Current Class List

If searching for youth classes please filter by 'Category' >> 'Youth.' The genre 'Children's and Young Adult Literature' is for adult writers intending their work for children and young adults.

Multigenre Graphic
Date
March 6, 2019-April 3, 2019
Comedy Writing Sampler
Test the waters of writing funny! You’ll practice common forms of comedy writing through writing prompts. At the end of the class, you’ll have written four types of humor, have a deeper understanding how comedy and tips to move forward.
Artists
Price
Regular $80.00
Low Income $80.00
Member $72.00
Location
Online
Genre
Multigenre
Family
Online
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Weeks
4
Fiction Graphic
Date
March 6, 2019-April 17, 2019
Double-Take: Writing Scenes that Hook an Agent & Keep a Reader
A one-two gut punch from a Random House author and her agent that will cover writing impactful scenes. We will get messy dissecting stand-out opening, middle, and end novel scenes. You'll walk away from this class with a better understanding of how to emotionally connect with your audience and then pull the rug out from under them.
Price
Regular $234.00
Low Income $234.00
Member $210.60
Location
Online
Genre
Fiction
Family
Online
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Weeks
6
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
Childrens and YA Graphic
Date
March 6, 2019-April 17, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Seeing Your YA Work Through a Reader's Eye
Do you read AND write Young Adult novels? For any writer to truly know their audience, it's 100% essential that they are well-read in the category(s) they write in. In this class, we will read six young adult titles and discuss in detail the tools, elements, and marketing of each title.
Artists
Price
Regular $140.00
Low Income $98.00
Member $126.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Children's and Young Adult Literature
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
4
Creative Process Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Digging a Little Deeper: From Journaling Practice to Creative Work
An ongoing journaling practice can be a nourishing part of our creative lives and can be a resource for creative writing. In this class, we will explore how to dig into our journals for ideas and possibilities, and create a "finished" story, essay, poem, or other piece of creative work.
Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Creative Process
Family
Adult
Level
Intermediate
Number of Sessions
1
Creative Process Graphic
Date
Time
1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Break the Block: Strategies to Defeat Procrastination and Writer's Block
Do procrastination and writer's block keep you from starting your novel, short story, poem, or memoir? If you'd like some tips and techniques to break your block, supercharge your writing, and stay focused on your creative project, come learn from a writer who's been there and knows how to change and refocus the frustrating dynamics that keep writers from writing.
Price
Regular $70.00
Low Income $49.00
Member $63.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Creative Process
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Youth Graphic Marker
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
World Building: From the Shire to Panem
Even an offhand reference to District 13 or Hogwarts plunges us into its fictional world. How can setting trigger serve as such a profound imaginative trigger? This class will investigate dystopias, parallel universes, and wholesale fictional worlds as starting points, before we begin the process of constructing our own.
Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Children's and Young Adult Literature
Family
Youth
Level
13 to 17
Number of Sessions
1
Poetry Graphic
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Unbound By Genre: Poetry And Film

This class will invite creative writers to explore ways in which techniques and approaches to filmmaking can be applied to poetry. Engaging directly with principles of cinematography, editing, production design, acting and screenwriting can bring about deeper, more detailed imaginings while writing or editing a poem.

Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Needs Theme Graphic
Date
March 12, 2019-April 30, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-Noon
Obsessions, Fixations, and Dangerous Needs
Get ready to explore your characters' most dangerous obsessions. From Victor LaValle's The Changeling to Nabokov's Lolita to Han Kang's The Vegetarian, we will examine work that succeeds in evoking the sinister...the secret...the seductive lure of fetish. The second half of the class will be dedicated to workshopping student work.
Artists
Price
Regular $280.00
Low Income $196.00
Member $252.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Level
Advanced
Number of Sessions
8