Classes

October 24, 2018

Events and Workshops

Those who take the workshops are assured a supportive environment, providing a better understanding of the pleasure of the creative writing process. All of us are capable of intellectual and imaginative things and WIM is offering a variety of workshops to help you to express your creativity.

You may register for workshops by calling Jean Stone at  607-326-4802 or emailing her to jtstone@catskill.net, or by filling out the online registration form. Full and partial scholarships are available, according to need. Go to Register Online page for more information.

Fees:

for six-week workshops, if you register and prepay up to three weeks before the class begins, you qualify for the early registration fee

 

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2019 Schedule

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CREATIVE NON-FICTION SPRING with Anique Taylor

February 7 – May 9

Bring the compelling and dramatic to your personal stories, essays, memoirs with the study of craft techniques of poetry, fiction and playwriting. Join us in a journey into mood, metaphor, viewpoint, dialogue and tone. Explore memory, risk, danger, dreams, your own version of reality or the perceived truth of the real world around you. We’ll combine free-writing, class exercises, short assignments, supportive class feedback and the study of non-fiction work by famous authors to hone and deepen the art of your Creative Nonfiction.

Thursdays, (fourteen sessions)
11 am – 1 pm, Morton Memorial Library, Pine Hill, NY
$220

Register

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THE ABC OF WRITING with Carolyn Bennett 

April 16 – May 21

Painters have paint, brushes, and canvas. Writers have alphabet, words, phrases, sentences, and punctuation marks. Artists and writers, using a variety of models, including Surrealism, Dada, Collage, Language Poetry, Leaping Poetry, Cubism, and Minimalism, convey meaning. In this class we will explore and discover ourselves by starting at “A” and going all the way to “Z”. We will be using a selection of works by Gertrude Stein, Jackson Mac Low, Anne Sexton, John Lennon, and others to use as inspiration. All participants will have the opportunity to share their work, so we can learn from one another.

Tuesdays, (six sessions)

6 – 8 pm, Roxbury Library, Roxbury, NY
$70/85

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THE MUSE IS ALL AROUND US with Sharon Ruetenik 

May 6 – June 16 (skipping Memorial Day)

An often asked question of writers and artists is where do we get our ideas from.  This class, suitable for beginners and experienced participants, will explore the many external sources of inspiration available to us.  We will use as springboards advertisements, posters, photographs, paintings, music, film, and scraps of conversation. Each week the instructor will provide examples and prompts. We will realize that the task of the poet is to notice everything and claim it for his/her own. Our work will be shared, so we can learn from one another.

Mondays, (six sessions)

6 – 8 pm, Andes Public Library, Andes, NY
$70/85

Register

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THE BUSINESS AND ART OF ILLUSTRATION with Durga Yael Bernhard 

June 5 – July 17 (skipping Independence Day)  Yael at Huckleberry Point

This class will be useful for artists who want to apply their talent to commercial use, or for anyone who wants to learn the art of visual communication.  Style development, visual research, and the crucial importance of design will be discussed along with weekly hands-on exercises and group critiques.  Business aspects of professional illustration will be covered, including freelancing, self-promotion, contracts, reproduction rights, computer skills, and more.  Special attention will be given to children’s book illustration if desired by the class. This is not a course in computer graphics or digital illustration.  A small art supply list will be given to registrants prior to the first class.

Wednesdays, (six sessions) 
3:45 to 5:45 pm, Phoenicia Library, Phoenicia, NY
$100/125

Register

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EVERYONE IS A WRITER! with Sharon Israel / Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) Method

Dates and Location TBA 

Never written before?  Know you have a writer’s soul but haven’t yet been able to put words to paper and reach your creative core?  Are you already a writer but need to commune more deeply with your inner voice?

Poet Sharon Israel will conduct a six-week workshop that will help you dive deep and write through word, object, visual and sound-based prompts.  Your words will flow, your voice and craft will grow each week as you write and have the opportunity to share and discuss your work in a safe environment that will nurture and protect the wildness and truth that you unleash.  Each workshop will provide positive commentary on newly created work and writers will also have the opportunity to bring in written work for review and discussion, again in a safe and supportive environment. Know that a workshop experience should make you want to write more and more, not less and less.

Sharon Israel is certified in the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method and will incorporate the principles of the AWA into this workshop. AWA, an international writing organization is founded on the belief that everyone is a writer. AWA supports practiced and emerging voices through its proven workshop method.

 

(six sessions) 

$100/125

Register

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CREATIVE NON-FICTION SUMMER with Anique Taylor

June 13 – July 25  

It’s time. We’ve been studying craft. Nouns and verbs, diction, cadence, plot, voice, character, point-of-view, description, risk, heart and how to make it all matter. Now it’s time to put it to work. Have you been telling yourself — in the summer I’ll have time to write? Do you want to put it all together? Do you want to start a project? Finish one? Figure out what you’re doing? This is a nuts and bolts work-on-the-work summer support workshop for those who want sustenance and encouragement with their writing projects. Bring your crummy first drafts, your long projects, your string of promising prompts. Let’s roll up our sleeves and spin straw into gold. Prerequisite: Any of Anique’s classes or permission from instructor. 

Thursdays, (six sessions) 
11 am to 1 pm, Morton Memorial Library, Pine Hill, NY
$70/85

Register

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FICTION WRITING with Ginnah Howard

August 7 – September 11

Do you have a short story or novel that you’re ready to have critiqued by a workshop group? Or do you have ideas for a story that you want to begin?  This class is for new and more practiced fiction writers. If you’re working on memoir pieces, those will fit in as well since that form uses so many fiction devices. Most of each of the six sessions will be spent listening to members read their works-in-progress out loud on a “when ready” basis, with time given to talking about each piece in a supportive way that will help the writer decide on what revision may be needed. In the critique process we’ll always be talking about craft: voice, point of view, showing vs. telling, using significant details, etc. We’ll share sections of favorite published stories and novels that class members bring in that are good examples of “what works.”

Wednesdays, (six sessions)
1 – 3 pm, Andes Public Library, Andes, NY
$70/85

Register

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CREATIVE NON-FICTION FALL with Anique Taylor

September 12 – December 19

Bring the compelling and dramatic to your personal stories, essays, memoirs with the study of craft techniques of poetry, fiction and playwriting. Join us in a journey into mood, metaphor, viewpoint, dialogue and tone. Explore memory, risk, danger, dreams, your own version of reality or the perceived truth of the real world around you. We’ll combine free-writing, class exercises, short assignments, supportive class feedback and the study of non-fiction work by famous authors to hone and deepen the art of your Creative Nonfiction.

Thursdays, (fourteen sessions)
11 am – 1 pm, Morton Memorial Library, Pine Hill, NY
$220

Register

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WHERE DOES A PLAY COME FROM?  AND WHERE CAN IT GO?  

with Amie Brockway                                                                 Amie Brockway

September 16 – October 28 (skipping Columbus Day)

In this class we will explore first impulses for writing a play, and the creative process from page to stage.  We will look at specific examples found in selected short plays, and in excerpts from longer works.  We will discover and examine our own creative impulses and see where they lead. There will be time for reading, listening, discussing, and writing in each class.  Students will be encouraged to begin and complete a short play or monologue over the course of the six sessions, or to continue with a longer work already begun.  We’ll look at opportunities for a finished play — locally, regionally, and nationally.  This class is suitable for beginning and experienced playwrights.

Mondays, (six sessions) 
6 – 8 pm, The Open Eye Theater, Margaretville, NY   
$70/85
 
Register

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WRITING OUT LOUD with Robert Burke Warren

October 5 – November 9

You’re a storyteller on paper, but you want to enliven your words for an audience; you want to stand before a rapt RBWpic copy crowd, and hold them spellbound with your delivery. You want to captivate them, draw them into your work. Robert Burke Warren’s Writing Out Loud helps you do this by teaching you to engage and hone your inherent performer self. (We’ve all got one. It’s part of being human.) Drawing on his experience as a published writer, frequent performer of stories, teacher, musician, and erstwhile professional stage actor, RBW offers pointers on the material itself, tips on voice, projection, and theatricality (a little goes a long way), and secrets learned from untold hours spent on stages of every kind. Participants will create an approximately ten-minute piece to be workshopped over five weeks, and ultimately performed at a public reading in the sixth week.

Saturdays, (six sessions) 
11 am – 1 pm, Phoenicia Library, Phoenicia, NY
$100/125
 

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