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

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s