CLASSES

Have a need for more formal education in your chosen field? We have a class just for you! The class fees include a full year of classes from the time you sign up. Join in anytime.

Pen & Panel Comic Creation Class – Play drawing games, improve your art style, learn to make comics both online and on paper, and pitch ideas, plus lots more! Hang out with like-minded artists and comic writers. Work on individual projects or collaborate. Focus on topics that will help you expand your skill set. Pen & Panel classes are on the first and third Thursday of each month from 5:00 – 6:30. Ages 12 and up. (Members $175.00, Non-Members $230.00). – REGISTER

Drop-In Fees – Not ready to commit? Have a crazy schedule? Want to check out Pen & Panel? Drop into a session and see what you think. Members $10.00, Non-members $15.00. (Exact change only please).

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BLUE PENCIL 

One of the best things you can do for yourself as a writer is to have your work reviewed throughout the creative process. Each month a different mentor will be available for you to have a small portion of work reviewed or for a general discussion to get advice on the process or the local writing community in general. More information and registration HERE.

WRITERS’ CIRCLE (For adults and youth combined)

Join us each Sunday from 10:30 – 12:30 to discuss a topic with other writers of all ages (adults too). Every week is something different. $10.00 for members. Register and get more info HERE.

Upcoming topics are:

Sept 23: Level Up! You’ve nailed the basics: tales in three acts, the hero’s journey, and why flat characters fall flat. If it’s time to level-up from novice status, this workshop’s for you. We’ll talk craft elements that don’t get much screen time in beginner’s courses – think scene-and sequel, micro-tension, and bridging conflict. Come prepared for a robust discussion on taking your prose deeper and pushing your writerly boundaries.

Sept 30: Look Who’s Talking! Come discuss the ins and outs, and the he saids/she saids of writing compelling dialogue. How can dialogue be used to demonstrate character through internal or external conflict and what can we do to ensure it reads authentic?

POETRY CAFE (For adults and youth combined)

Imagine a place where poets gather regularly to write new work, share poems, and encourage one another. Poetry Cafe is your oasis and your community. No matter what life has in store, poetry can be part of your life every week. Anticipate occasional surprises and special guests too! Poetry Cafe combines poetry prompts or exercises to generate poems with workshopping and discussion. It’s great for both emerging and established poets, and it’s open to poets of all ages. Join us to write with prompts from 12:30-1:45 and workshopping from 1:45-2:30. Great for both emerging and established poets and it’s open to poets of all ages. Let’s have some fun and write together. View Course Details & Register

WORKSHOPS (For adults and youth combined)

Point of View and Narration – September 22, 2018 – 10:00 – 3:30 PM
MEMBER PRICE: $75
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $100
Point of View can be one of the most important decisions you make for your short story or novel. But what are your choices and how do you choose from all the options available in your writers’ toolkit? In this workshop, you will learn how point of view impacts your narrative voice. Explore through examples and exercises how to alter your story, change your message, create new and different worlds and affect your reader’s impression of your story. All by manipulating your narrator and their point of view. Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Course Type: fiction, nonfiction – Genre: all genres Register Here

Hunger and Thirst – Why Characters Need to Want – October 20, 10:00 – 3:30 PM
MEMBER PRICE: $75
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $100
Characters need to want something. The object of their desire can be simple, but their desire must be strong enough to carry the story. Robert Olen Butler says that “yearning is always part of fictional characters,” and that “desire is the driving force behind plot.” Crafting want, hunger, need, even greed, can be the key to fully fleshed characters and rousing narrative. In this workshop, we’ll explore the dynamics of desire in character motivation and narrative momentum. Level: All levels Register Here

The Wickedest 500 Words – How to Write a Query and Synopsis – October 20, 10:00 – 3:30 PM
MEMBER PRICE: $75
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $100
You’ve written “The End” on your novel and the celebratory hangover has waned, leaving only one question… what now? This workshop will cover the ins and outs of writing your query letter, the dreaded synopsis, and where to go from there! Bring your editing pencil, in this workshop we will write, rewrite, and rewrite your query letter and synopsis again (and again… until it’s ready to go). Then we’ll talk about where to go from there! Level: Intermediate, Advanced Register

The Suspense is Killing Me – OCTOBER 27, 10:00 – 3:30 PM
MEMBER PRICE: $75
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $100
Thanks to authors like Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and SJ Watson, suspense is once again all the rage. But what is suspense as a genre, and how is it different from a mystery or thriller? Why is a suspenseful feeling different from fear or shock, and why does it make for a compulsive read? Regardless of which genre(s) you write, threading suspense into your plot helps hold reader attention until your very last word. We’ll discuss suspenseful hooks, micro-tension, end-of-chapter cliff-hangers, and other ways to whiten your reader’s knuckles. Level: All Levels, Register

Subtext in Stories – October 27,10:00 – 3:30 PM
MEMBER PRICE: $75
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $100
As a writer, you’re always managing two stories: the one that appears quite literally on the page, and the one that is unspoken, implicit, and ephemeral. In this workshop, we will examine subtext in short stories, exploring techniques of withholding, pacing, and voice to craft layered and nuanced narratives. Level: All levels Register

The 20,000 Word Weekend – November 2-3, 8AM-8PM
MEMBER PRICE: $100
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $125
Kick off NaNoWriMo or continue with a work in progress. Want to get some words? Working on Nanowrimo? Join your fellow writers on this intensive, two day workshop… the goal? Words. Wear your comfy writing pants, it’s a big goal and we’re all in it for the long haul. Each day will hold plenty of independent writing time in a creative environment, some short intensive lessons on various aspects of novel writing, a bit of workshopping, and friendly and inspirational competition to drive your creative juices. Bradley Somer will be there with you, helping out if you get stuck, and ready for any writerly chats needed to help your craft. Nourishment provided throughout the weekend. Level: All levels Register

Writing for Film – November 10,10:00 – 4:00 PM
MEMBER PRICE: $80
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $105
Bring your screenplay and/or ideas for the script you always wanted to write. Get the inspiration and information you need to develop a short or feature length script closer to production ready. This intensive workshop will also explore adapting your short stories or novels to screenplays. Bring in any scripts (full or partial drafts) and/or ideas you want to explore. Workshop format will include readings and discussions. Level: All levels Register

Pacing – It Doesn’t Just Apply to Running, Drinking, and Stock Car Racing – NOVEMBER 17, 10:00 – 3:30 PM
MEMBER PRICE: $75
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $100
We all know about pacing ourselves, and the potential negative outcomes if we don’t. Pacing scenes is no different. This workshop will walk through the nuts and bolts of pacing from what drives it, how to break pacing down into its fundamental components, and how to build a tighter scene back up again. There will be some exercises to test what you learn and you can even bring that “trouble spot” in your own work to focus on. Level: All Levels Register

Mapping A Novel – November 17 & 18, 10:00 – 2:00 PM
MEMBER PRICE: $130
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $170
You have a great idea. Maybe you’ve dreamed up some dynamite settings and scenes. But how do you turn all the bits and pieces into a novel? You know you need an engaging plot to keep the reader glued to the page. You know your characters have to grow and change. You know your story has to reach an emotionally satisfying conclusion. But you can’t figure out how to get there from here and you’re spending a lot of time spinning your wheels. What you need is a roadmap. In this class we’ll design a working model for your novel. We’ll discuss the basics, like the value of a three-act structure and why the incidents that make up a plot need to be linked by cause and effect. But we’ll also consider the underlying questions of goal, theme, character motivations and consequences as they relate to the particular story you want to tell. By the end of the workshop, you should have an integrated plan to follow as you write. This class involves brainstorming and discussion. Materials provided. Level: All levels Register

Scene Construction – November 24,10:00 – 3:30 PM
MEMBER PRICE: $75
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $100
Nancy Kress likely spoke for a lot of writers when she said, “When I started writing in scenes, I started selling.” Designed for writers early in their development , this one-day workshop will look at what is a scene, how scenes are structured (their function within a larger work and their internal structure), and what elements should be included. Students are asked to being a scene they are working on, to develop further over the course of the session. Level: Beginner, Intermediate Register