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

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