Current Class List

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Poetry Graphic
Date
February 23, 2019-March 2, 2019
Time
12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
By Accident and Design: The Found Poem
Found poetry uses material from another source, generally everyday written material not intended as poetry; working with it requires skills similar to those used in the actual creation of poems. From the humourous to the profound, we'll read and create our own found poems using various techniques and sources.
Artists
Price
Regular $175.00
Low Income $122.50
Member $157.50
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
2
Poetry Graphic
Date
February 25, 2019-March 1, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Aspects of Poetic Craft: Generating New Work
This intensive will involve at least two daily writing prompts/journeys, discussions of craft tied to poems by master poets, and sharing of insights on process. The idea is not to necessarily finish a poem, but to generate material for potential poems without the crushing pressure of "completion."
Artists
Price
Regular $525.00
Low Income $367.50
Member $472.50
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Level
Beginning
Number of Sessions
5
Publishing and Career Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Copywriting 101: Tips & Techniques
Launch a writing career. Promote your literary work. Hone your pursuasive writing skills. Promotional writing has its own rules, language, tricks and tips—many tested and proven to work. We'll explore dos and don'ts, writing to sell, writing headlines, and getting started as a freelance writer.
Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Publishing and Career
Family
Adult
Level
Beginning
Number of Sessions
1
Youth Graphic Marker
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Mapping Yourself: A Loft/MCBA Writing and Book Making Class
Make your own book and fill it with maps about you! Maybe you contain a river of music, an island of candy, a mountain of words or an iceberg of kindness. This class is for aspiring illustrators and wordsmiths who like filling entire pages with color and life.
Artists
Price
Regular $55.50
Low Income $38.85
Member $49.95
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Youth
Level
6 to 8
Number of Sessions
1
Fiction Graphic
Date
Time
1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Writing Great Dialogue
Great dialogue is riveting. It holds a reader tightly and won't let go. It can characterize, advance the plot, set the scene, and foreshadow what's to come. And it should almost always do at least two of these things at once. In this class, you'll learn to write dialogue that keeps readers turning the pages.
Artists
Price
Regular $70.00
Low Income $49.00
Member $63.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Youth Graphic Marker
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Story Building: Plotting the How and Why
Writing a story becomes easier when you determine the plot and structure beforehand. Learn how to develop a story arc, including conflict, crisis and resolution, and to think about cause and effect. How does what happens in your story affect the characters' lives, emotions, relationships? Throughout class, we'll experiment with different organizing strategies for our own novels or short stories.
Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Fiction
Family
Youth
Level
13 to 17
Number of Sessions
1
Publishing and Career Graphic
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Copywriting 102: More Tips and Workshopping
This class expands on Copywriting 101 as attendees dig deeper into the craft of copywriting. Meet a "client" and try your hand at a number of marketing/writing challenges. Learn even more successful techniques and tricks of the trade.
Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Publishing and Career
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
March 4, 2019-April 22, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Best Lessons from Best-Selling Memoirs

What can memoir writers learn from Educated (Tara Westover) and I Am, I Am, I Am (Maggie O’Farrell)? We will examine strategies for writing honestly about life’s struggles and successes. In-class writing exercises are designed to help students work through challenges particular to their story and find its core strength.

Price
Regular $280.00
Low Income $196.00
Member $252.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
8
Publishing and Career Graphic
Date
March 6, 2019-May 8, 2019
Book Proposal Boot Camp
Led by a former Penguin acquisitions editor and author, "Book Proposal Boot Camp" is a high-intensity basic training for writers with a nonfiction book idea, the readiness to write sample chapters, and the desire to get their proposal in the hands of agents and editors. By the end of this class, you will have a completed book proposal, a sample chapter, a query letter, and insider knowledge of the publishing industry, including how to successfully query agents.
Artists
Price
Regular $312.00
Low Income $312.00
Member $280.80
Location
Online
Genre
Publishing and Career
Family
Online
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Weeks
8