July 5 (Wednesday) - August 15 (Tuesday)
6 weeks (unless otherwise noted)
Complete Workshop Descriptions are below.
Summer Writing Camps
Workshops for Adults
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Adult Writers Circles
Our Adult Writers Circles are the heart of our workshops. They're where The Writers Circle began. We provide a supportive environment where writers work freely on various forms and genres, exploring projects developed in class or on their own. Craft issues like structure, point-of-view, character development, pace, and style are addressed, as is the ever-changing publishing marketplace. With great respect for each writer, our workshops take on a life of their own as writers learn to trust each other for ongoing critique and inspiration as they move toward completion of work and eventual publication.
Where Do I Begin?
If you ever suspected that there might be a writer lurking under the skin, or perhaps harbored a secret notebook of half-started stories, this is the class for you. In this workshop you'll find your way first by releasing the writer within through creative prompts to get the words flowing, and then by discovering the elements of all good stories, including character, conflict, action, setting and more. For anyone who longs to write but doesn't know where to start, and for writers who have dabbled but lost their way. WARNING: this workshop just might seduce you into a life-long love affair with writing!
Just as fire needs a spark, imagination needs to be kindled. Nurture your creative impulses with a series of fun, innovative exercises and prompts that use writing as a means of expression and exploration. Every week we'll tap into previously untouched creative reaches of your mind, drawing inspiration from music, art, movement, language, poetry, and more. Be prepared to surprise yourself!
Short Story Writing
William H. Gass said, “For me, the short story is not a character sketch, a mouse trap, an
epiphany, a slice of suburban life. It is the flowering of a symbol center. It is a poem grafted
onto sturdier stock.” Writing is a way of searching: How do we best tell our story? What are our
options? Every story makes its own necessities. As we study craft we will learn to identify these
requirements. In this class you will write, share and revise your work as we provide careful and
encouraging critique. All levels welcome.
The idea of beginning a novel is both exhilarating and intimidating. This class deconstructs the craft basics of plot and structure, description, character, dialogue, creating conflict, and more, and helps you learn how to tell the story that's burning within. Whether you're still contemplating what to write about, or have already begun your first draft, this is an excellent choice for any writer confronting the challenge of a long work.
THIS CLASS WILL RETURN IN THE FALL.
This class is geared for the writer who is deep in a first draft or has already embarked on revision. Critique of work in progress is ongoing in a constructive, supportive environment . Note: This class is by invitation or submission only. Please email or call for more information. If you are a first-time writer, we recommend taking Beginning Your Novel and Continuing Your Novel before considering this workshop.
MEMOIR & NONFICTION
It's a small world…of creative nonfiction. Small word counts are growing in popularity across literary and mainstream publishing venues. Explore writing mini forms of CNF—from 500 word flash essays, to six word memoirs, to CNF Tweets!—that focus on real events, culled from your personal past to the world at large. .
Explore the multi-faceted genre of creative nonfiction, which encompasses writing about real events, from your personal past to the world at large. Learn about the many possible forms and styles, and write your own short pieces, transforming true stories into compelling literary works. Several categories, including personal essay, memoir, feature articles, reviews/criticism, travel, humor, and nonfiction narratives. Review published examples, get craft instruction, and learn to bring techniques and skills of storytelling to the nonfiction page, including dialogue, character development, narrative arc, scene building, and telling details. Stretch your writing muscles with weekly assignments and receive private instructor feedback. Work with prompts, get reading suggestions, and enjoy in-class discussions.
Writing Your Life
Writers are keepers of memory, and memoir is a powerful way to record life's many stages, joys and experiences. In this workshop, you will learn to use detail and scene to make the past come alive. You will develop voice, and focus not just on events but on the people involved in those events. Through discussion of classic and contemporary published memoirs and critique of personal writing, this class will explore the many ways in which memoir writers can strive for a deeper interpretation of their own lives. Whether your aim is to write informally, as part of a family history for your children and others, or to create a literary work for potential publication, this course will help you write your own truths.
A compelling book proposal is crucial to sell your book to a publisher and the best way to begin the book writing process – well before you type word one. You will learn to test your concept, develop your idea, and organize your book’s structure. In addition, you’ll define your writing goals and target audience, choose a marketable title, and evaluate your marketing platform.
Who needs a classroom? Like a flash mob, this creative writing class will meet in a different place each time and write en plein air, capturing the mood and whimsy of the moment. After gathering, we will use each unsuspecting location as our inspiration, and in situ writing prompts will further the improvisational playfulness of sneaking up and observing the world unawares. Currently struggling with an ongoing work? Consider these experimental explorations your “summer break.” Locations will be announced prior to class start, and may include a wildlife sanctuary, wilderness hikes, riding a train, exploring a cemetery, and more. Entrance fees are included as part of tuition. Students must provide their own transportation.
Learn how to develop a thriving practice of submitting work to mainstream media and literary venues, print and online. This workshop will demystify the submission process and break it down into sensible steps and smart strategy. We'll discuss how to use resources to choose target venues, decide when and what to send out, track results, understand submission guidelines, use online submissions management systems, interpret rejections, and more. Though mostly intended for those submitting short pieces, we will also address submissions to agents and independent book publishers (who work with unagented work). Writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are welcome. By the end of the four weeks, you'll have a plan and will make a few submissions.