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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.

Writer’s Workshop

Online/In-Person

Writers may work alone but the feedback of other writers is vital. The Writers’ Workshop gives students an opportunity to share their works-in-progress with fellow writers under the guidance of instructor Nancy McMillan.

Writers can bring in up to five double-spaced pages to be read aloud and critiqued. Writers will receive constructive feedback from other writers and the instructor. Critique guidelines will be provided.  The workshop runs for two hours, to allow plenty of time for each writer to receive thorough attention.

The Workshop runs for two hours and the fee for the workshop is $30.

Workshop is limited to 6 students. All students must register by Thursday, June 23 to receive the Zoom link. Students have the option to take this workshop ONLINE on Zoom or In-person.

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. * Masks are optional.

Please use the drop-down menu when registering for in-person or zoom.

Writer’s Workshop

Online/In-Person

Writers may work alone but the feedback of other writers is vital. The Writers’ Workshop gives students an opportunity to share their works-in-progress with fellow writers under the guidance of instructor Nancy McMillan.

Writers can bring in up to five double-spaced pages to be read aloud and critiqued. Writers will receive constructive feedback from other writers and the instructor. Critique guidelines will be provided.  The workshop runs for two hours, to allow plenty of time for each writer to receive thorough attention.

The Workshop runs for two hours and the fee for the workshop is $30.

Workshop is limited to 6 students. All students must register by Thursday, April 21 to receive the Zoom link. Students have the option to take this workshop ONLINE on Zoom or In-person.

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. * Masks are optional.

Please use the drop-down menu when registering for in-person or zoom.

Come Play with Poetry

In-person and via Zoom

Don’t understand Poetry?  Think it’s not your cup of tea?  This workshop may be just for you!

A poem can speak volumes with a handful of words. Come celebrate National Poetry Month in April and try your hand at writing your own poems. In this two-part class, instructor Nancy McMillan will introduce students to a set of contemporary, accessible poems and lead the class in a discussion of the basic elements of poetry.

These poems will be used as a springboard for students to write their own poetry. Students will experiment with a variety of poetic forms as the instructor guides them step-by-step in creating their own work. Writing by hand is recommended but not required.

No experience is necessary, but do bring your spirit of play!

The fee for the two-day workshop is $60. Class enrollment is limited to eight students.

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 essay “For the Love of Linen” appeared in the 2020 Connecticut Literary Anthology and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her essays and articles have appeared in Connecticut newspapers and magazines and in literary journals. She is the Director of the Writing and Literature Program at Arts Escape. In her writing classes, she helps students embrace and inhabit their innate creativity. Find more at www.nancymcmillan.com.

Writer’s Workshop

Online/In-Person

Writers may work alone but the feedback of other writers is vital. The Writers’ Workshop gives students an opportunity to share their works-in-progress with fellow writers under the guidance of instructor Nancy McMillan.

Writers can bring in up to five double-spaced pages to be read aloud and critiqued. Writers will receive constructive feedback from other writers and the instructor. Critique guidelines will be provided.  The workshop runs for two hours, to allow plenty of time for each writer to receive thorough attention.

The Workshop runs for two hours and the fee for the workshop is $30.

Workshop is limited to 6 students. All students must register by Thursday, February 24 to receive the Zoom link. Students have the option to take this workshop ONLINE on Zoom or In-person.

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. * Masks are optional.

Please use the drop-down menu when registering for in-person or zoom.

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.

NEW DATE! Your Stories Matter: The Art of Storytelling

In-person

Stories are the foundation of all our communication. They spark emotion and help us find the commonalities in our shared human experiences and to connect more meaningfully to one another. We all have them. And, whether big or small, all of our stories matter.

Your Stories Matter: The Art of Storytelling Workshop provides the resources needed to begin to shape the experiences of your life into captivating stories and to gain the confidence needed to share them with others. Learning objectives are as follows:

  • Understand the essential building blocks of effective story-crafting
  • Review the differences between crafting a written story versus an oral story
  • Practice public speaking and performance exercises to increase confidence and authenticity and to help engage and inspire listeners

The workshop includes time for writing, reflection, constructive feedback, active listening, and group discussion in a relaxed, supportive environment. The fee is $45 and enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

Founded in 2016 by Kerri Gawreluk and Will Diaz, We Rise: Storytelling Collective is a Fairfield-County, CT-based storytelling organization whose mission is to empower individuals and strengthen communities through the art of storytelling.

We Rise produces live events, hosts storytelling workshops, and is actively involved in community outreach to promote the use of storytelling as one of the most effective ways to foster personal growth and progressive social change.  

**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 POLICY – Only fully vaccinated students will be permitted to attend classes. Physical proof of vaccination will be requested door (one time only). Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card.