Workshops

Creative Nonfiction

With Greg Phelan
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Monthly

This workshop is designed for adult writers (18+) in the process of writing a manuscript-length creative nonfiction project 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 a book-length work. Students are accepted by application only. Please contact us at writersinstitute@projectwritenow.org for submission guidelines.

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Memoir

With Lisa McLaughlin
Mondays, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
March 13 – May 1 (no class April 10 & 17)

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. 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 such craft elements as characterization, dialogue, setting, structure, and theme. Although this is a beginning-level course, experienced writers can benefit from brushing up on the fundamentals and the opportunity to experiment with different forms of writing.

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Social Activist Journalism

With Gilda Rogers
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
March 27, April 3, 24, May 1

From social media platforms to local and national newspapers, there are myriad opportunities to voice your opinion about important issues that affect our lives in today’s challenging world. This four-week class is designed to give you the skills and tools to report facts infused with opinions in a powerful way to effect change. We discuss what social activist journalism is, analyzing a diverse array of voices. After taking a look at the basic tenets of journalism, we explore different forms your writing can take–op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, social media and blog posts, and photojournalism. The goal at the end of the session is for you to have a piece ready for submission.

Suggested Donation: $150 or let us know what you can pay. Class offered at no charge to qualifying students. Please register, select “Pay by Check,” and email info@projectwritenow.org to make payment arrangements.

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FULL* Memoir Writers

With Jennifer Chauhan
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
March 1 – April 5

Are you ready to take your stories to the next level? Our Writers Studio is the perfect place for you to workshop what you are writing with the guidance and support of a small group and instructor. If you have an ongoing project you are passionate about or a story idea you’d like to explore, we offer a safe, supportive environment for you to share your work to gain insight and feedback. We provide gentle constructive critique, while teaching you narrative techniques, such as characterization, voice, description, dialogue, and structure. Here’s your chance to turn your ideas into a book, short story, play, or more.

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FULL* Emerging Writers

With Allison Tevald
Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
March 1 – April 5

Discover the community that develops when writers come together. This class is aimed at the shy, closeted, or new writer. 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. 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 writing.

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Body of Writing

With Mimi Cross

Thursdays, 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
March 2 – April 6, 2017

Body of Writing adds an additional dimension to the traditional body, mind, spirit practice of yoga: story. This class offers a variety of inspirational writing exercises and simple yoga postures as well as meditation and visualization techniques designed to help workshop participants access the stories they carry, often unknowingly, in their bodies. Participants learn calming breathing techniques that allow them to move deeper into the process of unearthing their stories. The artistic aspect of each participant is challenged and nurtured, so you leave feeling stimulated, yet relaxed. Workshop participants depart with new goals for their writing lives or the start of a new piece. No previous experience with yoga is necessary.

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Project Write Now reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule any class, camp, or event because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In the unfortunate case an event is canceled, Project Write Now will issue a full refund of the fees paid.