I have had an idea for a children's book rattling around in my heart and in my head for well over 20 years. I have decided to take a writing workshops to find my way to getting it onto paper.
When I opened Cloud 9 Art School, I always planned to eventually have a creative writing program. And it is happening! I am so happy to announce that the award winning writer, Dianne Aprile, is joining the team of instructors at Cloud 9! Dianne is launching a series of creative writing courses and I couldn't be happier about it!
To learn more about her, click here.
She is now offering the following workshops at Cloud 9! More will follow in the months ahead. For more information and to register for any of these workshops, please click here. I'll be in the Dream Projects Workshop and then in the Open Table ongoing group sessions. Come join me!
Words+Images=The Art of Collage Writing with Dianne Aprile
Tuesdays 7-9 pm (6 sessions) March 13-April 17
Collage is an organic, intuitive way to write. In this workshop, we’ll combine in-class writing prompts and exercises with simple cut-and-paste collage methods to create chapbooks of prose and/or poetry to take home. By juxtaposing short passages of unrelated dialogue, narrative, memory, experience, and dreams, new meanings and connections are born. Collage writing is popular today in all genres, including poetry, fiction and memoir. We’ll read excerpts (from handouts) by contemporary writers who excel at this technique. Bring pens, paper, scissors, glue stick and a couple of magazines to the first class. For writers of all levels. $275
Dream Projects: Never Too Late with Dianne Aprile
Saturdays 10-4 pm (2 sessions) April 7 & 14
Do you have a story you’ve long dreamed about writing but just can’t get started? Or maybe you’ve begun writing it, but feel stuck? Bring your dream projects to this round-table workshop. Whether fiction, nonfiction or another genre, we’ll explore ways to enter your narrative, find your voice, develop characters and stay focused. The first Saturday, I’ll bring handouts and prompts for in-class exercises to launch or propel your work. The second Saturday, you bring your work back (expanded or revised) to share for further feedback. For writers of all levels. $275
Writing for Change: The Manifesto with Dianne Aprile
Thursdays 10-12:30 (5 sessions) April 19-May 17
Writers write in order to know what they believe in passionately. One way to uncover your beliefs and passions is by writing a personal manifesto. You might turn yours into a blog, an essay, a poem, a children’s book or other form. In class, we will write our own manifestos, drawing on issues and experiences that mean the most to each of us individually. For an example, listen to me read one of my own manifestos, online at NPR’s “This I Believe” website. https://thisibelieve.org/essay/144206/ For writers of all levels. $275
Getting Personal: Learning to Write from Life with Dianne Aprile
Fridays 10-12:30 (5 sessions) April 20-May 18
Is there a chapter of your life you want to share with others – in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books, etc.? In this class, we will discuss and experiment with techniques for turning memories and experience into compelling narratives. And we’ll share our work to get feedback. For writers at any level. $275
Open Table with Dianne Aprile
Starting Friday June 8, 10-12:30
These weekly group sessions allow writing students to drop in to work on their current projects in a group-- with Dianne available to offer on-site suggestions and revision tips. At each session, handouts, reading lists and in-class exercises will be provided to nurture best writing practices. Share your work, and listen to others share theirs. For writers at any level. $20 a session