Courses

This workshop is a unique opportunity to go from working like a dog to writing like (and about) one. Writing from a dog's point of view requires empathy and research. Bring a dog to life on the page over four class sessions where you will be exposed to literature written from the point of view of dogs and explore the writing process from the perspective of (hu)man's best friends.


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If a roller coaster went straight and level, it would just be a quick train ride. In this two-day workshop, you'll learn how to make your stories, fictional and nonfictional, interesting and exciting by exploring a variety of craft methods to hook, engage, and hold your readers, even after they've finished reading. Discover how to take your readers on an exciting ride!


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Scenes are the building blocks of our writing. In this workshop, we'll learn the elements of scene-building that effectively move the plot, tell a story, and develop characters.


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In this writing workshop, we'll learn the difference between the character, the narrator, and the writer, and discover how to find our writing voice to be a more effective storyteller (fiction or nonfiction). Understand the key questions we should ask ourselves when writing: Who is actually telling the story and to whom? Why and how are they telling it?


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Flash fiction and nonfiction (brief, succinct pieces) are increasingly popular and sought-after literary forms in magazine and journal publishing. Students will better understand the genre by reading and discussing some samples, creating drafts of flash pieces using prompts, and learn the background, elements and where to publish flash fiction.


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This unique, three-session course will show you how to fit your skills to lucrative markets and launch your next project with confidence. You'll learn a quick and easy way to map out your journey towards success and navigate past the barriers that now keep you from accomplishing your ambitions. Bring your dream, leave with a plan to turn it into reality.


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Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "Magical Realism," we will write about real world problems and challenges made new by the reveal of magical elements. Be inspired by prompts that intertwine everyday experiences with fairy tale and mythology.


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Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "Making it New," we will look at creative ways to employ revision to re-think and re-see our writing.


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Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "What's in a Name?," we will explore the power of names. Through a series of prompts about people's names, the names of things, and the names of places, we will investigate how naming can help writers with characterization, world building, and description.


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Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "Writing Micro," we play with prompts for micro writing (fewer than 300 words) across genres. Super short fiction and memoir and brief poetry forms have flourished in the age of social media and text communication. 


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Do you dream of getting paid to write, but don't know where to start? Do you want to work on your own schedule and earn money doing something you enjoy? This unique three-session workshop zooms in on exactly how to create content that sells. If you've ever dreamed of turning your love of writing into money in the bank, this is the class for you. Taught by a seasoned freelance writer who knows the paths to take and the dead ends to avoid.


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Poems have the potential to provide fresh perspective, infuse our everyday language with music, and illuminate a path for self-expression and creativity - but where to begin? In this class, we will combine select readings with writing prompts to equip you with the tools to better appreciate the work of others and get a strong start, or re-boot, on your own poetry practice.


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The poem is an amazing and portable tool for getting closer to the world, to other people, and to yourself. The skills to write a poem are available to anyone. Join Irene Cooper and fellow poets as we read poems, write to prompts, and stock our toolboxes with the materials we need to express ourselves in a poem.


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Are sales sluggish? Do you think you should be getting paid more for your books, articles, website content, or other written work? In the three sessions of this strategic workshop, you'll discover markets you may not have yet considered, find out how to price and promote your work, and learn to zero in on the niche that suits you best. Taught by a seasoned freelance writer who can help you avoid wasted effort and move your writing ambitions forward quickly.


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Explore the essential building blocks for fiction or memoir. Plot, setting, theme, characterization, point of view and dialogue will all be covered. What is the hero's journey and how does a writer weave a tale into a page-turning best seller? Understanding these basics is the first step to building your work.


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Whether you're writing a book, writing an article, or developing a website - failing to establish your idea by creating a rock-solid outline is one of the biggest causes of time overruns and unsuitable results. The three sessions of this workshop will help you mold your ideas into a framework that leads directly to an effective, on-time completion. Bring a desire. Leave with a solid plan to accomplish it.


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Celebrate Poetry Month and Earth Day by writing and revising your own environmental poems. Join Irene Cooper for a three-week workshop in which you will "grow" new poems and learn techniques for how to shape and revise them. Read examples and practice some of the many ways you can capture the dynamics and issues of our world in a well-crafted poem.


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In this workshop, students will gain inspiration from contemporary poets who embrace a variety of forms. Learn to follow prompts to see where they will lead you and feed your fertile imagination sufficiently to fill a new notebook or MacBook with fresh and nourishing poems.


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Do you get excited about an image or an event and start to write about it, only to run out of steam, or hit a dead end? In this four-hour class, students will learn techniques to give practice to their poetry writing. Irene Cooper will help you take those snippets, starts, and fragments and stretch your creative writing skills to shape a good idea into a complete poem.


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This class will explore the key elements of screenwriting along with some of the challenges of this craft. Topics will include story structure, character development, plot structure, dialogue and much more. This course is aimed at providing the basics to a new writer, but experienced writers who want to practice their craft are welcome.


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Self-publish your novel, memoir, book of poetry or artwork. In this workshop series, you'll learn how to format your manuscript for a professional-looking interior, design covers that catch readers' eyes in print and online, and use print-on-demand (POD) services to distribute the finished product.


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Do you have the music in you? Come join other writers and musicians for an in-depth look at the mechanics of songwriting. This three-session workshop will cover structure, rhyming, phrasing, hooks, melodies, titles, and other songwriting basics. Come to class to encourage others and to explore your own creativity. We'll wrap up the sessions with a songwriters circle for all who care to participate. You don't need to play an instrument, and you don't need to be experienced. Bring your ideas, and turn them into songs.


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Learn to employ the techniques of writing effective fiction and creative nonfiction, including story and plot, character development, narrative voice, scene and setting, beginnings and endings, and the use of symbols and metaphor. You will generate work through a series of exercises, prompt writing, and freewriting, and create the first draft of a story (fiction or nonfiction). Learn the principles of workshopping creative writing and share writing with one another.


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Travel Writing with Josh Savage focuses on what it takes to become an established travel writer. In the class, we will share and discuss our writing, develop effective query letters, network and explore other steps involved in the process of becoming a published travel writer.


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From aardvarks to zebras, this workshop is a unique opportunity to take on the perspective of animals other than humans. Join others who are interested in giving voice to an animal you know well or one you are curious about. This deep dive into researching and writing about other beings is for all levels of writers interested in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama) who want to walk a mile in another's paws.


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