Current Class List

Basics Genre Graphic
Date
January 28, 2019-February 1, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Writing for Absolute Beginners
If you would like to learn to write, or would like to start writing again, begin here. You'll learn ways to generate a first draft and how to keep a writer's notebook. You'll learn basics of writing memoir, short fiction, and poetry. We'll do many in-class writing exercises followed by the opportunity (always optional) for you to share your work. We'll explore writing personal stories, creating characters, and using poetry to strengthen your attention to language.
Artists
Genre
Basics
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Beginning
Number of Sessions
5
Fiction Graphic
Date
January 28, 2019-April 15, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Advanced Fiction: Narrative Thrust
How do we hook readers and keep 'em turning pages? It's tension, conflict, suspense, plot. Narrative Thrust is what keeps everything in your story or novel chugging along with everyone on board. In this advanced workshop, we will examine eight tactics for propelling your fiction while providing intensive peer feedback, prompts, and study of contemporary masters. 
Artists
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Advanced
Number of Sessions
12
Multigenre Graphic
Date
January 28, 2019-March 18, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
I Died Laughing: Buoying Dark Material with Humor

In this unconventional workshop class, suitable for both fiction and nonfiction writers, we'll work through our stories-in-progress and talk about how humor can lighten the load of dark or "serious" subject matter. We'll study George Saunders, Myriam Gurba, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, David Sedaris, Paul Beatty, and Jenny Zhang, among others. Please obtain a copy of Private Citizens by Tony Tulathimutte.

Artists
Genre
Multigenre
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Advanced
Number of Sessions
8
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
January 29, 2019-April 16, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-Noon
Diving Into the Essay
Are you plunging into essays for the first time, or do you want to work on your technique and style with a specific project? In this class, we’ll write and discuss the kind of engaging narrative essays––spanning the lyrical, personal, political and humorous––found in The Best American Essays series. 
Artists
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
12
Poetry Graphic
Date
January 29, 2019-April 16, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-Noon
Beginning Poetry
Learn to write poems in a non-intimidating environment with fellow beginners. We’ll cover important aspects of poetic craft, including form, line, voice, and imagery, while studying work that epitomizes well-crafted work. By the end of class, students will have increased their skills in writing poetry and have an understanding of how to approach a blank page with confidence. 
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Beginning
Number of Sessions
12
Open Seats
1
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
January 29, 2019-December 17, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
The Memoir Writing Project 2019 (Section 1)

Your memoir, from first word to last and on to market.

We can get your book ready for market in one year. That’s the first lesson of this year-long course. The hundred other lessons that follow will take into account everything from how to begin to how to end, what to include and what to ax, and when honesty is good and when honesty is going to get you in trouble.

Artists
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Advanced
Number of Sessions
0
Fiction Graphic
Date
January 29, 2019-April 16, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Advanced Fiction Workshop
In this advanced class, we'll focus on workshopping students' stories, helping to make them the best they can be. This workshop is for writers who are serious about the craft of the short story and are looking to take their writing to the next level.
Artists
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Advanced
Number of Sessions
12
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
January 29, 2019-March 5, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Imagination and Truth in Creative Nonfiction
In this class, we will consider the boundaries of the creative nonfiction genre and interrogate how much invention is too much, using the scale of our individual commitments to truthfulness. Through writing prompts, creative generation activities, and revision strategies, we will practice writing into the grey spaces of our memories and the possibilities we invent in our wading through the unknown.
 
Artists
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Intermediate
Number of Sessions
6
Poetry Graphic
Date
January 29, 2019-December 17, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
The Poetry Project 2019

A book of poetry is not simply a product. A collection of poetry is not just the sum of many poems. When we are at our best, our books are proof of our living and thinking, proof of our investigations and ferries into our wild world and wild selves.

In this class, we will work together to write poetry with rigor, play, and honesty with our sites towards completing a full-length manuscript ready for submission and publication.

Artists
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Advanced
Open Seats
1