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Writing Classes

Writing Classes at Big Blue Marble

Writing Classes

Writers are an Indie bookstore's best friends - who in the world reads more novels than fiction writers, or more poetry than poets? We offer a range of classes for all ages and all levels. Below you will find our series On Sundays We Write, which features individual classes and workshops on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm, as well as multiple week classes and workshops, all taught by local and regional writers on a variety of topics and genres.

 

On Sundays We Write

On Sundays We Write is our series of individual classes and workshops on a wide variety of writing topics. We draw from some of the best writers and writing teachers across the region, and have content for both beginners and established writers. Classes are the first and third Sundays of every month at 4 pm. Each class is $20 and preregistration is required.

Upcoming Classes:

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Get Published! 

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 4:00pm

with Doreen McGettigan

Purchase Tickets Here $20, Preregistration Required

So you want to write a book and have no idea how the business of publishing works? Have you written a book and need to make a decision about publishing? Have you tried everything and haven’t received a publishing offer?

The business of books has changed drastically over the last few years and it continues to evolve. In this workshop you will learn:

  • The four publishing choices available and how they each operate
  • Learn the pros and cons of each of the choices
  • How to figure out which publishing path is best for you and your book
  • How to write a professional and winning proposal, query and a log line
  • How to find your agent
  • What is a tribe, what is a platform and do you need them
  • Join us for a productive workshop and a little fun.

Author Doreen McGettigan teaches Publishing at Delaware County Community College, as well as workshops for the Press Club on publishing, social media, memoir writing and how to get your book or business in the news, and seminars on writing, blogging and marketing for SCORE.

 
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Unleashing the Creative Flow

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 4:00pm

with Rebekah Erev

Purchase Tickets Here $20, Preregistration Required

Remember when you were a kid and you wrote, drew, danced and sang for the pure joy of it?

You were free of the talons of capitalism. You had an inescapable desire to create and this part of you never died! Believe it or not, it's still here. It’s your animalistic nature, the ache and longing to express yourself. The stories of your life reveal this creativity. There aren't just certain people who have an interesting story to tell, everyone does. Everyone has access to the creative energy moving in the universe. It's in you, there's no escaping it.

Through learning to tap into the stories of our lives, this workshop will teach a process that allows you to access that state of flow, some call the 'zone,' that existed in you as a child. We will use meditation and journaling exercises based on Ira Progoff's, At a Journal Workshop and teachings from Lynda Barry and Marilyn Frasca. The Moon Angels will also be our helpers. And we'll learn from each other's stories.

You will leave this class with concrete skills and exercises to tap into your creative flow at any time. I'm not kidding.

Rebekah Erev makes objects and creates public ritual as performance / ceremony. Erev’s work invokes the scholarship of re-remembering as relevant, immediate and anti-colonialist in its nature. Erev is an ordained kohenet, Hebrew priestess and self-published the Moon Angels / Malakh Halevanah Oracle Deck.

 
 
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Writing the "Hermit Crab” Essay—Or How to Use Borrowed Forms to Structure Your Work

Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 4:00pm

with Randon Billings Noble

Purchase Tickets Here $20, Preregistration Required

Join Randon Billings Noble to explore a curious new sub-genre of creative nonfiction: the so-called “hermit crab” essay. Hybrids in the truest sense, hermit crab essays borrow their structures from ordinary, extra-literary sources (a recipe, a police report, a pack of cards, an obituary…) to use as a framework for a lyric meditation on the chosen subject. Using borrowed forms is an incredibly liberating way to work—exciting for both new writers as well as more advanced practitioners. In this workshop, we will do a close reading of a short hermit crab essay, discuss the importance of choosing the right “shell,” and generate new work.

Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her collection Be with Me Alwaysis forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press in early 2019, and her lyric essay chapbook Devotionalwas published by Red Bird in 2017.  Individual essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, listed as notable in Best American Essays 2016, and appeared in The New York Times, The Massachusetts Review, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. Currently she is Reviews Editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal,and a freelance reviewer for The A.V. Club.

 

Multiple Week Writing Classes

We also offer multi-week writing classes on a wide variety of writing topics and genres. These classes are generally 4 to 6 weeks long and usually meet weekly. We draw from some of the best writers and writing teachers across the region, and have content for both beginners and established writers. Individual instructors decide the class meeting time and price. Please see below for our upcoming offerings.

 
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Creative Non-Fiction

Join writer Amanda Miska, Editor of Split Lip Press, for a six-week creative non-fiction workshop . Students will read samples, generate ideas, write and workshop original non-fiction pieces with the rest of the class. Focus is on personal essay/memoir. Light refreshments provided. The workshop will culminate in a celebration and reading of the work at the bookstore (Date TBA).

Cost: $150, plus one book (Jo Ann Beard's The Boys of My Youth

Location: Big Blue Marble Bookstore Community Room (third floor)

Dates/Times: 4/22 (2-4pm); 4/29 (2-4pm); 5/6 (4:30--6:30pm); 5/13 (2-4pm); 5/20 (2-4pm) LOCATION TBD; 6/10 (4-6pm)

Contact: Amanda Miska at amanda.miska@gmail.com

Amanda Miska is publisher of Split Lip Press. Her fiction and essays can be found at The Rumpus, Huffington Post, The Establishment, the Prairie Schooner blog, Hobart, decomP, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. She lives and writes in the Philly suburbs, and you can find her on the internet at amandamiska.com.

 

Writers in Residence

 
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Writer In Residence Minter Krotzer

Minter teaches classes on memoir and memoir revision every spring and fall,and special classes on other writing topics throughout the year. She blogs about writing and Parkinson's on minterkrotzer.com.

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Minter Krotzer's prose has been published in many publications and book anthologies, including Ars Medica, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The American Journal of Nursing, 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 (WW Norton). 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, the Moulin à Nef in France and Ragdale. 

 
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Poet Elliott batTzedek

Elliott teaches classes and workshops in writing poetry, teaching poetry, and publishing poetry. She blogs about poetry and translation at thisfrenzy.com.

look for information on classes here later in the summer

Elliott batTzedek holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University. Her translation manuscript of "Dance of the Lunatic" by the Israeli Jewish lesbian writer Shez won the 2012 Robert Bly Translation prize, judged by Martha Collins. Her work appears or is forthcoming in the journals: American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, Naugatuck River Review, Lambda Literary Online, and Sinister Wisdom, and in the anthologies: Passageways: the 2012 Two Lines Translation Anthology, and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. Her chapbook this enkindled coal of my tongue, from Wicked Banshee Press, is available for sale at Big Blue Marble.