found items.

Date: Saturdays, August 4 - 11, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Lecture, Seminar
Genre: Crime Writing, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction

Join renowned writer James Sallis for a two-day, eight-hour intensive course on the fundamentals of writing good fiction— including the foundation, cornerstones, edges, and walls. Writers will gather over two half day sessions to get moving, get back on track, and get motivated to write! This intensive course will cover an overview of the multitude of choices you have as a fiction writer and how those choices interconnect to give a story its specific signature, density, and weight.