Creative Writing Workshop

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. Instructor: Jaime Alexis Stathis Location: The Center for the Arts, Dance Studio Dates: August 11, 18, 25, September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 (8Read More

Memoir Writing Workshop (virtual)

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.

Memoir Writing Workshop II (virtual)

VIRTUAL CLASS For those who have already participated in Susan Jane Gilman’s introductory workshop, “Telling Your Own Story” Memoir Writing Workshop that was held online by The Center in October 2020. Participants will continue to develop their skills and writing from Part I. This month-long follow-up course will pick up where Part I left off, and is customized to focus on participants creative needs and interests. It will include sessions on “showing not telling,” how to master the art of dialogue, using different types of language, and editing. There will be exercises, spirited discussions, light reading assignments, and workshops. The instructor hopes that it will reinvigorate and inspire everyone after the holidays.   Instructor: Susan Jane Gilman Location: Online via Zoom. A link will be sent to you the week before. Dates: January 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 (8 weeks) Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Ages: 17+ Cost: $250 RegisterRead More

Playwriting 101: Writing the Short Play (virtual)

VIRTUAL CLASS Playwriting 101: Writing The Short Play is designed specifically to meet the needs of students who have a wide range of writing experience focusing on the fundamentals of playwriting (character, structure, dialogue, action, and conflict). Writing The Short Play teaches the specific art of writing a satisfying ten-minute play with the end goal of having students complete a rough first-draft.         Instructor: Patricia Cotter Location: Online via Zoom. A link will be sent to you the week before. Dates: February 10, 17, 24, March 3 (4 weeks) Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm Ages: 17+ Cost: $125 Register   Looking for inspiration?  Check out the short plays featured on the Playing on Air podcast.   About the Instructor   Patricia Cotter holds accolades including; American Academy of Arts Letters, Richard Rodgers Award, Daytime Emmy Award, and a Writers Guild of America Award. She has taught improv at The Groundling TheatreRead More