CLASSES

 

Peeking at the Monster:

How to Tell a Scary Story

Saturday, April 24, 2021

taught by AE Stueve

2 pm to 4 pm CST

via Zoom

Click here to register for this free event. Registration closes 1 hour before the event starts. 

 "Peeking at the Monster" is a class about telling scary stories. From campfire yarns to epic, special-effects riddled films, there are so many different stories people tell in so many different ways, all with one goal: to scare you. Why do we tell these stories? Why do we like to be scared? I don't know all the wherefors and whytos of that. I only know I like to scare people with my own stories and you probably do to, otherwise you wouldn't be here. In this class we are going to briefly study what is widely considered one of the best horror stories ever written, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," digging deep to see how she gives her readers glimpses of "the monster." Prior to class, I ask that everyone read "The Lottery" which is available online and be ready to discuss it. Additionally, students will need a notebook and writing utensil.

 

Beauty in Poetry Workshop

May 10, 17, 24, 2021

taught by Laurence Musgrove and Sarah K. Lenz

Mondays, 7 pm to 9 pm CDT

via Zoom

 

$75, proceeds benefit Feeding Texas Hunger Relief

In this 3-week class series inspired by The Texas Poetry Assignment, you'll learn how to identify and employ the Five Formal Causes of Beauty in Poetry, including line, shape, comparison, music, and balance.

 

We’ll also lead you through inspiring writing exercises based on current Texas Poetry Assignment calls for submissions. Finally, you’ll get in-depth, personalized feedback on your poems in small workshop groups to help you polish your poetry to publication-ready perfection.

Limited Spots Available

  • May 10, 7:00 PM CDT – May 24, 9:00 PM CDT
    Zoom Online
    Learn how to identify and employ the 5 Formal Causes of Beauty in Poetry, including line, shape, comparison, music, and balance.
 

Sharpening Your Writerly Tools:

Exercising Creative Constraints 

Saturday, May 22, 2021

taught by Sarah K. Lenz 

2 pm to 4 pm CDT

via Zoom

Click here to register for this free event. Registration closes 1 hour before the event starts. 

"To write to the best of your abilities," writes Stephen King, "it behooves you to construct your own toolbox, and then build up enough muscle so you can carry it with you."

In this generative workshop, we'll discuss which writerly tools should be in your kit.  We'll mentally personalize and organize our own writing tool kits.  Finally, we'll work on a series of diverse writing prompts aimed to help you clean and oil those tools in your box that may have gotten a little rusty.

This class is for appropriate for writers of all skill levels, working in all genres. 

 

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