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| 4/16 -6/4| 12 noon 1:30 p.m.|Private
Residence, 801 Hunters Lane, Oreland PA 19075| $180|
Memoir : Continuing the Process
Instructor: Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno
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 | 4/ 17 6/5| 12 noon
1:30 p.m.| Private Residence,801 Hunters Lane, Oreland,
PA 19075| $180 | THIS SECTION IS ALREADY FULL! Call to place
your name on waiting list.
Section B|Thursdays| 4/16 6/4| 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.|
Private Residence, 801 Hunters Lane, Oreland PA 19075 |
The Self and Place in Poetry
Instructor: Leonard Gontarek
course is designed to accommodate poets at all levels of
accomplishment. The ABC's of poetry (assonance, blank verse,
caesura) of poetry 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|3/14-6/2|12 noon 1:30 p.m.|Private Residence,
10 Drum Moir Lane, Chestnut Hill 19118|$180|
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|4/13 6/1| 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
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| 4/13 6/1| 12 noon 1:30 p.m|Church
of St Martin's in the Field (Hilary House), 8000 St. Martin's
Lane, Chestnut Hill 19118 | $180|
Writing the Personal Essay
Instructor: Lesley Valdes
The Personal Essay. Why do you write? Stephen Dobyns says,
We write in part to discover why we are writing.
Perhaps no genre is as helpful for this purpose as the essay
whose synonyms include exercise, effort and trial. When
it comes to exploration, the essays an elastic band.
The more intentionally and strategically the writers
obsessions are handled, the more the reader is compelled.
This workshop asks you to muse on personal obsessions as
we explore strategies to assist writing practice. Please
bring several copies of a short essay that pleases you to
the first session; be prepared in a few words to tell why.
Each session you will share the writing you have done during
the week. There will be handouts; readings for each participant,
prompts as needed.
|Thursdays| 4/16 6/4| 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.|1935
S. Alder St. Phila 19148|$180|
Fiction Manuscript Consultation
Consultant: Hilary Plum
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.
$850 (Compare our rate to comparable services!) Date
and time to be arranged with instructor.
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