The Center for the Arts now offers a wide variety of arts education including one-time workshops, week-long intensive classes and weekly programs. These workshops are for adults 17+. Locations range from in-house to virtual depending on the program.
Telling Your Own Story: Memoir Writing Workshop [ VIRTUAL CLASS ]
Tuesdays & Thursdays in October 2020
Sometimes we have a true story from our lives that we’re dying to tell, but we’re unsure how to begin. This hands-on workshop will focus on the essentials of writing a memoir – what makes a good story, how to shape your material so that it’s compelling, what to tell (and omit), how to develop your own unique voice, and the broader issues involved in turning a private experience into a public work.
Taught by Susan Jane Gilman
Susan Jane Gilman is the bestselling author of the nonfiction books Kiss My Tiara, and Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven as well as the novels, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street and the forthcoming Donna Has Left the Building. She has provided commentary for NPR, hosted a literary radio show, and written for the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, and Ms., among many others. She has won several literary awards, and her books have been published in a dozen languages. She teaches writing and speaks to audiences worldwide. Her memoir, Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress, was an instant New York Times bestseller.
Location: Online via Zoom. A link will be sent to you the week before.
Dates: October 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29. (9 weeks)
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Creative Writing Workshop
Tuesdays, August 11 – September 29, 2020
This eight-week writing class will teach you how to craft engaging personal essays based on your lived experiences. We’ll explore the following topics: how to identify the heart of the story (it’s not always what you think!), how to give the story a shape, how to find your voice, and how to choose compelling details that make your life come alive on the page. Each week we’ll have short reading and writing assignments and the opportunity to share your work with the class for constructive feedback. These classes will be full of insight and discovery as we will learn about ourselves and each other in a nurturing environment suitable for beginners as well as experienced storytellers looking to sharpen their skills and meet other writers.
Taught by Jaime Alexis Stathis
Jaime Alexis Stathis is a nonfiction writer. Her favorite topics are humans, wildlife, and where the two intersect. Her short pieces have been published internationally as well as stateside, and she’s seeking representation for a full-length memoir. Jaime lives in Grass Valley with her boyfriend and dog in a vintage cottage that might keep them busy forever.