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Stand for Something: On Symbolism

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“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”
―Stephen King

In this newsletter:

  • A look at symbolism in literature, plus advice on represent the abstract concretely.
  • Browse our updated course calendar through early August.
  • 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

Starting This Week

Starting to Write (July 13)

with Gloria Kempton | 8 Weeks | $395

For those who want to kick start their writing into high gear.

Food Writing: Meals And Manuscripts (July 13)

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.

Introduction to Writing the Lyric Essay (July 16) NEW!

with Derek JG Williams | Single-Day Webinar | $89

The lyric essay challenges us to tell authentic stories without concrete forms. Learn the ropes of the genre in this 3 hour workshop.

New Writing Tips

What Symbolism Is, and How to Use It In Your Writing

Forging relationships between ideas and images can produce meaningful stories and poetry.

Read more

Our Upcoming Courses

Browse full course calendar

July Courses

Poetry as Sacred Attention (July 18) NEW!

with Nadia Colburn | Single-Day Webinar | $89

Poetry asks us to slow down, listen, and pay attention. In this meditative workshop, we'll open ourselves to the beauty and mystery of poetry.

Writing for Kids: Entering the World of Children’s Literature (July 19) NEW!

with Amanda Hosch | Single-Day Webinar | $89

Learn the fundamentals of writing for children in this one day workshop, and write the kinds of stories that kids simply can't put down.

Creative Nonfiction Fundamentals: The Art of Telling True Stories (July 20) NEW!

with Nicole Hardy | 6 Weeks | $330

How do you tell your stories beautifully and authentically? Learn the fundamentals of creative nonfiction with Nicole Hardy.

How to Write Great Stories (July 20) NEW!

with Amy Bonnaffons | 6 Weeks | $330

Learn how to combine character, setting, plot, and other elements of fiction to write powerful, compelling stories.

Crafting a Story or Novel Chapter Using Forward-Moving Tension (July 20)

with Sandra Novack | 4 Weeks | $235

How do writers tell stories with tension, action, and emotion? Learn how to write forward-moving tension in this 4 week fiction course.

Architecture of the Creative Heart: Writing Formal Poetry (July 27)

with David Mills | 6 Weeks | $330

Learn how diving into form—the coherent relationship of all of a poem’s parts—can enhance your creativity and freedom as a poet.

Writing Mindfulness: Sensual World/Poetry Mind (July 27)

with Marc Olmsted | 4 Weeks | $250

A four-week class, melding the language mind with the sensual: How to turn detailed observation into a poem. With Marc Olmsted.

The Watching Eye/Thinking Mind: Writing Flash Fiction (July 27)

with Barbara Henning | 10 Weeks | $460

In this ten-week workshop with poet and novelist Barbara Henning, write tiny fictions while experimenting with first and third person points of view and analyzing how point of view affects the craft of fiction writing. Barbara will provide practical instruction and assignments, suggestions for revision, and lectures and and articles.

Writing the Short Story (July 27)

with Rosemary Tantra Bensko | 10 Weeks | $460

Create new work with fresh language, universal themes, sustained mystery and memorable characters. Stimulate your imagination.

August Courses

From Writing Circle to Poems in 6 Contemporary Forms (Tuesdays and Saturdays) (August 3) NEW!

with Susan Vespoli | 6 Weeks | $330

From the sonnet to the villanelle, turn your journal entries into formal poetry in this 6 week writing circle workshop.

The Art of Storytelling (August 3)

with Gloria Kempton | 8 Weeks | $395

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

How to Craft a Poem (August 10)

with Zining Mok | 6 Weeks | $330

A poem has many moving parts, from sound and rhythm to form, voice, and figurative language. Learn the building blocks in this 6-week course.

Write Your World: Express Your Creativity through Article Writing, Blogging, and Essays (August 10)

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.

Browse full course calendar

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