Wilkes University


Wilkes University Offers Public Creative Writing Community Workshops

The Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing program will offer four non-credit creative writing workshops for the community beginning in July. Three workshops meet once a week for six weeks in Kirby Hall, Room 103, and are appropriate for adults of any age or educational level. The fourth workshop, "The Craft of Comedy,” taught by Nichole Kanney, will be offered online.  Registration is $60 for each six-week series.
To register for any or all of the workshops, please visit wilkes.augusoft.net, click on “courses” in the left-hand menu, and then choose Creative Writing Workshops. For more information, please call 570-408-4547.
The Craft of Comedy – (2/10) - #TBA
Meetings: Mondays 6-8 p.m. Online
Beginning July 11 and ending August 15
Instructor: Nichole Kanney
There’s no concrete answer to the question “How do you be funny?” But when a writer stops focusing on jokes, and focuses instead on the craft, the comedy can begin to shape itself. This virtual workshop will explore the craft side of comedy writing, through dialog, character and setting, and how those elements can add humor to a plot.
Participants will need access to Google Hangouts, which will require a Google account and an active, stable Internet connection. Additionally, participants will need either a DropBox account or an email account, which can be utilized simultaneously with Google Hangouts.

Writing from the Other Sex (Fiction) – (4/12) - #TBA
Meetings: Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. in Kirby Hall, Room 103
Beginning July 12 and ending August 16
Instructor: Francisco Tutella
This workshop aims to help male fiction writers craft compelling female protagonists and female fiction writers craft compelling male protagonists.

Nonfiction Places and Spaces (4/12) - #TBA
Meetings: Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. in Kirby Hall, Room 103
Beginning July 13 and ending August 17
Instructor: Vicki Mayk
Place plays an important role in nonfiction writing, often assuming the role of another character in memoir, essays and literary journalism. Participants will write about personal and public landscapes from a variety of perspectives, from memories of home to capturing places visited.   
Essential Elements of Creative Nonfiction - (8/10) - #TBA
Meetings: Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. in Kirby Hall, Room 103
Beginning July 14 and ending August 18
Instructor: Sam Chiarelli
This six-week workshop will focus on character/voice, setting, story/plot structure, dialogue, scene, and form/style. This will be a creative nonfiction boot camp, heavily drawn from sources and examples as well as writing exercises.