Creative Writing Classes

Creative Writing Class at VMFA Studio SchoolStudents are taught in a supportive environment, seminar-style so that they can explore and learn to write in a variety of formats.  Creative Writing classes are small with a maximum of ten so students can receive feedback from the instructor and classmates.

Instructors Amy Ritchie Johnson and Douglas Jones teach most weekly classes.

Class Schedule


Creative Nonfiction - Online [29]

Mon, Feb 1- Apr 19, 10 am - 1 pm, (12 sessions) | Online
ELIZABETH FERRIS

Creative nonfiction, which is becoming the primary literature of the century, crosses many genres, including essay, memoir, and blog. This class will explore what constitutes creative nonfiction, using personal narrative and cultural conversation while strengthening writing skills and confidence. Readings, exercises, and weekly assignments are also included. Students must download the ZOOM app to their computer or iPad to participate in the course. The instructor will email students before the session begins with a link for accessing the class

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Memoir Writing - Online [30]

Tue, Feb 2 – Apr 20, 10 am – 1 pm (12 sessions) | Online
DOUGLAS S. JONES

Willa Cather wrote, “Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can happen to one again.” Ernest Hemingway wrote, “Memory is hunger.” This class merges these two notions: that memories are heightened experiences, and that they make us hunger for more. The instructor offers students encouraging feedback and specific writing prompts to help develop ideas. Students must download the ZOOM app to their computer or iPad to participate in the course. The instructor will email students before the session begins with a link for accessing the class.

 
$250 (VMFA members $230)


Exploring Fiction - Online [31]

Thu, Feb 4 – Apr 22, 10 am – 1pm (12 sessions) | Online
ELIZABETH FERRIS

We are all storytellers. In this class we will explore the joys of writing stories of our own making, and how the characters and events we write about enrich our everyday world. Writing prompts, assignments, and discussion of the craft of fiction will benefit writers and readers of any level of experience. Students must download the ZOOM app to their computer or iPad to participate in the course. The instructor will email students before the session begins with a link for accessing the class.

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Fairy Tales, Revisited - Online [32]

Thu, Feb 4 – Apr 22, 7 – 10 pm (12 sessions) | Online
DOUGLAS S. JONES

Why do folktales and fairy tales have such remarkable staying power? Author and mythographer Marina Warner suggests that it’s “because the meanings they generate are themselves magical shape-shifters, dancing to the needs of their audience.” In this class we’ll read and discuss fairy tales, both traditional and revisionist. We will then explore ways to reimagine and repurpose them in our creative writing. Students must download the ZOOM app to their computer or iPad to participate in the course. The instructor will email students before the session begins with a link for accessing the class

 

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Writing the Shadow - Online [33]

Mon, Feb 1 – Apr 19,  7 – 10 pm (12 sessions) | Online
DOUGLAS S. JONES

Each of us has a dark self. Sometimes we glimpse it in dreams; sometimes we come to know it in our thoughts or imaginings. The aim of this course is to draw it out and see what we can learn from it. Students explore ways in which a realization of the shadow can open creative avenues for use in various writing exercises, including guided imagery, dream work, and active imagination. Students must download the ZOOM app to their computer or iPad to participate in the course. The instructor will email students before the session begins with a link for accessing the class.

 

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Memoir Writing Workshop - Online [34]

Sat, Feb 20, 10 am – 4 pm (1 Session) | Online
DOUGLAS S. JONES

Willa Cather wrote, “Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can happen to one again.” Ernest Hemingway wrote, “Memory is hunger.” This class merges these two notions: that memories are heightened experiences, and that they make us hunger for more. The instructor offers students encouraging feedback and specific writing prompts to help develop ideas. Students must download the ZOOM app to their computer or iPad to participate in the course. The instructor will email students before the session begins with a link for accessing the class.

 

$90 (VMFA members $75)