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Wilkes University Creative Writing Program Offers Non-Credit Workshops Starting Jan. 2016

The Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing program will offer several non-credit creative writing workshops for the community beginning the week of January 25, 2016. Taught by graduates of the program, most workshops meet weekly and are appropriate for adults of any age or educational level. Registration is $55 for each series, except for the Strong and Independent Women Protagonists workshop, which is free.

To register for any or all of the workshops, please visit wilkes.augusoft.net, click on “courses” in the left-hand menu, and then choose Creative Writing Workshops. For more information, please call 570-408-4547.

The workshops being offered are:

Beginning the Novel (Fiction)

Instructor: Francisco Tutella

Meetings: Saturdays from 1-3 p.m. in Kirby Hall, Room 103

January 30, February 6, February 13, February 20, February 27

and March 5 from 1-3 p.m. in Breiseth Hall, Room 106 

Are you ready to take the leap from writing short stories to novella and novel-length works? This six-week workshop introduces participants to the process of writing the novel. In-class analyses of novel openings, writing exercises, and peer-review activities help writers develop the skills and habits required to compose longer works of fiction.


Instructor: Dawn Leas

Meetings: Mondays from 6-8 p.m. in Kirby Hall, Room 103

January 25, February 1,  8, 15,  22, and 29 

The workshop is an introduction to poetry. Participants will explore its structure and language both visually and aurally through reading and discussing several American poets. Participants will also write and workshop their original work.

 Introduction to Screenwriting

Instructor: Nathan Summerlin

Meetings: Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. in Kirby Hall, Room 103

January 27, February 3, February 10, February 17, February 24, March 2

This six-week workshop will explore writing for the big screen. By reading scripts and watching movies, we’ll examine the techniques screenwriters use to tell effective stories. We’ll cover screenplay formatting, and participants will write a short or begin a feature-length screenplay.

Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Instructor: Sam Chiarelli
Meetings: Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. in Kirby Hall, Room 103

January 28, February 4, February 11, February 18, February 25,  March 3

Beginning where last semester's creative nonfiction workshop left off, this six-week workshop will focus on writing a single essay and preparing it for publication. Participants will learn the best practices for crafting essays for literary journals and how to submit their work. During the workshop, participants will offer feedback on pieces written by their peers, explore in-class writing exercises, and enhance their understanding of creative nonfiction as a genre.

 Writing Memoir

Instructor: Vicki Mayk

Meetings: Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. in Kirby Hall, Room 103

January 26, February 2,  9,  16,  23, and March 1

In this non-credit workshop, participants will learn the basics of crafting memoir. Through in-class exercises and weekly assignments, students will learn the foundations of memoir – one of today’s most popular forms of non-fiction writing. Ways to structure and approach a book-length work also will be explored. Issues of truth-telling and the challenges of memory also will be discussed. The instructor will address attendees’ individual projects, allowing both beginning and more advanced writers to participate at their own level.


Instructor: Matthew Hinton

Meetings: Saturdays from 1-3:30 p.m. in Kirby Hall, Room TBA

January 30, February 6, 13,  20 and 27

This workshop will be driven by discussion and weekly exercises, with the goal of developing short play scripts, scenes, and characters. These exercises and brief works may later serve as a foundation for full-length plays and a deeper personal exploration of the craft of playwriting. Participants can expect to confront and question the boundaries of their creativity, provide and accept critique, and develop a sense of community amongst fellow playwrights.

Strong and Independent Women Protagonists

Instructor: Nina Long
Meeting: Saturday, February 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Kirby Hall, Room 108

Cost: Free

This workshop will focus on the examination of strong and independent women protagonists displayed in various examples of fiction.In the first part of this workshop we will examine works of fiction by American female authors. We will determine how these authors crafted their female protagonists into strong and independent characters using elements such as dialogue, conflict, as well as defying the time period in which the novel takes place.All participants may bring an excerpt of their own fiction (no more than 5 pages please) featuring a woman protagonist. Character sketches or outlines are also welcome! During the second part of the workshop, class participants will share their works of fiction and will workshop their pieces to improve their female protagonists.


About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities, and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring, and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. In addition to 41 undergraduate majors,Wilkes offers the doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education and doctor of pharmacy degrees and more than a dozen master’s degree programs, including the master of business administration and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu