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Classes & Workshops Starting in March

Enrollment for March workshops is now openvintage-library-poster-1395138516pT3!

Spring is so close we can almost taste it! Though it’s still a bit frigid out, we are daydreaming of strolling through NOTA in shorts and relaxing beachside with our Debut Author Boris Fishman’s novel A Replacement Life. Join us at W&B where it’s nice and warm–and where writing and reading can transport you somewhere with less slush and more sun!

Let’s look at what’s coming up this month at Writers & Books:

The Lost Weekend – Instructor: Jacob Rakovan
Start Date – March 3rd Time – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
This one-off class will explore the literature of drinking and excess, and attempt to determine if “malt does more than Milton can/To justify God’s ways to man.” The class will be held at Writers & Books. Whiskey tasting at The Daily Refresher included.

Writing from Trauma and Getting Published – Instructor: Nguyen Phan Que Mai 
Start Date – March 5th Time – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Through an in-class exercises, as well as a discussion of your poem, story, or nonfiction piece, we will explore the core essentials of writing  clear, meaningful, and internationally engaged work.  The workshop will also deal with the special demands that face those of us who have survived trauma and have gone on to write about it.  Finally, we will use the last part of the workshop to discuss and highlight, through illustration of our process, the art of translation with regard to Vietnamese and American poetry.

Finding Your Voice: A Special Workshop on Identity – Instructor: Nguyen Phan Que Mai 
Start Date – March 5th Time – 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Internationally recognized poet Nguyen Phan Que Mai will lead a workshop that will explore the ways writing can help us clarify who we are, help us to transform past experiences into literary works by practicing writing skills that will produce poems, essays, or stories. The workshop is particularly for those under the age of 40 interested in exploring how they can use writing to understand their experiences.

Winter 2015 Catalog coverFinding Your Poetic Voice: A Poetry Workshop – Instructor: Donna Marbach 
Start Date – March 5th Time – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Do you paint beautiful images with your words? Create mesmerizing soundscapes?  Write with a passion to change the world? Or do you try to make people laugh?  There are many ways to express yourself through poetry, and no single ‘right’ one among them. This workshop will provide an open setting for writing and discussing poetry with the intent of helping you find your own “voice.”

Red Sugar: Feminism in Poetry – Instructor: Rachel McKibbens
Start Date – March 9th Time – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Students will examine the work of Jan Beatty, Lucille Clifton, Sandra Cisneros, and others from a feminist perspective. Generative writing exercises will follow. Come see why their voices are still so vital.

Poetic Dramaturgy – Instructor: Jacob Rakovan
Start Date – March 9th Time – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
This class will read deeply in poetic drama, from Euripides to the poem-plays of Yeats, Beckett, and others. We will explore ways in which poetry and plays inform each other with exercises in the form.

2000 Word Club – Instructor:  Len Messino
Start Date – March 9th Time – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The purpose of the 2000 Word Club is to offer class members an opportunity to explore the various creative writing genres—fiction, memoir, creative essay, experimental forms, and even chapters of larger works—to find the form most amenable to their experience and imagination. The only requirement: manuscripts must be under 2000 words.

How to Read & Enjoy Poetry for Non-Poetry Readers – Instructor:  Donna Marbach
Start Date – March 10th Time – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Are you a voracious reader who avoids poetry books like the plague?  Do you have a loved one or friend that is totally “into poetry” and you just don’t “get it”? Do you think poetry is boring? Undecipherable? Irrelevant? Or does poetry make you feel stupid or uncomfortable? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may want to consider this class.

download (3)There’s a Book Inside You. Let’s Get It Out! – Instructor: Lois Taubman
Start Date – March 14th Time – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This workshop will explore the practical and not so practical reasons why people don’t write the books they want to write.

It’s Tea Time: Bringing Together Your Sense of Taste and Writing – Instructor: Kitty Jospe
Start Date – March 14th Time – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Start your morning with writing that explore your sense of taste. Tea has a long storied literary history. See what you can brew as Kitty Jospe leads you through writing exercises that will engage your imagination as much the tea engages your taste buds. Tea will be provided by Tea Witch Tea!

Self-Publishing eBooks & Paperbacks – Instructor: Joy Argento
Start Date – March 17th Time – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Join Joy Argento, who will teach you how to navigate the tricky world of Print-on-Demand paperbacks and eBook publishing!