Current Class List

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
Poetry Graphic
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Eating Poetry: Poems About Food
In this class poets of all skill levels will study examples of notable poetry that uses food as a touchstone or topic, focusing on writers' subjects, themes, purposes, use of diction, and form choices. Students will practice the art of crafting poems about food, writing one poem to share.
Artists
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Creative Nonfiction Graphic
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Craft in Personal Narrative
We are all very different in our experiences, and it is not easy to communicate them effectively to others. Craft is key. Through readings, discussion and writing, this class aims to celebrate the unique quality of our personal narrative while finding how to best express it in our writing.
Artists
Genre
Multigenre
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Intermediate
Number of Sessions
1
Publishing and Career Graphic
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Getting Your Word Out: Polishing, Submitting, and Marketing Your Writing
Anybody can write, but it takes determination to see your work through to print. In this workshop, we'll discuss proper manuscript formatting, and go on to discuss market lists, deciphering writer's guidelines, dealing with rejection and rejoicing in seeing your work in print.
Artists
Genre
Publishing and Career
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
1
Multigenre Graphic
Date
Time
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Writing the Working Class
Kit de Waal wrote "Working-class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed—these are narratives rich in barbed humour ...reflecting the depth and texture of working-class life..." Come for a day of inspiration through examining working class master works, and generation through writing exercises.
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.-Noon
Going the Distance: Writing Longform Nonfiction

Some years ago, pundits predicted the end of the attention span. Then a strange thing happened: Publishers noticed that longer stories got more readers and better traffic on their websites. Thus longform was born. In this seminar we’ll look at what longform nonfiction is, how to write it and how to sell it.


 
Artists
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Intermediate
Number of Sessions
1
Poetry Graphic
Date
February 23, 2019-March 2, 2019
Time
12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
By Accident and Design: The Found Poem
Found poetry uses material from another source, generally everyday written material not intended as poetry; working with it requires skills similar to those used in the actual creation of poems. From the humourous to the profound, we'll read and create our own found poems using various techniques and sources.
Artists
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
2
Poetry Graphic
Date
February 25, 2019-March 1, 2019
Time
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Aspects of Poetic Craft: Generating New Work
This intensive will involve at least two daily writing prompts/journeys, discussions of craft tied to poems by master poets, and sharing of insights on process. The idea is not to necessarily finish a poem, but to generate material for potential poems without the crushing pressure of "completion."
Artists
Genre
Poetry
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Beginning
Number of Sessions
5
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
Genre
Creative Nonfiction
Family
Adult
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Level
Open to All Levels
Number of Sessions
6