For spring 2011, Thurber House is offering two new workshops for adults with a secret desire to explore and experiment with poetry or fiction in a fun and productive atmosphere with professionals in both genres. Classes are limited to 20, and are open to all levels of writing experience. There will be critiquing of works in progress as well as developing new works. You must be over 18 to participate. Tuition for each class is a non-refundable $250.
Classes will meet for six consecutive Mondays, from 6-8 p.m., starting March 7 and ending April 11. All classes are held at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, next door to Thurber House. Parking is available for free in the lot behind Thurber Center and the lot on the corner of Jefferson and Long. Parking is metered on Jefferson Avenue, change is required.
THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2.
Choose one of the following classes:
Fun, Fearless Fiction
Ideal for both beginners and intermediate writers, this class will incorporate workshop critiques and writing exercises that will inspire and motivate writers at any level. Particular attention will be paid to creating scenes, the essential building block of fiction-and learning how to develop and write scenes that matter, with examples drawn from film as inspiration. Class limited to 20.
Instructor: Stephanie Harrison's work has appeared in many journals, including Quarterly West, Hayden's Ferry Review, Northwest Review. She is the editor of the anthology, Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen. She was recently awarded a Columbus Literary Award, and has received grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Florida Arts Council. She teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages in Columbus, and teaches an online creative writing course for the University of Florida, where she is the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award.
Fun, Fearless Poetry
With in-class writing exercises as well as 'home' work, this class will focus on experimenting with forms and exploring what breathes life into a poem. There will be word games, discussion about revisions, and time set aside for critiquing our work. This is a workshop for everyone from the seasoned poet to the poetry-curious. Class limited to 20.
Instructor: Nancy Kangas writes poetry, humor, essays and combinations of all three. Her poetry has been featured in print and online publications including Cap City Poets. For over a decade, she edited Nancy's Magazine, an internationally distributed variety magazine. She has led poetry writing experiences through Ohio Arts Council programs as well as at Thurber House, Columbus Museum of Art, and The Wexner Center.
You can register online or download an application form on the website: www.thurberhouse.org. Application and tuition fee must be received at Thurber House, 77 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215 by Wednesday, March 2.
What others have said about the classes:
"Definitely worth the time and money! I looked forward to it every week."
"The teaching and information were beyond what I expected."
"I enjoyed the give and take that is part of a live class."