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Springfed offers classes in poetry, prose, fiction, young adult fiction, creative writing and memoir.  Scroll down to view all of the classes.

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Fall 2017 CLASSES!
Each class is $130/Springfed members or $180/nonmembers (additional $50 makes you a member for 1 year).

Creative Writing with Kelly Fordon: Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #2, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Tuesday nights, October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7 & 14, 7pm – 9pm. You'll be introduced to the practice of creative writing. Each week we will use prompts to create new work. We will discuss different genres of creative writing: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and various combinations including prose poems and lyric essays. We will also read work from established writers in order to learn techniques that inspire our own creativity. This class is for anyone who wants to explore creative writing in all of its wondrous forms.  REGISTER HERE

Kelly Fordon

Advanced Poetry Workshops with Diane DeCillis: The Farmhouse, 32644 Franklin Rd, Franklin, MI 48025, Wednesdays, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8 & 15, 1pm – 3pm. We’ll explore the relationships between imagery, imagination, and poetry through a variety of forms with a focus on delivering maximum punch with a minimum of words. Readings and prompts will generate new poems, along with techniques for revision. Critique and class discussions will highlight how a poem speaks through imagery and sensory details. The goal: to sharpen skills and to employ new strategies that will continue to inform your work after the workshop ends.  Diane DeCillis’ poetry collection, Strings Attached (Wayne State Univ. Press, 2014) has been honored as a Michigan Notable Book for 2015 and won The 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award for poetry. Her collection was also a finalist for the Forward Indie Fab Book Award for poetry. She's been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, and Best American Poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in CALYX, Minnesota Review, Nimrod International Journal, Connecticut Review, Gastronomica, Rattle, Southern Indiana Review, and numerous other journals. www.DianeDeCillis.com REGISTER HERE

Diane DeCillis

New! Reading into Poetry with Melinda LePere: Pages Bookshop, 19560 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223, Mondays, October 9, 16, (no class on October 23), 30, November 6, 13 & 20, 12:30pm-2:30pm. This class is for the curious and the experienced. We will prod the 2017 Best American Poetry Anthology for kick starter juice to inspire our own writing. Detroit’s own Vievee Francis and Matthew Olzmann are included in this edition. This is a friendly way to take your pulse as both a reader and a writer of poetry. We promise to not tie any poems to a chair and beat the sense out of them! Plan on sharing a poem you have written each class and expect gentle feedback. We are very pleased to offer this class in historic Rosedale Park in Detroit. There is ample parking. We are hosted by both Pages Book Shop (right next door to us) and Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC). We hope to have neighbors, Detroiters and pilgrims from the suburbs attend the class.  Mindy LePere holds an MFA from Vermont College in poetry. Prior to retirement, she taught school in Detroit, including poetry, for 20 years. mslepere@sbcglobal.net.  REGISTER HERE

Melinda LePere

Getting There from Here - Prose with Maureen Dunphy (Day Class): Mahany/Meininger Community Center, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Wednesdays, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8 & 15, 11am-1pm. Begin—or return to—that writing project of your dreams.  Learn how to set writing goals that work for you and then discover the techniques that can help you achieve them.  Share works in progress with a supportive group while you practice using the paths employed by successful writers to continue writing, achieve your objectives, and move toward completing your project, regardless of your genre. Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Dunphy's book Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure, a 2017 Michigan Notable Book, is published by Wayne State University Press (greatlakesislandescapes.com). Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. She has been published in Peninsula:  Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2000) and in Between the Lines:  Writing What You Couldn’t Say (Plain View Press, 2000). She has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge and the University of Windsor.  Owner of Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she is interested in helping you write your way into your future and offers coaching services for writers, writing workshops and retreats, assistance with book proposals and manuscripts, and editing and proofreading services.  REGISTER HERE

Going Farther - Advanced Prose with Maureen Dunphy (Night Class):
Mahany/Meininger Community Center, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Wednesdays, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8 & 15, 7pm-9pm. This workshop is limited to 8 writers who have already taken at least one session of "Getting There from Here."  Continue setting writing goals for yourself, and add new methods of generating material to your writing toolbox. Share works in progress with a supportive group while you practice using the paths employed by successful writers to move toward completing your project, regardless of your genre. Dunphy's book Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure, a 2017 Michigan Notable Book, is published by Wayne State University Press (greatlakesislandescapes.com). Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. She has been published in Peninsula:  Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2000) and in Between the Lines:  Writing What You Couldn’t Say (Plain View Press, 2000). She has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge and the University of Windsor.  Owner of Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she is interested in helping you write your way into your future and offers coaching services for writers, writing workshops and retreats, assistance with book proposals and manuscripts, and editing and proofreading services.  REGISTER HERE

Maureen Dunphy

 

Advanced Poetry Mondays Workshop with Kristine Uyeda: Mahany/Meininger Community Center, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Mondays, October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6 & 13, 7pm – 9pm. Each week, we’ll spend approximately 30 minutes discussing a writing-related question raised by writers in the group. The balance of our time will be used for workshopping poems brought by participants.  Limited to 8 poets.  Kristine Uyeda is a Kundiman fellow whose poems, micro fiction, and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Poets who haven’t been in Springfed classes before please send 3 sample poems to kristineuyeda@gmail.com. REGISTER HERE
Kristine Uyeda

 

Poetry and Prose with Carolyn Walker: Conference Room at Big Boy, 6440 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston, MI 48346, Wednesdays, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8 & 15, 4pm-6pm. Carolyn Walker has been awarded the 2013 Kresge Arts Fellowship in Literary Arts.  She has an MFA from Vermont College of  Fine Arts. She has been published in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, The Writer's Chronicle, among others. One of Walker's essays has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  Walker won 1st place in Springfed Arts 2010 fiction contest. She spent a month in 2014 as a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, and another month in 2016 as a writing resident on Martha's Vineyard. Her memoir Every Least Sparrow (available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble) came out in January of 2017.  REGISTER HERE

 

ONLINE COURSE! Personal Essay and Memoir (online class) with Carolyn Walker.   *REGISTER ANYTIME. Six consultations during the 3 months after you register. Send in up to 10 pages of work for in-depth review. Writing prompts given upon request, as well as recommendations of books, memoirs, and essays to learn from. Phone consultations can be arranged.  Carolyn Walker has been awarded the 2013 Kresge Arts Fellowship in Literary Arts.  She has an MFA from Vermont College of  Fine Arts. She has been published in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, The Writer's Chronicle, among others. One of Walker's essays has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  Walker won 1st place in Springfed Arts 2010 fiction contest. She spent a month in 2014 as a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, and another month in 2016 as a writing resident on Martha's Vineyard. Her memoir Every Least Sparrow (available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble) came out in January of 2017. $150 for members.  $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). REGISTER HERE

Carolyn Walker

Beginning Memoir with Nancy Owen Nelson: Nelson Studio, Dearborn, Tuesday nights, October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7 & 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm. This workshop will provide opportunities for beginning to work on the craft of personal narrative. Nancy Owen Nelson has published poetry and creative nonfiction pieces as well as articles in several academic journals and anthologies. She was editor  and/or co-editor of three academic books. She earned her B.A. in French and English at Birmingham-Southern College and her M.A. and PhD in English at Auburn University.  She taught composition and literature at Auburn University, Augustana College, Albion College, and Henry Ford College. She also served as Assistant Director of the Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing at Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ. Her memoir, Searching for Nannie B.: Three Generations of Southern Women, was recently published by The Ardent Writer Press. She is seeking publication for a second memoir, Divine Aphasia. Registrants privy to location. Contact Nelson at nelnan@aol.com or 928-308-3785.  www.nancyowennelson.com  REGISTER HERE

ONLINE COURSE! Memoir full-manuscript consultation with Nancy Owen Nelson: *REGISTER ANYTIME. This course is available for 3 months from the time that you register so you can go at your own pace.  The class can be either online, face-to-face, or a combination.  The class $150 for members.  $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). This is for writers who have a full or almost complete manuscript (up to 200 pages) and want to work with a published author on a holistic view of her/his work. (Longer manuscripts will be negotiated).  We may read segments from well-known memoir writers and discuss what shapes the personal story into art. Your instructor will provide constructive feedback on your work. Writers should feel at ease with MS Word and the editing mode. It will be important to pace the interactions so that the work can be completed in the four-month period.  You can expect an interaction with the instructor for two hours a week.   Nancy Owen Nelson has published poetry and creative nonfiction as well as articles in several academic journals and anthologies. She was editor and/or co-editor of three academic books. She earned her B.A. in French and English at Birmingham-Southern College and her M.A. and PhD in English at Auburn University.  She taught composition and literature at Auburn University, Augustana College, Albion College, and Henry Ford College. She also served as Assistant Director of the Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing at Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ.  Her memoir, Searching for Nannie B.: Three Generations of Southern Women, was recently published by The Ardent Writer Press. She is seeking publication for a second memoir, Divine Aphasia.   Registrants privy to location. Contact Nelson at nelnan@aol.com or 928-308-3785.  www.nancyowennelson.com REGISTER HERE

Nancy Owen Nelson

Advanced Poetry Workshop with Dawn McDuffie: The Cathedral Church of St. Paul Educational Annex, Detroit, Tuesday nights, October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7 & 14 , 6:30pm - 8:30pm. The fall session will focus on creating more dynamic drafts and building a sequence of poems that could become the core of a book.  Dawn McDuffie has taught creative writing since 1999 and is the author of Carmina Detroit, Bulky Pick Up Day, and Flag Day in Detroit. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, Feminist Studies, The MacGuffin, and the anthology, Mona Poetica. Her new book, Happenstance and Miracles will be released early in 2018.  REGISTER HERE

Dawn McDuffie

 


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