Workshops

Memoir

Tuesdays, July 11 – August 22, No class July 18
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Upstairs Studio
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 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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Women’s Writing Collective

Tuesdays, June 6, 13, July 11, 18, 25, August 1
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Downstairs Studio
with Laura McCullough

This writing group is designed to give women a place to support each other in the practice of bringing our personal stories or creative prose projects to the page and giving our work a receptive and nurturing audience. Whether you are writing essays or short prose or working on a novel or longer project, come discuss what you are trying to do, get ideas, support, and inspiration. Commit to your own writing while also supporting other local women in their writing lives. We will discuss craft and share work for feedback. Suggested donation: $20 per class.

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Emerging Writers

Wednesdays, July 19 – August 30, No Class August 2
7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downstairs Studio
with Allison Tevald

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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Speak With Confidence

Thursdays, August 3 – August 24
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Upstairs Studio
with MK Harby

One of the top fears among people is public speaking. Yet this is one of the most valued skills in our society today. In this four-week 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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Life Stories

Thursdays, July 6 – August 10
1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Downstairs Studio
with Lisa McLaughlin

This introductory writing class is for adults 50+ interested in documenting their life stories. We explore and reflect on different themes that have been influential in shaping our lives. Guided writing exercises help us remember experiences that we can then organize into an engaging narrative. This process of self-exploration can be transformational, enabling you to gain new perspectives on your life and a better understanding of who you are.

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Life Stories

Thursdays, July 6 – August 10
7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downstairs Studio
with Lisa McLaughlin

This introductory writing class is for adults 50+ interested in documenting their life stories. We explore and reflect on different themes that have been influential in shaping our lives. Guided writing exercises help us remember experiences that we can then organize into an engaging narrative. This process of self-exploration can be transformational, enabling you to gain new perspectives on your life and a better understanding of who you are.

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Line by Line: Understanding Poetry

Thursdays, July 6 – 27
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Upstairs Studio
with Laura McCullough

Whether you love poetry, 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 that helps connect our inner voices to our readers. You can take the whole four-week workshop for $175 or select sessions to “drop in” at $50 per class. Each week we read a few contemporary poems and discuss how they operate, have a craft talk, and work on generating new original poems 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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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.