February 18

Making a Scene

Did anyone ever tell you not to make a scene? Well, now’s your chance! In this class we’ll discuss the elements of a good scene and practice writing our own. Bring on the drama and tension!

January 28

Uses of Landscape in Writing

Landscape features prominently in fiction and nonfiction. In this class, we’ll work with three categories of landscape: the outdoors, the interiors of structures, and the interiors (thoughts and emotions) of characters. We’ll look at examples of landscape, and participants will write descriptions of landscape for their own pieces.

January 29

Outsmarting Your Inner Critic

Have you wanted to write but just can’t get started? Are you feeling blocked? In this class, we’ll do a variety of exercises to get you started on your first or next project. You can share a sample of what you generate with classmates or keep your project top secret.

February 26

Love Songs for the Quarantined

The shutdown of 2020 changed us all in some way. Maybe you learned how to live more authentically. Maybe you were isolated from people you loved. One true thing, for me, was that the pandemic has taught us about love–heroic displays of it, heartbreak, grief, finding your passion. In this class we’ll draw from our pandemic experience to create stories and essays.

March 12

Creating Memorable Characters

How do writers make up characters? How do you create believable characters? What do you name them? I used to find this a daunting task. I was suspicious when writers would say that characters spoke to them. I’ll share what I’ve learned from my favorite mentors and teach you methods that took some of the overwhelm out of this critical aspect of writing fiction.

April 23

Using Landscape to Strengthen Your Writing

I like to use the term landscape versus the traditional term setting when talking about the environments where stories take place. When I was working on my MFA, I studied the work of another student who classified landscape in three categories: the outdoors, the indoors, and the minds of characters. This fascinated me and really expanded the idea of setting and how it can influence a piece of writing. We’ll look at examples of each type of landscape and participants will create landscapes for their writing.

November 12

The Power of the List

Lists are not just for chores or the grocery store. In this class, we’ll learn about using lists for characterization, to structure a story, or to be the story itself. This is the perfect class for those who want to try writing. Everyone can write a list! Participants receive 10% off in-store purchases.

December 3

Letter Writing in Life and in Fiction

Letter writing is alive and well. In this class, we’ll explore uses of letters in our everyday lives and explore fictional letter writing by modeling examples from epistolary novels. We’ll also experiment with microfiction by writing postcard stories. Do you have a collection of letters that you treasure? We’ll talk about how to use them in your creative work.
Classes will be held at Bear’s Books, 835 Forsyth Street, Macon, GA 31201 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Light snacks will be served. The cost is $50 per class.
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