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call the Arts Escape office at: 203-586-1474.

All registrations need to be paid for before program/workshop date.
There are no refunds for programs not attended.

Writing Flash Fiction – All Levels

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25
12 noon – 1:30 pm

Interested in writing short stories?  Flash fiction, stories of 1500 words or fewer, is an excellent sub category to explore.  Students will experiment with writing stories of various lengths, using in-class prompts.  A draft of a longer story (up to 1500 words) will be developed during our time together.  All levels of writers are welcome.



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Remember Me? A Facilitated Memoir Course

Instructor, Cindy Eastman
Fridays, February, 1, 8, 15, 22
10 am – 11:30 pm

Most of us want to leave a legacy; an account of our lives to pass on to our family so that the past lives on for our children and grandchildren. Writing a memoir is also a good way to chronicle one’s life as a way to reflect and make meaning of the choices and decisions we’ve made.  Rather than teach you “how” to write a memoir, this class will support you in “why” you want to write a memoir, although there will be practical methods and writing skills presented.  If you’re almost done or just beginning, please join us as we honor the memory that is our lives.



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Writing Short Stories

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Fridays, February 1, 8, 15, 22
12 pm - 1:30 pm

Learn the basic structure of all stories through the exploration of short stories. This class covers 5-point story structure, which students will use as a template to develop their own stories. During our time together, students will develop and refine a story, as well as be exposed to a variety of short stories to read, […]



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Intro to Playwriting

Instructor, Erik Hanson
Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27
6 pm – 8 pm

Interested in writing short plays for the stage?  Through in-class exercises and homework assignments, students will learn the importance of character, conflict, dialogue, monologue, prose, structure, tempo & tension.  All students will leave the class with drafts of multiple plays and the tools necessary to submit their work to various art communities.



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5 Plays in a Day!

Instructor, Erik Hanson
Saturday, February 9
10 am – 4 pm

All students will enter with something to write with and leave with 5 short plays in hand (or on electronic device).  By using news stories, philosophical questions, or pieces of art, this workshop will inspire and push students to generate a wide array of linear and nonlinear material.  Load up on coffee/tea and spend the entire day creating life on the stage!  Please bring your lunch to eat during our break and computers are welcome. Snacks and drinks will be provided.



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Write Like Crazy – One Day Workshop

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Thursday, February 14
11 am - 2 pm

Do you think you’d like to write, and not sure how to get started?  Are you already writing and need a jump-start?  In either case, this workshop is for you. Come to this 3-hour workshop and plan to write!  We’ll use timed prompts to get your writing mojo going.  This technique works for any genre and any level of writer, from beginner to experienced.  Bring a pen, writing notebook and your lunch.  Beverages are available. We will be writing by hand – no laptops, please.



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