Wilkes University


Wilkes University Presents Creative Writing Community Workshops

The Wilkes University Graduate Creative Program is hosting non-credit creative writing community workshops. 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:

Introduction to Poetry:

This workshop is an introduction to writing poetry in which participants will explore structure and language of poetry, both visually and aurally, through reading and discussing several American poets.

Workshops: Mondays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20 - March 27

Instructor: Dawn Leas


Advanced Techniques in Memoir Writing:

This workshop is designed for the serious memoirist who has taken at least one other memoir or nonfiction workshop/class at Wilkes or other schools. The class will cover techniques that include writing effective flashbacks, compression of time, speculation and other ways to fill in missing information and alternative forms for writing memoir.

Workshops: Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., Kirby Hall, Feb. 27 – April 3

Instructor: Vicki Mayk


Playwriting Workshop: The One Act Play

Learn the basics of playwriting, including character, action, dialogue, setting, and formatting a script.

Workshops: Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 21 – March 28

Instructor: Dr. Bonnie Culver


Creative Nonfiction:Taking the "I" and "Me" out of Memoir: Getting More out of Creative Nonfiction

This workshop will help writers more effectively craft autobiographical and nonfiction writing.

Workshops: Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 28 – April 4

Instructor: Rachael J. Hughes


Screenwriting: Introduction to Screenwriting (Tools and Techniques)

This six-week workshop will explore writing for the big screen. We’ll examine the tools and techniques screenwriters use to tell effective stories. We’ll cover screenplay genre, formatting and structure.

Workshops: Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 23 – March 30

Instructor: Kelly Clisham


Word Watering: Storytelling, Healing and (Re)Constructing Identity:

This class will explore ways we can and do utilize storytelling to construct or reconstruct identity. Through reading and then writing nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, we’ll examine how we grow and how we heal.

Workshops: Saturdays, 9 to 11 a.m., March 4 – April 8

Instructor: Virginia Grove


About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 42 bachelor degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master’s degree programs and four doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.