Memoir Writing Workshop with Rachel Lyon
Begins 9/25 – Mondays 7-9pm
Prospect Heights – 6 weeks for $385
In this class we will discuss the process, pitfalls, and power of memoir writing. Whether you have been working on a long-form manuscript for years or are just dipping a toe into the tender territories of the personal essay, you will have the opportunity in this course to workshop, receive constructive feedback on, and breathe new life into your work. Not only will we will discuss structure, style, and fidelity to the truth; we will ask the most persistent memoirist’s questions: What constitutes truth in the first place? What makes a story worth telling? And how should a given story be told? Other published memoirists will visit the class to share their experiences.
Short Story Workshop with Sara Lippmann
Begins 9/27, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30pm
Ditmas Park – 8 weeks for $500
What makes a successful story? How is that achieved with the constraints of its individual frame? In this 8-week class, new and experienced writers will deepen their understanding and practice of their craft through the exploration of fiction of various styles and lengths. In-class sessions will combine detailed yet supportive story critiques, close readings of published texts, generative exercises and spirited discussion of fundamentals like character, language, and point-of-view. Goals include building a new or existing portfolio, experimenting with both flash (very short) fiction and longer story forms, and polishing work with an eye toward publication.
Novel Writing Workshop with Rachel Sherman
Begins 9/24, Sundays, 7-9pm
Windsor Terrace – 10 weeks for $700
Structured around in-class discussions of your work, in this 10-week intensive workshop we will focus on structuring, outlining and critiquing your novel. In addition to reading and editing your chapters, we will examine the narrative, plot and point-of-view in order to find the right framework to best tell your story. You will receive written critiques and line edits from Rachel as well as your peers. By the end of the class you will have a clear sense of the voice and trajectory of your story, and the framework you need to finish your forthcoming chapters.