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Poetry for Everyone

Find your poetic voice in this 90-minute session. Students will learn how to express themselves through several types of poetry. We’ll read some poems, look at how they are constructed and discuss how to generate ideas for poems. We’ll try out some fun creativity experiments. Each student will have the opportunity to write at least one poem of their own. The instructor will provide prompts and instructions for a variety of poetry forms.

The fee for the workshop is $35. Class size is limited to 20 attendees.

Bonnie Riedinger is a writer and artist. Her poetry has been published in journals based in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.  She received her MFA in poetry and fiction from The Ohio State University and has taught creative writing at several colleges and universities. She has been a journalist and editor with non-fiction publications in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Writer’s Chronicle. She enjoys helping students, whether beginning or advanced, advance their writing goals and experience the joy of creativity.

**Our top priority is the safety of our students, instructors & staff. Please note: classes may be cancelled if we feel it is not safe, and your tuition will be refunded.

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card.

Where I’m From: An Introduction to Memoir

with Cathy Capuano, facilitator

In this workshop, students will explore connections between where they’re from and who they are. In a supportive environment, students will use a work of George Ella Lyon’s Where I’m From as an anchor text to generate their own material. Students will be led in an exercise of remembering, reflecting, and recording. The class will include brainstorming, writing, and optional sharing.

This class serves as an introduction to a six-week class on memoir writing led by Nancy McMillan, which begins the following week, Friday, October 7, at the same time.

The fee for class is $35. Class size is limited to 8 students.

Catherine Capuano received a B.A. in English from Saint Joseph College. She later went on to earn degrees in law, library science, and liberal studies. As an employee of the Connecticut Judicial Branch, she worked as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney, a clerk for criminal matters, and a law librarian. Since retiring, she has served as a book discussion facilitator for Connecticut Humanities and as a presenter in the OLLI program at UCONN.

**Our top priority is the safety of our students, instructors, & staff. Please note: classes may be cancelled if we feel it is not safe, and your tuition will be refunded.

COVID POLICYOnly fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card.

Writing for Kids – The Next Step

Via Zoom

Are you ready to go deeper with your kid-lit writing? This workshop will help you get feedback on your work-in-progress from other writers who, like you, are devoted to young people’s literature. You’ll have the opportunity to workshop your piece (short story or novel) multiple times over the course of this six-week class so you can receive feedback, discuss your story, and make revisions. We’ll focus on craft issues such as point of view, dialogue, setting, character development, and effective use of language to help you improve your work. Plus, we’ll talk about the revision process, analyze published short stories/novel excerpts, and swap book recommendations. This class is geared toward writing/editing middle grade and young adult fiction. (Middle grade is typically defined as intended for readers ages 8-12, and young adult as readers ages 13-18.)

Students should have at least one work-in-progress they’d like to receive feedback on.

The fee for this 6-week class is $240. Class size is limited to 8 students and requires a minimum of 4 students to run.

Students must register by Tuesday, September 13 to receive the Zoom link.

About the Instructor:
Tina Tocco’s writing for children has appeared in Highlights, Highlights High Five, Cricket, AppleSeeds, Humpty Dumpty, Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids, Pockets, and other children’s publications. She is the author of the children’s poetry collection The Hungry Snowman and Other Poems (Kelsay Books, 2019). Tina’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have also been published in various literary journals and anthologies, such as New Ohio Review, Crab Creek Review, Potomac Review, River Styx, Harpur Palate, Ovunque Siamo, Best Small Fictions 2019, and Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana. In 2019, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell, the college’s national literary journal.

Revise That Short Story!

Via Zoom

You have a short story you’re trying to finish, but it’s not quite there yet.  It needs some editing, some polishing, some suggestions from fellow writers with similar goals. Bring that work-in-progress and your concerns to this six-week class.  You’ll have the opportunity to workshop your piece multiple times so you can receive feedback, discuss your story, and make revisions. We’ll focus on craft issues such as point of view, dialogue, setting, character development, and effective use of language to help you improve that not-quite-there-yet short story. All fiction genres, including flash fiction and children’s/YA fiction, welcome!

The fee for this 6-week class is $240. Class size is limited to 8 students.

Students must register by Tuesday, April 5 to receive the Zoom link.

About the Instructor:
Tina Tocco’s writing for children has appeared in Highlights, Highlights High Five, Cricket, AppleSeeds, Humpty Dumpty, Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids, Pockets, and other children’s publications. She is the author of the children’s poetry collection The Hungry Snowman and Other Poems (Kelsay Books, 2019). Tina’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have also been published in various literary journals and anthologies, such as New Ohio Review, Crab Creek Review, Potomac Review, River Styx, Harpur Palate, Ovunque Siamo, Best Small Fictions 2019, and Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana. In 2019, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell, the college’s national literary journal.

Writing Your Legacy Letter

Online via Zoom

A legacy letter is a written document that captures who you are and what matters most to you. It allows you to reflect on your important life experiences and transmit your values and life lessons to future generations. A legacy letter is a way for you to be remembered and for your life lessons to be shared and preserved. It also gives you an opportunity to express gratitude, request forgiveness, or make amends.

Writing one is a rewarding experience that creates an enduring gift for your family, friends, loved ones, and yourself.

This course is designed to introduce the concept of legacy letters and to help you craft your own legacy letter. It includes discussion and writing exercises. Jay will offer advice to help you complete your legacy letter, share it
with loved ones, and preserve it for future generations.

The fee for the four-week workshop is $120. The workshop is limited to 20 participants.

.Jay Sherwin has practiced law, given away money for
five charitable foundations and served as a hospital
chaplain. Drawing on all those experiences, Jay
created the Life Reflections Project to educate people
about legacy letters and ethical wills; he now teaches
classes and workshops on legacy writing and helps
people create their own legacy documents. You can
read more on Jay’s website at www.jaysherwin.com.

Elements of the Writing Craft

A Six-Week Multi-Media Series

Via Zoom

Independent study: Videos between classes

The craft of writing requires study and application. In this six-week workshop, Nancy McMillan and Tina Tocco team up to create a multi-media series, providing a deep dive into six central elements of the writing craft.

The weekly workshops include:

  • Setting: More Than Just a Backdrop!
  • Creating Character (and Its Buddy, Point of View)
  • Dynamic Dialogue: Say It Like You Mean It!
  • The Powerhouse Parts of Speech: Nouns/Adjectives/Verbs/Adverbs
  • Gritty Grammar and Comma Clarity
  • Story Openings: Beyond “Once Upon a Time”

This class is delivered in two parts. Each week, you’ll receive a short video (15 to 20 minutes) covering the basic concepts of each craft element. The video can be watched at your convenience and includes optional at-home exercises.

During our Friday class time, we’ll review and discuss the weekly craft element. Then, you’ll write to prompts to apply the new techniques you’re learning. Students can also apply these concepts to their own works-in-progress.

The fee for the six-week class is $240 and the class size is limited to seven.

Telling Your Story, Writing the Personal Essay

In-person and via Zoom

Everyone has stories to tell that are theirs alone. Come to this class to identify those stories and be guided in getting them down on paper. Students will be led through exercises and prompts and over the six-week class will generate a solid draft of a personal essay. Essay structure and writing craft elements will be addressed as well as critique guidelines. Students will write during class and have at-home assignments. All levels are welcome.

The fee for the six-week workshop is $180. The workshop is limited to 8 participants.

COVID POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested on the first day of class (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card.

Nancy McMillan of Bethlehem 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 work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her essays and articles have appeared in Connecticut newspapers and magazines as well as online. In her writing classes, she helps students embrace and inhabit their innate creativity. Find more at www.nancymcmillan.com.