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.

Poetry Graphic
Date
June 19, 2019-August 21, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Freedom of Restraint: The Joy and Paradox of Formal Poetry
Experience the joy and paradox of writing in meter and in open and closed forms (sonnet, sestina, gazal, shadowbox and ode, for example). Discover how poetic form provides a safe framework and forces us to write things we couldn't have written without the form's parameters. For poets of all levels.
Artists
Price
Regular $280.00
Low Income $196.00
Member $252.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
8
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
June 19, 2019-August 14, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Find the Meaning in Your Memoir
You know what happened, but what is your memoir about? And how do you get the perspective to answer this question? Writing exercises as well as peer and teaching artist feedback will guide you toward a deeper understanding of the meaning of your own story.
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
Childrens and YA Graphic
Date
June 19, 2019-August 14, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Picture Book Workshop
A workshop-only class for writers who have several picture book projects underway, and who are eager to have their work critiqued in a large-group setting. We'll dig into your stories and help you make them shine—and you'll grow as a writer and a reader in the process!
Price
Regular $280.00
Low Income $196.00
Member $252.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Children's and Young Adult Literature
Family
Adult
Level
Advanced
Number of Sessions
8
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
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
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
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