Clay Studio

Firehouse Education / Writing

Writers’ Group

Tuesdays, April 11–May 16, 2006, 10am–12pm
Many people find that they’re more likely to write when they have “deadlines,” or at least a structure within which to write. This group, which is open to writers of all genres, offers the opportunity to have your work read on a regular basis and to learn from the critiquing process, even when applied to the work of others. Though we may occasionally do writing exercises, the primary purpose of this class is to write and to evaluate as well as to begin internalizing the critiquing process so we can be guided by the critic within when we write. (Class Code: 811622-2)
$108, $97.20 BCA Members
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Instructor: Susan Weiss
Location: Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts

Which Comes First, the Writing or the Book?

Tuesdays, April 11–May 23, 2006, 6:30–8:30pm
Creating a handmade book may suggest to you a writing project that seems to match that book’s design. The inspiration can go in the other direction, as well. A specific poem or story that you write may lead you toward a certain book structure. This class will approach the “which comes first?” question from the perspectives of both the book artist and the writer. Make book structure and design a part of your creative process as you explore new ways to present your visual and verbal ideas. Emphasis will be on the process of developing ideas for both books and written work. Each participant will complete an original work of writing printed in a handmade book. (Class Code: 811328-1)
$180, $162 BCA members
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Instructor: Heather Neal and Susan Weiss
Location: Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts

Sources of Poems

Wednesdays, April 12, 19, and May 3, 2006, 7–8:30pm
In three meetings, we will try a number of imaginative and generative exercises and look at existing poems for pleasure and inspiration. If you write often, not very often, or never, but would like to write more, this poetry series aims to help you start new poems and enjoy experimenting with writing and language. (Class Code: 811625-1)
$45, $40.50 BCA members
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Instructor: Emily Skoler
Location: Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts

Girls Write to be Heard

Thursdays, April 13–May 18 (no class 4/27), 2006, 3:30–5pm
Using writing to express your thoughts and feelings is artistically satisfying but is also a way of discovering your real voice – who you are and what you have to say. Find your true creative spirit. Learn to use language so that people will listen to you. (Class Code: 811624-1)
$55, $49.50 BCA Members
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Instructor: Susan Weiss
Location: Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts

Feature-Writing Workshop

Mondays, April 17–May 22, 2006, 6:30–8:30pm
Somewhere between news and the novel is the feature story. Both art and craft, the feature allows us to convey information both overtly and through character, voice, structure, and pacing. In this class, students will develop a feature story through in-class writing and critiques; out of class reporting, research, and writing; and lecture/discussion. Topics include finding and developing a good story idea, creating an irresistible lead, editing vs. writing, and selling your story. (Class Code: 811626-1)
$108, $97.20 BCA Members
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Instructor: Rachel Morton
Location: Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts

Creative-Writing Collage

Saturday, May 13, 2006, 10am–1pm
Try creative writing with a twist! You, as both the writer and the illustrator, will gather words and images already in print to create your own storylines, journal entries, or greeting cards, with corresponding illustrations. Bring any old magazines, pictures, or other printed materials you may have. Fun for parents and kids (age 8 and older)! (Class Code: 811627-1)

Includes cost of materials

Please note: Family Price – $30, $27 BCA members per family
$20, $10 BCA members
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Instructor: Debbie Clavette
Location: Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts