Classes & Workshops

  • Filling the Well: Reading and Writing Together

    Instructor: Claudia Labin
    Date: 3 Tuesdays: July 7, Aug 4, Sept 1
    Time:  11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $114 nonmembers, $78 members, $66 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Love to read? Want to write, too? Come read and write together to prime the pump. Participants in this lunchtime class will read and discuss a novel or novella each month—then do a writing exercise based on an aspect of craft used... learn more

  • Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop

    Instructor:  Angela Jackson-Brown
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    ate: 4 Saturdays: July 11, 25; Aug 8, 22
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $228 Nonmembers, $156 members, $132 student/teacher/senior/military members

    This workshop is intended for writers with a novel in mind or a novel in progress. In this workshop, we will focus on composing effective long works of fiction by encouraging writers to explore various literary techniques. This workshop will undertake complex and advanced analysis... learn more

  • Intro to the Short Story

    Instructor: David Hassler
    Date: Sunday, July 12
    Time: 1-4 pm
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Have you ever had a fabulous idea for a short story but didn’t know exactly how to go about writing one? Where should the story begin? How long should it be? How do you make the woman from Fargo sound different from the guy from Texas? Does a... learn more

  • The Frankenstein Poem: Unusual & interesting ways to generate ideas

    Instructor: David Blomenberg
    Date: Tuesday, July 14
    Time: 7-9 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $38 nonmembers, $26 members, $22 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Have you ever felt like writing, but didn't know what to write about? Is inspiration sometimes hard to get? Have you written a line to a poem, but not known where to go from there? This session will give you plenty of techniques professional writers use to generate... learn more

  • Crash Course in Middle Grade Fiction

    Instructor: John David Anderson
    Date: Saturday, July 18
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Somewhere in the space between The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Hunger Games lies the challenging and robust world of Middle Grade Fiction—with its lightning-scarred wizards and its lightning thieves and its promise of introducing young readers to rich worlds and action-packed plots. In a mere... learn more

  • Description: Scene, Place and Character

    Instructor:  Suzanne Harding
    Date: Sunday, July 19
    Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members
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    Techniques that photographers use–framing, light and shadow, manipulation of color, and depth of field–can be effective tools for the writer too. We’ll examine each technique and apply it to writing setting and description. Come ready to write and bring an object... learn more

  • Moving the Furniture: Strategies to revise your drafts

    Instructor: David Blomenberg
    Date: Tuesday, July 28
    Time: 7-9 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $38 nonmembers, $26 members, $22 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    With most writing, the hard part is getting a draft onto the page, but what can be done to polish the draft once it's on paper? This session will give various techniques to look for the promise in a first draft and carry it through to a... learn more

  • Writing Humor

    Instructor: Erik Deckers
    Date: Thursday, July 30
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Humor lives in the gap between the ridiculous and the real. It's the humorist who can wedge themselves firmly in that gap and tell the rest of the world what they find. It's not a gift, it's not innate, it's something anyone can learn and use in... learn more

  • Memoir Writing with a Purpose-Summer

    Instructor: Jeff Rasley
    Date: Saturday, August 1
    Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student member/teacher member/senior member/military member

    Many writers keep a journal or write about their own experiences.  Most of this writing is not shared or published (except on Facebook). Many of us can turn our own experiences into a lesson for others—a didactic memoir. Short features for on-line publications, corporate newsletters and... learn more

  • Beating the System: Self-Publishing with Lightning Source Ingram

    Instructor:  Michael Baumann
    Date: Saturday, August 1
    Time: 1-4 pm
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    It can be difficult to publish in the very exclusive and elusive system of literary agents and publishing houses. Self-publishing can often be the way to go, but you don’t want to spend way more than necessary to make it happen. This workshop will introduce participants to... learn more


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