Course Descriptions

Fall Workshops 2014

Fiction Writing | Gatewood | Mondays 6:30-8:30pm | 9/29-11/24 | 8 sessions
Have you ever wanted to write your own vibrant short story with provocative characters and rousing plots? Are you waiting for a chance to undertake the novel you’ve been thinking about, but haven’t been sure where to start? If you’re interested in finding out how creative writing works or are simply looking for a way to flex your imaginative muscles, let Studio Director and award-winning author Robert Gatewood guide you on your adventure. Under Robert’s accomplished direction, you will be exposed to a wide variety of writing techniques and become acquainted with the kind of work that’s being published today. This workshop will also help you identify the compelling elements of creative writing and encourage you to produce original pages. This 6-session workshop will provide plenty of opportunities to receive feedback from both Robert and your fellow writers. So whether you’ve written a hundred pages or none at all, anyone curious about creative writing is encouraged to join us!
Intro to Memoir | Robinson | Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm | 10/7-11/18 | 7 sessions
This workshop will help new writers begin to generate and shape their memoirs.  We will use a multi-genre approach that invites participants to integrate a wide variety of styles and resources:  visual materials, poetry, and archival materials, for example. We will generate a large bank of notes and ideas and use these initial writings as a means of defining the narrative arc of a life, paying particular emphasis to significant transitions and turns within the author’s life.
Poetry as Play | Robinson | Tuesdays | 6:30-8:30pm | 12/2-12/23 | 4 sessions
Perhaps you are curious about poetry and interested in trying it out. Or perhaps you are a poet who needs some encouragement and prompts to revitalize your writing.  In either case, this class is for you.  We will work on establishing a generative and comfortable conversation that includes a wide variety of writing prompts that will open your horizons as a poet.  The main focus on the class is on creating new poems. The instructor will also furnish a wide array of poetry resources: information on contemporary poetry, magazines, and how to submit your work.
Advanced Memoir Workshop | McVey | Wednesdays | 6:30-8:30pm | 8 sessions
This eight-session workshop is designed specifically for writers working on a memoir. Ideally, writers will have completed a substantial amount of their manuscripts before entering the workshop, although exceptions may be made for advanced writers with experience.  Each writer will have the opportunity to submit multiple essays or chapters for peer review.  In addition, writers will prepare a detailed, chapter-by-chapter outline of their manuscripts.  These outlines will be made available to the class and will be part of the review process.  The goal of the workshop is to advance the manuscript through the revision process in order to prepare it for publication.  Writers will benefit from the close readings and careful comments of fellow writers as well as from the comments and one-on-one consultations with author Jim McVey.
Advanced Screenwriting | Gatewood | Thursdays | 6:30-8:30pm | 8 sessons (+ 2)
Accomplished novelist, instructor, screenwriter, and studio director, Robert Gatewood directs this workshop intended for screenwriters with experience in the screenplay form. Under Robert’s lauded professional mentorship, students will be driven by a simple but profound goal: to produce as many draft pages of a full-length screenplay as possible [85–120 pages, approx.], with each writer taking their art & craft to a new level. Weekly workshops will include a rotation of conversations about The Elements of Screenwriting, mini-peer work-shops, screenings, cold readings, live exercises, in-studio writing time, and ongoing individual mentoring with Robert. We will also build into the existing schedule a pair of “Lockdown Sunday” sessions — 3-hour blocks during which we will convene to make new pages and screen select pertinent films. A fundamental understanding of the screenplay form and format are prerequisite to the workshop.
Great Films: 20th Century American | McVey | Saturdays | 7-10pm | 6 sessions
The Studio is excited to introduce our new “Great Films” series, showcasing some of the greatest movies ever made.  This six-week session will feature monumental 20th century American films such as Citizen Kane, The Wizard of Oz, and Apocalypse Now. These films will be screened in the relaxed setting of our new location on Pearl Street.  We’ll supply the popcorn, you bring your own refreshments.  Prior to each screening, Jim will give a brief introduction to the film, discussing its historical significance as well as the distinguishing characteristics of its filmic and narrative innovations.  An open discussion will follow each viewing.  This class is designed to be a film appreciation class, but we’ll also have the opportunity to study the films in some depth through a shared exploration of cinematic technique, narrative, film history and theory.
Revising Efficiently: techniques to save time |Weaver | 10/26 | 1-3pm | 1 session
You’ve been writing furiously for months (or years) and that glorious day comes when you write the last sentence.  You’ve finished your first draft, you go out to celebrate, the next day comes and you begin to wonder, now what?  Often for writers, what follows is a lot of years of inefficient cutting and pasting and rewriting and moving around and moving back. It’s easy to get caught in addressing surface problems rather than evaluating the backbone of the story from a crafting point of view. In this class, we will discuss some solid techniques to make your revisions as efficient and effective as possible to get your book ready to go out the door in fewer drafts.