Current Courses

 

Upcoming Summer 2019

Yogic Writing

Where you focus, your energy flows. If we own the power to shape our own story, how can we do so with intention? In what ways can we best practice our abilities as Deliberate Creators, both on and off the page? Yin Yogic Writing approaches the writing practice with an appreciation for what’s already going well, with a still inquiry into what we actually want and why.

Through journaling and meditations—written and shared by previous writers— we will explore how authors choose to reframe struggles and injustice in order to build new worlds and ways of being. We will look to imaginative writers including Italo Calvino, Jeanette Winterson, and Tom Robbins for strategies to allow what is while stepping into new ways of being. Exercises will include collaborative creations and discussions, guided free writing, and opportunities for public reading. Walking and sitting meditation techniques offer ways of overcoming uncertainty masquerading as procrastination or perfectionism, to step into our courage and inner knowing. We will raise awareness of individual and collective thought-patterns, in order to distinguish our own intuitive voice.

No previous writing experience or yoga practice required. Everyone welcome.

Instructor:  MacKenzie Abernethy

When:  Sunday, June 2nd

Time:  1:00pm to 4:00pm

Where:  Jala Yoga Studio,

Tuition:  $65

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Writing the Novel in Verse with Karen Haskell

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 [which] 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!).

Instructor:  Karen Haskell

When:  June 15th to July 6th

Online

Tuition:  $160

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Intro to Comic Book Writing with Walker Mettling/PCC

We will play an array of visionary Providence Comics Consortium sketchbook games to get loose and to build your sketchbook as a reference tool.

We’ll talk about characters and use non-photo blue pencils & experiment with different inking styles. By the end of our class we’ll draw, ink, print and bind our own comics anthology!

Instructor: Walker Mettling of PCC

When:  Tuesdays, July 2nd to July 23rd

Time:  6:30 to 9:00pm

Tuition:  $160 tuition,  $20 materials fee

Location: All Saints Memorial Church, 674 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903

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The Good Parts:  Writing Erotica

Writing sex is one of the hardest things an author can do, but as we practice and get more comfortable, it turns out…well, it turns out writing erotica is a blast and a half.

We’ll learn about erotic vocabulary, utilizing POV, and how sex scenes are really character revealing scenes. We’ll practice using sensory descriptions, using sex scenes to create conflict and tension, and even injecting humor. Most importantly, we’ll be getting a little more comfortable with…with feeling uncomfortable about it.

THE GOOD PARTS is a quick and dirty introduction to writing erotica for everyone interested in dipping their toes in. No skinny dipping required.

So come ready to write (though no one will be required to SHARE, I’m not a MONSTER), and leave feeling saucy, racy and a little bit over-pleased with yourself.

Instructor:  Amy Lewis

When:  Sunday, July 14th

Time:  10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where:  What Cheer Writers Club

Tuition:  $65

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Writing and the Day Job with Kristen Falso-Capaldi

This workshop will discuss the use of time management tools, goal setting and long term planning in order to assist writers with busy lives to incorporate and stick to a writing routine. We will also touch upon generating writing material, writing habits, writer’s block and seeing the project to fruition.

Course Texts: Excerpts, Atomic Habits by James Clear, Finish by Jon Acuff, Getting Things Done, David Allen, The Five Second Rule, Mel Robbins.

Instructor:  Kristen Falso-Capaldi

When:  Sunday, June 30th

Time:  10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where: What Cheer

Tuition:  $65

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Endless Beautiful studio

The Endless Beautiful method uses sound to engage participants with their imaginations and artistic crafts, guiding them into uncharted territory. Our participants create new work every time they use the EB method, allowing them to practice various styles and mediums in an open and mindful environment. Endless Beautiful asks participants to “tune in” to the sources of their inspiration. This one-day intensive will focus on opening up your senses and exploring your imagination to generate new work.

Instructors:  Carolyn Decker and Lucas Pralle

When: Sunday, August 4th

Time:  10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where:  What Cheer

Tuition:  $65

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