Writing Classes

Class Size

Our workshops are capped at 11 students, and the minimum to hold a class is 4. A few of our classes are designed to have smaller groups and that number is specified in the description. Most of our seminars are capped at 12 students; a few seminars are capped at 18, as noted in the class description. 

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Refund Policy

Read more: General Class Information

We have a limited amount of funding to help those who want to take a class or seminar but can't afford it. In order to apply, please download and fill out our Scholarship/Subsidy Form and send it to us with your class registration and partial payment. We ask that anyone who receives subsidies please remember us with a donation when you are able.

Kristen-Paige Madonia Instructor: Kristen-Paige Madonia
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
1 Saturday, February 20, 2016 | 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Limited to 12 students. 

This seminar will focus on the preparation process required for submitting to magazines and literary journals. We will discuss proper manuscript formatting techniques and ways to compose a cover letter. We will explore various publications and how students can determine which magazines are appropriate for their work, and we will workshop first pages of student manuscripts, discussing elements that are likely to engage an editor or dismay them from continuing to read. Students will receive the tools to draft their own cover letters, to choose the best publications for their own submissions, to interpret rejection letters, and to polish their first pages. We will allow time to workshop the first pages of your current project, keeping in mind the "hook" and how to grab an agent or editor's attention.

Read more: Seminar: Subs and Pubs

Deborah M. Prum Instructor: Deborah M. Prum & Joel JonesJoel Jones new
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
1 Saturday, February 27, 2016 | 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Limited to 8 students.

Join Joel Jones (Big Blue Door) and Deborah Prum (Still Mountain Bookworks) for a hands-on workshop in using improv techniques to explore Point of View in your writing. Whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, point of view is the lens through which your reader sees and understands your story. Stories told with a strong, clear point of view hook a reader. Effective use of point of view can bring intimacy and immediacy to your writing. You will create characters who leap off the page, as you play with original scenes and situations.

Read more: Seminar: Improve Your Writing Through Improv

Warren Rochelle Instructor: Warren Rochelle
Cost: $60.00 Members | $65.00 Non-Members
1 Saturday, March 05, 2016 | 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Limited to 12 students.

Middle Earth, Narnia, Prydain, Oz... London Below... We know these worlds; we're frequent visitors, and sometimes we want to live there. How did Tolkien, Lewis, Alexander, and many others do it? In this workshop we will explore the basics of fantasy world building: creating geography, a history, the rules of magic, and much more. No prerequisites required.

Read more: Seminar: Fantasy Workshop II: World Building