Current Class List

Fiction Graphic
Date
February 6, 2019-March 6, 2019
Dial Up the Tension
This class will look at ways to control the tension in any genre or length of fiction. Through a series of lectures and exercises, participants will hone their pacing, move in closer to their characters, and link their stories' external conflicts to their characters' arcs.
Artists
Genre
Fiction
Family
Online
Location
Online
Level
Intermediate
Number of Weeks
4
Poetry Graphic
Date
February 6, 2019-April 24, 2019
Time
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Power of the Image
In this class, we'll explore ways in which the metaphorical image has brought energy to world poetry, from masters like Neruda and Baudelaire to Bly and Hirshfield. In weekly writing exercises we'lll invite its enlivening and unpredictable vitality into our poems.
Artists
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
12
Basics Genre Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Research Tools for Historical Fiction and Nonfiction Writers
Are you a writer of historical fiction or nonfiction and you need to find more information on the period you're writing about? This class will discover where to find textbooks, old newspapers, photographs, and maps of all types to add depth to period-based fiction and historical nonfiction.
Artists
Genre
Basics
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Publishing and Career Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Getting Published for Beginners
Ever wanted to get your writing out into the world of publishing? This single session class offers a walk-through to getting published to beginners. We will walk you through formatting your work, searching for appropriate markets and publishing venues, model and practice writing a pitch letter, or query, how to submit your work, common mistakes to avoid, along with tips and strategies to follow through to getting your published work.
 
Artists
Genre
Publishing and Career
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Beginning
Number of Sessions
1
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
"Flash" Memoir: Life Stories in Under 500 Words
Do you yearn to capture your life's stories, but aren't ready to commit to a book-length memoir? In this class, you will practice writing super-short-form memoir--your stories in under 500 words. At the end of class, you'll have a beginning draft and the know-how to continue writing "flash" memoir pieces.
Artists
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Poetry Graphic
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Poetry: Playing With Found Text
Using a wide variety of instructor-supplied found text we'll write several poems in class, shaping the associations and sounds of specific words and phrases in order to create new worlds and connections in the minds and ears of our audience. For any writer who need fresh ideas and approaches.
Artists
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Basics Genre Graphic
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Personal Writing: The Perfect Place to Start
Writing is an often overlooked art form that is easily accessible, but can be intimidating. This class is designed to remove the roadblocks and awaken the writer in you. You will begin your writing journey by recording your thoughts and recalling memories using prompts to spark your creativity. We will then explore how these beginnings can become the foundation to springboard into other styles and formats (poetry, fiction, essay, memoir) as you discover your unique writing voice and purpose.
Artists
Genre
Basics
Family
Adult
Location
Rosemount Arts Center
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Needs Theme Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Writing Your Way Back to the Hearth
In this class, we’ll explore our personal and collective journey to find our way to the hearth, the place we gather for nourishment and company. For centuries the hearth was the center of the house where food was cooked and community gathered to share meals and tell stories. How do we continue to do that today? Through short in class readings and simple prompts, we’ll embark on writing about cooking, dining, and sharing those most intimate moments that define ourselves and our place.
Artists
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Multigenre Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-Noon
Creating Characters in Five Dimensions
Well-developed characters are often described as being "three-dimensional". This workshop goes further, looking at characters in five specific dimensions: physical, public, social, private and unconscious. We'll consider characters from literature and film to see how dimensions fit into a character's story arc. Exercises will allow students to walk their own characters through these dimensions.
Artists
Genre
Multigenre
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1