Current Courses

Winter/Spring 2017

2/11: Love, Heartbreak & Rage
2/22-3/15: Writing Change
3/6-4/10: Writing Young Adult Fiction
4/8-5/13: A Page, A Stage, and Places in Between: An Introduction to Playwriting
5/8-5/29: Magical Realism

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!

Love, Heartbreak & Rage

This studio class will cover the raw emotions that are often the impetus for beginning a draft or longer writing project. Much of the focus will be on creative management of the emotions of love, heartbreak and rage & ways the personal experiences can be made compelling to the reader. There will be time for in-class writing. This will primarily be a poetry class with a few examples of hybrid work as well.

Writers we will look at may include Jenny Johnson, Gerald Stern, Max Porter, and Carl Phillips.

Instructor: Rosalynde Vas Dias
Dates: 1 day — Sunday, February 11th
Time: 9:00AM-1:30PM
Where: Ada Books, 717 Westminster Street, Providence
$35-$60 sliding scale

Writing Change

This four-week course is for anyone wishing to write as a means of processing, engaging and resisting these tumultuous political times. It is for those who wish to write the change they wish to see in the world, to envision a world, through poetry, fiction or nonfiction, that more closely aligns with the values and truths that are held dear. We’ll read and discuss political work that ranges across all three genres, write based on exercises, and workshop your creative pieces so that they shine through all the noise.

Instructor: Christopher Kondrich
Dates: Thursdays, February 22nd to March 15th
Time: 6:30PM-9:00PM
Where: Ada Books, 717 Westminster Street, Providence

Writing Young Adult Fiction

Want to write a young adult novel but don’t know where to start? Started one and ran out of steam? In this six-week course we’ll explore—with weekly assignments and in-depth, one-on-one feedback—the building blocks of young adult fiction.

Suggested texts will include, but not be limited to: Bronxwood, by Coe Booth, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart, Feed by MT Anderson, how i live now by Meg Rossoff, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

Instructor: Jeff Hirsch
Dates: Tuesdays, March 6th – April 10th
Time: 6:30PM-9:00PM
Where: Ada Books, 717 Westminster Street, Providence

A Page, A Stage, and Places in Between: An Introduction to Playwriting

What are plays? Why should they be written? Over the course of six weeks, we’ll explore these questions and consider theatre’s power to cause social change, political critique, downright fun, and emotional transformation ranging from the hilarious to the harrowing. In addition to participating in solo and collaborative in-class writing exercises, students will read each other’s work aloud and respond afterwards from the basis of two questions: Where were you most drawn in? Where do you want to know more? By the end of this workshop, each student will have written a ten-minute play. At-home assignments may include plays, visual art, and essays by daring 20th and 21st-century artists such as Lorraine Hansberry, Harold Pinter, Charlotte Meehan, Maria Irene Fornés, Bruce Nauman, Amiri Baraka, Caryl Churchill, and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.
Instructor: Adara Meyers
Dates: Sundays, April 8th – May 13th
Time: 5:30PM – 8:00PM
Where: Ada Books, 717 Westminster Street, Providence

Magical Realism 
“Realism is a kind of premeditated literature that offers too static and exclusive a vision of reality . . . but disproportion is a part of our reality, too. Our reality is in itself all out of proportion.” – Gabriel García Márquez
This four-week course will explore the literature and craft of reading and writing magical realism, an international narrative style in which the miraculous coexists with the quotidian, and magic is employed in the service of truth. Students will learn about the origins and contemporary trends of magical realism and its use to express cultural collisions, experiences of marginalization, and differing perspectives on how, and by whom, reality is defined.

Readings will be drawn from both historic and cutting edge bodies of international literature, including classics by Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gabriel García Márquez up through Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, and Isabel Allende. Students will practice craft techniques and generate original stories inspired by readings, visual art, in-class exercises, weekly assignments, and creative journaling.

Instructor: Maryann Ulmann
Dates: May 8th –May29th
Time: 6:30PM -9:00PM
Where: Ada Books, 717 Westminster Street, Providence


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