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If you want to be an in demand storyteller in the digital age, you need to get in, get out and get going. In this “short” four-week memoir writing adventure, you’ll learn to scope out, swoop down and snatch up important memories from your life then speed write them into miniature masterpieces.
The premise line is the only reliable tool that can tell you, BEFORE you start writing, whether or not your story will “work.” In this class participants will learn how to master the process of premise line development—the essential first step in any book or screenplay’s development process.
Poetry is alive and well. Contemporary poets can be touching, terrifying, and laugh-out-loud funny. Join us for an exploration of writing and reading poems.
Wander through the rooms of your own life to discover stories of deep connection, reconnection or loss of connection and fashion your findings into stories suitable for blog posts, essays, short memoirs, short plays, scenes in screenplays, or chapters of novels.
Write tiny fictions while experimenting with 1st person point of view and analyzing how that point of view affects the craft of fiction writing.
Explore the border between prose poetry and flash fiction. For writers of fiction, poetry, essay and memoir.
Have a grand time with specific physical exercises that honor your health, generate imaginative ideas, explore deeply and make your creative writing entertaining.
Learn how to draw inspiration and material from your life experiences or those of people you know, or want to know, to craft compelling, publishable memoirs, personal essays, autobiographical novels and short stories, and/or narrative poetry.
Voice: What is it and how do you find yours? Instructor Gloria Kempton offers feedback on assignments in this 3-week online class.
Create new work with fresh language, universal themes, sustained mystery and memorable characters. Stimulate your imagination.
Recent Student Testimonials
Julie’s intuition, writing experience, and suggestions took me from a rough draft to a polished final draft with a stronger theme and structure. Her writing experience, spirit and open mind matched my temperament and validated what I was trying to do. Julie is great!
This is the second time I have taken this course and I will enroll again if offered by Lissa Jensen. Her method of presenting information, inspiration and freedom of exploration is perfect for me. The exceptional detailed critiques have provided the encouragement and understanding needed to continue. Lissa demonstrates on a how-to video to further explain the assignment. She is caring and takes extra time if needed. Great class!
The course was great for a beginner but also for those who were further ahead in the process. Jack was readily available for questions and helping students along. He spent time on my work, provided helpful feedback and readily answered questions. He made helpful recommendations that I think will strengthen my work. I am so much further in the process than I would have been if I had not taken the class.
This is a terrific course, especially if you are looking for a safe, open forum to simply write and write and write! I find that the Writing Circles led by Susan provide wonderful inspiration for my writing, and it keeps me going even when I might not feel like I have much to say. Most important, I have been very surprised how stimulating participating is to my overall writing practice–I find I keep generating ideas between classes.
I loved this class. Jeff and I have worked a bit together before in his Anatomy of a Premise Line class where he helped me figure out exactly what my story was. After taking this class – How to firm up the “mushy” middle – I learned the steps and story beats that the reader needed to follow along with me to get from Point A to Z. Jeff pushed me like crazy, taught me about the Enneagram-Story Connection, and helped me develop all those beats from Point A to Z. He challenges me like no other, and I love him for it.
Jeff is a master in his trade. He picks up the problems with your story and he questions you, digs deeper and deeper, pushes you to find solutions until your story has a meaningful structure and your characters a clear arc. He offers private sessions by zoom. He is available, communicative and helpful at all times. He is incredibly engaged as a teacher. A brilliant tutor. He is brilliant at picking up the problems with a story and getting you to find the solution.
We had a great group: everyone was engaging, and Jack was wonderful. He was very prompt with feedback. He pointed out areas of improvement and was very encouraging, gave positive feedback on areas that were strong. I will take another class with Jack.
I am SO happy I took this workshop. Tina Barry was a wonderful instructor — she was responsive, available and most importantly, provided extremely detailed, thought-out and tangible guidance. The format of the workshop was user-friendly, and the participants were a joy to be in class with. I will absolutely take other courses, including ones with Tina!