Musehouse: A Center for the Literary Arts


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Fall 2015

Semester runs from Monday, September 14, through Monday , November 2, 2015
Dates of individual classes may vary.

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Beginning 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 noon—1:30 p.m..|Private Residence, 801 Hunters Lane, Oreland PA 19075| $180|

Memoir : 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 | $180|

Learn to Zentangle
Instructor: Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno, Certified Zentangle Teacher NEW!

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| $180

The Self and Place in Poetry

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|

Advanced Poetry
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|

Memoir 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 students.
|Mondays| 9/14—11/2/2015)| 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| 9/17—11/5| 2 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.|Instructor’s Studio, 1935 S. Alder St., Phila, PA 19148.||$180|

Flash 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; what’s 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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Musehouse: A Center for the Literary Arts
P.O. Box 27268, Philadelphia, PA 19118 • Phone: 484-432-1792