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Happy Hour Classes

Posted on Tue, Mar 7 2017 9:00 am by Sara Krassin


Grab a drink and crack open your notebook, it’s happy hour at the Loft! Our new Happy Hour Classes take place on Friday afternoons with a concurrent happy hour at the cafe downstairs from 3-6 p.m. Students can purchase a half-price beverage and bring it to the classroom. Start your Friday nights off right by mixing, mingling, and learning at the Loft!

The Creative Nonfiction Writing Group  l  Rachael Hanel
Advanced  l  3/17-5/5  l  Fridays  l  4-6 p.m.  l  6 sessions  l  Reg $210 Mem $189

Perhaps you've already taken creative nonfiction classes at the Loft, and now you're well into your own writing project. Do you feel it's time to move beyond craft talk and immerse yourself in the writing process? This class is for anyone writing creative nonfiction—memoir, essay, narrative nonfiction—who wants guidance on language, characterization, theme, and organization.

The class will be structured as a writing group, with opportunities to share work and receive feedback from classmates and the teaching artist. Students will look at examples of successful creative nonfiction and apply those principles to their own work. Students will be exposed to the different forms creative nonfiction can take. A portion of each class will be set aside for writing exercises and for workshopping longer pieces of work. Students will leave the class with more developed ideas for their work and a plan for continued writing and revision.

Playwriting  l  Cristina Pippa
Beginning  l  3/17-5/19  l  Fridays  l  4-6 p.m.  l  8 sessions  l  Reg $280 Mem $252

All the world's a stage! Learn to write for the theatre in this introduction to playwriting class. A medium that is primarily dialogue and unlike any other in its end goal of live performance, playwriting will help you find theatricality and an active voice in all your work. Each class will include creative writing exercises and lessons geared toward writing a one-act play, as well as time to workshop pages. We will focus on writing dynamic dialogue and engaging audiences.

Digging for Treasure: Mining Craft Books to Write Smarter Fiction  l  Allison Wyss, Erin Kate Ryan, Roseanne Periera
Open to All Levels  l  3/17, 3/31, 4/21  l  Fridays  l  3-6 p.m.  l  3 sessions  l  Reg $157.50 Mem $141.75

Have you ever enthusiastically bought a book on the craft of writing only to find it unused, months or years later? Dust off those books! Join us for a craft club for writers.

We'll examine three books together, each with the guidance of a different teaching artist. Roseanne Pereira will use Ben Percy's Thrill Me to focus on extraordinary ordinary details and earning violence present in your work. Allison Wyss will draw from Chris Castellini's The Art of Perspective to lead you beyond simple POV and into narrative strategy. Erin Kate Ryan will use Bringing the Devil to His Knees edited by Charles Baxter to explore beginnings and endings and their connection to scene and summary.Teaching artists will also draw from published texts by writers such as Helen Oyeyemi, Toni Morrison, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, and Ruth Ozeki.