Lisa Hartsgrove is program coordinator and creative writing instructor for Project Write Now. Please follow the links below for more information, or if you’d like to register for a class, camp, or event.
Adults, Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
Five Weeks: March 10 – April 7
Do you want to write but have no idea where to start? Do nerves prevent you from joining a writing class? This class is aimed at the shy, closeted, or new writer. In a safe, supportive environment, we invite you into the storytelling mindset with the help of guided writing prompts. We bring in mentor texts as inspiration―including samples of fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, and more―and we motivate you to start and continue your own writing practice. Each week, we come together to discover the stories we really want to tell and generate ways to get them onto the page.
Adults, Fridays, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Five Weeks: March 6 – April 3
Sometimes we hit upon the breakthrough we need in our writing by going back to basics. Whether you’re in the middle of a project or just starting out, it’s important to understand the elements essential for your story to work: a round character, compelling story arc, vivid setting, intensified conflict, believable dialogue, and an effective mood and tone. Each week working with different teams of instructors, we explore a specific fundamental technique to ensure you have the foundation needed to support the artistic and creative aspects of your story that are uniquely yours.
Ages 11-13, Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Six Weeks: March 4 – April 8
Are you a tween who loves creative writing? Do find yourself filling pages in your notebook but aren’t sure what to do with them? This group is all about young writers like you. We focus on finding and enhancing your storytelling voice by exploring different genres and perspectives through inspirational prompts and mentor texts. We meet in a workshop setting to write and share our work, giving and receiving constructive feedback, advice, and encouragement. This is a safe, supportive environment for you to find and refine your ideas, make new friends, and even have some snacks!
Ages 14-18, Thursdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Six Weeks: March 5 – April 9
This group is designed for teens writing novels, poetry collections, memoir, nonfiction, short story collections, or other projects, and for those about to start one. The projects may be in any stage of completion, from a handful of scenes and ideas to near-publication. We meet in a workshop setting to give and receive constructive feedback, advice, and encouragement to help each other move forward with our projects. This is a supportive environment, where everyone is ready to learn and grow from our shared missteps and triumphs in writing. Find inspirational writing prompts, new friends, feedback, and refreshments as you join our community of teenage writers who are not afraid to accomplish their dreams. Through plot twists, cliffhangers, and verse, we move closer to finishing, editing, and (hopefully) publishing our works.