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  • A look at puns in literature, and how to incorporate them in your writing.
  • Browse our updated course calendar through early February.
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I hope you and yours are happy, healthy, and well.

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Our Upcoming Courses

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January Courses

Rapid Story Development: A Master Plan for Building Stories That Work (January 19) NEW!

with Jeff Lyons | 10 Weeks | $550

In this 10 week story writing class, Jeff Lyons pairs the Enneagram with story development techniques to revolutionize your writing practice.

Poetry Workshop: Bring Your Poems to Life (January 19)

with Rosemary Tantra Bensko | 8 Weeks | $395

Join us for this workshop on creating powerful poems—poems that are clear and organized, fresh and moving, full of life.

The Ongoing Fiction Workshop (January 19)

with Shelley Singer | 10 Weeks | $460

Many students have attended this 10-week online fiction workshop with Shelley Singer multiple times, completed novels, and come back to finish more books.

(Live Workshop) Writing Beginnings and Endings (January 20) NEW!

with Sarah Aronson | Single-Day Webinar | $89

How do you write a story that's compelling to start and satisfying to finish? Sarah Aronson explains in this comprehensive one-day workshop.

Building a Career as a Literary Artist (January 26)

with Lyzette Wanzer | 6 Weeks | $330

Not sure how to start building a literary career? By the end of this course, you'll have tackled the author's bio, C.V., LinkedIn, and more!

Plot Your Novel (January 26)

with Jack Smith | 8 Weeks | $395

Over eight weeks, you'll develop a solid basis in the fictional elements—protagonist, setting, secondary characters, point of view, plot, and theme—while you develop the outline of your novel. You'll receive feedback at all stages from your fellow writers and your instructor.

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.

The Watching Eye/Thinking Mind: Writing Flash Fiction (February 2)

with Barbara Henning | 8 Weeks | $395

Poet and Novelist, Barbara Henning offers this eight-week online workshop, writing tiny fictions while experimenting with first and third person points of view and analyzing how point of view affects the craft of fiction writing. There is no pre-requisite. Barbara will offer practical instruction and assignments, suggestions for revision, as well as lectures and and articles.

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.

Creating the Visual Journal (February 2)

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.

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.

(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.

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