It’s officially a year of breaking out of comfort zones, climbing out on limbs, sailing away from the harbor and too many clichés! Adding to my list of brand new things I have always wanted to try, but have been too scared to actually do it, I have decided to start leading a creative writing workshop. I don’t want to say “teaching a class” because I don’t know that creative writing is something that can necessarily be taught. I think talent and interest in the arts can be guided and directed, and while something like learning to play scales or use an airbrush technique is a definite skill that can be taught like a subject in school, I don’t think that creative writing fits with those words.
Anyway, that’s beside the point. The point is that I’d like to start this workshop here in Warren, Tuesday nights beginning on May 7th at 6pm. The class would be open to anyone ages 14+ and would only guarantee the 3 F’s:
*Freedom—to write what you want and not be judged
*Feedback—from a small group (no more than 10 people) to improve and develop your writing
*Fun—honing and perfecting your craft with a small group of like-minded individuals (I’ll probably bring snacks each week too…and we all know that snacks make anything more fun.)
The course would cost $50 and run for 6 weeks with each class lasting 2 hours. Each class would focus on a different aspect of a work of fiction so that the end product is a well-rounded, thoroughly work-shopped piece of writing. There will be weekly “homework” assignments (2-3 pages max) which will be work-shopped at the beginning of each class with the group. There will be no official grades or credit given—this will be strictly extra-curricular.
Due to the nature of a creative writing workshop, a small-group setting is best, so I’m going to cap this class at 10 participants. If the class fills up and there is still an interest from the community, I would absolutely consider hosting another class.
Disclosure: I am not a board certified teacher, nor have I ever claimed to be. I am, however, a student and lover of the written word who has been creating fictional worlds since I was six years old and I do have a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Creative Writing from Clarion University. My second novel is in the final stages of its first draft and I will be attending the Clarksville Writer’s Conference in Tennessee this summer to meet with and pitch to several agents. Most importantly, though, I am someone who would have loved and benefited from a small-group instruction of creative writing any time throughout my life, and am interested in creating such an environment here in Warren.
I hope you’ll join me! Please e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), comment, or message me on Facebook if this is something in which you’d be interested.