Open Mic Reading — With a Difference!

  • January 2017, weekday evening, date and time TBC
  • Linda Legters
  • Free to all, but you must register to read

Introducing: Open Mic Nights PLUS opportunities to work with professionals on polishing your performance, be featured on BookGirlTV and have a video of your reading. There are two options: 1.) Sign up to share 3 – 5 minutes of your work – no critique required or given. No filming. 2.) Sign up to be an…

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Songwriting (Intermediate to Advanced)

  • Saturdays, 2-4 p.m., Oct. 29-Dec. 3 (No workshop on 11/26)
  • Andy "A.J." Gundell
  • 6 weeks, $325. Limited to Six Students

(This workshop presumes a fundamental knowledge of music and lyric songwriting. New students will be accepted via permission from the instructor.)

In this workshop, students are encouraged to move beyond their comfort zone, including creating songs around a central lyrical or musical idea, exploring genres/styles of music they might not have attempted before, and grasping advanced music concepts. In-class, on-the-spot writing to prompts may inspire and lead to a song; writing from different points of view beyond the autobiographical will be explored. Students may opt to write and/or complete multiple songs for review and critique.

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Working Title: Write a Winning Song

  • Wednesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., beginning Oct. 19
  • Andy "A.J." Gundell
  • 6 weeks, $325. Limited to Six Students

In this workshop, 13-time Emmy Award-Winning songwriter Andy “A.J.” Gundell takes students new to songwriting step-by-step through the process of writing and selling a modern pop song. It doesn’t matter whether lyrics or chord progressions are your strength – A.J. meets you where you are and, over the weeks, helps you write a hook, verses…

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Introduction to Scrivener

  • 2 sessions, October 5 and 19
  • Chris Friden
  • 2 sessions, Wednesdays, 6.:30-8:30p.m. $95

You’ve heard the raves about Scrivener, maybe even tapped a few keystrokes within the application, but you’re reluctant to depart from your trusty word processor. This workshop will help you to understand why you want to switch to Scrivener and how to get started––how you will unlock a more robust and intuitive way of writing on your computer by using software…

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Writing as Meditation – Enhance Your Writing Skills and Develop Your Writer’s Voice

  • 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Starts Wednesday Sept 14
  • Luisa Tanno
  • 7 weeks, $75

Writing can be a form of meditation. Writing your thoughts, feelings, and ideas is a powerful way to get to know yourself and find – or develop – your writer’s voice. Meditation offers clarity, insight and a sense of peace. It can ground you in the present moment, a valuable tool for reducing stress and connecting you…

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In the Garden of Memory: Art of the Essay

  • Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Beginning Sept. 14
  • Sophfronia Scott
  • Seven weeks, $295

You’ve managed to write a stack of pages about an event or interesting experience from your life. What do you do now to refine it into a viable essay? And what will make people want to read it? Successful nonfiction writers are able to draw in an audience by making certain connections in their narratives…

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Writing Your Memoir: Level One

  • Wednesdays, Noon-2 p.m. Begins Sept. 15
  • Sophfronia Scott
  • Seven weeks, $295

The decision to write memoir can be both exhilarating and paralyzing. You know your story has value but all you can see are the obstacles ahead. “What will my family think?” “What if I’m afraid to write about my worst moments?” “How do I even begin?” You start here, with this workshop. Author and instructor…

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Nanowrimo Boot Camp

  • Saturdays, 9:30-11:30, Begins Oct date tbc
  • Seven weeks, $295

Whether you’re gearing up for National Novel Writers Month in November or simply hoping to map out your novel, this seven-week workshop is for you. Nationally known editor Kimberly A. Caldwell helps you nail down your premise, work out the plot and subplots, discover your themes and compile a list of scenes that will carry…

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Full Day Writing Retreat with Sarah Lawrence College faculty: Pat Dunn & Alexandra Soiseth – AKA NaNoWriMo Catch Up Day!

  • November 19
  • Pat Dunn and Alexandra Soiseth
  • One day: Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $195

There are two things most writers need and crave: time and space. In this class, we give ourselves the gift of time. In the nurturing space of the workshop, we find and begin to write the stories we live every day. Using our histories, our memories, and our senses as launching pads, we will begin…

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Creative Writing for Teens

  • Sundays, 3-5 p.m., begins Sept. 18
  • Linda Legters
  • Seven weeks, $295

Note: This workshop is for teenaged participants.

Discover creative writing techniques that take your ideas from imagination to the page. Learn how professional writers make their stories so compelling. Write your own short stories, novel chapters, novel outlines, fantasy fiction, poetry, memoirs or whatever it is that drives you. Use autobiographical material or create an original world that propels dynamic characters through conflicts, quests or adventures. Share your passion for writing with fellow enthusiasts!

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