2017-06/08 The Art of the Personal Essay with Molly Larson Cook

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Classes, Editing and Proofreading, Events, Getting Started, Nonfiction | Comments Off on 2017-06/08 The Art of the Personal Essay with Molly Larson Cook

Learn to compose thought-provoking personal essays about topics that interest you from today’s news to your favorite places in nature, family memories and more. The personal essay is not the 5-paragraph essay you learned in school but a more reflective – and sometimes humorous – form that takes the writer and reader on an unhurried stroll from first sentence to last. Personal essays appear as newspaper op-eds, short magazine articles, online posts, memoir chapters...

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2017-07/08 Turning Points with Judy Reeves

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Creativity and Journaling, Events, Getting Started, Memoir, Nonfiction | Comments Off on 2017-07/08 Turning Points with Judy Reeves

Our lives are filled with moments, large and small, that we emerge from a different person. James Joyce called them epiphanies and John L’Heureux refers to “a single moment in a character’s life when a definitive choice is made, after which nothing is the same.” In the personal narrative essay, we are the character and those moments of change are what characterize the genre and give it its universal appeal. In the first session of this...

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2017-07/10 Creative Writing with David Coddon

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Classes, Creativity and Journaling, Events, Fiction, Getting Started | Comments Off on 2017-07/10 Creative Writing with David Coddon

You’ll be writing both in class and at home, then receiving supportive, constructive feedback from your instructor and your fellow writers. At the same time, you’ll learn helpful fundamentals about crafting a story, creating vivid characters and establishing compelling narrative conflict that will open up your possibilities and, guaranteed, make you more excited than ever about telling the stories you want to tell. By course’s end you’ll either have a promising...

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2017-06/02 Oil and Marble: Friday Night Talk with Stephanie Storey

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Events, Readings & Special Events | Comments Off on 2017-06/02 Oil and Marble: Friday Night Talk with Stephanie Storey

Bestselling novelist Stephanie Storey will discuss the spirited rivalry between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo that inspired her debut novel Oil and Marble and address how her career as a Hollywood television producer helped her become a better storyteller. Q&A to follow. Stephanie Storey’s debut novel, Oil and Marble: a novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo (Arcade Publishing) was released on March 1, 2016 and quickly became a Los Angeles Times bestseller. The...

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2017-08/12 How to Start a Novel with Jennifer Lane

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Classes, Events, Fiction, Getting Started | Comments Off on 2017-08/12 How to Start a Novel with Jennifer Lane

Facing down the blank page is often the most difficult part of writing a novel. In this 3-week workshop, we will go over methods for generating and organizing ideas, ways to outline, how to choose a point of view, and what makes a truly stellar first chapter. By the end of the course, you will be armed with everything you need to sustain yourself through the first draft of your novel. Jennifer Lane received her MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, and her BA...

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