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Classes

October 24, 2014

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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2015 Schedule

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0-1WINTER JOURNALING with Geoff Rogers

January 6 – February 10

This is a class for the novice and veteran journal keeper alike. Participants will write weekly, read their work aloud in class, listen to and then discuss the work of others. We will also examine the process of writing, looking for ways to improve our understanding of the craft.

Tuesdays, (six sessions)
10 am – noon, Fairview Public Library, Margaretville, NY
$70/ 85

Register

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CREATIVE NON-FICTION with Anique Taylor

February 5 – May 21

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
$200

Register

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WRITING YOUR SPIRITUAL MEMOIR with Lynn Domina 

March 9 – April 13

Most of us can remember events that profoundly influenced the persons we’ve become. We can cite people who influenced our ethics. We remember being taught about religion, and either accepting or rejecting those teachings. Perhaps we’ve had one or two moments of transcendence. We’ve likely all had at least one dark night of the soul. In this class, we’ll work on autobiographical pieces that reveal how our spirituality has shaped our lives as well as how our lives have shaped our spirituality. Members of any faith tradition (or of none) are welcome, and the class will be appropriate for beginning as well as more advanced writers. The instructor will provide several writing prompts and other resources.

Mondays, (six sessions)
6 – 8 pm, Delaware County Historical Association, Delhi, NY
$70/ 85

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF STORY with Carol Little

April 20 – May 25

 

Every person’s story is unique. Stories have personal meaning, turning points and markers. As we remember and write, or write and remember, we bring together parts of ourselves that may have been scattered, distorted or hidden.

“The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves, they find their own order… the continuous thread of revelation,” Eudora Welty.

Mondays, (six sessions)
6 – 8 pm, Andes Public Library, Andes, NY
$70/85

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MAPPING YOUR WILD MIND

with Ellen Stewart

May 19 – June 23

Maps are tools, compasses by which we navigate. Maps orient you, letting you know where you are in the world in relationship to your surroundings, where you are in your life, where you are in a plot line, or where you are in your imagination. Challenge yourself to explore the creative process by creating and exploring the map of your Wild Mind. Find your creative rhythmand voice by using your senses in the process. The Wild Mind emphasizes process over product, and is open to any ability level from beginning to experienced writers.  By exposing yourself to visual images, tactile media, form and color, you will enhance and enliven your writing. Wild Mind is taught by a licensed Art Therapist and author of two books, Ellen Greene-Stewart. Offered by WIM for the past dozen years, this is the class that keeps evolving and just won’t quit. Warning:  this class is not for the faint of heart. Bring your enthusiasm and creative juices (and a smidgen of trepidation) on this exciting voyage of discovery. No prior art or writing experience is necessary.

Tuesdays, (six sessions)
6 – 8 pm, Roxbury Public Library, Roxbury, NY
$70/85

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lesliesharpeSEEING NATURE IN WORDS
with Leslie Sharpe

May 9 – June 13 (skipping Memorial Day)

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, Delaware County Historical Association, Delhi, NY
$100/125

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POETRY with Lynn Domina

June 1 – July 6

Pop Culture and Poetry 

After my father retired, he spent his mornings in his workshop and then came into the house, cut himself a slice of pie, and watched Gunsmoke. When my daughter was in elementary school, she had a collection of nine Barbie dolls, including a truly appalling mermaid version with hot pink hair. If you asked, I could still recite the lyrics to The Brady Bunch theme song, and I could also complete this slogan: “Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles….” In this class, we’ll use popular culture—movies, tv shows, contemporary music, fast food, the county fair—to inspire our poems. Each week, we’ll also focus on an element of craft. The instructor will supply prompts and plenty of examples.

Mondays, (six sessions) 
6 – 8 pm, Andes Public Library, Andes, NY

$100/125

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BarbaraAtPERSONAL ESSAY with Barbara Apoian

July 23 – August 25

Personal Essays can express opinions about some of the decisions you have made and now regret and would like to change.  They open up a new freedom in your writing so you can say how you feel about your life and today’s world and let your imagination carry you to wished-for experience.  A personal essay is a narrative in which the writer describes an experience that provided significant personal meaning, or it is a personal opinion about a topic or issue that is important to the writer.  It is based on feeling, emotion, opinion, and life experience.  It is autobiographical.

Thursdays, (six sessions) 
10 am – noon, Fairview Public Library, Margaretville, NY
$70/ 85

Register

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CREATIVE NON-FICTION with Anique Taylor

September 3 – January 7

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
$200

Register

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WRITING FOR YOUR LIFE With Carol Little

September 21 – October 26 

As we write pieces of our own story, we sometimes uncover and unite parts of ourselves that have been scattered, hidden or distorted. We find threads that weave in and out, we see patterns that add to what we know and understand about our lives. It brings us closer to our own truth, and our own voice. Participants may choose to write in journal or essay form. Prior writing experience is not required.

Carol Little has extensive experience working with groups, and with the use of writing, both to record one’s own history, and for personal discovery. She is a psychotherapist in private practice.

Mondays, six sessions

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

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

with Amie Brockway                                                                 Amie Brockway

Dates to be announced. 

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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