Fall 2016 Classes

Virginia Museum of The Arts

Writing the Shadow

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said that before we can find the Mother Teresa within us, we must first acknowledge the Hitler who is there as well. Each of us has a dark self, what Carl Jung called the “shadow” part of our psyche. Sometimes we glimpse it in dreams; sometimes it appears in dark imaginings. In this class we’ll experiment with timed writing, dream journals, guided imagery, and Active Imagination. Our goal will be to draw the shadow out, recognize it for what it is, and see what we can learn from it–and what it can bring to our creative writing. This class is not therapy, but it can be very therapeutic.

12 sessions, Sept. 12-Nov. 28, Mondays 7:00-10:00pm

Writing Memoir

Thomas Larson writes that “memoir is most successful when it is not the ‘story of a life,’ but a focused part of that life—a dozen summers spent working on a grandfather’s farm; a long relationship with a dying relative; the first year of law school.” This course will help students explore and focus on the most meaningful and memorable parts of their lives. The instructor will guide students through the stories of their lives with specific prompts, timed writing and constructive feedback.

12 sessions, Sept. 13-Nov. 29, Tuesdays 10:00am-1:00pm

Going to The Elephant

Someone once said writing is the easiest job in the world: “all you have to do is stare at a blank piece of paper until blood comes out of your forehead.” Dispel the myth of writer’s block. We will silence the critic within, and write in a safe and comfortable environment. This class is for those who have always wanted to write, but lacked the courage–or who used to write, but have stopped making time to do so. Give me your best, and you will come away a better writer. You’ll also find out what the title means.

12 sessions, Sept. 15-Dec. 8, Thursdays 10:00am-1:00pm

The Creative Spark

Clarissa Pinkola Estes writes about el duende–“the goblin wind” within us which can breathe our creative spark into creative fire. The ember may be a poem, a story, a confession, a play. It may not even know what it is, or wants to be–but it’s there. So we’ll experiment. The goal of this creative writing class is to fan your ideas and inspirations into flame. We’ll use timed writing, dream journals, guided imagery, Active Imagination, and anything else we can think of to get in touch with the stories you want or need to tell–and those needing or wanting you to tell them. Come with an open mind. Be honest and brave.

12 sessions, Sept 15-Dec. 8, Thursdays 7:00-10:00pm

For more information or to sign up, go to http://vmfa.museum/studio-school/registration/ or call (804) 340-1405.

 

The Visual Arts Center

From The Page to The Stage

If a playwright writes plays, why isn’t the word spelled “playwrite”? “Wright” comes from Old (via Middle) English, meaning “worker” or “maker.” A playwright doesn’t simply write a play: he or she drafts it, crafts it, builds it–and the nuts and bolts that hold it together are scenes and monologues. In this class we’ll explore structure, treatment, conflict, character development, setting, and plot. We’ll talk about differences between writing for the stage and writing for film or television. We’ll look at some scenes and monologues to see how they work, and then we’ll write several of our own.

6 sessions, Sept. 13-Oct. 18, Tuesdays 6:30-9:00pm

Writing the Memoir–NEW!

Thomas Larson writes that “memoir is most successful when it is not the ‘story of a life,’ but a focused part of that life—a dozen summers spent working on a grandfather’s farm; a long relationship with a dying relative; the first year of law school.” This course will help students explore and focus on the most meaningful and memorable parts of their lives. The instructor will guide students through the stories of their lives with specific prompts, timed writing and constructive feedback.

6 sessions, Oct. 25-Nov. 29, Tuesdays 6:30-9:00pm

For more information or to sign up, go to http://www.visarts.org or call (804) 353-0094.

 

Fall 2015 Classes

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Go to http://www.vmfa.museum.

Writing Memoir

In My Antonia, Willa Cather wrote: “Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.” In A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway wrote: “Memory is hunger.” This class combines these two notions: some memories are heightened experiences, and we hunger for more. Participants will try simple strategies for writing about their own lives. The instructor will offer encouraging feedback as well as specific writing prompts to help students develop their work-in-progress.

12 Tuesdays: September 15 – December 1, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Writing the Shadow

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said that before we can find the Mother Teresa within us, we must first acknowledge the Hitler who is there as well. Each of us has a dark self, what Carl Jung called the “shadow” part of our psyche. Sometimes we glimpse it in dreams; sometimes it appears in dark imaginings. In this class we’ll experiment with timed writing, dream journals, guided imagery, and Active Imagination. Our goal will be to draw the shadow out, recognize it for what it is, and see what we can learn from it and what it can bring to our creative writing.

12 Mondays: September 14 – November 30, 7:00 – 10:00pm

The Creative Spark

Clarissa Pinkola Estes writes about el duende, the goblin wind that can fan a creative spark into flame. It might be a memory, a confession, a story or a play. It might be unfinished, or without form–but the ember is there. The instructor will offer a variety of prompts for timed writing, dream journals, Active Imagination and other strategies to set students’  creativity afire.

12 Thursdays: September 17 – December 10, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Going to The Elephant

Someone once described writing as the easiest job in the world: “All you do is sit staring at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” This class will provide students with prompts and exercises for breaking through writer’s block, in a safe and comfortable environment. You’ll also find out what the title means.

12 Thursdays: September 17 – December 10,  7:00 – 10:00 PM

 

THE VISUAL ARTS CENTER

Call (804) 353-0094 or go to http://www.visarts.org.

Going to the Elephant 

Someone once described writing as the easiest job in the world: “All you do is sit staring at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” This class will provide students with prompts and exercises for breaking through writer’s block, in a safe and comfortable environment. You’ll also find out what the title means.
8 Tuesdays: September 8 – October 27,  6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Writing For the Stage

If a playwright writes plays, why isn’t the word spelled “playwrite”? “Wright” comes from Old English and means worker or maker. A playwright drafts, crafts and builds a play; the nuts and bolts that hold it together are scenes and monologues. This class explores structure, treatment, conflict, character development, setting, plot, and the differences between writing for the stage and screen.

6 Tuesdays: Nov 3 – Dec 8, 6:30 – 9 PM

Writing Memoir

In My Antonia, Willa Cather wrote: “Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.” In A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway wrote: “Memory is hunger.” This workshop puts these two notions together: that some memories are heightened experiences, and that we hunger for more. Participants will try simple strategies for writing about their own lives. The instructor will offer encouraging feedback as well as specific writing prompts to help students develop ideas.
1 Saturday:  September 26 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

1 Saturday: November 21, 10:00am – 4:00PM

Spring & Summer 2015 Classes

THE VISUAL ARTS CENTER

Call (804) 353-0094 or go to http://www.visarts.org.

Going to the Elephant – NEW!

Silence your inner critic, and break through writer’s block with thoughtful prompts and exercises.

Someone once described writing as the easiest job in the world: “All you do is sit staring at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” This class will provide students with prompts and exercises for breaking through writer’s block, in a safe and comfortable environment. You’ll also find out what the title means.

8 Session(s)
Tues  6:30 PM – 9:00 PM,  March 31 – May 19 (No class 4/07)

Writing Memoir

Spend the day writing about your life, with an encouraging instructor and like-minded people.

In My Antonia, Willa Cather wrote: “Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.” In A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway wrote: “Memory is hunger.” This workshop puts these two notions together: that some memories are heightened experiences, and that we hunger for more. Participants will try simple strategies for writing about their own lives. The instructor will offer encouraging feedback as well as specific writing prompts to help students develop ideas.

1 Session
Sat  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM,  May 16

Writing the Shadow

Enhance your writing by drawing on the dark side of the psyche.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said that before we can find the Mother Teresa within us, we must first acknowledge the Hitler who is there as well. Each of us has a dark self, what Carl Jung called the “shadow” part of our psyche. Sometimes we glimpse it in dreams; sometimes it appears in dark imaginings. In this class we’ll experiment with timed writing, dream journals, guided imagery, and Active Imagination. Our goal will be to draw the shadow out, recognize it for what it is, and see what we can learn from it and what it can bring to our creative writing.

8 Session(s)
Tues  6:30-9:00,  June 2 – July 21

Writing Memoir

Spend the day writing about your life, with an encouraging instructor and like-minded people.

In My Antonia, Willa Cather wrote: “Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.” In A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway wrote: “Memory is hunger.” This workshop puts these two notions together: that some memories are heightened experiences, and that we hunger for more. Participants will try simple strategies for writing about their own lives. The instructor will offer encouraging feedback as well as specific writing prompts to help students develop ideas.

1 Session
Sat  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, June 20

Writing Memoir

Spend the day writing about your life, with an encouraging instructor and like-minded people.

In My Antonia, Willa Cather wrote: “Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.” In A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway wrote: “Memory is hunger.” This workshop puts these two notions together: that some memories are heightened experiences, and that we hunger for more. Participants will try simple strategies for writing about their own lives. The instructor will offer encouraging feedback as well as specific writing prompts to help students develop ideas.

1 Session
Sat  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, July 18

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 

Call (804) 367-0816 or go to http://www.vmfa.museum.

The Creative Spark

Clarissa Pinkola Estes writes about el duende, the goblin wind that can fan a creative spark into flame. It might be a memory, a confession, a story or a play. It might be unfinished, or without form–but the ember is there. The instructor will offer a variety of prompts for timed writing, dream journals, Active Imagination and other strategies to set students’  creativity afire.

6 Sessions

Mondays 7:00-10:00pm, June 1 – July 6, 2015

Writing Memoir

Spend the day writing about your life, with an encouraging instructor and like-minded people.

In My Antonia, Willa Cather wrote: “Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.” In A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway wrote: “Memory is hunger.” This workshop puts these two notions together: that some memories are heightened experiences, and that we hunger for more. Participants will try simple strategies for writing about their own lives. The instructor will offer encouraging feedback as well as specific writing prompts to help students develop ideas.

1 Session
Sat  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, July 11