2018-19 Classes Begin
Saturday, October 13!

2018-19 Course Descriptions

Fiction & Poetry


Faculty: Fion Wu & Christina Montana

Throughout our lives we experience numerous small moments that push, pull and mold both how we see the world and who we become. These moments are what helps us come of age, forming the bridge between youth and adulthood. In this workshop we will explore life’s mundane experiences in order to understand how these instances are equally important in the formation of our identity. We will also uncover what it means to write within the Coming-of-Age genre, what the genre entails, and why it is an important road-map for understanding youth. This is a multi-genre class and students will be given the freedom and opportunity to write in an array of genres including fiction, nonfiction and poetry.  


“The Things That Scare Us”: Justice and Social Change in Fiction

Faculty: Diana Fernandez & Jayne Roberts

In this course, we will be exploring classic and contemporary writers such as Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury, and Shirley Jackson to look at how genres such as horror and science fiction can communicate real problems within our own society, and explore human nature like no other literary genre can. In our politically-charged country, issues such as racism, sexism, intolerance, and mental health stigmas directly affect our generation and those to come. Join us while we explore how writing in the alternative fiction genres can cause real change, one scary story at a time.  

We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.
— Stephen King


ARTifacts: Unlocking Stories Around Us

Faculty: Cindy Govender and San Pham  

When we look at the world around us, we see we’re surrounded by true stories—some more visible, some concealed in artifacts, like graffiti, lyrics, letters, family heirlooms, maps, recipes, etc. In this workshop, we will mine our lives, spaces and memories for stories yet to be told; we will discover our unique artifacts, and unlock the stories that lie within them. It might be your story or someone else’s. Using these prompts, we will write compelling non-fiction narratives in many forms, including poems.

Stories reveal themselves to us. The public narrative, the private narrative - they colonize us. They commission us. They insist on being told.
— Arundhati Roy


Page Meets the Stage
Faculty: Brandon Melendez & Marin Sklan
Over the next weeks, we will delve into works of written and performed poetry that engage with the self in dangerous, challenging and imaginative ways. With guidance from poets like Sandra Cisneros, Claudia Rankine, Danez Smith, Anne Sexton, and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, we will explore poetry’s unique ability to reveal the self, or reimagine the world. Our goal is to create a space that empowers student voices, while  providing a network of artists and authors to aid in your exploration. Given poetry’s vast and textured history, we invite all styles, so long as they  continue to challenge and inspire you.

Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth
— June Jordan

2018-19 Calendar

Saturday Workshop Schedule:
Time: 11am-1pm (lunch included)

  • October 13, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10, 17
  • December 1, 8, 15
  • January 19, 26
  • February 2, 9, 16
  • SUNDAY, Feb 24 9th Annual EmersonWRITES Showcase and SPINE Anthology Launch