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Writing Lab for All Levels

via Zoom

Bring your work-in-progress to this two-hour session, or come to start new work. First, we’ll generate material through timed prompts. Next, we’ll share our work and receive supportive feedback from fellow students. Then, we’ll discuss individual writing projects, brainstorm ideas as a group, and possibly work individually. If there’s time, we’ll end with another prompt. You’ll leave with new ideas and ready to write more. 

The fee is $25 and is limited to 8 participants.

Students must be registered by Thursday, February 25th to receive their Zoom link for this class.

Facilitator, Nancy McMillan is the award-winning author of March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm  (www.marchfarmthebook.com). She holds a graduate degree in writing from The Graduate Institute and one in music from Lesley University, where she studied historical women composers. She also studied in the MFA program at Manhattanville College. Her essays and articles have appeared in Connecticut newspapers and magazines. In her writing classes, she helps students embrace and inhabit their innate creativity. She is currently at work on a novel. Find more at www.nancymcmillan.com where she blogs about pies, writing, music, and connection.


Digital Camera Part II

Via Zoom

This class follows Getting to Know Your Camera class 1.  It covers more advanced camera use and settings including how to use manual mode.  Students will learn how to use Live View for better exposure, Bracketing, HDR photography, Panoramas,and Tripods. Students will learn various light meter modes, the ins and outs of lenses and which ones are best for your needs.  How to take better photos, using photography guidelines and the rules of composition.  Instruction will be given on; direction of light, temperature, photographing at different times of the day and how the camera sees vs. your eyes to create a compelling and creative photo.

Session 1   Manual mode, Use of the Histogram Live View and other photography methods to address challenging lighting and focusing conditions – Learning to use manual mode and understanding the histogram and zone system to achieve better exposure of your photos. Use of Live View to achieve sharper focus and hard to reach shooting situations. Using various light meter modes to get the best exposure in challenging lighting conditions.

Session 2   Cameras, Cameras, Cameras – With so many different cameras to choose from, deciding on the best camera for your needs can be daunting.  Learn about the various cameras on the market including point and shoots, bride cameras, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, built in zooms, full frame cameras, crop sensor cameras and more.  The pros and cons of each and which camera is best for you.  Tripods and how best to use them. Capturing high contrast scenes with bracketing and HDR Techniques. Taking Panoramas photos

Session 3   All About Lenses – Lenses in some ways are more important than the camera you are shooting with as they can make all the difference between sharp images and not so sharp images.  With so many lenses out there, which are the best ones for your needs. Topics to include.  Prime lenses, pros and cons, zoom lenses, pros and cons, Various lenses from macro lenses, wide angle lenses to zoom lenses and when to use them. Basics of flash photography and when and how to use it.

Session 4  Creating more creative and compelling images-How to take better photos, using photography guidelines and rules of composition.  Learning about light, direction, temperature and time of the day and how the camera sees vs. your eyes to be able to take more compelling and creative photos.

The fee for this class is $100. Class size is limited to 8. This class is available to all students who have previously taken a class with John.

***Each class will be recorded and available for make-up purposes.

Create/Update Your Resume

via Zoom

Have you been meaning to update your resume or create a new one but just can’t make yourself get started? Join this  two-session workshop and create a resume that incorporates the newest resume writing trends and addresses hiring managers’ preferences. 

During our first session, we will practice the skills needed to clearly communicate your accomplishments and demonstrate your skills and potential.  During the second session, we will review your resume and provide feedback. 

Discussions and practice exercises include the following:

 *Writing the summary

 *Organizing your work history effectively

 *Phrasing responsibilities to highlight their value

 *Emphasizing accomplishments

 *Handling employments gaps

 *Increasing the visual appeal of the resume

Attendees are welcome to bring their current resume to class.

Instructor:  Bobbi Knezek is the former owner of WD Communications, an international communications training firm.  She has spent her career developing and presenting seminars to help corporate employees at all levels polish their writing, speaking, and leadership skills.  In addition, as a career coach, she has helped numerous professionals create effective resumes and successfully prepare for job interviews.

The fee for the 3–hour workshop is $35. Class size is limited to 8 students. Students must register by Wednesday, January 20th to receive the Zoom link.

Monthly Writers’ Workshop

Online with Zoom

The Writers’ Workshop gives students an opportunity to share their works-in-progress with fellow students under the guidance of Nancy McMillan. This ongoing workshop will be held once a month.

Writers can bring in up to five double-spaced pages to be read aloud and critiqued.  Critique guidelines will be provided.  Workshops will run for two-hours on the following dates during the summer: The fee for the workshop is: $25.

Workshop is limited to 8 students. All students must register by Sunday, January 31st to receive the Zoom link.

First Thursday – Open Mic

Online with Zoom

In the tradition of The Moth, Arts Escape invites writers to share their work in our first monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support and community! Reservations are required and participants are limited to 20

All participants must register online by Wednesday, March 3rd to receive the Zoom link.

First Thursday – Open Mic

Online with Zoom

In the tradition of The Moth, Arts Escape invites writers to share their work in our first monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support and community! Reservations are required and participants are limited to 20

All participants must register online by Wednesday, February 3rd to receive the Zoom link.

First Thursday – Open Mic

Online with Zoom

In the tradition of The Moth, Arts Escape invites writers to share their work in our first monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support and community! Reservations are required and participants are limited to 20

All participants must register online by Wednesday, January 6th to receive the Zoom link.

Monthly Writers’ Workshop

Online with Zoom

The Writers’ Workshop gives students an opportunity to share their works-in-progress with fellow students under the guidance of Nancy McMillan. This ongoing workshop will be held once a month.

Writers can bring in up to five double-spaced pages to be read aloud and critiqued.  Critique guidelines will be provided.  Workshops will run for two-hours on the following dates during the summer: The fee for the workshop is: $25.

Workshop is limited to 8 students. All students must register by Sunday, February 28th to receive the Zoom link.

Monthly Writers’ Workshop

Online with Zoom

The Writers’ Workshop gives students an opportunity to share their works-in-progress with fellow students under the guidance of Nancy McMillan. This ongoing workshop will be held once a month.

Writers can bring in up to five double-spaced pages to be read aloud and critiqued.  Critique guidelines will be provided.  Workshops will run for two-hours on the following dates during the summer: The fee for the workshop is: $25.

Workshop is limited to 8 students. All students must register by Sunday, January 3rd to receive the Zoom link.

Write@Noon

via Zoom

Do you have ideas but don’t get them down on paper? Or do you want to write but don’t know where to start? Join this hour-long session where the focus is on generating new material. Many writers are inspired by writing in a group. Prompts will be provided to get you started. Sharing—without feedback—is optional. All levels welcome. Writing by hand is encouraged, although laptops are fine, too.    

These writing sessions will run on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Sessions are limited to 8 participants each month. Participants must sign up for both sessions.

The fee each month is $25.

All Participants must register by Wednesday, March 10th to receive the Zoom link.