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Crafting Your Hood: Travel Writing From Your Own Backyard with Julie Graham
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| Led By October 30 - November 27, 2017
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You don’t have to go to Tokyo, Paris or Abu Dhabi to create an engaging and informative travel essay. Travel narration can come from journeying into your own neighborhood and exploring your town or city through the eyes of a travel writer. This class will show you how to discover the hidden treasures around the corner that can become opportunities for travel essays. I’ll encourage you to look for the unique features of the place you call home, and help you get started on a well-crafted essay for future publication. Along the way we’ll look at what makes an exceptional travel essay, different formats used in the travel writing industry, and we’ll delve into structural tricks of the trade that will deeply engage your reader.

4-WEEK CLASS

October 30 - November 27, 2017

Class Objectives

 

*Explore the many different types of travel writing, including: promotional, narrative essay, blog and travelogue.

* Design a self-guided tour of your city, identifying unique writing opportunities.

*Employ your travel writer’s toolbox, playing with literary devices and structural techniques designed to enhance your writing.

 *Develop an outline for your local journey piece using the techniques and formats you’ve studied throughout the class.

* Create the first two paragraphs and broad outline of your narrative travel essay to share with your online classmates and teacher.

Class Offerings

 

Week One

You’ll form an understanding of the extensive category of travel writing as we talk about the different styles and formats of the genre and the major differences between them. Reading excerpts of writings from literary travel narrative, contemporary travelogues and current blogs, we will discuss the travel writer’s “voice” and how they act as both narrator and participant.

Week Two   

The journey begins! First we will discuss setting and sense of place in travel writing.  After walking or driving around your neighborhood, town or city, you’ll begin to look at it through your new understanding of “travel writer’s eyes. ” Offering up ideas that interest you, you’ll sift through the options thinking about what you want your readers to learn. What draws you in? Will it be an historical restaurant? An old bodega? A lovely park with native plants? A broad overview of the town as a whole? Discussing the various options will help you define your intention for the essay.

Week Three  

This week you’ll get to know your travel writer’s toolbox including: varied and rich sensory details, the art of research, syntax and diction,  humor and pathos, and an understanding of the narrator’s role. You will also begin to outline your travel essay in broad strokes.

Week Four

On this last week, you will submit an opening and second paragraph of a travel essay based on your neighborhood, town or city, which will be available to all students for comments. You may also submit a final outline of the full travel essay (optional).

You’ve learned a lot about the world of travel writing in these four weeks and now you’re equipped and well on your way to creating a rich, detailed and engaging narrative travel essay about the place you call home.

About Julie C. Graham

Julie has written award-winning articles on Halloween in Obidos, Portugal, theater costuming in Berkley, California and izakaya-hopping in Tokyo.  Her work has appeared in Pilot Getaways, including destination vacation pieces on Sundance, Utah and St. Helena, Carmel and San Diego, California. Although trained as a news journalist, her penchant is for literary travel essays and memoir.  She earned her degree in Communications and Journalism from Mills College and her Masters in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles.  Julie has two teenaged kids and a dog named Jasper; all of them drive her crazy, but when she travels, she misses them fiercely.

 

Frightening Bursts of Creativity with Jacquie Nichols
$199.00
October 30 - November 27, 2017
Frightening Bursts of Creativity with Jacquie Nichols
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| Led By October 30 - November 27, 2017
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We all remember the impact a good horror story can have: the spine-tingling chills and goose bumps mobilizing in a wave across your skin while your best friend holds the flashlight under her chin in the middle of a darkened room during a sleep-over. Take your readers back to their core, where the fear lurks, and produce creative works you never knew you had in you. Take a journey into the depths of terror and release them onto the world through the production of a short horror story.

4-WEEK CLASS

October 30 - November 27, 2017

Class Description

In this class, I will guide you through the process of creating a successful horror short. Everyone is familiar with the master of horror, Stephen King, whose terrifying stories are some of the most popular in history. We will embark on a journey into the realm where Mr. King lives by reading some examples of successful short horror, beginning in the nineteenth century to modern day. For inspiration, we will discuss the craft and techniques that make those stories work. Finally, we will finish with the creation and sharing of a short horror piece you can be proud of.

Course Objectives

§  Examine some examples of effective short horror.

§  Discuss what makes short horror work with your classmates.

§  Practice the craft of writing short horror.

§  Compose and share your own compelling short horror story.

This Course Will Offer

Week 1 will start the off course with each student writing a brief introduction that includes previous experience with the horror genre and conversation about why this course interested you. During this week, we will read some short stories that we will discuss and draw inspiration from during our four weeks together. (Don’t worry, I made sure to choose very short examples.)

In week 2, we will tackle the short story examples read in week one and participate in student led online forums where we will discuss craft. This week you will write, post, and discuss a brief summary of a horror short idea of your own.

Week 3 is when you will channel your creative energies into writing a complete draft of your short story. Through class discussion we will narrow down what works and what needs work to produce your best composition.

In our final week, you will share in each other’s triumphs by posting a final draft (or final for our purposes) of your short horror piece. Through discussion we will celebrate each of your victories.

ABOUT JACQUIE NICHOLS

Jacquie Nichols was born and raised surrounded by the water and lush greens of Mid-Michigan. She enjoyed spending time with nature and her family swimming, camping, snow skiing and fishing. Currently she lives and works in the warmth of Southwestern New Mexico with her husband and two teenage demons (oops, I mean children) where they hike, ride horses and motorcycles, and enjoy spending time with friends. She has worked in education for 8 years. An honor graduate of Western New Mexico University, she holds a BFA in English Literature and will be completing her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in 2018.

 

How to Make Your Novel More Cinematic for the Reader with John Reedburg
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| Led By October 30 - November 27, 2017
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Class Description

Nowadays, novelists are using cinematic technique to create visually dynamic scenes. Readers, use to watching movies and TV, have come to expect a more cinematic experience when they read. They want to watch the story unfold before their eyes rather than be told what is happening in summary or exposition. In film, the story is conveyed visually by a series of camera angles which are edited together to create each scene. This class will offer writers an opportunity to do the same in their writing by examining how to not only implement the deliberate use of camera shots, but also how to break scenes down into segments and identify the key moments in their story.

This class is intended to help writers understand how the use of cinematic elements within a scene affects the mood, focus, and emphasis of the story being told.

4-WEEK CLASS

October 30 - November 27, 2017

Class Objectives

*Read and examine different scenes from novels and discuss as a group how the writer used cinematic techniques to emphasize the story being told.

*Learn and identify the various shot angles that could be used in your prose.

*Learn how to write a scene for your novel with cinematic techniques of your choosing.

*Identify and discuss what cinematic techniques that you are considering using in the future.

Class Layout

In Week 1 we will learn the different type of cinematic techniques that can be used in your writing. Filmic methods will include the following practices listed below.

*Identifying and breaking down the key elements in a scene.

*Consider the POV of a character or narrator.

*Adding background noise to strengthen the meaning of a character.

*Coloring scenes to add symbolism, motif, and/or psychological effects.

*Using camera angles to add visual power.

*Adding texture and detail to bring excitement to a scene.

In Weeks 2 and 3 we will do written exercises implementing the techniques listed above.

In Week 4 we will rewrite a scene from our novel or short story implementing all the cinematic techniques we’ve learned.

Learning Activities

*Group discussion forum on assigned readings and on readings students bring in to share.

*Writing prompts and exercises to practice how to write more cinematically.

*Scene submission of (no more than five pages) from a story written by students for group discussion. The group will examine each story for cinematic techniques that are already evident, and if there any methods to be used in strengthening the piece. Students will revise their work based on notes from the group.

*Comments and constructive criticism on classmate’s writing.

*Post at least twice a week.

*Work must be completed every Sunday before midnight.

About John Reedburg

Every narrative begins with a canvas. Every word we write is a brushstroke that comes from our imagination. Let’s paint that story! As your instructor, I will guide you in completing the bigger picture. I am here to help you with your essays, short stories, manuscripts, and screenplays.

John Reedburg is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. He has a degree in Journalism from EL Camino College, a degree in Digital Media from California State University, Dominguez Hills, an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from Chapman University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles.

He can be reached at jreedburg@antioch.edu

 

Mommie Brain: Document Your Parenting Journey with Rachel Schinderman
$199.00
| Led By October 30 - November 27, 2017
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My mom used to say, "Write it down, or you'll forget."  And in that way how moms are usually right, she was right.  If I don't write it down, I do forget, but if I do actually write it down I usually discover and remember and experience more. This is why we write. This is why we document.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Motherhood today is all encompassing.  Writing about motherhood fills every corner of the internet.  There are articles, listicles, pieces of advice, and everything in between covering every aspect of parenting, momoir as some call it; the heart of which is the personal essay. Documenting our children on the internet to scrapbooking to keeping old report cards is not new.  Exploring our own experiences as mothers though through essays and stories is. Whether you keep a memory journal, document a birth experience, or are trying to have an article published, this class will provide those tools.  This class will provide an opportunity for women to document their pregnancies as well as the experience of being a mother.

This class is designed to help capture a fleeting but important time in our lives as mothers, and to explore Momoir.  Let’s take our documenting of our kids beyond the scrapbook and let’s explore our own experiences as well.

Come exercise your Mommie Brain!

4-WEEK CLASS

October 30 - November 27, 2017

CLASS OBJECTIVES:

Identify, study, and compare different essays in momoir.

Develop free writing skills.

Create a writing routine.

Compose an essay that fits into momoir.

Learn about the motherhood essay market.

 

What This Class Will Offer:

Week One: I’m the Kind of Mother Who…

We will explore and read a few published essays in this form, both funny and more serious. 

We start JOT DOWN TIME, free writing to capture the moments we always think we will remember as we parent but most likely won’t.  We will do this each week.

We will answer the question, “I am the kind of mother who…” to be able to get to know each other and to explore where your story may lead.

Week Two: Other Mothers

We will share essays and articles with each other in this genre that we have discovered on our own and discuss what works and maybe what doesn’t.

We continue with Jot Down Time and a free write prompt.

We will start to pin down what you will write for an essay.  What is your story?

Week Three: Because I Said So… :-)

Continuing with reading and discussing published pieces and jot down time and writing prompts, we will review the first draft of your essay.  Writing is rewriting.  What does rewriting look like?  It looks different to most people, and we will explore applying notes and edits and sitting with your work this week.  Rewriting could be a walk in the park while your child naps in the stroller or it could be the quiet in the middle of the night, which as mothers we see a lot of.

Week Four: Separation Anxiety

Motherhood can be very isolating but when you find a community of other mothers, it can provide great comfort in a trying time.  We will present our final pieces and provide notes for each other as we continue to explore and share momoir and our own writing routines.

For those who want to explore publishing in this field we will also discuss the many avenues of parenting websites and magazines.

ABOUT RACHEL SCHINDERMAN

Rachel Zients Schinderman is a writer, teacher, and mother living in Los Angeles. As a teacher, she is the creator of the writing groups for moms, Mommie Brain  (www.mommiebrain.com), which was featured in Daily Candy.  As a writer she has had her work appear in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, The Nervous Breakdown, The Manifest Station, The LA Times Magazine to name a few and had an ongoing column about parenting in The Santa Monica Daily Press also called Mommie Brain. As a mom she has two sons, ages 7 and 11. Learn more at rachelschinderman.journoportfolio.com or www.mommiebrain.com to read some of her work. She is also a regular performer in the hit show Expressing Motherhood and has placed twice in LA Parent's Moms Who Write Contest.  She has a Masters in Professional Writing from The University of Southern California and a Teaching Certificate from Antioch University, but more than all of that, she is excited by other people's stories and helping them discover them.  

 

The Phases of Military Deployment and the Poetry Within with John Holt
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| Led By October 30 - November 27, 2017
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Ever since the revolution of our Republic there have always been poets within the ranks of the military and family members supporting them telling our nation’s story. Soldiers, sailors, Marines, airman, and family members have written poems that capture the various deployment phase experiences that were at the center of the American nature of war. All these poems have historical value as lasting testimony of the men and women who experienced it directly and are poems that every American needs to read in order to better understand what it means to deploy.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the Armed Forces, American involvement in War since World War II, the four phases of deployment and the war poem for students who may not have had the opportunity for a meaningful exploration.  

4-WEEK CLASS

October 30 - November 27, 2017

Class Objectives:

In discussing the four phases of deployment we will be reading numerous poems to better understand what it means to deploy. At the conclusion of the course, students will demonstrate the ability to:

Recognize poets who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Identify the various war poems from World War II to Present.

Understand the four phases of deployment and examine the elements of imagery in war poems and identify the phase a poem best represents.

Connect learning to lived experience and real-life current news (veteran or military related); by writing a poem.

Course Offerings:

Week One: Military Service: The What, When, and Who

You’ll be given an overview of the branches of the Armed Forces, the American Involvement in War from World War II to Present day, and poets who served during each.

Afterwards, you will be asked to go into the world and look for these poets and poems. Choose three poems that resonated with you and tell why you choose the poet and poem, tell what happened in the poem, tell when and where the poem took place, and tell how you felt after reading it.

Week Two: Phases of Military Deployment

You’ll be given an overview of the phases of military deployment. We will discuss timeframes, what service members go through and the emotions that might arise from both the service member and family member.

You’ll become acquainted with The Awareness and Reflection of War Experience (ARWE) Model that was developed to assist readers of war poems decide which phase the poem best represents.

Afterwards, you will take the entire sample of poems posted by your classmates and using the ARWE model try to match the poems to the phase they best represents. Then you will pick four poems (one from each phase) and write one paragraph telling why you placed it in that phase.

Week Three: Imagery in War Poetry (World War II to Present Day)

You’ll be given an overview of how with the advent of technological advances in air travel and means to save lives in war, the images of war found in poems can linger much longer and can be tied to emotions that carry across several generations. You will become acquainted with the five senses and will be asked to look for and in one paragraph describe them from a sampling of poems.

Week Four: Write your own poem about War

You will be asked to take a poem that you wrote your paragraphs about, the imagery found in poems we have discussed, and our other class discussions and use them as a references to write your own poem about war.

 

ABOUT JOHN HOLT

John Holt is an author and poet. He is a 23 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a former Associate Professor at Loyola Marymount University. He has served in multiple locations in the United States and overseas in the Pacific Region. He deployed to the Middle East from 2009 to 2010. After retiring from active duty, he moved to Los Angeles and began working with other veterans in creative writing fellowships with the University of Southern California Warrior Chorus and the Writers Guild Foundation Veterans Writing Project. Holt's writing has appeared in a short film and in the following publications: Sketchbook: A Journal for Eastern & Western Short Forms, Asahi Haikust Network, Stylus Poetry Journal, Autumn Leaves Journal, 3Lights Gallery, The Mainichi Daily News, White Lotus: A Journal of Short Asian Verse & Haiga, The Heron’s Nest, PEN HIMALAYA Literary Magazine, Magnapoets, Frogpond, The Mie Times, JAL Foundation, Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Icebox and Acorn: A Journal of Contemporary Haiku. John is a graduate of both Park and Webster Universities and is expected to graduate with a MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in December 2017.

 

THE POWER OF PLACE: Telling a Story from the Ground Up! with Dominique De Fazio
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| Led By October 30 - November 27, 2017
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Develop your capacity to notice the integration of what people say and do with the physical, situational context in which their words and actions take place.

Learn how to establish the place of a story – Its sensations, its size, the quality of time, the situation – as the soil from which the events of a scene will grow.

Explore the integrate of human “happenings” with the place in which they occur. 

Join me in this writing workshop to learn strategies for taking rage, fear, and heartbreak and turn them into pieces of art that may hold the power to spark change.

4-WEEK CLASS

October 30 - November 27, 2017

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

·“The Verb’s The Thing”:  Study how verbs can suggest the sensory details of a place, catch the rhythm of the place, and suggest the kinds of movement and changes that are possible.

“Breathing Land, Breathing Space”:  Consider how the space of a setting (its volume and its permission for movement) may seem to expand or contract like a breath within the experience of a character.

“Making an Entrance”:  Learn how to introduce a character into the place, continuing the rhythm of the place in the character’s rhythm of thought, or speech, or physical actions.

“Birthing a Scene”:  Write a scene of one to two pages, with two characters, using both dialogue an description, in which the place gives birth to the words and actions of the scene.

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

Week One: Facing the Difficult

 

How do you write about a social justice issue that is difficult, and perhaps even physically painful, to look at? This week we will read pieces by Juan Felipe Herrera, Claudia Rankine, and Ashaki M. Jackson looking for strategies to trick the mind into writing about a difficult topic. We will write new pieces using at least one strategy from the readings.   

 

Week Two: Hooking an Audience

How do you get an audience to read a piece about a social justice issue that is difficult to look at or spend time with? This week we will read pieces by Martin Espada, Carolyn Forche, and Javier Zamora looking for strategies to hook the reader. We will write new pieces using at least one strategy from the readings. 

Week Three: Working the Writing

Everyone will submit one piece to be workshopped by the group with the objective of revising the piece based off feedback for the following week. 

Week Four: Finding a Home

We will survey current open calls for social justice and resistant pieces as well as look at ongoing social media campaigns such as Poets Responding to SB1070 and #blackpoetsspeakout in order to find possible places to submit or post new work generated in the workshop.  

 

ABOUT DOMINIQUE DE FAZIO

 

 

Introduction to Fiction
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Introduction to Fiction

Learn the basics of fiction and start working on a short story or a novel in this recurring course taught by one of our fiction instructors. 

inspiration2publication offers this 4-week online workshop on a regular basis when we get at least three students to sign up. Let us know if you want to take this course with your writing group! 

Sign up using the form below to be notified when we offer this workshop next time! Email all your questions to i2p@antioch.edu

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