We’re calling it The Writers Loft.

Writers love the light, airy room, and the welcome quiet in the new writing space on the second floor at Arts Escape. Come visit!

Check out our classes HERE and our unique Threads program HERE.

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EVENTS!

MONTHLY CONVERSATIONS

Author Talk with Writer and Poet Charles Rafferty

As part of our Threads program, we’re offering monthly events featuring area authors. We’re lucky to have poet and fiction writer Charles Rafferty join us in April.

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Charles Rafferty’s most recent collections of poems are The Smoke of Horses (BOA Editions, 2017) and Something an Atheist Might Bring Up at a Cocktail Party(Mayapple Press, 2018). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, O, Oprah Magazine, Prairie Schooner, and Ploughshares. His stories have appeared inThe Southern Review and New World Writing, and his story collection is Saturday Night at Magellan’s (Fomite Press, 2013). He has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, as well as the 2016 NANO Fiction Prize. Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College and teaches at the Westport Writers’ Workshop.

Thursday April 18 1 to 2:30 p.m

Free to Threads members / $5 for public / Seating limited

CURRENT AND UPCOMING CLASSES

Write Like Crazy! (workshop)

Do you think you’d like to write, and not sure how to get started?  Are you already writing and need a jump start?  In either case, this class is for you. Come to this 90-minute class and plan to write!  We’ll use timed prompts to get your writing mojo going.  This technique works for any genre and any level of writer, from beginner to experienced.  Bring a pen and writing notebook. We will be writing by hand – no laptops, please.

 Thursday April 18 6 to 8:3o p.m..

 Register online HEREor call Arts Escape at 203-586-1474

MAY CLASSES

Write Like Crazy! (4-week class)

Do you think you’d like to write but not sure how to get started?  Are you already writing and need a jump start?  In either case, this class is for you. Come to this 90-minute class and plan to write!  We’ll use timed prompts to get your writing mojo going.  This technique works for any genre and any level of writer, from beginner to experienced.  Bring a pen and writing notebook. We will be writing by hand – no laptops, please.

Thursdays May 9, 16, 23, 30 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Register online HERE or call 203-586-1474

Polishing Your Piece for Performance (workshop)

You’ve written it, you’ve revised it, and now it’s ready to be shared.  Bringing your writing to life by reading it to a live audience can be thrilling.  You can ensure a great experience for both audience and author through solid preparation.  Come to this workshop to learn the best techniques for sharing your work, including vocal delivery, body language, use of a microphone, and how to deal with performance anxiety.

I overcame performance anxiety as a pianist and have transferred these techniques to sharing the spoken word.  If you’re a Threads member, you have an opportunity to share your work the following Wednesday, May 22, at the Student Show. Class size is limited to 10 students.   Bring a bag lunch.  Drinks will be provided. 

Thursday May 9 11 to 2 p.m

Register online HERE or call 203-586-1474

Short Stories, Part 1 (4-week class)

Interested in writing short stories?  This class will cover 5-point story structure, which students will use as a template to develop their own stories.  Students will experiment with writing stories of various lengths, using in-class prompts, and begin drafting a story up to 1500 words.  Students will be exposed to a variety of short stories to read at home, followed by in-class discussion. 

All levels of writers welcome.  Students will revise and refine their stories in Part 2, offered in June. Class size is limited to 8 students. Students may bring their lunch.

Fridays May 10, 17, 24, 31 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Register online HERE or call (203) 586-1474

Freeing the Writer Within (workshop)

Whether you’re new to writing or more experienced, come to this class to open up to the writer within.  In a supportive and playful environment, we’ll use prompts which incorporate music, images, and objects to dive deep into your subject matter.  This style of writing will tap the juicy material inside you.  If you have a piece you’re working on, you can use our time to develop it.  If you’re brand new to writing, the prompts will help you uncover the story you need to tell. Appropriate for all levels of interest. Bring a bag lunch.  Drinks will be provided. 

Thursday June 20 11 to 2 p.m

Writing Short Stories: Part 2

A contination of my February class, where students learned the basic 5-part structure of all stories and used it as a template to develop their own stories. This is a closed class for students from my February class.

I’ll be offering this class again (Parts 1 and 2) in the near future. Email me if you’d like to get on the waiting list. (nancy@nancymcmillan.com)  

PREVIOUS CLASSES:

February 2019: Writing Short Stories (Arts Escape)

Write Like Crazy (3-hour workshop - Arts Escape)

January 2019: Flash Fiction (Arts Escape)

Beginner’s Mind, Writer’s Mind (2-1/2 hour workshop-Lilly Hill Studio)

November 2018: Freeing the Writing Within (3-hour workshop - Arts Escape)

October 2018: Revising Your Writing (Arts Escape)

September 2018: Shaping Your Story (Arts Escape)

June 2018: Having the Last Word (Writing Your Own Obit) (Arts Escape)

                   Fractured Fairy Tales (Arts Escape)

April 2018: Play With Poetry (Arts Escape)

March 2018: Shape Your Writing (Arts Escape)

January and February 2018: Write Like Crazy! (Arts Escape)

October 2017:  How to Write a Memorable Holiday Letter (Arts Escape)

August 2017: Flash Fiction (Arts Escape)

July 2017: Having the Last Word - Writing Your Own Obituary (Arts Escape)

April 2017: Telling Your Story - Writing Personal Essays (Arts Escape)

February 2017: Write Like Crazy! (Arts Escape)

2017:   IllustratedPantoum Poems (Lilly Hill Studio)

            Illustrated Villanelle Poems (Lilly Hill Studio)

2016:   Illustrated Haiku (Lilly Hill Studio)