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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 8
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You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which you can access your virtual class. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection.

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This class will be held via Zoom unless otherwise specified

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this creative writing class:

The workshop begins with a period of writing. A short phrase is offered by Fred or Marta, something that has come out of recent writing in the group or a phrase that seems relevant to the group at that moment.

Students will learn a way of bringing a memory or specific scene to mind. Sometimes what comes to mind seems utterly unrelated. Writer is encouraged to begin there. As in dreams, the material that can trigger writing is unpredictable. And, as in a dream, it comes from mysterious places and may at first seem trivial when in fact it is huge.

After a generous period of writing, participants reassemble and are invited one by one to read their work out loud. There is no pressure to read. In fact, it is best to write with no commitment to going public, although most quickly feel comfortable doing so in this supportive, confidential context.

Those who do read find it an invaluable component of the workshop, almost as important as the writing itself. Writers gain an important perspective on their work impossible to have while actually creating it. In addition, they receive invaluable, respectful response from the group.

The response is given in terms of what details mattered most to the listeners, what moments were particularly compelling, which events or characters came through most powerfully. This response propels the writer further into the writer’s work.

Although the writing that appears in workshops is invariably deep and personal, participants maintain a disciplined focus on the writing itself. The workshops are thus saved from becoming idle exchanges of personal stories or quasi-therapy. 

Fred and Marta are almost always full participants in the workshops as well as facilitators. They do not stand apart as “teachers.” They write and read their material, using the workshops like everyone else to fuel their own writing.


Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows:

Cancellations made 3 or more days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider

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Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

Class credit is given up when registration is cancelled at least one week in advance.

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Authentic Writing

Authentic Writing founded by Fred Poole in 1993 creates a studio for writers to discover and explore their most important stories, a place to experiment and become the writer that only you can be.

Since that time he has led workshops every week in Woodstock and regularly in Manhattan. He has offered...

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