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

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Weekly event at 6:00 pm on Monday, repeating until May 24, 2021
Weekly event at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until May 20, 2021
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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


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Creativity and Healing (Part One)
Monday, March 22  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Niki Gnezda

In 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.

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Creativity and Healing (Part Two)
Monday, March 29  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Niki Gnezda

Part 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.

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How to Write Funny (and Edit Funnier)
Monday, April 5  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Brooke Preston

No 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.

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*Special Adult Writing Workshop*
Go Rogue! Travel Writing & Point of View
Thursday, April 8  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm ET
Instructor: Katherine Matthews

Back 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!

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Recording the Pandemic: Your Personal Story
Monday, April 12  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Niki Gnezda

Our 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.

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On Writing—from Crisis to Catharsis
Monday, April 19  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder

Are 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 Tension
Thursday, April 22  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm ET
Instructor: Katherine Matthews

Back 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 Burnout
Monday, April 26  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Brooke Preston

Whether 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.

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Mining Memories, Making Stories
Monday, May 3  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder

Do 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 Specific
Thursday, May 6  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm ET
Instructor: Katherine Matthews

Back 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 Context
Monday, May 10  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Tracy Lawson

The 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.

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Commit to Submit!
Monday, May 17  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder

In 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 Scene
Thursday, May 20  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm ET
Instructor: Katherine Matthews

Back 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 Camp
Monday, May 24  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Scott Woods

What 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

Event showcase image

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 ET
Instructor: Niki Gnezda

In 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 ET
Instructor: Niki Gnezda

Part 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 ET
Instructor: Brooke Preston

No 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 View
Thursday, April 8  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm ET
Instructor: Katherine Matthews

Back 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 Story
Monday, April 12  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Niki Gnezda

Our 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 Catharsis
Monday, April 19  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder

Are 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 Tension
Thursday, April 22  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm ET
Instructor: Katherine Matthews

Back 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 Burnout
Monday, April 26  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Brooke Preston

Whether 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 Stories
Monday, May 3  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder

Do 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 Specific
Thursday, May 6  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm ET
Instructor: Katherine Matthews

Back 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 Context
Monday, May 10  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Tracy Lawson

The 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 ET
Instructor: Lisa Lopez Snyder

In 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 Scene
Thursday, May 20  |  6:00 – 7:00 pm ET
Instructor: Katherine Matthews

Back 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 Camp
Monday, May 24  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm ET
Instructor: Scott Woods

What 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