Oliver Art Center

Writing Studio: A Community Space

With Jenny Robertson

March 6, 13, 20, 27, 6:30-8:00 pm

This writing studio offers support, writing prompts and exercises, lots of concentrated writing time, and the opportunity to share works-in-progress with others. This is a great place to get focused, to stay focused, and to find writing comrades, information about opportunities, literary events, and readings. Members: $10 per drop-in / $60 per full session
Non-members: $12 per drop-in / $72 per full session.

Call (231) 352-4151 or visit the Oliver Art Center online to register.

Cut the Crap: Editing for Publication

Co-taught by Aubrey Ann Parker and Emily Votruba

March 26 & April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, from 5:30-8:30 pm

This highly interactive and supportive editing course provides the tools you need to look critically and constructively at fiction and nonfiction writing. We’ll discuss examples from several publications along with students’ own work. Emily works or has worked on the editorial teams of The New Yorker, Harper’s, Golf, Gourmet, and others. Aubrey is managing editor and chief data analyst for Circle of Blue, a Traverse City-based journalism organization that covers international water news.
Six weeks: $250 member / $300 non-member

Call (231) 352-4151 or visit the Oliver Art Center online to register.

How to Read Contemporary Poetry

Terese Scollon

Tuesdays: April 8, 15, 22, 29 from 4 pm – 5:30 pm

$60 members / $70 non-members

What happened to rhyme? What happened to meter? How do you read a poem that doesn’t seem to subscribe to any of the notions of so-called traditional poetry? If you love to read but find contemporary poetry confusing, hard to read, or hard to find, this class is for you. We’ll look at a sample of contemporary poets, discuss concepts of free verse and organic form, and explore strategies for reading and decoding poetry. Bring your questions for an energetic and thought-provoking discussion.

Call (231) 352-4151 or visit the Oliver Art Center online to register.

Writing Poetry: From the Body to the Page

Terese Scollon

Tuesdays: April 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm

$60 members/$70 non-members

Poetry relies heavily on recreating the images, smells, textures, tastes, and sounds that come to us through our senses. In this workshop, we’ll look at some inspiring examples, and turn to our own senses for memories and material to shape our own poems.

Sign up for both and pay only $110 member / $130 non-members.

Call (231) 352-4151 or visit the Oliver Art Center online to register.

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