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  • *Online* Adult Writing Workshops: March 22–May 24

    March 22, 2021 – May 24, 2021

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Thurber House

Tickets: $25 - $50

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Thurber House Adult Writing Workshops cover a variety of topics and are designed for adults of all levels of writing experience. Please note: Workshop days, times, lengths, and tuition vary.**ALL WORKSHOPS MEET ONLINE ON ZOOM**REGISTER: www.thurberhouse.org/adult-workshops________________Creativity and Healing (Part One)Monday, March 22  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ETInstructor: Niki GnezdaIn this class, we will use images, metaphors, and the written word to explore deeper understandings of ourselves and our challenges. Through prose and/or poetry, we will memorialize our searches and transformations, thus enriching our perspectives on life. We will cover topics such as repressing pain vs. addressing it, building resilience, art therapy, stream of consciousness, and more.________________Creativity and Healing (Part Two)Monday, March 29  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ETInstructor: Niki GnezdaPart Two of this class is a follow up to Part One's activities of using images, metaphors, and the written word to explore deeper understandings of ourselves and our challenges. This session will include in-depth discussions about your discoveries and writing processes, readings of work, and constructive class responses to the meaning in your work.________________How to Write Funny (and Edit Funnier)Monday, April 5  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ETInstructor: Brooke PrestonNo matter your writing wheelhouse, a sharp punchline, a witty character, or an uproarious scene can inject life and balance into your work. Brooke Preston (writer and faculty member at The Second City) will cover the rules of humor and satire writing, including practical tips and exercises to evolve funny ideas into fleshed-out characters, jokes, or scenes that strike the right tone for your writing project.________________*Special Adult Writing Workshop*Go Rogue! Travel Writing & Point of ViewThursday, April 8  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm ETInstructor: Katherine MatthewsBack by popular demand: This class is devoted to writing for the heck of it. Expect to be challenged and entertained with brand new activities and unexpected prompts. It’s a Rogue class, so you never know what to expect! This spring, Go Rogue! is a four-part series. Each week will focus on a different genre, so you can pick and choose your favorites—or sign up for all four and challenge yourself!________________Recording the Pandemic: Your Personal StoryMonday, April 12  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ETInstructor: Niki GnezdaOur ancestors had memories of the 1918 Flu Epidemic that they never shared with us. Instructor Niki Gnezda’s own grandma lost three children, and there are so many questions she wishes she could have asked her. We can memorialize our experiences of this pandemic for future generations. Niki will inspire and guide you as you record history about what this year has been like for you.________________On Writing—from Crisis to CatharsisMonday, April 19  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ETInstructor: Lisa Lopez SnyderAre you struggling to create during this pandemic? In this session, we’ll create some “play” by mimicking vignettes from short stories, memoirs, and novels. By the end of this workshop, geared toward writers at any stage, you’ll have written more than a few fun drafts to find that release — and tinker with beyond this class. All that’s required is a sense of humor and a willingness to “play.”________________*Special Adult Writing Workshop*Go Rogue! Horror Writing & Creating TensionThursday, April 22  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm ETInstructor: Katherine MatthewsBack by popular demand: This class is devoted to writing for the heck of it. Expect to be challenged and entertained with brand new activities and unexpected prompts. It’s a Rogue class, so you never know what to expect! This spring, Go Rogue! is a four-part series. Each week will focus on a different genre, so you can pick and choose your favorites—or sign up for all four and challenge yourself!________________Starting Again After Writing BurnoutMonday, April 26  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ETInstructor: Brooke PrestonWhether from an illness, rejection, new parenthood, or (ahem!) a global pandemic, almost every writer is occasionally unable to generate the energy to put their best words on paper. Too often, we attribute this to "writer's block" without examining the larger rhythms, reasons, and responses. In this workshop, we'll explore these seasons when life leads us away from creative pursuits, and how we can adapt, improve, and even benefit from them.________________Mining Memories, Making StoriesMonday, May 3  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ETInstructor: Lisa Lopez SnyderDo you have an interesting memory to share, but struggle with how to tell it? This session, geared toward writers at any level, will help you transform your memories to the page with hands-on writing exercises. We’ll learn and apply techniques for writing the short memoir, including how to “unpack” transformative moments about a person, place, or thing. You’ll leave this workshop with at least three drafts.________________*Special Adult Writing Workshop*Go Rogue! Poetry Writing & the Power of the SpecificThursday, May 6  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm ETInstructor: Katherine MatthewsBack by popular demand: This class is devoted to writing for the heck of it. Expect to be challenged and entertained with brand new activities and unexpected prompts. It’s a Rogue class, so you never know what to expect! This spring, Go Rogue! is a four-part series. Each week will focus on a different genre, so you can pick and choose your favorites—or sign up for all four and challenge yourself!________________Making Memories: Infuse Your Fiction and Nonfiction with ContextMonday, May 10  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ETInstructor: Tracy LawsonThe cultural influence of our ancestors fades with each successive generation, and we sometimes need additional information to fully understand a story set in another place and time. Author Tracy Lawson will share research and interpretation tips that will give you a deeper contextual understanding of time and place so what you write about the past will never feel stodgy or dated.________________Commit to Submit!Monday, May 17  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ETInstructor: Lisa Lopez SnyderIn this class, you'll learn how to conduct a targeted search of where to publish your work, tips for organizing that process, an overview of the protocols for submitting your work (including links to drafting query letters), and ways to find agents (primarily fiction/novel) and non-agented, small independent presses. Please note: This session does not focus on how to self-publish your work.________________*Special Adult Writing Workshop*Go Rogue! Short Story Writing & Setting the SceneThursday, May 20  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm ETInstructor: Katherine MatthewsBack by popular demand: This class is devoted to writing for the heck of it. Expect to be challenged and entertained with brand new activities and unexpected prompts. It’s a Rogue class, so you never know what to expect! This spring, Go Rogue! is a four-part series. Each week will focus on a different genre, so you can pick and choose your favorites—or sign up for all four and challenge yourself!________________Poetry Boot CampMonday, May 24  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ETInstructor: Scott WoodsWhat is your poetry capable of under pressure? Are there missed opportunities in the nooks and crannies of your poems? Like a real boot camp, this session takes poems through the paces, running them through obstacles and challenges, and taking the work through the ringer in a series of exercises. Bring a poem (or create it in session) and watch it transform!________________**ALL WORKSHOPS MEET ONLINE ON ZOOM**REGISTER: www.thurberhouse.org/adult-workshops

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March 22, 2021 – May 24, 2021

  • Mon Apr 19, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Thu Apr 22, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Mon Apr 26, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Mon May 3, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Thu May 6, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Mon May 10, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Mon May 17, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Thu May 20, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Mon May 24, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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