It's back to school - the fun school - as our Fall registration begins. Classes start the week of Sept. 10th. We are offering our regular creative writing workshops with Patrick McCord, PhD M-Thursdays, day and evening. And, Writing for Children with Victoria Sherrow, Poetry on Tuesday nights with Annette Basalyga and Writing for the Screen. Please email us or call for more information.
LEVELS do not refer to your talent just to how long you have been in our program.
Monday INTRO LEVEL* 10:00am-12:00pm Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5
Monday 7:15-9:15pm Intermediate Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5
Tuesday WYF II The Big Project ** 9:30am-11:30am Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Wednesday Intermediate to Advanced 10:00am-12:15pm Sept.12, 19, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7
Wednesday INTRO LEVEL* 7:15pm-9:15pm Sept.12, 19, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7
Thursday 10am-12:15pm Intermediate Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 9
Thursday 1:00pm-3:00pm Intermediate to Advanced Sept.13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 8
Poetry with Annette Basalyga Tuesday Nights. Patrick McCord will teach once a month. $395 Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 open to 10 students. We need six students before we schedule this class.
Writing for Children Workshops with Victoria Sherrow
Fridays, 10am-12:00pm 8 sessions, $415 Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov.5 Intro Session is Fridays at 12:30-2:30pm
Weekly Screenwriting: The Scene with Patrick McCord, PhD 8 Saturdays, 10am-12:30pm $415 9/8, 9/15, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/17
A course designed to clarify the four basic types of scenes in a screenplay and how to write effectively for each. Assignments are designed so that writers may use them to expand or polish a project that is already in progress or as idea-generating puzzles. Old pros and rank beginners welcome. You will need to prepare work to bring to the first class, so be sure to register ahead of time. What to expect: a structured approach with weekly assignments- everyone brings in new work to get a reading every week. Clear instruction with simple but dynamic objectives: how to write in such a way that your imagination is stimulated; how to revise so your scenes read like professional writing. In-class movie viewing and canonical screenplay reading. If time allows, in-class writing. Limited enrollment so that everyone gets attention every week.
Screenwriting Intensive “How Movies are Poetic Thinking” Saturday, September 22nd, 10am-1pm. $40 members, $65, $25 students.
Of all the artistic media, film and poetry are most dream-like. Dreams are chains of associations that always “feel” to the dreamer as if they are, in some strange way, necessary. In film, one image dissolves upon another and it’s up to the viewer to find the necessity; in poetry, one word dissolves upon another. In this seminar, we’ll look at the “necessities” that creative filmmakers use to expand our consciousnesses—like dreaming—like great poems, and like the best writers in any genre. Possible films: Tree of Life, North by Northwest, Fightclub, I Am Love, Woman of the Dunes, Pan’s Labyrinth, Ugetsu, Koyaanisqatsi.
Film Seminar Guarantee: You’ll leave smarter than you came or your money back.
Songwriting with Andy (AJ) Gundell
Songwriting Saturdays with Andy (AJ) Gundell for teens and adults $300 1:30-4pm. October 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3 & 10 with Special Performance afternoon! Join us for Songwriting Saturdays with Emmy award-winner songwriter, A.J. Gundell. For seasoned pros or curious amateurs, teenagers and adults. The goal is to write, polish and perform one new song. We start by listening—to our favorite songwriters and our favorite songs. From there, we will move to an analysis of the basics of song components, structure and forms. As we start to learn how songs are constructed, we start to construct our own. If you think you have a hit song inside you, you have to pitch it to sell it. In each class, Andy will share his knowledge of how to get your songs into the hands of artists to record them and to TV, film and ad execs to license them. We will also workshop performance practice and we will have a performance evening for those who would like to participate. Need a rudimentary knowledge of an instrument. Click Here for article on the class in Venu Magazine.