Classes

November 22, 2017

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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2018 Schedule

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CREATIVE NON-FICTION SPRING with Anique Taylor

February 1 – May 3

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

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THE JOURNEY FROM THEME TO IMAGES TO POEM with Sharon Ruetenik 

May 7 – June 18 (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 6 – July 18 (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

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CREATIVE NON-FICTION SUMMER with Anique Taylor

June 14 – July 26  

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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WRITING MOUNTAINS with Dr. Bill Birns

Dates and Location TBA.  

Week One: Me and the Mountains. Thinking about how I came to the mountains, how mountains became part of my life; in prose or verse, dialogue, narrative, exposition or other form. Written in class in 20 minutes writing time, after discussion. Shared with classmates. First assignment is Meaning of Mountains, due week two, outlined below. 

Week Two: Meaning of Mountains. Thinking about the idea of mountains, the mountain-connections our minds make, experientially and symbolically, from the Catskills to the Adirondacks, the Rockies to the Himalaya’s, Mount Sinai to Mount Olympus; in prose or verse, dialogue, narrative, exposition or other form. Second assignment is Mountain Culture, due week three, outlined below.

Week Three: Mountain Culture. Thinking about the ways people’s activities, values, communities, and living-patterns are different and distinct from those of urban and “flat-land” living. Is there a mountain culture that can be found in various mountain regions, including our own?

Address the question through personal experience, reading, or observation in prose or verse, dialogue, narrative, exposition or other form. Third assignment is A Mountain Original, due week four, outlined below.

Week Four: A Mountain Original. Thinking about people, places, animals, plants, events, and things that are quintessentially mountain. Bring alive such an individual person, place, animal, plant, event, or thing in prose or verse, dialogue, narrative, exposition or other form. Fourth assignment is Mountain Future, due week five, outlined below.

Week Five: Mountain Future. Thinking about what the future holds for mountain regions generally, and our own Catskills in particular, in light of climate change, changing population patterns, water conservation, wilderness protection, the inherent back-and-forth between conservation and development. Address the issue through personal experience, reading, or observation, in prose or verse, dialogue, narrative, exposition or other form. Fifth assignment is The Call of the Mountains, due week six, outlined below. 

Week Six: The Call of the Mountains. Thinking about my own personal experience and all that I and my classmates brought forth over the preceding weeks, characterize (in prose or verse, dialogue, narrative, exposition or other form) the power and significance, real and/or symbolic, of mountains in your life, the place of mountains in your mind, the connection of mountains to your soul. Wing it!

$70/85

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FICTION WRITING with Ginnah Howard

August 1 – September 5

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 13 – January 10

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 2018. DTA. 

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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