Classes & Workshops

  • Figurative Language

    Instructor: Kip Robisch
    Date:  3 Thursdays: September 4, 11, 18
    Time: 7-9 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $114 Nonmembers, $78 members, $66 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members
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    This class will cover the following techniques used by writers to make language do more than simply state the obvious and literal: Metaphor/Simile, Personification, Idiom, Hyperbole,... learn more

  • Poetry as Memoir: Defining Moments in a Life

    Instructor:  Shari Wagner
    Date: 4 Saturdays:  Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13
    Time: 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $190 Nonmembers, $130 members, $110 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Each life has its crossroads, defining moments that determine its direction.  In this poetry workshop, we’ll use the techniques of memoir to explore the significant moments in our own life or in the life of... learn more

  • Thinking on the Page

    Instructor:  Barbara Shoup
    Date:Tuesday, September 16
    Time: 7-9 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $38 Nonmembers, $26 members, $22 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    The essays and blog posts we love to read often start out being about something quite ordinary, then surprise and delight us as they twist and turn, revealing the writer’s mind in-process. This workshop will help you learn to approach your own work with... learn more

  • How to Put Character in Your Characters (In Memoirs As Well as Fiction)

    Instructor: Dan Wakefield
    Date: Saturday, September 20
    Time: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. (Bring a brown bag lunch)
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $95 nonmembers, $65 members, $55 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Do the characters in your novels and short stories seem bland and forgettable? What about the people in your memoirs? They need to be memorable too, and just calling them “My friend Jane” and “Joe, my... learn more

  • Memoir with a Purpose

    Instructor: Jeff Rasley
    Date: Saturday, September 27
    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... learn more

  • Prompting Poetry

    Instructor: Liz Whiteacre
    Date: Saturday, September 27
    Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    In this workshop, we will explore how poetry prompts can help us get started writing poetry, explore different ways to write poems, return to poetry after a “dry spell”—even help with revision. We will learn how to find and write prompts, how... learn more

  • Advanced Playwriting

    Instructor: Andrew Black
    Date: 8 Wednesdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22; November 5, 12, 19, 26
    Time: 7-9 p.m.
    Location: Marian University, Marian Hall #215 (Building #17 on the campus map)
    Cost: $304 nonmembers, $208 members, $176 student members/teacher members/senior members/Military members
    Click here for a campus map/parking pass. (Please note that Marian Hall is #18 on the pass)

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  • The Sense of Memory

    Instructor:  Melissa Fraterrigo
    Date: Friday, October 3
    Time: 10-12:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $48 Nonmembers, $33 members, $28 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Memory has been called the ultimate “myth-maker,” continually seeking meaning in the scattered and unfathomable events in our lives. By paying attention to the particulars of the stories we tell, we can discover new material and precise images that can inform and renew... learn more

  • Playwriting Basics

    Instructor: Andrew Black
    Date:  5 Saturdays (Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1)
    Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Location: Marian University, Marian Hall Room #006A (Building #17 on the campus map)
    Cost: $190 nonmembers, $130 members, $110 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members
    Click here for a campus map/parking pass. (Building #18 on the parking... learn more

  • Hooked

    Instructor: Les Edgerton
    Date: Sunday, October 5
    Time: 1-5 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $76 Nonmembers, $52 members, $44 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    The road to rejection is paved with bad beginnings. Why? If a novel or short story has a poor beginning, then no one will keep reading. In this workshop participants will learn how to use the ten core components inherent to any... learn more


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