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Interview: Ferne, a Detroit Story

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―Ray Bradbury

In this newsletter:

  • An interview with Barbara Henning about her new book Ferne, a Detroit Story, which mixes biography, fiction, poetry, and visual media to evoke Barbara's mother's life in mid-20th century Detroit.
  • Good news from an instructor.
  • Browse our updated course calendar through mid-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.


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Interview: Barbara Henning's "Ferne: A Detroit Story"

Barbara Henning discusses family, her writing process, and the magic of mid-century Detroit.

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Congratulations to...

Instructor Sandra Novack, who will begin teaching for Drexel University's MFA program in March.

Congratulations, Sandra!

Our Upcoming Courses

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February Courses

Branches of Creative Nonfiction (February 23) 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.

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.

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.

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