Semester runs from Monday, September 14, through Monday
, November 2, 2015
Dates of individual classes may vary.
Memoir: Making It Happen
Instructor: Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno
Have you always wanted to write a memoir but weren't sure
how to get started? Have you started and then quit, not
knowing quite where to go? In this workshop, we will help
you define the specific memoir you want to write, its major
themes and essential plot. You will develop parameters for
the piece including the beginning, climax and end. Participants
will write five double-spaced pages per week and then share
them with the group. By the end of this eight-week session,
you will have the keystones in place to successfully launch
a book length manuscript.
|Thursdays| 9/17-11/5/2015 | 12 noon1:30 p.m..|Private
Residence, 801 Hunters Lane, Oreland PA 19075| $180|
: Continuing the Process
Instructor: Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno
Have you begun your memoir using the Musehouse methodology,
but need to continue workshopping it in order to sustain
your energy and inspiration? This is the workshop for you.
Come, join our nurturing and invigorating circle of writers
as we continue to tell our most important life stories.
Section A|Fridays | 9/18 11/6/15| 12 noon
1:30 p.m.| Private Residence,801 Hunters Lane, Oreland,
PA 19075| $180|
Section B|Thursdays| 9/17-11/5/15| 4P.M.5:30 P.M..|
Private Residence, 801 Hunters Lane, Oreland PA 19075 |
Instructor: Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno, Certified Zentangle
Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create
beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. When we
zentangle, we draw and let our worries fall away. Virtually
anyone can succeed: it requires no previous drawing ability.
This art form has grown exponentially in the past few years
there are now 2,000 certified teachers in America,
Asia and Europe. Each week we will learn new patterns and
the last two weeks will focus on combining a poem or prose
excerpt with a Zentangle drawing.
|Wednesdays| 9/16 11/4/15| 6 P.M.7:30 P.M.|
Private Residence, 801 Hunters Lane, Oreland , PA 19075|
Self and Place in Poetry
Instructor: Leonard Gontarek ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR INSTRUCTORS!
This course is designed to accommodate poets at all levels
of accomplishment. The ABC's of poetry (assonance, blank
verse, caesura) will be addressed as well as the basics:
What is a good beginning, ending, and title for a poem and
how should a poem look on the page? Contemporary American
and international poets from A.R. Ammons to Adam Zagajewski
will be discussed. Narrative, persona, political, lyric
and confessional poetry (among others) will be covered.
You will learn to identify your strengths, trust them, and
employ them in your work. You will be guided to build more
accurate and textured poems. There will be weekly assignments.
|Tuesdays|9/15 11/3/2015|11:30 1:00 p.m.|Private
Residence, 10 Drum Moir Lane, Chestnut Hill 19118|$180|
Instructor: Grant Clauser
This master poet's circle is for advanced poets who have
had some work published. Emphasis each week is on workshopping
poems, naming both strengths and possibilities for revision.
Discussions of theory and close readings of contemporary
poets will be included. This is a fun and rigorous circle.
Please email your bio and sample work if you have not been
in this class before. Prior approval of Musehouse Director
is required for entry.
|Mondays|9/14 11/2/15| 7 pm. - 8:30 p.m| Church
of St Martin's In the Field (Hilary House) 8000 St. Martin's
Lane, Chestnut Hill 19118 |$180|
in Poetry: Personal Snapshots
Instructor: Amy Small McKinney
The stories of our lives are made up of moments, important
ones, compelling ones, pleasureable ones, hopeful ones,
tragic ones, etc. In this class you will recall these moments
or personal snapshots and use them to write poems. This
is a great class for beginners who face that age-old dilemma:
I want to write poetry, but I don't know what to write about.
Or, Can I really write about this? The instructor is highly
experienced and known for her warmth and generosity with
|Mondays| 9/1411/2/2015)| 3 p.m 4:30 p.m.
|Private Apartment, Hill House, Apt 501, 201 W. Evergreen,Phila,
PA 19118| $180|
The Letter & The List:
New-Old Strategies for Reading & Writing Poems
Instructor: Lesley Valdes
This workshop will focus each session on closely reading
either a Letter or List poem by
among others, Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Hugo, Adelia Prado,
Richard Siken, using them as models to write one of your
own. All will be explained, handouts provided. All Levels.
(Beginning poets please contact instructor ahead of time.)
|Thursdays| 9/1711/5| 2 p.m. 3:30 p.m.|Instructors
Studio, 1935 S. Alder St., Phila, PA 19148.| email@example.com|$180|
Fiction: The Art of Space and Silence A Class for
Teens and Adults
Instructor: Kathleen Furin
In this workshop we will focus in on specific techniques
to create successful short short pieces. Flash fiction emphasizes
the art of space and silence; whats left out is just
as important as what is retained. We will write and read
together with an eye towards building memorable characters,
developing plots that subvert expectation, and creating
polished pieces. In-class exercises, workshop, and discussion
will support students in honing craft techniques, taking
risks, and developing trust in their creative voice as we
work in this super-short form.
|Tuesdays|9/15 11/3/2015|7 p.m.8:30 pm.|Location
to be announced (Northwest Phila.)|$180
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