Current Class List

Multigenre Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Perfecting Your 1st 10 Pages
This class is dedicated to teaching you how to create a strong attention grabber, establish theme, and creatively set up your protagonist. You'll learn how to establish these critical elements and integrate them to create an amazing hook to your story. 
Artists
Genre
Multigenre
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Beginning
Number of Sessions
1
Basics Genre Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Great Grammar: Know It When You Need It (Jan)
Grammar is fun. And it's easier than you think. It creates clarity, adds nuance and makes sentences sing. Forget confusing terminology. We'll learn how to spot and banish common mistakes in puncutuation, sentence structure and more. Jump in and discover how truly exciting a comma can be.
Artists
Genre
Basics
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Childrens and YA Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Writing the Young Adult Voice

How do I, as an adult, craft an adolescent voice that carries the narrative of my story in a realistic and imaginable way? This class will discuss some of the issues involved in "going back in time" and how younger characters and narrators are different from experienced ones in terms of worldview, diction and metaphor. For any writer interested in writing teenaged characters.

Genre
Children's and Young Adult Literature
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Publishing and Career Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Launching Your Book: Learn the Skills to Self-publish
Do you have a story you want to share with the world but don't know how to do it? With self-publishing you can be empowered to publish your book on your own. In this class steps like raising funds, editing, cover design, formatting, distribution, and promotion will be covered.
Genre
Publishing and Career
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Advanced
Number of Sessions
1
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