Creative Writing Classes

Creative Writing Class at VMFA Studio SchoolStudents are taught in a supportive environment, seminar-style so that they can explore and learn to write in a variety of formats.  Creative Writing classes are small with a maximum of ten so students can receive feedback from the instructor and classmates.

Instructors Amy Ritchie Johnson and Douglas Jones teach most weekly classes.

Class Schedule


Intro to Flash Nonfiction: 2.0 NEW! [37]

Mon, Jan 30–Apr 17, 10 am–1 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor Conference Room
Tracy Lynch

In this second of a two-part introductory class, students will take a deeper dive into the power and punch of Flash creative nonfiction. "Flash" creative writing is generally considered to be under 1,000 words, and its as fun to write as it is to read. This course will introduce additional concepts and present a new set of current and old-favorite Flash by established writers. Through group discussions ay, and energy of Flash nonfiction.
 
$250 (VMFA members $230)


Memoir Writing [38]

Tue, Jan 31–Apr 18, 10 am–1 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor Conference Room
Douglas S. Jones

Willa Cather wrote, “Some memories are realities and are better than anything that can happen to one again.” Ernest Hemingway wrote, “Memory is hunger.” This class merges these two notions that memories are heightened experiences, and that they make us hunger for more. The instructor offers students encouraging feedback and specific writing prompts to help develop ideas. 
 
$250 (VMFA members $230)


Using Poetry as Prompt NEW! [39]

Tue, Jan 31–Apr 18, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor Conference Room
Tracy Lynch

This class gives students the opportunity to consider the effects of one art form on their own writing. Through outside assigned reading and in-class discussion, students will use poems as "jumping off points" to inspire their own prose, whether fiction or nonfiction. We will look at poetry techniques and tools that will enhance authors' exploration of format, style, word choice, and experimentation. Most exciting through the work of fellow classmates, we'll get a chance to compare the depth of responses to the same poems which in turn helps students broaden their scope as writers and readers of all genres.
 
$250 (VMFA members $230)


Fairy Tales, Revisited [40]

Thu, Feb 2–Apr 20, 7–10 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor Conference Room
Douglas S. Jones

Why do folk and fairy tales have such a remarkable staying power? Author and mythographer Marina Warner suggests that it's "because the meanings they generate are themselves magical shape-shifters, dancing to the needs of their audience." In this class, we'll read and discuss fairy tales, both traditional and revisionist. We will then explore ways to reimagine and re-purpose them in our creative writing.

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Writing the Shadow [41]

Mon, Jan 30–Apr 17,  7–10 pm (12 sessions) | Studio School, 2nd floor Conference Room
Douglas S. Jones

Each of us has a dark self. Sometimes we glimpse it in dreams; sometimes we come to know it in our thoughts or imaginings. The aim of this course is to draw it out and see what we can learn from it. Students explore ways in which a realization of the shadow can open creative avenues for use in various writing exercises, including guided imagery, dream work, and active imagination.

$250 (VMFA members $230)


Unleash Your Writer Within [42]

Sat, Feb 11, 10 am–4 pm | Studio School, 2nd floor Conference Room
Stacy Hawkins Adams

Learn why telling your story matters and how you can best craft it for publication or personal accomplishment. Select a fictional form such as a novel, short story or children's book or in a nonfiction form such as a memoir, blog, or essay. This workshop is ideal for beginning writers who want to get from the idea stage to "The End."

$90 (VMFA members $75)


Memoir Writing Workshop [43]

Sat, Mar 4, 10 am – 4 pm (1sessions) |Studio School, 2nd floor Conference Room
DOUGLAS S. JONES

Willa Cather wrote, “Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can happen to one again.” Ernest Hemingway wrote, “Memory is hunger.” This class merges these two notions: that memories are heightened experiences, and that they make us hunger for more. The instructor offers students encouraging feedback and specific writing prompts to help develop ideas.

$90 (VMFA members $75)


Introduction to Poetry Workshop NEW! [44]

Mon, May 1--15, 10 am – 1 pm (3 sessions) |Studio School, 2nd floor Conference Room
Brynne Rebele-Henry

A class focused on learning different poetic forms, writing three poems, learning how to participate in and contribute to literary workshops, and reading and discussing a variety of work by contemporary poets. We will workshop each piece, and close each class session by having a group discussion on writing, poetry, community, and the elements of the workshop that students found helpful or challenging. 

$110 (VMFA members $90)