Workshops

Creative Drum Ensemble

Mondays, September 18-October 30 (NO CLASS OCT 9 & 23)
7 to 8:30 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 will 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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Creative Nonfiction

Tuesdays
9 to 11 a.m.
with Greg Phelan

This workshop is designed for adult writers (18+) in the process of writing memoirs and personal essays 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 creative nonfiction projects to submit for publication. This is an advanced class. Please contact us at wi@projectwritenow.org for submission guidelines.

Just Write

Tuesdays, September 26-November 7 (NO CLASS OCT 31)
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 thoughtful, 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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FULL Short Memoir

Wednesdays, September 20-October 25
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
with Jennifer Chauhan

Do you find yourself capturing scene after scene 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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Emerging Writers

Wednesdays, September 20-November 1 (NO CLASS OCTOBER 4)
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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Speak With Confidence

Thursdays, September 28-November 2
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
with MK Harby

One of the top fears among adults is public speaking, yet this is one of the most valued skills in our society today. In this workshop, we show you the best way to communicate and engage an audience for your voice and style. Topics include having a clear objective, presence, rethinking your audience, tools for connection, and effective ways to practice. Leave feeling more confident in your ability to stand in front of a group and speak without fear.

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Get Unstuck

Fridays, September 29-November 17 (NO CLASS OCTOBER 13 & 20)
9 a.m. 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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Memoir

Every Other Saturday, September 16, 30, October 14, 28, December 9
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (September 30 will be from 3 to 5 p.m.)
with Lisa McLaughlin

Do you have a story to tell? The truth is, we all do. It’s having the courage to put our words and life experiences out there that makes the difference. But memoir is not about telling it all. During this course, we show you how to find the stories that resonate with readers and how to turn what’s happened to you into a compelling narrative, using craft elements such as characterization, dialogue, setting, structure, and theme. Although this is a beginner-level course, experienced writers can benefit from brushing up on the fundamentals and the opportunity to experiment with different forms of writing. DROP IN OPTION – $200 for all 5 classes or $40 per 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.