Current Courses

Spring 2019

We welcome you to join our upcoming Writing Workshops & public events:

A note about our rates: Over the past several years, Frequency has decreased tuition costs to students. You will see that some of our classes are offered for sliding scale rates. We also offer need-based scholarships on a rolling basis. We offer these options in support of our goal of making writing classes available to all who wish to take them. By paying more when you are able to do so, you actively and directly support Frequency as well as your fellow community members. Thank you!

OPEN HOUSE
January 20th, 6:30pm at Ada Books, 717 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903

Origins: A Generative New Year’s Workshop

This New Year’s we will start at the beginning: The origin.
In this one day studio course we will take a look at the origins of space-time, the Earth’s geographical/topographical history alongside etymology (the origin of words) to generate new work or add to works already in progress. Appropriate for all genres, interests and levels of writing comfort!

Instructor: Nada Samih
When: Sunday January 27th
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00pm
Where: What Cheer Writers Club,
160 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903
Tuition:  $65

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Novels in Verse

In a world where the line between poetry and prose is often blurred, we will look at an old standard: The Novel in Verse. According to poets.org, a novel in verse is: A hybrid form, the verse novel filters the devices of fiction through the medium of poetry. There are antecedents for the novelization of poetry in long narrative poems, in epics, chronicles, and romances, but the verse novel itself, as a distinct nineteenth-century genre, is different than the long poem that tells a story because it appropriates the discourse and language, the stylistic features of the novel as a protean form. We will work on how to get started on your own novel in verse (or keep going if you’ve already started!).

This will be a 4 week hybrid course using Google Classroom. We will meet online 2x and in person 2x.

Course Texts: Thomas & Beulah by Rita Dove, The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson, and Inside out And Back Again by Thanhha Lai among others.

Instructor: Karen Haskell
When: Sundays, February 3rd to March 3rd
Time: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm on February 17th and March 3rd
Where: What Cheer Writers Club,
160 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903
Tuition:  $160

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Building a World

Let’s build a world from the ground up. Aimed primarily at SciFi/Fantasy authors (but applicable across the board), we’ll look at different aspects and methods to creating built worlds. We’ll look at questions such as: Do you have to have a degree in astrophysics to write a book in space? (Hint: the answer is NO) How does magic figure in to your world? What about currency? Politics? Does your built world have its own popular culture? How does “alternate history” fit into this? We’ll also look at different ways of world-building, how to do this without getting totally lost in your research, how much you need to do up front, tips and methods for avoiding the dreaded “infodump”.

Through readings and in-class generative exercises, students will come away with a very good start at a world they’ve built themselves

We’ll have readings from Jeff Vandermeer’s WONDERBOOK, Ursula K Leguin’s STEERING THE CRAFT, as well as some examples/excerpts of worldbuilding including Catherynne M. Valente (RADIANCE), Nnedi Okorafor (BINTI), N.K. Jemisin (THE 5TH SEASON), and Charlie Jane Anders (ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY).

Instructor: Amy Lewis
When: Mondays, February 25th to March 18th
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: What Cheer Writers Club,
160 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903
Tuition:  $160

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A Woman Alone

In this course, we will explore the theme of a woman alone. Our exploration of this theme will be in large part cinematic, i.e. we will screen a number of films where a solitary woman, e.g. what she does or doesn’t do, is at the heart of what the movie is “about.” We will also read our way into this theme, and ultimately find new ways of dealing with this subject in our writing.

Instructor: Victor Wildman
When: Thursdays, February 28th to April 4th
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: School One,
220 University Ave, Providence, RI 02906
Tuition:  $250

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Introduction to the Lyric Essay

The lyric essay exists in an undefined space between poetry and non-fiction. By breaking the rules of genre and experimenting with hybrid forms, students in this class can expect to breathe new life into stagnant essays, develop poetic lines into thoughtful arguments, and to take their non-fiction to new creative places. In addition to writing prompts and workshops, we’ll be exploring the genre through excerpts and essays from John D’Agata, Eula Biss, Sarah Manguso, and Claudia Rankine, among others.

Course Texts: May include John D’Agata, Eula Biss, Maggie Nelson, Janet Malcolm, Sarah Manguso, and Claudia Rankine, among others.

Instructor: Jodie Vinson
When: Mondays, March 18th to April 29th
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: School One,
220 University Ave, Providence, RI 02906
Tuition:  $250

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Developing Mood and Voice Through Music

At the beginning of the course, students will be assigned a generic opening sentence. Each week, we will begin by listening to a piece of music that creates a particular writing atmosphere. Students will use the pre-assigned generic opening sentence to write a short piece of fiction inspired by the musical piece. The expectation is that the atmosphere of each musical piece will affect the narrative voice and the mood of the writing.

By the end of the course, students will have generated 4-5 short fictional pieces, or at least 4-5 story beginnings with distinctive mood and voice.

Course Texts: Selected readings from atmospheric and/or voice-unique prose including, but not limited to, Poe, Murakami, Sarah Gerard (author of the novel Binary Star), Garcia-Marquez, Faulkner and Jonathan Safran-Foer.

Instructor: Kristen Falso-Capaldi
When: Sundays, May 5th to May 26th
Time: 2:30pm to 5:00 pm
Where: What Cheer Writers Club,
160 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903
Tuition:  $160

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