Would you like to hold a class in our community room? For queries and scheduling, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-844-1870.
Story Corners with Cordelia Jensen
Writing Workshops for Young People
Does your child love to tell or write stories or poems? Story Corners will help support the creative writer in your child. We will have six one and a half hour sessions. For the first half an hour we will play writing games that focus on a particular teaching point, such as character development or dialogue. For the next thirty minutes, Cordelia will teach on the corresponding subject. The final half an hour, we will do in-class writing; students may work on given prompts or ongoing stories. During this time, students will have the opportunity to speak with Cordelia individually about their pieces. There will also be an emphasis on how to submit work to publications and how to read your own writing in front of a crowd. The class will culminate in a class reading, where students may invite friends or family to listen to their work. For children ages 8-12. Children must be in at least third grade.
Thursday afternoons, 4:30-6:00pm, from January 16 to February 20, with a special class reading on March 6 from 5:30-6:30pm.
To register: email email@example.com. Price: $95 per student.
New! Editing Services for Children's/YA Writers
Starting in 2014, Cordelia Jensen will offer editing, book doctoring and manuscript coaching for individuals looking to publish and/or submit manuscripts (Picture Books through Young Adult) to MFA programs, editors, agents and publications. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
New! One on One Services for Young Writers
Starting in 2014, Cordelia Jensen will offer one on one creative writing consultations for young writers (ages 8-18) interested in submitting their writing for publication. Please email email@example.com for further details.
About Cordelia: Cordelia Jensen is a YA Writer; her novel in verse SKYSCRAPING is forthcoming from Philomel/Penguin. Cordelia Jensen graduated in 2012 with a MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Cordelia graduated from Kenyon College where she majored in English, with a Concentration in Creative Writing. Cordelia was Poet Laureate of Perry County in 2006 & 2007. She has also had nonfiction work appear in Literary Mama. Cordelia has worked with young people for most of her career; with a Masters of Education in Counseling, she has worked as a counselor and teacher and spent ten summers as a camp counselor in Central PA. Cordelia lives in West Mt. Airy with her husband, Jon, and twin seven-year-olds, Tate and Lily.
The Art of Craft: A series of craft talks and workshops for poets, poetry fans, and writing teachers with Elliott batTzedek, MFA
Welcome to the Art of Craft, an ongoing series of craft lessons and workshops. Each week we’ll take on a different element of the poet’s craft through learning, discussion, and hands-on work with poems by many of the best contemporary poets.
The Art of Craft is for poets, and also for poetry fans who want to learn more about the art, and for writing teachers who want to bring new tools to their students. An ongoing writers’ workshop will also be available for poets who want to apply these elements to expand and deepen their own work. More information about each topic is below. The series will continue in January with additional topics.
Cost: The craft sessions are $40 each, or $75 for two or $125 for the series of four. Pre- registration and a deposit are required. Please email Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and arrange payment, or visit the course website at: http://wp.me/Ppb13-Mw The fee includes all handouts and materials.
A writers’ workshop is also available, meeting weekly for 8 sessions through the end of 2013. The cost is $200 for one poet or $300 for 2 (that is, bring a friend and you each save $50!). Workshops will include reviews of craft elements, writing exercises, and discussions of our poems.
About the Topics:
How a Poem Means—What makes a piece of writing a poem? It isn’t the subject or topic, or even the emotionally intensity, but the structure. Rather than What does this poem mean? we’ll ask How does this poem work?
Spines and Joints—What is the central axis of your poem? Where does it bend, rotate, flex? How and when do other voices/views come into the poem?
Measuring Meter—The inherent meters of English live in everything we write. We’ll study how meter control the pace and meaning of poems, and how to use meter as a tool for revising.
Walking the Line—Never again worry about where to put in line breaks—because lines don’t break. Lines end, when their work in the poem is complete. Break the myth of the break, and free your lines to be the great engines of your writing.
Writing Consultations, Editing, Coaching, and Book-Doctoring with Minter Krotzer and Hal Sirowitz:
Hal and Minter will be offering limited writing consultation and editing services this fall, providing assistance for preparing work for publication, book and chapbook contests, MFA applications, or submission to a literary agent or editor. Recent workshop participants will receive a discounted rate. If you are interested, please contact Minter at email@example.com.
Minter and Hal are currently taking a break from teaching. If you'd like to be notified about future workshops or editing/consulting, you can contact Minter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Minter: Minter Krotzer's prose has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Many Mountains Moving, the Saint Ann's Review, the Arkansas Review,Upstreet, Night Train, Before and After: Stories from New York (WW Norton 2002), Louisiana in Words (Pelican Press), God Stories (Random House 2008), and Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Twenty-Five Words or Fewer (WWNorton). She has received creative writing fellowships at the New School, where she received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction, Bennington College, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Squaw Valley Writers Conference, and the Moulin a Nef in Auvillar, France. Click here to read a recent interview with Minter on Apiary literary magazine's website. (www.minterkrotzer.com).
About Hal: Hal Sirowitz is the author of six books of poetry, Mother Said, My Therapist Said (Crown/Random House), Father Said, and Before, During & After (Soft Skull Press), the forthcoming Stray Cat Blues (Backwaters Press), and a newly completed collection of prose poetry, A Hole in My Heart. His work has been translated into nine languages including Icelandic and Turkish. Garrison Keillor has read his work on NPR's Writer's Almanac, and he has included Hal's poems in his anthologies, Good Poems and Good Poems for Hard Times. Hal has performed and appeared on MTV's "Spoken Word Unplugged", PBS's "Poetry Heaven," NPR's "All Things Considered," and "Fresh Air with Terry Gross." Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, Hal is the former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. (www.halsirowitz.com)
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