writing

Block Busting: How to Break through the Barriers that Keep You from Writing
Saturday, 2/17/18 | 1:00 PM-4:00 PM | 1 Session
Member: $60 | Non-Member: $80
Instructor: Julie Lomoe
Level: Beginner

Got writer’s block? Ever had it? In this workshop we’ll explore the underlying feelings behind personal blocks. Whether you’re a beginning writer or a seasoned professional, you’ll learn a variety of ways to overcome the barriers that keep you from reaching your fullest potential as a writer. We’ll use creative visualization, writing and art exercises, and discussions of the latest scientific findings and successful writers’ tips and techniques for overcoming creative blocks.

The Plot Thickens
Mondays, 3/12/18-4/16/18 | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | 6 Sessions
Member: $160 | Non-Member: $180
Instructor: Rebecca Grace Allen
Level: Beginner

Have an idea for a novel but don’t know where to start? Get your fiction-writing gears spinning with an in-depth plotting and characterization workshop. Discover how to plan out your scenes through outlining and storyboarding, learn the three-act format of story planning, and get deeper into your characters’ heads through the principles of goal, motivation, and conflict.

The Alchemy of Creative Writing
Saturdays, 4/7/18-5/5/18 | 1:00 PM-3:30 PM | 4 Sessions
Member: $120 | Non-Member: $140
Instructor: Julie Lomoe
Level: Beginner

Through creative visualization, writing, and art, you’ll learn ways to dig deep into the sources of your creative imagination to bring forth gems to use in your writing. You’ll also learn ways of working with your dreams for insight and inspiration. Whether you’re drawn to poetry or prose, fiction or nonfiction, you’ll identify and develop writing projects to pursue in the future. All levels of experience welcome. Some materials supplied, but you may wish to bring a journal and your favorite writing instruments. NO CLASS 4/28.

Narrative Nonfiction
Wednesdays, 2/7/18-3/14/18 | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | 5 Sessions
Member: $130 | Non-Member: $150
Instructor: Stephen Leon
Level: Intermediate

You have a story to tell: a personal experience, a memory of a favorite relative, a profile of someone you admire. This class will help you bring your narrative to life. We’ll employ several key elements of vivid writing: finding the story, developing a narrative arc, leading with visual and emotional impact, using precise and active language, developing character(s) with scenes that reveal personality, and using the personal to connect to universal humanity. NO CLASS 2/28.

Getting Published
Saturday, 3/3/18 | 10:00 AM-1:00 PM | 1 Session
Member: $60 | Non-Member: $80
Instructor: Rebecca Grace Allen
Level: Intermediate

In this one-day concentrated class, learn the ins and outs of traditional, indie, and self-publishing. Find out the process of querying editors and agents, how to write a synopsis, what to do at a writers’ conference, and the art of pitching. You’ll also get in an in-depth crash course on marketing and social media for writers, including having a website, creating a newsletter, and making author profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Get published!

Writing in Doubt: The Personal Essay
Thursdays, 3/29/18-4/19/18 | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM | 4 Sessions
Member: $100 | Non-Member: $120 | Studio Fee: $10
Instructor: Olivia Dunn
Level: Beginner

Sometimes we avoid beginning to write about a difficult subject. Sometimes we’re inspired by feeling, scene, or memory—but what else is there to say? In this one-day workshop we’ll work on moving from self-consciousness to self-awareness; from uncertainty to philosophy. We’ll do generative exercises to explore scene, voice, image, and form, helping our creativity take root.

Beginnings and Endings
Thursdays, 5/3/18-5/24/18 | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM | 4 Sessions
Member: $100 | Non-Member: $120 | Studio Fee: $10
Instructor: Olivia Dunn
Level: Beginner

We all know that beginnings and endings are tough to write. As if getting started wasn’t difficult enough—then you have to finish! In this course, we will discuss and practice techniques for finding compelling conclusions, and the introductions that trigger them. This course is open to all genres.

Introduction to Memoir Writing
Thursdays, 3/29/18-5/17/18 | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM | 8 Sessions
Member: $220 | Non-Member: $240 | Studio Fee: $20
Instructor: Michael Welch
Level: Beginner

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 or she wants to say about life. Everyone has something useful and important to say, and this class will provide students with a safe and fun place to learn how to say it. Students don’t need a degree in English or any kind of expertise in writing at all. All that is needed is a desire to learn and the same everyday, 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, will be the only reading required and will be provided the first day of class.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region. 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180. (518) 273-0552

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