Classes

In order to help you select the right class, we have tiered them levels 1 through 3. These levels reflect the type of experience you will have in the class, not the difficulty of the class or expertise of the instructor. No matter where you are in your writing practice, you are welcome to join or apply for any level.

Level 1 – This is a prompt-based class designed to generate new writing with no or minimal outside assignments.

Level 2 – This class includes mentor text analysis and workshopping. Depending on the instructor, there may be outside assignments.

Level 3 – This class focuses on workshopping with a commitment to present polished work. It also includes mentor text analysis and weekly outside assignments.

Memoir FULL

Level 1
Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m.
SIX WEEKS
January 14 to February 18
with Jennifer Gaites

If you have thought about writing a memoir but have no idea where to begin, this is the class for you. In a safe, supportive environment, we invite you into the storytelling mindset with guided prompts while also introducing the fundamentals of memoir writing—characterization, voice, setting, emotional resonance—using mentor texts as inspiration. Each week, we come together to discover the stories we were meant to tell and the motivation needed to start and continue our own writing practice.

This class is FULL. Please email info@projectwritenow.org to be put on a wait list for next session.

Creative Writing Intensive FULL

Level 3
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
SIX WEEKS
January 15 to February 19
with Allison Tevald

In this class, we workshop your writing each week, following workshop rules to analyze and discuss what the writer is accomplishing and how. In addition, you are given a close-reading assignment that will be discussed the following week. Together, we learn from published writers, as well as from one another, how to create engaging, clear nonfiction and fiction stories. Be inspired by fellow writers in the community and push yourself to generate writing at a higher level.

Application required. Please contact us at wi@projectwritenow.org for submission guidelines and/or to be added to a waitlist.

Just Write FULL

Level 1
Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
SIX WEEKS
January 15 to February 19
with Lisa Hartsgrove

Do you want to write but have no idea where to start? Do nerves prevent you from joining a writing class? This class is aimed at the shy, closeted, or new writer. In a safe, supportive environment, we invite you into the storytelling mindset with the help of guided writing prompts. We bring in mentor texts as inspiration―including samples of fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, and more―and we motivate you to start and continue your own writing practice. Each week, we come together to discover the stories we really want to tell and generate ways to get them onto the page.

This class is FULL. Please email info@projectwritenow.org to be put on a wait list for next session.

Memoir

Level 2
Wednesdays, 9 to 11 a.m.
SIX WEEKS
January 16 to February 20
with Jennifer Gaites

Are you ready to discover the story you were meant to write? During this course, we discuss how to find the moments that resonate with readers and turn them into a compelling narrative, using craft elements such as characterization, dialogue, setting, structure, and theme. Analyzing mentor texts, we explore concepts such as story arc, voice, purpose, and emotional resonance. We also spend time workshopping to help you strengthen your voice and style.

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Short Memoir FULL

Level 2
Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
SIX WEEKS
January 16 to February 20
with Jennifer Chauhan

Do you find yourself capturing scene after scene from your life experiences but are not sure what to do next? In this class, we select a handful of pieces that we can develop into stand-alone short memoirs. Analyzing mentor texts, we explore concepts such as story arc, voice, purpose, and emotional resonance. We also spend time workshopping to get your pieces ready for submission.

This class requires instructor approval. Please email wi@projectwritenow.org for more information and/or to be put on a wait list for next session.

Creative Writing Intensive

Level 3
Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
SIX WEEKS
January 16 to February 20
with Ray Brunt

In this class, we workshop your writing each week, following workshop rules to analyze and discuss what the writer is accomplishing and how. In addition, you are given a close-reading assignment that will be discussed the following week. Together, we learn from published writers, as well as from one another, how to create engaging, clear nonfiction and fiction stories. Be inspired by fellow writers in the community and push yourself to generate writing at a higher level.

Application required. Please contact us at wi@projectwritenow.org for submission guidelines.

Memoir FULL

Level 2
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SIX WEEKS
January 17 to February 21
with Allison Tevald

Are you ready to discover the story you were meant to write? During this course, we discuss how to find the moments that resonate with readers and turn them into a compelling narrative, using craft elements such as characterization, dialogue, setting, structure, and theme. Analyzing mentor texts, we explore concepts such as story arc, voice, purpose, and emotional resonance. We also spend time workshopping to help you strengthen your voice and style.

This class is FULL. Please email info@projectwritenow.org to be put on a wait list for next session.

Fiction

Level 1
SIX WEEKS
Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
January 17 to February 21
with Eileen Whitener

A strong work of fiction captivates a reader—with intriguing characters, a page-turning plot, and a setting that enhances the narrative, be it realistic or fantasy. In this class, we look at mentor texts—short stories, excerpts from novels—to discuss what makes fiction compelling, and we write during each session with a focus on some aspect of craft, including characterization, narrative arc, point of view, setting, style, and more. Sharing is encouraged to help you discover and develop your own voice and style. Be inspired by a writing community—whether you are new to the fiction writing experience or want to take your writing to the next level.

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Get Unstuck FULL

Level 1/2
Fridays, 9 to 11 a.m.
SIX WEEKS
January 18 to February 22
with Gay Norton Edelman

How many times have you thought, “that’s a great book idea,” or “someday I’ll write that article,” only to abandon the project before the first word hits the page? By the time we’re 40, we all have enough wisdom and experience to launch an entire series of books, yet too often we stifle ourselves. In this class, we develop strong writing habits, learn how to tame the “inner critic,” and begin drafting the stories only we can tell. Find community and support through a writing class that adjusts to meet your needs and goals, even if you haven’t defined them yet. If you’ve toyed with the idea of what would happen if you committed to writing your story, this class is for you. This class is designed for women over 40.

This class requires instructor approval. Please email wi@projectwritenow.org for more information and/or to be put on a wait list for next session.

KidLit: Picture Books

Level 1
Fridays, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
FIVE WEEKS
January 18 to March 1 (No Class February 8 & 15)
with Michele Prestininzi

Have an idea for a picture book but not sure how to begin? In this class, we help you map out your ideas, focusing on the storyline. We experiment with narrative techniques, such as beginnings, endings, plotting, pacing, and age-appropriate language. We customize each week’s lesson based on your needs and interests. Students leave with a rough draft by the end of the six-week class.

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Project Write Now reserves the right to change class instructors if necessary. Project Write Now reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule any class or event because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In the unfortunate case a class or event is canceled, Project Write Now will issue a full refund of the fees paid. No refunds or credits will be given for any days missed by the participant.