Workshops

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.

Creative Drum Ensemble

(ages 12–adult)
Sunday, November 18
3 to 5 p.m.
ONE DAY
with Michael Sarin

Using the universal language of music, we engage adults and young 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 welcome and encourage any and all who play other instruments to bring them so we can incorporate them into the group. We also promote the voice as an important vehicle for expression via spoken word, rap, and singing. No musical experience necessary. Limited to 12 participants per class. Pay per class – $20 adults, $10 children.

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Copy Editing* 101: a workshop for perplexed proofreaders

Monday, January 28, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
ONE DAY
with Jennifer Chauhan

Stet, what? Oxford comma, who? Are you baffled by proofreading marks? Do you feel “less than” because you don’t use the proper copy editing techniques when making revisions to your classmates’ work? Don’t fear! Our beloved co-founder, executive director, and instructor, Jennifer Chauhan, is here to tell us all about the wonderful world of copy editing–the process of correcting written material to improve accuracy and readability, and to ensure the material has consistency.

*Is copy editing one word or two? What style guide do I use? Help, Jennifer!

This workshop is available free of charge, but we are asking for a $25 donation to support Project Write Now’s community outreach programs.

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Memoir

Level 1
Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m.
SIX WEEKS
November 5 – December 17 (No Class November 19)
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.
FIVE WEEKS
November 13 – December 18 (No Class November 20)
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.

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

Just Write

Level 1
Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
FIVE WEEKS
November 6 – December 18 (No Class November 20 & December 4)
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.

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Memoir

Level 2
Wednesdays, 9 to 11 a.m.
SIX WEEKS
November 7 – December 19 (No Class November 21)
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
November 7 – December 19 (No Class November 21)
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.

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

Creative Writing Intensive

Level 3
Wednesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
FIVE WEEKS
November 14 – December 19 (No Class November 21)
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.

Memoir FULL

Level 2
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
FIVE WEEKS
November 15 – December 20 (No Class November 22)
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.

Emerging Writers

Level 2
Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
FIVE WEEKS
November 8 – December 20 (No Class November 15 & 22)
with Ray Brunt

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 craft. Each 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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Get Unstuck FULL

Level 1/2
Fridays, 9 to 11 a.m.
SIX WEEKS
November 9 to December 21 (No Class November 23)
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 is FULL. Please email info@projectwritenow.org to be put on a wait list for next session.

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.