Workshops

Just Write

Level 1 (Beginner)
Tuesdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 13
7 to 9 p.m.
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. Every week, we come together to discover the stories we really want to tell and generate ways to get them onto the page. This is a beginner-level, prompt-based course.

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Get Unstuck

Level 1 (Beginner)
Fridays, Jan. 12 to Feb. 16
9 to 11 a.m.
with Gay 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.

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Short Memoir FULL

Level 2 (Intermediate)
Wednesdays, Jan. 10 to Feb. 14
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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.

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* Registration is at maximum capacity. Email jennifer@projectwritenow.org to be put on a wait list.

Emerging Writers

Level 2 (Intermediate)
Wednesdays, Jan. 10 to Feb. 21 (No Class Feb. 7)
7 to 9 p.m.
with Allison Tevald

Discover the community that develops when writers come together. We analyze mentor texts to discuss what makes a story compelling and write during each session with a focus on some aspect of the craft. Every week, we write, read, and workshop our writing as a team to help find the right direction, voice, and style to get you to the next level. Whether you’d like to try fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or hybrid, we inspire your creativity and provide the time you deserve to dedicate to your craft.

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* Registration is at maximum capacity. Email allison@projectwritenow.org to be put on a wait list.

Memoir

Level 2 (Intermediate)
Thursdays, Jan. 11 to Feb. 15
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
with Allison Tevald

Do you have a story to tell? The truth is, we all do. It’s having the courage to put our life experiences out there. But memoir is not about telling it all. During this course, we discuss how to find the stories 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 discover your voice and style.

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Advanced Creative Writing Workshop

Level 3 (Advanced)
Tuesdays, Monthly
9 to 11 a.m.
with Greg Phelan

This workshop is designed for adult writers in the process of writing memoirs, personal essays, short stories, novels, and other creative writing projects for publication who are seeking community, support, and constructive feedback. Students regularly submit complete units of their work-in-progress for class discussion, as well as read and comment on their fellow students’ work. Emphasis will be on both the craft of writing and the skills needed to sustain and complete projects to submit for publication. This is an advanced class. Acceptance by application only. Please contact us at wi@projectwritenow.org for submission guidelines.

* Registration is at maximum capacity. Email greg@projectwritenow.org to be put on a wait list.

Poetry & Prose

All Levels
Thursdays, Jan. 18 to March 1 (No Class Feb. 22)
7 to 9 p.m.
with Laura McCullough

Whether you love poetry or prose, secretly write it, or just want to understand it better and explore your creativity, this is the place for you. We learn the language of “craft” and explore the relationship between inspiration and controlling effects such as image, metaphor, sonics, musicality, rhetorical strategies, lineation, and more to create poetry and prose that helps connect our inner voices to our readers. Each week we read a few contemporary pieces and discuss how they operate, have a craft talk, and work on generating new original writing of our own with inspiring prompts and guidance. Beginners to veteran writers are welcome, and sessions will be geared to the interest and experience level of participants.

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Creative Drum Ensemble

All Levels
Mondays, Jan. 8 to Feb. 19 (No Class Jan. 15 & Jan. 29)
7:30 to 9 p.m.
with Michael Sarin

Using the universal language of music, we engage adult participants in a group dynamic, promoting individual and collaborative creativity, while also providing an encouraging environment for original artistic self-expression. We explore hand drums as well as other percussion instruments, using the rhythms of jazz, funk, soul, world music, rock, and pop. We also promote the voice as an important vehicle for expression via spoken word, rap, and singing. Participants share in creative control by contributing their composition ideas. No musical experience necessary. Limited to 12 participants.

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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.