Classes & Workshops

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  • Filling the Well: Reading and Writing Together

    Instructor: Claudia Labin
    Date:  5 Tuesdays: February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2
    Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $190 nonmembers, $130 members, $110 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Feeling depleted, suffering from the winter blues, running out of ideas? 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... learn more

  • Foundations of Playwriting

    Instructor: Andrew Black
    Date:  5 Thursdays (Feb 5, 12, 19, 26; Mar 5)
    Time: 7-9 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $190 nonmembers, $130 members, $110 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Playwriting allows writers to tell stories using a unique medium - live performance. But how to leverage the opportunity so that it harnesses the full power of the audience’s imagination? Just click your ruby heels together and say: “there’s... learn more

  • Advanced Playwriting

    Instructor: Andrew Black
    Date: 8 Saturdays: February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14,  28; April 4
    Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Location: Marian University, TBD campus map)
    Cost: $304 nonmembers, $208 members, $176 student members/teacher members/senior members/Military members

    Click here for a campus map/parking pass. 

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

  • Lusty Provisions/Passionate Revision

    Instructor: Norm Minnick
    Date: Saturday, Feb 14
    Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Two hours then lunch then two more - bring a sack lunch)
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $95 nonmembers, $65 members, $55 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    This workshop will focus on revision and how we can continue to nudge the poem along the path we want to explore by investigating diction, structure and other craft elements, while teasing poems into uncharted terrain... learn more

  • How to Write a Lot (And Write It Well)

    Instructor:  Ben H Winters
    Date: Thursday, February 19
    Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
    Location: Marian University-TBD (campus map)
    Cost: $48 Nonmembers, $33 members, $28 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members
    Click here for a campus map/parking pass.

    “Time is what we want most and use worst.” -- William Penn

    So true, and especially for writers! We who wander around moaning how we can’t find any time to write, how life is constantly intruding... learn more

  • Publishing Poems: The Basics

    Instructor: Liz Whiteacre
    Date: Saturday, Feb 21
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Did you make a resolution to start publishing your poems this year? In this workshop, we will explore research strategies, publication etiquette, submission preparation, and record keeping. We’ll also talk about how to deal with rejection—and success. Bring your laptop and files of poems you’re ready to submit for publication, so... learn more

  • Shaking Loose the Character

    Instructor:  Suzanne Harding
    Date:Tuesday, February 24
    Time: 1-3 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $38 Nonmembers, $26 members, $22 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    “My method of character building is from the inside out . . . ” So says Alice Hoffman, but how does she manage? How do we create fully-formed characters, not just cardboard characters whom we push around on a chess board of plot? This class will explore different ways... learn more

  • Going Digital: a hands-on seminar about creating ebooks using free software tools

    Instructor: Brad King
    Date: Saturday, February 28
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    While print books remain the staple of the book publishing industry, writers now have a plethora of digital tools that allow them to easily create a variety of ebooks. The last barrier to entry: fear. In this hands-on seminar, participants will take their own writing (finished or... learn more

  • Dialogue Is More Than Talk

    Instructor:  Suzanne Harding
    Date:Tuesday, March 3
    Time: 1-3 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $38 Nonmembers, $26 members, $22 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Few things smother a reader’s interest in a story quicker than stilted dialogue. This class will explore speech patterns that fit a character–so that not every character sounds the same and each stays true to their personalities and background.


    Register online or download and print a registration form.

  • Prompting Poetry

    Instructor: Liz Whiteacre
    Date: Saturday, March 7
    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 to respond to prompts, and... learn more


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