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Tippecanoe Arts Federation
638 North Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
||January 16, 2017
Announcement: Teen Creative Writing and Other Classes Now Offered by Lafayette Writers' Studio
Teen Creative Writing Storytelling is the basis for all modes of creative writing. Whether you write poems, are working on a memoir, or are penning your seventh fan fiction novel, if you can tell a good story, you can write anything. Teen Creative Writing will offer a place for you to discover how the foundations of writing can help you develop your story-writing strengths while meeting other writers.
Each week we will read excerpts of a variety of short pieces to explore how writers apply foundational techniques in their work. These discussions will include lessons on imagery, character development, elements of plot, dialogue, narration and revision. Writers will then work on exercises to further build their understanding of these building blocks of effective stories. By the conclusion of the course all students will have written one complete story, and will have both the spark and the knowledge to keep writing.
Wednesdays Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. at MatchBOX Coworking Studio, 17 S. 6th Street, Lafayette
Open to writers ages twelve and older.
WINTER/SPRING 2017 CLASSES
Writing Your Book: From Start to Finish and Everything In Between
Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
This is the year you write your book. Sound daunting? It doesn't need to be if you follow your idea's lead and create a routine that not only builds on your initial inspiration, but also takes into account your lifestyle and personality. At the conclusion of this class you will be ready to begin your project with the excitement and know-how that will help you not only start your book, but finish it.
Writing Fiction and Nonfiction Workshop
Wednesdays March 8, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 3 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Writers need one another for feedback and community, but also to generate ideas and learn from one another. In this workshop writers will have the opportunity to come together to evaluate published work as well as that of our peers. This workshop will be demanding in that you will be expected to read 30-40 pages of material every week (both published work and that of your peers), to prepare written feedback for your peers' work for each two-hour class session, and to submit at least two original pieces of writing for workshop during the session. Together we will work to figure out your writing strengths, and we will also identify areas for improvement. Your tuition includes a new copy of the book You Should Pity Us Instead.
More than Meets the Eye: Ways of Reading, Writing and Talking about Poems with Lauren Mallett
Thursday, March 30 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Poems are not the locked boxes we may think they are. Poems have much to offer when we set aside the goal of "getting it." This class will focus, instead, on trusting--and talking through!--our emotional experience of sound, line, movement, and voice in the poems we will read and discuss.
Thursday, April 27 from 7pm to 9pm
Melissa Fraterrigo is the director of the Lafayette Writers' Studio. She is the author of the forthcoming novel, "Glory Days," as well as the short story collection, "The Longest Pregnancy." Her work has appeared in a variety of publications and twice has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. The Lafayette Writers' Studio offers classes on the art and craft of writing in an intimate, encouraging environment. Join the Lafayette Writers' Studio and become the writer you want to be.
About the Tippecanoe Arts Federation
The Tippecanoe Arts Federation is the umbrella organization and arts council for 14 counties. TAF provides educational opportunities in the visual, performing, and literary arts, outreach programs for both underserved and at-risk youth, and funding for capital and operational expenses to fellow arts organizations region wide. Established in 1976, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation serves as a model for arts advocacy by promoting the role of the arts within our region. More information is available at