Classes & Workshops

  • Foundations of Playwriting Waitlist

    The Foundations of Playwriting summer session with Andrew Black is full, but he will add a second session if there is enough interest. Join the wait-list for Foundations of Playwriting if you would like to take the class this summer. Please use a current email and phone number for the contact info. Thanks!

    Instructor: Andrew Black
    Playwriting allows writers to tell stories using a unique medium -... learn more

  • Memoir Writing with a Purpose

    Instructor: Jeff Rasley
    Date: Saturday, July 9
    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
    Only 1 spot left- Sign up now!

    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.... learn more

  • Advanced Playwriting

    Instructor: Andrew Black
    Date: 8 Saturdays: July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27
    Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Location: Marian University- Marian Hall/Room #222
    Cost: $380 nonmembers, $260 members, $220 student members/teacher members/senior members/Military members
    Class size limited to 8 students.

    Okay, you’re ready to start writing a full-length play….now what? You have written at least one short play, maybe a few.... learn more

  • Who Are You: Strategies for Creating Your Brand

    Instructor:  Angela Jackson-Brown
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    ate:  Saturday, July 9
    Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student/teacher/senior/military members

    Today when we talk about an author brand we are talking about building an image, perception or identity so that people will not look for a specific title by you, they will simply say/wonder: does XYZ have anything new out for me to read? Today, we will focus on building an audience... learn more

  • Structuring the Novel

    Instructor: David Hassler
    Date: Sunday, July 10
    Time: 1-4 pm
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    This class will examine approaches to making sure your novel's structure and pacing keep your readers turning the pages to follow those marvelous characters through the perfect settings you've developed. We'll discuss the approaches set out in Robert McKee's classic Story and Larry Brooks's Story Engineering, plus we'll... learn more

  • The Artist’s Way Workshop

    Instructor: Karen Lee
    Date: 12 Mondays: July 11, 25; August 8, 22 (Skips Labor Day); Sept 12, 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov 7, 28; Dec 5, 19
    Time: 7-9 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $60 Nonmembers, $50 members (no additional discounts)

    The Artist’s Way is an empowering book for aspiring and working artist. Written by Julia Cameron, it has been used for years to help artist who are “blocked” to open... learn more

  • From the Page to the Stage: Slam Poetry for Beginners

    Instructor:  Michael Baumann
    Date: Tuesday, July 12
    Time: 6:30-9:30 pm
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Since its birth in 1985 Chicago, slam poetry has become one of the most powerful ways to share our stories and opinions. Slam poetry is not nice, but honest. Slam poetry is not pretty, but political. Slam poetry is not repetitive, but rhythmic. Not image, but scene. Not... learn more

  • Writing Emotions that are Believable

    Instructor:  Angela Jackson-Brown
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    ate:  Saturday, July 16
    Time:  1-4 p.m.
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student/teacher/senior/military members

    “I am so sad.” “I love you.” “I hate you.” All of those sentences express intense feelings, but as written, they really don’t move the reader in any emotional way. In this workshop, I will show you strategies for creating scenes that resonate off the page. Scenes that have your readers feeling all of... learn more

  • Characterization through Dialogue

    Instructor: Maurice Broaddus
    Date: Saturday, July 23
    Time: 9:30-12:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Characters are at the heart of stories and dialogue helps define characters and drive story.  In this workshop you’ll learn to develop characters, consider word choice, and define their voice through dialogue. The workshop will present essential tips to improve dialogue and explore how to write dialogue... learn more

  • Do Video Essays Have Paragraphs?: The Basics to Digital Composing

    Instructor:  Michael Baumann
    Date: Wednesday, July 27
    Time: 6:30-9:30 pm
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    We live in an increasingly digital world, and the essay, the poem, and the story have learned to evolve with it. We might think today about video essays, audio essays, and photo essays rather than just the written word. In this workshop for adult authors, participants will... learn more


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