Wilkes University


Wilkes University Presents Creative Writing Community Workshops Spring 2017

The Wilkes University Graduate Creative Program is hosting non-credit creative writing community workshops for Spring 2017. All of these workshops are open to adults and will be held on the Wilkes campus. The cost for each workshop series is $65.00. Advance registration is available through the university’s Continued Learning website wilkes.augusoft.net. The workshops include:

 Poetry Workshop

This workshop will focus on the construction of a poem from a single word or idea to a fully developed piece. Using short verse to create a compact image/thought, participants will explore narrative poems to create and develop dramatic poetry and/or story.

Workshops: Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., April 25 – May 30

Instructor: Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr

Social Media Workshop: How to Leverage Social Media to Publish Your Work and Promote Yourself

This six-week workshop introduces you to the various social media platforms and will teach you how to market yourself and your writing in unique and exciting ways. In this class, your instructor will work with you to build your online persona and show you how to reach out to new communities and new readers. Classes are divided into lecture and activity sessions and each class will have a take-home assignment.

Workshops: Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., May 2 – June 6

Instructor: Angela Greco

 The Poetry of Revision: What Fiction Writers Can Learn from Ezra Pound

This will focus on applying certain elements from poetry; such as word play and concision to prose to help fiction writers revise their stories. Workshop participants will look at several poets, especially more modern ones, in addition to Ezra Pound’s The ABC of Reading.

Workshops: Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., May 2 – June 6

Instructor: Francisco Turella 

Blueprints to the Silver Screen: An Introduction to Screenwriting

This six-week workshop will explore the art of crafting compelling stories, characters and images from your imagination to the page that are ready for the silver screen. Participants will craft individual short screenplays ready for presentation at the workshop’s conclusion.

Workshops: Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., May 3 – June 7

Instructor: Robert Holly

 Personal Histories

Participants will create their own personal history of their families, passed down to create a legacy, tracing their ancestry and location in the Wilkes-Barre area, using all family records, bibles, census information, school and public records as well as family lore. A major source for their writing will be the stories that have been handed down for generations.

Workshops: Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., April 26 – May 31

Instructor: Rashidah Ismaili Abuakr

From Plot to Page: Turning an Idea into Prose

This workshop is designed to help writers turn ideas into stories. In the first week, we will begin discussing where ideas come from. Then we will introduce organizational techniques such as outlining and other prewriting strategies. Finally, we will write, read and workshop the stories we create from those original ideas. This workshop can accommodate new writers, writers looking to start a new project or writers deep into revision. Weeks two to six will focus on workshopping work at the author’s discretion.

Workshops: Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 11 – June 15

Instructor: Robert Antinozzi and Alyssa Waugh