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In this newsletter:

  • The difference between flat and round characters, and what it means for your stories.
  • Good news from a student and an instructor.
  • Browse our updated course calendar through February.
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I hope you and yours are happy, healthy, and well.


New Writing Tips

Flat Characters vs. Round Characters: Definitions and Examples

Should your characters be fully developed, or one-dimensional? Here's when and why to write both.

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Congratulations to...

Instructor Barbara Henning, whose book Ferne: a Detroit Story was published by Spuyten Duyvil. Barbara's book is a multi-media retelling of her mother's life, exploring the social and political realities of mid-century Detroit. Learn more about Ferne here.

Karl Trautman, whose novel Sweet Dreams Are Made of This was published in August of 2021. Parts of Karl's novel series were developed in Shelley Singer'sThe Ongoing Fiction Workshop. Learn more about Karl's novel here.

Congratulations to Barbara, Karl, and Shelley!

Our Upcoming Courses

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February Courses

Death Riding Shotgun: How Awareness of Our Mortality Impacts Poetry (February 2) NEW!

with Lisa Taylor | 6 Weeks | $330

How can your own mortality inform your work? In this 6-week course, you'll use death to inspire and motivate your poetry writing.

Humor Is The New Black! (February 2)

with Giulietta Nardone | 4 Weeks | $235

Ready to add a splash of fun to your writing life? Join us for a four-week humor writing class. We’ll read. We’ll laugh. We’ll write. We’ll experiment.

Kickstart Your Novel (February 9) NEW!

with Dana De Greff | 6 Weeks | $330

Writing a novel requires planning, strategy, and an understanding of the fundamentals of fiction. Start your novel the right way in this 6 week course, with Dana De Greff.

Branches of Creative Nonfiction (February 9) NEW!

with Tess Fahlgren | 8 Weeks | $395

What are the different types of creative nonfiction? From the personal essay to the hermit crab, learn the ropes of CNF in this 8 week class.

Writing Autobiographical Fiction (February 9)

with Jack Smith | 8 Weeks | $395

Learn to depart from "what really happened," and write compelling fiction from your own life experiences.

Essentials of Character Development: How to Create Characters that Move and Breathe and Can’t Stop Talking (February 9)

with Gloria Kempton | 8 Weeks | $395

Bring your characters to life in this in-depth character development class with Gloria Kempton.

(Live Workshop) The Art of Love Stories: A Flash Fiction Workshop (February 10) NEW!

with Zining Mok | Single-Day Webinar | $89

How do you distill love into 1,500 words or less? Zining Mok explains in this love stories flash fiction workshop.

(Live Workshop) Writing a Love Poem: Listening to the Language of the Heart (February 11) NEW!

with Susannah Simpson | Single-Day Webinar | $89

How do poets capture the essence of love in language? Learn how to do it yourself in this one day workshop.

Writing Circle Workshop: A Focus on Eight Contemporary Poets (Section 2) (February 16) NEW!

with Susan Vespoli | 8 Weeks | $395

By studying the poems of Billy Collins, Ellen Bass, Natalie Diaz, and more, write stunning poetry in this generative writing circle workshop.

The Soundtrack of Your Life: Writing About Music, Memories and Mix Tapes (February 16)

with Giulietta Nardone | 5 Weeks | $275

In a song inspired class, write several essays about the music that has moved you through life: the emotions, the relationships, the events, the outcomes.

(Live Workshop) Move Your Writing Forward: The Art of the Bullet Journal (February 20)

with Rudri Patel | Single-Day Webinar | $89

Want to have a productive new year? Set up your bullet journal in this one day live workshop.

Writing for Children: Create A Picture Book! (February 23)

with Kelly Bingham | 6 Weeks | $330

Picture books have changed greatly over the last few decades, and the market is wide open for fresh ideas. Join us in this six-week intensive where we’ll take that idea of yours and turn it into a manuscript!

Creating the Visual Journal (February 23)

with Lissa Jensen | 8 Weeks | $395

Go beyond narrow definitions of “journaling" to include visual images and let writing give what is seen a new voice. Surprise yourself.

WriteRecovery: Our Stories Can Save Us (February 24) NEW!

with Susannah Simpson | 6 Weeks | $330

Whether you're struggling with addiction, newly sober, or have been sober for years, the WriteRecovery program supplements the 12 Step program and supports recovering addicts on their path to sobriety.

Claiming Our Stories: Autobiography, Memoir & Autobiographical Fiction (February 24)

with Anya Achtenberg | 10 Weeks | $560

Turn your experience into fiction, autobiography, or creative memoir. Bring forward stories with a powerful truth at their core. Instructor Anya Achtenberg.

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