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―Haruki Murakami

In this newsletter:

  • A look at writing style, with tips for sharpening style in your own work.
  • Browse our updated course calendar through March.
  • Join our Facebook group and share your craft with us, and find us on Instagram.

I hope you and yours are happy, healthy, and well.

—Fred

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Our Upcoming Courses

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March Courses

The Art of Storytelling (March 2)

with Gloria Kempton | 8 Weeks | $395

It’s an age-old art form—storytelling—and you can learn the craft.

(Live Workshop) Haiku & Senryu: Rekindling A Sense of Wonder (March 3) NEW!

with Marc Olmsted | Single-Day Webinar | $89

Haiku, Senryu, and other Japanese poetry forms encourage us to slow down and write mindfully. Learn how to write these forms in this meditative writing workshop.

(Live Workshop) Get Clear on Your Story and Voice (March 4) NEW!

with Nadia Colburn | Single-Day Webinar | $89

What is your story about? What is your voice? Whether you write poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, hone your writing in this 3 hour workshop.

Food Writing: Meals And Manuscripts (March 9)

with Jennifer Billock | 8 Weeks | $395

Do you collect cookbooks, love to cook, or religiously read anything about food? This course is for you. With award winning writer Jennifer Billock.

(Live Workshop) Starting Off Right: How To Build A Blog, Grow An Audience & Make Money (March 10)

with Jessica Festa | Single-Day Webinar | $89

When planned right, a blog allows you to share your passion and make money in the process. Learn how to build a blog in this one-day webinar.

Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Use Story and Premise Development for Writing Success (March 16)

with Jeff Lyons | 5 Weeks | $325

The premise line is the only reliable tool that can tell you, BEFORE you start writing, whether or not your story will “work.” In this class participants will learn how to master the process of premise line development—the essential first step in any book or screenplay’s development process.

Let It Rip: The Art of Writing Fiery Prose (March 16)

with Giulietta Nardone | 6 Weeks | $330

You'll write prose that gets folks so hot and bothered they won't be able to put it down, even if it isn't about sex.

The First Fifty Pages of the Novel (March 16)

with Sandra Novack | 10 Weeks | $460

The first 50 pages sets up plot, characters, and voice, and it lays the groundwork for your book's overall structure and success. Receive critical, supportive feedback on your book's start from novelist Sandra Novack.

The Joy of Poetry: A Beginner-Friendly Workshop (March 23) NEW!

with Joy Roulier Sawyer | 4 Weeks | $250

Have you wanted to get into poetry, but don't know where to start? Learn the craft from the Joy of poetry herself in this 4-week beginner-friendly workshop.

Write Your Novel! The Workshop With Jack (March 23)

with Jack Smith | 10 Weeks | $460

Get a good start on a novel in just ten weeks, or revise a novel you’ve already written. Free your imagination, move steadily ahead and count the pages!

Discover Your Writing Niche (March 23)

with Gloria Kempton | 8 Weeks | $395

Fiction or nonfiction? Article, short story, or how-to book? Do you want to write for children, teens, adults? There is a type of writing that is best suited for you, and the discovery process can be an adventure.

Creating the Visual Journal (March 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.

Poetic Prose: The Prose Poem (March 23)

with Barbara Henning | 10 Weeks | $460

Explore the border between prose poetry and flash fiction. For writers of fiction, poetry, essay and memoir.

Claiming Our Stories: Autobiography, Memoir & Autobiographical Fiction (March 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.

(Live Workshop) Move Your Writing Forward: The Art of the Bullet Journal (March 27)

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.

Write Your World: Express Your Creativity through Article Writing, Blogging, and Essays (March 30)

with Rudri Patel | 6 Weeks | $330

Want to write your world, your way? Join us for this six week program on article writing, blogging, and essays.

Mastering the Elements of Fiction (March 30)

with Jack Smith | 10 Weeks | $460

In this course, you’ll work with the basic elements of fiction--the fundamentals that drive the story and determine the quality of the work.

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