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Classes

October 8, 2016

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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2017 Schedule

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CREATIVE NON-FICTION SPRING with Anique Taylor

February 9 – May 18

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, (sixteen sessions)
11 am – 1 pm, Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill, NY
$220

Register

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FIRST-PERSON SINGULAR: WRITING MEMOIR AND ESSAYS with Sari Botton

Spring 2017. Dates and Location TBA.  SB_3906LR

New York Times best-selling writer, ghostwriter, and editor Sari Botton will help you write first-person true narratives that can be stand-alone essays or part of a memoir. She’ll also offer advice on publishing options. All levels welcome. You’ll have at least one short finished, polished piece by the end of six weeks.

Wednesdays, (six sessions)
Kingston, NY 
$100/125

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REAL FICTION with Nina Shengold 

April 1 – May 6

What makes fiction feel real?  Whether they’re based on the writer’s experience, a blend of fact and fiction, or purenina-shengold-by-jennifer-may imagination, stories and novels transport us.  We travel to places we’ve never been and recognize them; we meet made-up people whose lives feel as real as our own.  Our senses awaken.   We feel someone else’s emotions.  We long to know what happens next.

How do you do that?

This class is for new and experienced fiction writers, as well as for writers in other genres–memoir, poetry, drama–who want to explore the potential of narrative fiction.   The approach is practical and supportive, providing both carpentry tools (narrative voice, setting, character, dialogue, scene and synopsis) and attention to detail.  Each class will include brief readings, craft exercises, and time for discussion and sharing of work.  Bring in a story in progress, or start something new.

Saturdays, (six sessions) 
10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Phoenicia Library, Phoenicia, NY
$100/125

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THE JOURNEY FROM THEME TO IMAGES TO POEM with Sharon Ruetenik 

May 8 – June 19 (skipping Memorial Day)

This class will embrace the message of the Song Dynasty poet Wei T’ai, “Poetry presents the thing in order to convey the feeling. It should be precise about the thing and reticent about the feeling.”  We will use a series of umbrella themes that participants may interpret in a way meaningful to them. Emphasis will be on the use of imagery and narrative to express an emotional landscape. Themes will include “Home Sweet Home,” “In the Still of the Night,” “Animal Planet,” “Once Upon A Time,” “Into the Woods,” and “How Does Your Garden Grow?”Both beginning and advanced writers are encouraged to attend, share their work, and give and receive helpful feedback from the other members of our group.  The instructor will supply weekly samples and prompts.

Mondays, (six sessions)

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

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THE BUSINESS AND ART OF ILLUSTRATION with Durga Yael Bernhard 

June 7 – July 12 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

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CREATIVE NON-FICTION SUMMER with Anique Taylor

June 15 – July 27  

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, Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill, NY
$70/85

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BUSINESS WRITING with Dara Lurie

Dates and Location TBA.  

Author Breakthrough: Learn to Transform Your Best Ideas Into a Steady Source of Income. This is a program for small business owners, artists and freelance writers like you who wish to create valuable content and great marketing copy. DaraPhoto

No one understands the heart and soul of your business better than you do. Now it’s time to communicate your vision using effective stories and expert content.

You do not have to be a professional writer to create great content.

The most important function of your content – whether it’s a book, blog, story or expert article – is to connect with your core message and bring that message into sharp focus for your audience.

Author Breakthrough creates an atmosphere of discovery. 

In this six week mentoring program, you will discover your best ideas through weekly activities one-to-one content development sessions and more…

In Author-Breakthrough you’ll have access to the experience of like-minded entrepreneurs who will provide the valuable feedback you need to develop and refine your message.

Here’s what you can expect from Author-Breakthrough:

  • Engaging writing and dialoguing activities
  • Content development sessions
  • Creative *think-tank* environment to develop and test your ideas

By the end of the program you’ll have:

  • Ready-to-publish article, story, or blog-post
  • Client-attracting copy for email or social media posts
  • Action-plan for best use of your content and copy

$100/125

Register

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CREATIVE NON-FICTION FALL with Anique Taylor

September 14 – January 11

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, (sixteen sessions)
11 am – 1 pm, Pine Hill Community Center, 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

Fall 2017. Dates TBA.   

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
 
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It’s Elemental: The Art of Revision in Poetry with Lissa Kiernan 

November 4 – December 16 (skipping Thanksgiving weekend) 

Water, fire, earth, air: Each of the four classical Greek elements has characteristics that can be applied as we revisewim-headshot our works-in-progress, engaging all the senses, balancing, strengthening, and distilling our work. Aristotle added a fifth element, aether, as the quintessence, “reasoning that whereas fire, earth, air, and water were earthly and corruptible . . .  the stars cannot be made out of any of the four elements but must be made of a different, unchangeable, heavenly substance.”

For the length of this workshop, we’ll accept as our premise that the best poetry happens when all four elements implode to create a fifth, heavenly substance. Through this lens, we’ll experiment with a number of practical revision techniques, accompanied by craft philosophy extolled by reknowned teaching artists such as Stephen Dunn, Annie Finch, Ted Kooser, and Muriel Rukeyser, among others, and watch our works-in-progress mature to their fullest potential.

Saturdays, (six sessions) 

11 am to 1 pm, The Poetry Barn, West Hurley, NY

$100/125

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