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ONSITE: Image-making of the Japanese Masters: Studying Image in Japanese Poetry from Ancient to Modern Times

November 07, 2022

One of the core principles of Japanese poetry throughout the ages has been the preciseness of its image-making. Study how Japanese poets of the Heian, Genroku, Inter-War periods created timeless images that are still very much accessible today. Students will also be introduced to some contemporary poets currently making waves, and engage in creating their […]

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ONLINE: Introduction to Prose Storytelling

November 07, 2022

Whether you are interested in getting started telling your story in memoir, fiction, or some twisted combination of the two, this generative workshop will serve as a gentle and fun way to push yourself creatively. Through prompts, mini lectures, readings, supportive discussion, and maybe even prestidigitation, group members will work towards realizing their prose visions.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Prose Storytelling

November 07, 2022

Whether you are interested in getting started telling your story in memoir, fiction, or some twisted combination of the two, this generative workshop will serve as a gentle and fun way to push yourself creatively. Through prompts, mini-lectures, readings, supportive discussion, and maybe even prestidigitation, students will work towards realizing their prose visions.

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ONSITE: Writing the Shadow

November 07, 2022

Explore the dark self, what Carl Jung called the “shadow” part of our psyche. Sometimes we see it in our dreams, sometimes it appears in dark imaginings. We’ll learn what the shadow can add to our creative writing by experimenting with timed writing, dream journals, guided imagery and Active Imagination.

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ONSITE: Beginning Poetry

November 07, 2022

Start from scratch to write poems, read poems, learn about forms of poetry and discuss your work. We’ll use packets of poems, exercises, and essays supplied by the instructor. We’ll also use the 2019 Dodge Poetry Packet and another textbook to explore poetry.

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ONSITE: The Prose Poem

November 07, 2022

Explore the possibilities of the prose poem. Each week, we'll read and discuss examples of prose poems (historic and contemporary), then use these conversations to inspire us as we write prose poems of our own.

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ONSITE: Short Story Fiction Writing

November 07, 2022

Explore short story fiction writing by studying narrative craft elements like story, plot, character, scene, structure, archetypal patterns and dialogue. We’ll examine professionally published pieces and your own work. By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to begin a story based on a word or an idea. You’ll also understand how to evaluate […]

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ONSITE: Confessional Poetry Writing

November 07, 2022

This class will focus on confessional style poetry. We will look at examples for inspiration as well as write in a workshop style class.Poets like Sylvia Plath will be helpful in guiding us to look inward and explore some themes for our writing, including personal growth, grief, beauty, and the spiritual. Be prepared to leave […]

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ONSITE: Write Visionary Fiction Using JavaScript, Data + Creative Coding

November 07, 2022

“Visionary Fiction” is a term developed by Walidah Imarisha for fantastical writing that helps us imagine new, just worlds. We’ll explore writing visionary and speculative fiction from prompts created through creative coding. Learn the basics of JavaScript using an app the instructor has developed. With this tool you will gather data from existing texts (which […]

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ONSITE: Writing the Memoir

November 07, 2022

Thomas Larson writes that “memoir is most successful when it is not the ‘story of a life,’ but a focused part of that life—a dozen summers spent working on a grandfather’s farm, a long relationship with a dying relative, the first year of law school.” You’ll work with writing prompts and timed writing exercises, and […]

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ONSITE: Traveling the Path of Dreams: Dream as Poetic Mode

November 07, 2022

Dream is a language that is already deeply metaphorical. Discover how to harness these sorts of images in order to create poems alive in their sense of wonder. Students will spend time working on the dream logic of their own work after investigating and inhabiting the dream poems of other poets.

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ONLINE: Coming of Age in Nonfiction

November 07, 2022

In this 5-week introduction to memoir class, we'll study coming-of-age stories as a window into the art of character development. Each week, we'll read an essay or book excerpt and use it as a foundation for writing our own 500-word piece. There will be opportunities to share in class and edit our own work outside […]

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ONLINE: Write + Submit Bootcamp

October 25, 2022

Whether you’re looking to publish fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, this class will kick your journal submissions into gear. Over the course of a weekend, you’ll write, share work with peers, and submit that work to five different journals. In the process, you’ll create an author bio and cover letter you can customize and reuse for […]

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ONLINE: Short Story Fiction Writing

July 12, 2022

Explore short story fiction writing by studying narrative craft elements like story, plot, character, scene, structure, archetypal patterns and dialogue. We’ll examine professionally published pieces and your own work. By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to begin a story based on a word or an idea. You’ll also understand how to evaluate […]

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ONLINE: The Tough Stuff: Healing Through Writing

July 12, 2022

This class is for the conversations that still need to happen. We’ll talk about the barriers that keep us from writing what we need to write. We’ll also examine works by Chanel Miller, Jeannette Walls, and Layli Long Soldier to take lessons from the ways in which they make difficult topics easier to access. Students […]

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ONSITE: Humor in Memoir

July 12, 2022

Whether you're an adherent of David Sedaris and Patricia Lockwood, or just a total goof-around whackadoodle, this class will take you through a step-by-step process of drafting and refining a humorous tale in prose form.

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ONSITE: Introduction to Prose Storytelling

July 12, 2022

Whether you are interested in getting started telling your story in memoir, fiction, or some twisted combination of the two, this generative workshop will serve as a gentle and fun way to push yourself creatively. Through prompts, mini-lectures, readings, supportive discussion, and maybe even prestidigitation, students will work towards realizing their prose visions.

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ONSITE: Advanced Poetry Workshop

July 12, 2022

Have you taken poetry workshops at VisArts? Do you feel ready to deepen your craft? Work with other experienced writers to study, learn new forms and critique your classmates' work.

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ONSITE: Writing the Shadow

July 12, 2022

Explore the dark self, what Carl Jung called the “shadow” part of our psyche. Sometimes we see it in our dreams, sometimes it appears in dark imaginings. We’ll learn what the shadow can add to our creative writing by experimenting with timed writing, dream journals, guided imagery and Active Imagination.

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ONSITE: Unpacking Humanity Through Spoken-Word

July 12, 2022

The art of expressing joy, pain, triumph, or tragedy by painting pictures with words.  This series journeys the human experience through the lens of poetry as performance art. Richmond's first poet Laureate,  Douglas Powell/Roscoe Burnems unpacks captivating poetry slam performances and guides participants to create dynamic pieces of their own. 

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ONSITE: Writing the Memoir

July 12, 2022

Thomas Larson writes that “memoir is most successful when it is not the ‘story of a life,’ but a focused part of that life—a dozen summers spent working on a grandfather’s farm, a long relationship with a dying relative, the first year of law school.” You’ll work with writing prompts and timed writing exercises, and […]

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ONLINE: Freewriting Intensive: All Genres

July 12, 2022

Calling all poets, fiction and nonfiction writers! Are you looking for new ways into the work? Are you curious about using craft to challenge your instincts and skill set? In this two-day intensive, we dismiss genre distinctions and experiment with a series of vigorous craft exercises that seek to push us outside the bounds of […]

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ONSITE: Sharpening your Craft: Writing Short Fiction

July 12, 2022

Take a deep dive into the craft of writing fiction. With a particular focus on short fiction, this class will explore key craft elements such as characterization, setting, tone, conflict, and structure through discussion and generative writing exercises. This is a craft and generative writing class, not a workshop. However, the instructor will offer each […]

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