The winter-spring season of Writing Classes begins January 17, 2023. Join us.
Winter Into Spring
2023 Writing Classes with Rick Ohler
-Creative Writing Workshop (Tuesday evenings) begins Jan. 17
-Writing Your Memoirs and Family Histories (Thursday afternoons) begins Jan. 19
-Project-based, Focused Writing Workshops (Various times)
Thirty-eight years ago, September 1984, East Aurora Continuing Education director Dan Brunson asked me to teach my first creative writing class. It was the beginning of a fantastic journey that continues in January of 2023. Hundreds of writers, from reluctant never-evers to published authors and everyone in between, have played a part in this ongoing, affirming, encouraging and nourishing gathering of storytellers.
You are welcome to join us this winter.
Here is the lineup:
1. Creative Writing Workshop. Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 17-April 25 $85. In-person at the Aurora Senior Center or on Zoom. We welcome writers of all experience levels from complete beginners to published authors. Share your stories in all genres—fiction, non-fiction, memoir, essay, family history, poetry, children’s literature. The atmosphere is always supportive and encouraging. The group dynamic quickly evolves into one where everyone can feel comfortable sharing. The bargain we make is that we will listen with genuine interest to your stories if you will do the same for us. Bring your project in progress or respond to suggestions from me and your classmates. It’s a special two hours every week.
2. Writing Your Memoirs and Family Histories. Thursdays 4:00-6:00 p.m. Jan. 19-April 20 $65. In-person at the Aurora Senior Center or on Zoom. We welcome writers of all experience level from complete beginners to published authors. Share the stories of your life or those of your family members past and present. Over the years, writers have produced precious documents that are as simple as family stories stapled together or as sophisticated as hardbound books. They have reached back across generations and written about events taking place right now. The atmosphere is always supportive and conducive to sharing. We ask only that you be as enthusiastic a listener as you are a writer. Bring your project in progress or respond to suggestions from me. It’s a special two hours every week.
3. Project-based, Focused Writing Workshops. Tuesdays—starting dates and times vary. Maximum of four writers per class. Ten sessions, $125. If you have a project underway and need the discipline that a deadline brings this is the class for you. We meet for two hours on Zoom. Most writers send their offerings ahead of time, so the others can read and comment through Google Docs. During class time, writers read their work for further comment. It’s a great time to get some serious work done.
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