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The BCAE writing program offers amazing classes in both fiction and nonfiction. Hone your creative writing skills with poetry or playwriting, or learn to write a novel. Master nonfiction styles with classes in travel writing, personal essay, and fashion writing. With Boston's best teachers, the BCAE has the writing class for you!.

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There are specific powers and limitations attached to the vibrant and versatile art form of graphic novels and comic books. In this course you will learn to use the techniques and skills specific to the medium from author and expert Josh Dahl, founder of Make Better Comics. Whether you are just getting your feet wet or have years of experience with comics, this course will help you develop and focus your ability to craft a detailed plot and script individual scenes.

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 1 session on 04/01/2017

Instructor : Joshua Dahl 

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Blogging is about much more than having an idea. In this class, we'll discuss what sorts of ideas make good, sustainable material for a successful blog, what tools you'll need to get started, and how to maintain it. We'll also discuss the sorts of things that can help promote your blog and how you can make your blog work for you!

Tuition: $139.00

Member Cost: $119.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; 4 sessions; starting 4/5/2017, ending 4/26/2017

Instructor : Victoria Kichuk 

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You have a story the world needs to hear, but there are so many decisions to make:  Where do I begin and end? How do I organize and what should I leave out? Who will be the narrator, who is my audience and is this material best as a novel, memoir or something else? These questions are the DNA of storytelling  and we’ll address them in depth in this class combining discussion, examples, writing exercises and take-home activities. You'll  leave energized and confident about making the good choices that lead to great writing.      Syllabus/topics covered: -Exploration of genres and what they do best (short stories, novels, non-fiction, memoir, biography, journalism) -Anatomy of a story (plot, characters and forward movement) -Naming a narrator and knowing your audience (what POV is, how it can be manipulated)  -Where structure meets style (finding a way to organize that feels natural to you) -Setting parameters (mission statement of the story and where to begin and end)

Tuition: $60.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 1 session on 04/08/2017

Instructor : Phoebe Baker Hyde 

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You’ve done things, seen sights, and have stories to tell-- but where to begin, and is a memoir the way to go? In this 3-hour intensive, we’ll explore what memoir does best and where it falls on the spectrum of literature. We’ll learn the elements of successful storytelling, and discuss the many options for structuring a book. This workshop combines lecture, in-class writing prompts, roundtable discussion, and take-home tools for inspiration, organization, and guided reading. You’ll go home with more passion for your project and a plan for getting it started.

Tuition: $60.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 1 session on 04/22/2017

Instructor : Phoebe Baker Hyde 

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Are you a creative writer looking to hone your skills and try out some new techniques to re-energize your work?  Looking for constructive feedback and ideas from peers and an experienced writer?  Or maybe you’d finally like to try your hand at a poem or short story, but aren’t quite sure where to start?  Through a hybrid workshop and discussion format, this class aims to give you—a creative writer, at whatever stage of development you may find yourself—the tools to improve your work and methods to jumpstart your thinking and imagination.  Class sessions will include reading and discussing successful poems and pieces of short fiction from a writer’s perspective, in-class writing exercises, and discussing student work in a workshop format.  The focus will be poetry and short fiction, though lovers of creative nonfiction are welcome to join and are sure to find the course extremely useful.  All students will be encouraged to work one-on-one with the instructor to tailor assignments to their individual needs as writers.

Tuition: $235.00

Member Cost: $199.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 7 sessions; starting 5/2/2017, ending 6/13/2017

Instructor : Emily O'Neill 

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Share your poems with an audience of dedicated peers in this workshop that began meeting in 1957. The time-honored tradition continues in an encouraging and inspiring environment for poets working at all levels -- from the beginner to the more practiced hand. Led by an experienced and published poet, Tom Daley, the workshop aims to create an atmosphere of encouragement, good humor, collegiality, and artistic rigor. Here is an opportunity to share and strengthen your poems, hone your voice and craft, and give and receive constructive feedback in community with other poets. Workshop includes weekly voluntary writing assignments and readings. Workshop participants should bring thirteen copies of a recent, short poem to share at the first class.

Tuition: $289.00

Member Cost: $245.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; 8 sessions; starting 5/2/2017, ending 6/20/2017

Instructor : Tom Daley 

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Did you know that the world's first foodies weren't actually hipsters? They were wealthy ancient Romans and the best known was a man named Apicius, who was the inspiration for the world's first known cookbook and threw lavish parties for Caesar Tiberius. Apicius is at the center of Crystal King's debut novel, Feast of Sorrow (Touchstone Books, 2017), which is set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family. Join Crystal and Chef Patrick Campbell (previously of No. 9 Park and Cafe Art Science) for this culinary journey through history. Crystal will discuss her book and the world of food in ancient Rome, while Patrick will cook up creative, modern interpretations of the classic recipes represented in Feast of Sorrow.

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $30.00

Schedule : Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/09/2017

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 2.Crystal King  1.Patrick Campbell 

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This class will guide students through the steps of getting from beginning to end of that ever elusive first draft of a novel. With a bulk of the writing being done outside class time, this intensive course will guide you through the process of writing a novel with a full draft completed by the end of the 6 week cycle. Particular emphasis will be paid to structure, characterization, and dialogue.

Tuition: $235.00

Member Cost: $199.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM; 6 sessions; starting 5/15/2017, ending 6/26/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 5/29/2017)

Instructor : Anthony Gangi 

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Do you have an open mind, a taste for adventure, and an ability to capture your experiences in prose? You may just be able to travel the world and get paid for it! Join The Boston Globe’s David Abel for a crash course in getting your pieces published. You’ll learn how travel editors think, how to pitch stories, what you need to do to prepare, and how to carry out an assignment. There are story ideas around every corner, you just have to learn where to look.

Tuition: $85.00

Member Cost: $69.00

Materials Cost: $6.00

Schedule : Mon 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/15/2017

Instructor : David Abel 

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Writing articles for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and the web is simpler than you think -- not to mention fun, exciting, and potentially lucrative! If you've ever considered working as a freelance writer, this is the class for you. Learn how to develop original story ideas, identify a market, and hone your pitches for specific publications. We'll teach you how to get the attention of editors and build relationships for long-term work. You’ll also get an opportunity to have your ideas and pitches critiqued by a professional freelance writer.

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 1 session on 05/20/2017

Instructor : Stephanie Schorow 

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You have a story the world needs to hear, but there are so many decisions to make:  Where do I begin and end? How do I organize and what should I leave out? Who will be the narrator, who is my audience and is this material best as a novel, memoir or something else? These questions are the DNA of storytelling  and we’ll address them in depth in this class combining discussion, examples, writing exercises and take-home activities. You'll  leave energized and confident about making the good choices that lead to great writing.      Syllabus/topics covered: -Exploration of genres and what they do best (short stories, novels, non-fiction, memoir, biography, journalism) -Anatomy of a story (plot, characters and forward movement) -Naming a narrator and knowing your audience (what POV is, how it can be manipulated)  -Where structure meets style (finding a way to organize that feels natural to you) -Setting parameters (mission statement of the story and where to begin and end)

Tuition: $60.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 1 session on 05/20/2017

Instructor : Phoebe Baker Hyde 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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Blogging is about much more than having an idea. In this class, we'll discuss what sorts of ideas make good, sustainable material for a successful blog, what tools you'll need to get started, and how to maintain it. We'll also discuss the sorts of things that can help promote your blog and how you can make your blog work for you!

Tuition: $139.00

Member Cost: $119.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; 4 sessions; starting 5/31/2017, ending 6/21/2017

Instructor : Victoria Kichuk 

Location : BCAE Location : 
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