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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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You've been writing, workshopping, and revising until you have polished drafts you want the world to see, but where to start? This seminar will focus on what it takes to get you work in front of editors at literary magazines, into the hands of agents, and beyond! Learn to write a cover letter and a publishing bio, how to stay oragnized and persistent without burning out, and what to do with the disappointment of rejection. Leave with a strong handle on the do's and don't's of earning bylines in the literary world. Ample time for Q & A.

Tuition: $55.00

Member Cost: $45.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Tue 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; 1 session on 06/27/2017

Instructor : Emily O'Neill 

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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 7/10/2017, ending 8/21/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 7/31/2017)

Instructor : Anthony Gangi 

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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 7/11/2017, ending 8/29/2017

Instructor : Tom Daley 

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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: $69.00

Member Cost: $59.00

Materials Cost: $6.00

Schedule : Mon 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 07/17/2017

Instructor : David Abel 

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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 7/18/2017, ending 8/29/2017

Instructor : Emily O'Neill 

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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 7/26/2017, ending 8/16/2017

Instructor : Victoria Kichuk 

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Whether you're writing a novel, memoir, short story, or anything else, characterization is an indispensable element of a good story, Join Phoebe Baker Hyde, author of The Beauty Experiment, for this single-session class. She'll share her secrets as an accomplished writer, including creating a road map that will help guide you through the process of ensuring that your characters are as strong as possible.

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $49.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 08/03/2017

Instructor : Phoebe Baker Hyde 

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Whether you're writing a novel, memoir, short story, or anything else, theme is an indispensable element of a good story, Join Phoebe Baker Hyde, author of The Beauty Experiment, for this single-session class. She'll share her secrets as an accomplished writer, including creating a road map that will help guide you through the process of ensuring that your theme is as strong as possible.

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $49.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; 1 session on 08/12/2017

Instructor : Phoebe Baker Hyde 

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