Current Class List

Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
January 31, 2019-March 7, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Writing The Family of Origin: Personal Nonfiction Writing About Our Closest And Hardest Relationships
Inevitably the personal essayist or memoirist must confront their family story. We'll uncover key childhood and family memories, deepen and expand them to uncover their emotional core. Expect to read and write about 750 words every week with feedback from peers. Class is capped at 10.
Artists
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Intermediate
Number of Sessions
6
Fiction Graphic
Date
January 31, 2019-December 19, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
The Novel Writing Project 2019

Your novel, from first word to last and on to market.

One year is plenty of time to write a novel. That’s the first lesson of this year-long project. The hundred other lessons that follow will take into account everything from how to begin to how to end, and what to do with your novel once you’ve finished.

Artists
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Advanced
Needs Theme Graphic
Date
January 31, 2019-March 7, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Moments of Connection: Poetry as Community Conversation
Community is one of our most basic needs. Connections to people and cultures have a huge impact on the stories we tell, and how we tell them. Through writing and editing poetry, we will explore the relationship between communities that fuel us and the work they inspire us to create.
Artists
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Intermediate
Number of Sessions
6
Childrens and YA Graphic
Date
January 31, 2019-March 7, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Writing Novels for Middle Grade Readers

Interested in middle grade fiction? This class offers practical exercises that cover both the craft and the business of writing for this age group. Class participants will gain practical methods for drafting a novel, as well as the opportunity to develop a unique middle grade voice.

Artists
Genre
Children's and Young Adult Literature
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
6
Creative Process Graphic
Date
February 1, 2019-March 8, 2019
Time
4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Come Back to Writing
Whether you've been away from writing a few months, a few years, or more, this class is here to welcome you back. Meet and support other writers, experiment with ways writing can fit in your life, and understand what gets your writing started and keeps it going.
Genre
Creative Process
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
6
Fiction Graphic
Date
February 1, 2019-March 22, 2019
Time
4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Four Models for the Short Story
Fiction writers of all levels will benefit from reading, analyzing, and writing these four different models for the short story: The Journey, A Stranger Comes to Town, The Pattern Story, and the Story-Within-a-Story. We will Read as Writers, a skill that turns everything we read into a creative practice.
Artists
Genre
Fiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
8
Multigenre Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Inclusive Editing: Techniques for Unbiased Writing
This class presents a series of tools that writers can use while revising to avoid unintentionally alienating or offending readers. We'll learn how to identify places in our writing that make assumptions about the audience, and we'll explore options for rewriting to be more inclusive. This class is open to writers of all styles and genres.
Artists
Genre
Multigenre
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Writing a Worthwhile Think Piece for the Digital World
It seems like everyone on social media has a "hot take" on current events—from the latest Netflix release to the latest #MeToo moment (and everything in between). But how do we take those thoughts and construct them into a worthwhile "think piece" that is smart enough to pitch to a digital publication, get accepted, and maybe even go viral? This class is ideal for anyone who wants to take those lengthy Facebook reflections on a news story and turn them into a published article.
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Intermediate
Number of Sessions
1
Needs Theme Graphic
Date
February 2, 2019-March 23, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-Noon
Writing Exercises: Poetry and Motion
No human can exist without food, water, and safety. After that, we need a reason to get up, explore, and connect. Sometimes we need to move before we can write. Beginning each day with a movement exercise, this class will focus on meditative, exploratory, and joyful ways to generate writing.
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
8