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.

Date
June 20, 2019-August 22, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Poetic Alchemy: Gold—Balance and Beauty in Poems and Collections
For alchemists the beauty of gold symbolized the perfect balance of the elements. This advanced workshop is focused on regenerating/revising poems until they balance the demands of form and content and are ready for submission/a chapbook. We will read/discuss a selection of essays that present various approaches to chapbook/book organization.
Artists
Price
Regular $420.00
Low Income $294.00
Member $378.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Level
Advanced
Number of Sessions
8
Open Seats
1
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
June 20, 2019-August 15, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Tell It Slant: Pushing the Boundaries of Memoir
"Tell all the truth but tell it slant--," Emily Dickinson wrote. The most honest way to write a memoir is not always the most straightforward way. Guided by the work of writers like Claudia Rankine, Maggie Nelson, and Wayne Koestenbaum, we'll tell our truths by experimenting with form and style.
Artists
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
Fiction Graphic
Date
June 20, 2019-August 15, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Advanced Fiction Workshop
Led by a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, this class applies the Workshop Method to energize, streamline, and focus your writing. The class is open to both short story writers and novelists who have completed at least one piece of fiction. Writers will be given supporting readings/exercises.
Artists
Price
Regular $420.00
Low Income $294.00
Member $378.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Level
Advanced
Number of Sessions
8
Open Seats
1
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Writing the Brief Essay
From doing the dishes to riding the bus, inspiration for stories is everywhere. This class will help you write short creative nonfiction by mining your daily life. We will read traditional flash essays and Twitter micro-essays, practice writing through prompts and readings, and share our work.
Artists
Price
Regular $70.00
Low Income $49.00
Member $63.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Poetry Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Poetry: Labyrinth of the First Draft
We will explore this tool of reflection and discovery for our writing practice by creating mini-labyrinths, and generating work from labyrinth-inspired prompts. We will consider mythology, engage the body, and examine blocks in our paths. Participants will leave with fresh writing and their own finger labyrinths for future use.
Artists
Price
Regular $70.00
Low Income $49.00
Member $63.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Creative Process Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Confidence Builder for Writers
Sometimes writing can seem daunting, and the unknown reader can be intimidating. This class examines the creative cycle and presents tips for writers of all genres to increase confidence to write boldly and share work. Includes in-class writing from prompts, goal-setting worksheets, and supportive discussion.
Artists
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
For Readers Graphic
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Stretching into the World: The Poetry of Mary Oliver (at Rosemount Steeple Center)
This class surveys the work of the late Mary Oliver, one of America's most beloved nature poets, with an eye toward learning how to write more empathetically and imaginatively about the natural world. Writing exercise included to bring us closer to Oliver's creative process. Small copy fee.
Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Rosemount Steeple Center
Genre
For Readers
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Poetry Graphic
Date
June 24, 2019-June 28, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chasing the Poem: An Intensive for Beginning Poets
Suffering from writer's block? Need a push to jumpstart your writing? Why not spend a week reading/studying poems and essays on craft and generating material for new poems through a series of writing prompts? As "homework," you will be encouraged to work/revise your poems, bringing drafts in to workshop.
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
Youth Graphic Marker
Date
June 25, 2019-June 28, 2019
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Use Your Imagination! (at the Rosemount Steeple Center)
Use Your Imagination! Create characters, get to know them, and put them in original stories. This is a class for kids who love to draw, write, and use their imaginations!
Artists
Price
Regular $210.00
Low Income $147.00
Member $189.00
Location
Rosemount Steeple Center
Genre
Creative Process
Family
Youth
Level
6 to 8
Number of Sessions
4