Current Class List

Play- and Screenwriting Graphic
Date
January 30, 2019-March 6, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Writing Your Screenplay or TV Pilot: Act I
Offered to both beginning and intermediate writers, this class will help you finish Act I of your script and put you on the path to rewriting or completing it.
Artists
Genre
Play- and Screenwriting
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Beginning
Number of Sessions
6
Multigenre Graphic
Date
January 30, 2019-March 6, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Strengthen Your Spine: Giving Your Story Structure
A key aspect of the long story—novel, script, book-length memoir—is its structure. Can you see your story from a 30,000-foot view? Writers working on a long story will benefit from this class. You will be given exercises to do and share.
Artists
Genre
Multigenre
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
6
Fiction Graphic
Date
January 30, 2019-March 6, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Evil and Empathy: How to Create Complexity in Villains and Other Characters
What is the nature of evil and how do we address it in fiction?  Through an examination of shadow selves, conflicting motivation and desire, and the creation of change in characters, we'll figure out how complex villains come alive on the page. Through concrete prompts and exercises, we'll create our own heroes, villains, and complex combinations of the two.
Artists
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
6
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
January 31, 2019-March 28, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-Noon
Legacy Writing: Capturing Family Stories for Future Generations
Create a written legacy of your life! You will be guided through supportive journaling techniques to create vignettes or "captured moments" of important life events. At the end of class, you will have a collection of stories and the know-how to continue your legacy writing, if desired.
Artists
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Location
Saint Paul Jewish Community Center
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
8
Needs Theme Graphic
Date
January 31, 2019-April 18, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-Noon
The Writing Experiment: Life Writing for Heart Hungry Times
This class sends you out on assignment each week to interact with the world and write about it; in class, we'll compare notes, workshop, and practice daring on spot writing to ignite your process. How does interacting with your world affect your writing process, content, identity as a writer?
Genre
Multigenre
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
12
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
January 31, 2019-March 7, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-Noon
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

What is creative nonfiction? Students in this class will read and write a range of essays, from those about art and food to micro-memoirs and hybrid forms, as we generate our own creative nonfiction writing, looking to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maggie Nelson, and Natalie Diaz, among others, for instruction and inspiration. $10 copy fee.

Artists
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
6
Fiction Graphic
Date
January 31, 2019-March 7, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-Noon
Reviving Your Novel
The first draft of a novel can feel like a romping delight. But the second... where did all the fun go? This class will help you turn editing into play. Defeat the monster of perfectionism; re-interest yourself in your material. Beginning novelists will leave delighted and ready to work.
Artists
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Location
Hopkins Center for the Arts
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
6
Poetry Graphic
Date
January 31, 2019-April 25, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-Noon
All About Form
This class is for students who feel ready to expand their range of expression by exploring a wide variety of forms. We read samples by master poets, try them out, and share formal explorations in workshop designed to support risk-taking. Readings range from Natalie Diaz to Elizabeth Bishop.
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Intermediate
Number of Sessions
12
Fiction Graphic
Date
January 31, 2019-March 7, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Writing Fabulist Fiction
In this class we'll explore literary fabulism—non-realistic fiction that's character-driven, that fundamentally deals with people and emotion, but in a universe with rules of its own. We'll read stories from Italo Calvino, Kelly Link, Ben Okri, and others, and we'll write and share our own fabulist stories.
Artists
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
6