Semester runs from Saturday, June 15, through Saturday,
July 25, 2015
Dates of individual classes may vary.
Memoir: Making It Happen
Instructor: Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno
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| 6/18 -7-23| 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.|Private Residence,
801 Hunters Lane, Oreland PA 19075| $130|
: 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 | 6/ 19 - 7/24| 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.|
Private Residence,801 Hunters Lane, Oreland, PA 19075| $130
Section B|Thursdays| 6/18 - 7/23| 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.| Private
Residence, 801 Hunters Lane, Oreland PA 19075 | $130|
Self and Place in Poetry
Instructor: Leonard Gontarek
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|6/16-7/21|11:30 - 1:00 p.m.|Private Residence,
10 Drum Moir Lane, Chestnut Hill 19118|$130|
Instructor: Grant Clauser
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|6/15 - 7/20/15| 7 pm. - 8:30 p.m| Church of
St Martin's In the Field (Hilary House) 8000 St. Martin's
Lane, Chestnut Hill 19118 |$130|
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 beginner's 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| 6/15, 6/22,6/29, and 7/6/2015 (4 sessions total)|
12 noon - 1:30 p.m|Church of St Martin's in the Field (Hilary
House), 8000 St. Martin's Lane, Chestnut Hill 19118 | $90|
The Writer's Best Friend
A Workshop in Polishing the Personal Essay or Creative Non-
Instructor: Lesley Valdes
Go gently with your drafts; treat them as patients: as if
you were a good doctor doing hospital rounds. They will
surprise you; help you help yourself. Revision is the craft
of patience and usually of deletion. It can be as satisfying
as raking the leaves on an autumn day. As frustrating as
seeing them go up in a burst of wind. Without it, your manuscript
can not live. Bring a near completed essay or piece of non-fiction
to workshop, no longer than five double-spaced pages to
polish and revise.
Thursdays| 7/16, 23, & 30 and 8/27/15| 2 - 3:00 p.m.|
1935 S Alder Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148| $90|
Fiction Manuscript Consultation
Consultant: Hilary Plum
Get the individual attention you need for your novel or
story collection. First, you will send your manuscript to
your consultant and the two of you will have a phone conference
for half an hour to discuss your project and its aims and
challenges. Then, she will read your manuscript, and in
a second, hour-long meeting, provide you with an analysis
packet containing a short description of your work, and
individualized feedback on such elements as structure, pace,
character, the role of the narrator, style, syntax, paragraphing
and more. Your consultant will closely line edit 10 -15
pages of your manuscript to help guide and inspire future
revision. In addition, she will recommend next steps (literary
magazines, publishers) that best suit your work.
NOTE NEW PRICE!! $650 (Compare our rate to comparable
Date and time to be arranged with instructor.
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