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Classes

September 22, 2015

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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2016 Schedule

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CREATIVE NON-FICTION SPRING with Anique Taylor

February 4 – May 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, (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

February 17 – March 23 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)
5:30 to 7:30 pm, Kingston Library, Kingston, NY 
$100/125

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FICTION WRITING with Nanci Panuccio 

February 23 – March 29

A work of fiction is a dream space that can transport a reader into an imaginary world that feels real and true. Creating this fictional dreamNanci Panuccio  requires the alchemy of risk, play, technique, and insight into human nature. This six week class will teach you essential craft elements to write mesmerizing prose. Whether you desire to write novels, short stories, flash fiction or novellas, you’ll learn to transform your imagination into believable, captivating narratives. Together we’ll explore character development, point of view, voice, plot, scene, description, and dialogue. Handouts from published authors will illuminate craft, and writing exercises will deepen and cultivate your skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to share your work and receive feedback from your instructor and classmates.

Ideal for beginners and anyone who wants to sharpen fundamentals, the goal in these six weeks is to write one short story or begin a novel, and to gain solid footing on basic fiction writing techniques.

Be prepared to surprise yourself.

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

Register

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THE JOURNEY FROM THEME TO IMAGES TO POEM with Sharon Ruetenik 

April 4 – May 9 

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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lesliesharpeSEEING NATURE IN WORDS with Leslie T. Sharpe

May 7 – June 11

Whether one is writing to change the world, or for the simple pleasure of recording one’s  observations in a notebook, the relationship between the observer and nature is at its core, always personal, and intensely felt. It is this passion that has made this form so dynamic and also so accessible, to read and to write. The goal of “Seeing Nature in Words: A Nature Writing Workshop” is to encourage writers to explore their own special relationship with the natural world—whether  that relationship is to the Catskill High Peaks or a backyard garden, expressed as a description of a single flower or as an essay probing an environmental issue—in their own true voice.

Writers will be asked to write up to 1,000 words, which translates into approximately 4 pages, double-spaced, TNR, 12 pt., every week. Journaling, or for that matter blogging, as in recording impressions in a naturalist’s notebook, is fine, and we will work to sharpen the writer’s eye and descriptive details.  But if a writer aspires to write a finished personal essay, perhaps even for submission, with fully developed subject and theme, we will support that too.

My approach, as an editor, as well as a writing teacher, is to find what works in the writing and to build on that. And that approach is rooted in my respect for every writer, and their work. What is especially important for writers is a workshop environment that allows them to feel safe—safe to express themselves, their thoughts and feelings, as well as observations—especially when working in those creative nonfiction forms (journaling, personal essay, memoir) that use the first person “I” voice, and that speak directly out of one’s personal experience.

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

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THE BUSINESS AND ART OF ILLUSTRATION with Durga Yael Bernhard 

June 4 – July 9 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.

Saturdays, (six sessions) 
12:30 to 2:30 pm, Phoenicia Library, Phoenicia, NY
$70/85

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CREATIVE NON-FICTION SUMMER with Anique Taylor

July 21 – August 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, Pine Hill Community Center, Pine Hill, NY
$70/85

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BUSINESS WRITING with Dara Lurie

August 11 – September 15 

Author Breakthrough 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

Thursdays, (six sessions) 

4 to 6 pm, Phoenicia Library, Phoenicia, NY

$100/125

Register

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CREATIVE NON-FICTION FALL with Anique Taylor

September 15 – January 12

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

October 3 – November 21 (skipping October 31)  

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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TOWARD A RADICAL POETICS with Lissa Kiernan

November 5 – December 10

This new, six-week workshop will explore and foster poetry that bears witness to social injustice, raiseswim-headshot awareness, disturbs silence, and inspires positive change. Students will learn a variety of techniques (metaphor, humor, compression, hyperbole) and study several poetic sub-genres (found, formal, persona and documentary poetry) that help to distill the poetic from the polemic. We’ll perform close-readings of the works of poets who have repeatedly given voice to complex social issues such as war, race, sexuality, gender, and human, environmental, worker, and animal rights—from the greats (Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Muriel Rukeyser, Denise Levertov) to the lates (Nikki Finney, Martin Espada, Camille Rankin, Cate Marvin)—together with weekly generative exercises designed to be open to the full spectrum of opinions and viewpoints, (left-leaning to right, pro or con) and thoughtful peer feedback.
Saturdays, (six sessions) 

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

$100/125

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