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Multigenre Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
The Building Blocks of a Strong Book Proposal

Do you have a great book idea? It's also important to remember that writing a book goes beyond the pages of the narrative you've created—there's also a need to create your book's business plan. This class will provide the steps for your book idea (fiction or nonfiction), along with examples, so that you can create your book's business plan.

Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Multigenre
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Youth Graphic Marker
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Taking Shape: The Personal Essay

In this class, students will strengthen their line-level and organizational essay writing skills and deepen their understanding of the various forms of essays by investigating them. We'll also spend some time talking about essay revision strategies and how to apply them.

Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Youth
Level
13 to 17
Number of Sessions
1
Fiction Graphic
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Writing the Suspense Novel

Discuss and learn the elements and techniques of a suspense novel, with specific focus on examples from crime fiction (mysteries and thrillers). Students in the class will have time to practice writing a few paragraphs of the beginning of a scene using the elements and techniques discussed, and to share some of this writing with the class.

Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Low Income $36.75
Member $47.25
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Poetry Graphic
Date
March 19, 2019-April 23, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
American Mythology Through Poetry and Prose
This class will investigate the formation of American identity as told by writers. This class will reinterpret the American literary canon and its hidden origins by examining multigenre work praised within it. We'll also write our own poems challenging maintained myths and redefine our own relationship with written words.
 
Artists
Price
Regular $210.00
Low Income $147.00
Member $189.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
6
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
March 20, 2019-April 17, 2019
Editing Family Manuscripts
To preserve family history and pass on letters, diaries, journals, poems, and stories written by our ancestors—parents, grandparents, earlier generations—and pass them on to their descendants and historical archives, we can edit and publish them ourselves. This class focuses on transcribing, editing, annotating, introducing, and publishing family manuscripts.
Artists
Price
Regular $156.00
Low Income $156.00
Member $140.40
Location
Online
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Online
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Weeks
4
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
March 20, 2019-April 17, 2019
Well-Seasoned Words: Writing About Food
“First we eat, then we do everything else.” ― M.F.K. Fisher

Learn how to convey the most elemental of experiences in words that will be savored long after your work is read. We'll read compelling food narratives and give you the ingredients to write your own food related essays.
Price
Regular $80.00
Low Income $80.00
Member $72.00
Location
Online
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Online
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Weeks
4
Basics Genre Graphic
Date
March 20, 2019-April 24, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-Noon
Personal Writing—Let's Start Here!
You want to write, but where do you begin? How do you know which form and style are right for you? In this class you will find a safe place to experiment. You will have the time and opportunity to sample various formats and open up the writer in you.
Artists
Price
Regular $210.00
Low Income $147.00
Member $189.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Basics
Family
Adult
Level
Beginning
Number of Sessions
6
Fiction Graphic
Date
March 20, 2019-April 24, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Art of Mystery: What You Don't Know
Through in-depth discussion of Maud Casey's The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions, reading of sample texts, and completion of weekly writing exercises, we'll learn to create an "inclusive, compelling mystery"—the sort that enthralls readers and leaves them rapt with wonder even after a story ends.
Price
Regular $210.00
Low Income $147.00
Member $189.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Level
Advanced
Number of Sessions
6
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
March 20, 2019-April 24, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Memoir Writing: Finding Your Story, Telling Your Story
We will discuss the basics of memoir writing--the difference between memoir and autobiography, the pitfalls of writing about people you know and love, audience, shape, theme, research, veracity and truth, and scope. There will be a lot of recommended reading. There will be in-class exercises. There will be homework.
Artists
Price
Regular $210.00
Low Income $147.00
Member $189.00
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
6