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

New! Advanced Poetry Workshops with Diane DeCillis: Mahany/Meininger Community Center, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Wednesday afternoons, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15 & 22, 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


Poetry Workshop with Joy Gaines-Friedler: Tentatively scheduled at Joy’s house (but possibly moved to The Farmington/Farmington Hills Public Library), Thursdays, February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16 & 23, 12:30pm – 2:30pm. Be prepared to be wowed and excited by your own work! Poetry is art. We will look at your work and the works of Robert Frost, Claudia Emerson, Jim Daniels and B.H. Fairchild. We will discuss individuality of voice, craft techniques (music, story, imagery) and intention. There will be prompts to help you ink-up the empty page, but also opportunity to bring in “finished” poems and get a good reading from good readers. I will take your work home with me and comment extensively. This class will benefit the advanced writer but is open to the beginner as well. Class is limited to 8. Joy Gaines-Friedler is the author of two full-length books of poetry, Dutiful Heart, and Like Vapor. A third book is forthcoming. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart and is widely published in over 50 literary journals and anthologies. She does readings and workshops throughout the country and teaches for PCAP (Prison Creative Arts Project) through the University of Michigan, and for other non-profits in Michigan.  REGISTER HERE
Joy Gaines-Friedler

ONLINE COURSE! Fiction with Kelly Fordon: *REGISTER ANYTIME. Send in up to 10 pages of work each week for in-depth review. You are free to send a work in progress i.e. a novel excerpt or short story or you can send in your responses to my weekly writing prompts. Each week we will read and deconstruct a short story by a well-known writer as well and I will provide lessons based on the reading. Phone consultations available on request. Kelly Fordon is the author of three award-winning poetry chapbooks and a novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind, which was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book, a Midwest Book Award Finalist, an IPPY award finalist, an INDIEFAB finalist and an Eric Hoffer Finalist. www.kellyfordon.com  This course is available for 3 months from the time that you register so you can go at your own pace. $150 for members.  $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). REGISTER HERE

ONLINE COURSE! Creative Writing with Kelly Fordon: *REGISTER ANYTIME  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. Kelly Fordon is the author of three award-winning poetry chapbooks and a novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind, which was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book, a Midwest Book Award Finalist, an IPPY award finalist, an INDIEFAB finalist and an Eric Hoffer Finalist. www.kellyfordon.com  This course is available for 3 months from the time that you register so you can go at your own pace. $150 for members.  $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). REGISTER HERE

Kelly Fordon

 

Advanced Poetry Thursdays Workshop with Kristine Uyeda: Mahany/Meininger Community Center, Room #2, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Thursdays, February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16 & 23, 7pm – 9pm. Each week, we’ll spend approximately 30 minutes discussing a portion of Carl Phillips book on craft, The Art of Daring.  The balance of our time will be used for workshopping poems brought by participants.  Please be sure to pick up a copy of the book prior to the session.  A reading scheduled will be emailed to all participants upon enrollment.  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

 

Fall 2016 Poetry and Prose with Carolyn Walker: Conference Room at Big Boy, 6440 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston, MI 48346, Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & December 7, 4pm-6pm. (Carolyn is attending a writing residency in Martha's Vineyard for the month of October). 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 October, 2014, as a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson Vermont, where she worked on a new memoir. REGISTER HERE

 

Poetry and Prose with Carolyn Walker: Conference Room at Big Boy, 6440 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston, MI 48346, Wednesdays, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15 & 22, 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 October, 2014, as a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson Vermont, where she worked on a new memoir. 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 October, 2014, as a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson Vermont, where she worked on a new memoir. $150 for members.  $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). REGISTER HERE

Carolyn Walker

 


Getting There from Here - Prose with Maureen Dunphy (Day Class): Board Room at Lindell Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd., Royal Oak, 48073, Wednesdays, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15 & 22, 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 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). Her book Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure will be published by Wayne State University Press in May of 2016 (greatlakesislandescapes.com). 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, Room #1, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak, 48073, Wednesdays, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15 & 22, 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 earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. Her book Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure will be published by Wayne State University Press in May of 2016 (greatlakesislandescapes.com). 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

 


Beginning Memoir with Nancy Owen Nelson: Nelson Studio, Dearborn, Tuesday nights, February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14 & 21, 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.  This course is available from October 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017.  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, February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14 & 21, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. The winter session will focus on creating more dynamic drafts and building a sequence of poems that could become the core or 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. McDuffie was the winner of the 2009 MacGuffin Poet Hunt, and her essay, "Humor and Poetry," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  REGISTER HERE

Dawn McDuffie

 

"Cut to the Chase": A Creative Writing Workshop with Zilka Joseph: Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor 48108, Wednesdays, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15 & 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm. For writers who want critical feedback on what works and what doesn't in their poetry, short fiction, novel excerpts, essays, memoir, and plays (and anything in between). Instructor will provide critiques and offer guidance. Though this class is designed for writers preparing work for submission, any writer who wants to hone their craft/work and writers who want to experiment with different genres will benefit from this honest "cut-to-the-chase" approach.  Beginners welcome. To apply for this class, please send 2 samples of your work to info@springfed.org Max 10 students.  
Zilka Joseph was nominated twice for a Pushcart, and was awarded a Zell Fellowship and the Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship from the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared or will be appearing in Poetry, Kenyon Review Online and Mantis. Her chapbooks were nominated for a PEN America award and a Pushcart. Sharp Blue Search of Flame, her new book of poems, was just published by Wayne State University Press. She teaches creative writing, and is an editor and manuscript coach.
More info at http://www.zilkajoseph.com/  REGISTER HERE

Zilka Joseph

 


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