Writing

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014
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Writing What You Know

October 29, 2014 to December 17, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Marion Roach Smith

Flannery O’Connor said that anyone who survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life. She’s right, of course. But writing about yourself and your crazy (or not-so-crazy) family can be the big vein, if you’re ready, or the brick wall, if you’re not. This course will help you dig among your stuff and get it down on paper in some interesting, funny, enlightening, compelling, readable and possibly saleable way. Let’s go. It’s there for the mining. Marion Roach Smith is a former New York Times staffer, author of four mass-market books, and commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Suggested reading for the class is her book, The Memoir Project, A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life (Grand Central, 2011). No class 11/26.

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014
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The Art of the Interview

November 6, 2014 to December 18, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Michael Eck

Whether writing your first magazine piece, a personality profile for your blog or the Great American Novel, at some point you will be interviewing subjects to add color, quotations and anecdotes to your writing. Just as you can’t write incisive non-fiction without expert input, you can’t write convincing fiction without genuine voices. Finally take the leap and interview your grandmother about her childhood, or pursue a dream by tracking down a celebrity chat. Individual weeks of this interactive class will cover basic interviewing skills and concepts; how to develop and pace questions; methods of notation; writing up the results; ethics and editing; and using and publishing interview materials. Students will have the opportunity to interview each other and guest speakers. Freelance writer Michael Eck (Albany Times Union, Amazon.com, Billboard, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, etc.) has 30 years of experience in the art of the interview. He’ll teach you how to get them talking. An audio recording device is suggested, but not required. No class 11/27.

Saturday, Nov 8, 2014
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Fireflies: A Writing Workshop

November 8, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Instructor: Coleen M. Paratore

The best ideas surprise us like fireflies on a summer night. Through writing prompts and insightful questions, we will travel to the firefly fields inside our own minds and hearts where the sparks that ignite our most powerful writing are waiting for us to claim them. We will write and share in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere, and you will leave with a jar full of firefly ideas, inspired to write what only you can write. FIREFLIES: A Writer’s Notebook, Coleen Paratore’s 19th book, is in stores now.

Monday, Nov 10, 2014
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Poetry: The Spoken Word

November 10, 2014 to December 15, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM Instructor: Victorio Reyes

Spoken word poetry is a phenomenon that has swept the nation for more than twenty years. Poetry itself has been an oral tradition since its inception, and inherently contains food for the ear; rhythms, rhymes, assonance and alliteration. This hybrid workshop incorporates elements of performance as well as creative writing. Students will learn the mechanics of writing poetry for performance while also preserving the art for the page. If you are interested in acting, hip hop, spoken word, poetry, or just improving your public reading skills, this class is for you. All levels of experience are welcome.

Wednesday, Jan 7, 2015
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Writing What You Know

January 7, 2015 to February 11, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Marion Roach Smith

Flannery O’Connor said that anyone who survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life. She’s right, of course. But writing about yourself and your crazy (or not-so-crazy) family can be the big vein, if you’re ready, or the brick wall, if you’re not. This course will help you dig among your stuff and get it down on paper in some interesting, funny, enlightening, compelling, readable and possibly saleable way. Let’s go. It’s there for the mining. Marion Roach Smith is a former New York Times staffer, author of four mass-market books, and commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Suggested reading for the class is her book, The Memoir Project, A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life (Grand Central, 2011).

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015
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Intro to Memoir Writing

February 19, 2015 to March 26, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Michael Welch

Memoir writing is not revenge, it’s not a collection of diary entries, and it’s not autobiography. Find out what memoir is, and how to write one, in this class that focuses on the beginner who has the desire to get down on paper those things he wants to say about her or his life. Everyone has something useful and important to say, and this class will provide you with a safe and fun place to learn how to say it. You don’t need a degree in English or any kind of expertise in writing at all. All you need is a desire to learn and the same every day, ordinary language you use to navigate through daily life. Marion Roach-Smith’s book, THE MEMOIR PROJECT, A THOROUGHLY NON-STANDARDIZED TEXT FOR WRITING AND LIFE (Grand Central, 2011), will be the only reading required for the class, and will form its foundation. You will receive the book the first day of class.

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015
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Writing What You Know

March 18, 2015 to May 6, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Marion Roach Smith

Flannery O’Connor said that anyone who survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life. She’s right, of course. But writing about yourself and your crazy (or not-so-crazy) family can be the big vein, if you’re ready, or the brick wall, if you’re not. This course will help you dig among your stuff and get it down on paper in some interesting, funny, enlightening, compelling, readable and possibly saleable way. Let’s go. It’s there for the mining. Marion Roach Smith is a former New York Times staffer, author of four mass-market books, and commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Suggested reading for the class is her book, The Memoir Project, A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life (Grand Central, 2011).