Classes & Workshops

Both the Free Writing Workout for Teens and YA Readers and the Special Reading with Patricia Henley and Elizabeth Stuckey-French have been canceled.
  • Flash Fiction

    Instructor: Joanna H. Wos
    Date: Sunday, October 26
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members
    Walk-in registrations are Welcome!

    Flash fiction or short-shorts—no matter what you call it, writing stories that are 750-1000 words in length is a challenging and rewarding practice. The writer learns compression and essential details and the reader gets a satisfying piece in return. We... learn more

  • Poetry Boot Camp

    Instructor: Norm Minnick
    Date: 6 Wednesdays: October 29, November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10
    Time: 7-9 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $228 nonmembers, $156 members, $132 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    When poets gather to write new poems, they can break through old habits and write something stronger and truer than before. To help this happen, the instructor and class members will work together to... learn more

  • World Building

    Instructor: Maurice Broaddus
    Date: Saturday, November 1
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Setting is an important part of any story.  More particular to the speculative fiction writer is the world-building aspect of setting.  Our job is to out-imagine our readers.  The writer needs to make sure that their world operates within a consistent system. ... learn more

  • When Fiction Meets Fact

    Instructor: Jerry Holt
    Date: Saturday, November 8
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    This class will help writers find fictional approaches to real-life events—from their own lives or the lives of others. Topics to be discussed include researching an actual event with a creative eye, selecting the event that is right for you, and finding... learn more

  • The Pleasures and Perils of a Critique Group

    Instructor: David Hassler
    Date: Sunday, November 9
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    We’ve all heard the best way for any writer to improve their work is to have other compatible writers—not just family and friends—read and critique their words. But there are plenty of pitfalls that can lead to hurt feelings, at best, and... learn more

  • Making People Talk: Interview Techniques for Writers

    Instructor: Nelson Price
    Date: Thursday, November 13
    Time: 7-9 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $38 nonmembers, $26 members, $22 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    How do you ask about sensitive or painful topics, particularly if you’re interviewing strangers? What questions help with children or teenagers? How do you coax elderly relatives and neighbors to share detailed, captivating memories for family and church histories or memoirs?

    Some... learn more

  • Characterization through Dialogue

    Instructor: Maurice Broaddus
    Date: Saturday, November 15
    Time: 9-12 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... learn more

  • Writing Humor

    Instructor: Erik Deckers
    Date: Saturday, November 15
    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... learn more

  • Researching and Writing Your Historical Novel

    Instructor:  Nancy Niblack Baxter
    Date: Saturday, November 22
    Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:30  p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $48 Nonmembers, $33 members, $28 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Are you fascinated by events of the past?  Intrigued by how people lived and what they thought—and ate and wore and did to stave off boredom?  Would you like to live in another time, by way of writing fiction?  This... learn more

  • Deliberate Voice: Imitating Your Way to Your Own Style

    Instructor: Jessica Reed
    Date: Saturday, November 22
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    The saying goes, “Good writers borrow; great writers steal.” In this workshop participants will discover tools for experimenting with written voices. By learning from accomplished writers and trying a wide variety of techniques, including modeling the characteristics that distinguish one... learn more


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