Writing Classes

Learn from accomplished authors about storycraft, creative writing, the basics of the publishing industry, and more. The Academy of the Arts offers our patrons the opportunity to explore new interests. We also have a summer writing program for teens. Unleash your inner writer with one of these classes.

If you do not see a class that you were expecting to be available check back soon as classes are added as they become available, or reach out to us by email.

Creative Writing with a Focus on Fiction
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., January 7-February 18
Cost: $215
Storytelling is a craft unto itself, and in this course, students will learn the difference between good writing and good storytelling and how to do both well—to become disciplined, "whole-brained" writers. With a focus on fiction, this creative writing course will have lessons on the essentials of story craft, including outlining, story development, character development, world building, authorial voice, wordsmithing, and more. This is a class for the aspiring author, or anyone interested in how to tell better stories. Instructor feedback will be provided on student work, and each class will review the previous week’s material before moving on to a new lesson. Ages 18+
Instructor: Author K. B. Hoyle

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Fiction Publishing 101
Mondays, 6 -8 p.m., January 6-February 24 *No class January 20
Cost: $215
You've written a novel, now what? This course will cover basics of the publishing industry, including choosing the right publishing path for your manuscript (traditional, small press, indie/self, vanity), what agents are looking for and how to find and query them, how to prepare your manuscript for the querying process, and what to expect from industry professionals. Come prepared to learn how to move forward with your manuscript, to write and polish query letters, and to workshop the first fifty pages of your novel. *Students must bring laptops to class and be comfortable working with the instructor online and in social media contexts. Access to Twitter, in particular, is necessary for aspects of agent searches, as well as other online resources.
Instructor: Author K. B. Hoyle

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K.B. Hoyle
Academy of the Arts