On-line Classes

On-line Classes include the Writer’s Craft classes below as well as Retreats and Intensives, and Bootcamp and Beyond Bootcamp classes. Classes are open to any interested writer, regardless of genre or level of experience.

Writer’s Craft:  6-Week On-Line Writing Workshops
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These 6-week Workshops are each focused on a different genre; Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir and Fiction Stories and Novels.

Each class will meet once a week and for larger groups class schedules may include lecture-style classes in a big group interspersed with workshop-style classes in small working groups. Please check the schedules below for more information. These classes will be taught by Max on Zoom, each class is 2 hrs long and tuition is $290 per 6-week workshop. 

The purposes of these weekly workshops is to connect, discuss our work, write together and offer one another constructive, useful, honest and skillful feedback. We are a supportive, fun-loving, non-competitive community. We are committed to using the full range of our intelligence and creativity to help one another move the work forward, and to help each author keep their practice active. We believe in feedback, not in opinion, and that laughter and mutual respect are the lifeblood of our community.

Together we will discuss issues specific to each genre and we will talk through the life cycle of a text; from the magic of ideas to the way that memory and lived experience can inspire and inform a text, to the momentum required to edit, shape, finish and publish one, (even if publishing isn’t your goal or feels like a million miles away). What are you called to create as a writer? What are you willing to try? What are “back-burner” writing ideas or projects and how can we breathe new life into them? How can your writing life become more fun and easier to maintain? How can you build a practice that keeps your work alive and moving forward?

We will also discuss methods and opportunities for editing, shaping, releasing and offering our work for publication in magazines, journals and contests.

Fall 2020 6-Week POETRY WORKSHOP

This workshop will be taught on Tuesdays this Fall. In this class we will discuss craft specific to the needs and interests of writers working on Poetry in any subject, style, length and subgenre, from abstract to concrete, from portrait to narrative, from funny to serious. We will examine poems by a variety of working writers and talk in depth about why they work as completed drafts. Writers will have assignments each week and will be invited to bring on-going work in progress to class.

In this workshop there will be two large group lecture-style classes with the whole group present and four small group workshop-style classes where we can examine individual poems in progress by class members. Depending on the overall number of registered students Max will place poets into one of three small groups. Small Groups will meet either from 12-1 or 1-3 or 3-5pm Mtn time on classes 2, 3, 5 and 6.  Please see schedule below.

Class #1  Tues Sept 1, 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time – Large Group Lecture

Class #2  Tues Sept 8, 12-1 or 1-3 or 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time – Small Group Workshop

Class #3  Tues Sept 15, 12-1 or 1-3 or 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time – Small Group Workshop

Class #4  Tues Sept 22, -5pm Colorado / Mtn Time – Large Group Lecture

Class #5  Tues Sept 29, 12-1 or 1-3 or 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time – Small Group Workshop

Class #6  Tues Oct 6, 12-1 or 1-3 or 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time – Small Group Workshop

To register please email Max at hollowdeckpress@mac.com Tuition is $290 and can be paid by credit card or check. For payment instructions please go to the bottom of the Home page on this site.

 

Fall 2020 6-Week MEMOIR/ Creative Non-Fiction WORKSHOP

This workshop will be taught on Tuesdays this Fall. In this class we will examine the structures and craft behind Creative/ Narrative Non-Fiction, the art of telling true stories from our own lives. We will look at examples from individual memoir essays and sections of book length memoir and talk about the Drafting Process. Together we will investigate how to turn an idea or memory into notes, how to turn notes into a draft, a draft into a finished essay and then how to move that text out into the world. We will also discuss the process of building a book-length collection of memoir essays, book-length memoir in general as well as the small but vibrant practice of writing micro-memoir. Writers will have assignments each week and will be invited to bring on-going work in progress to class.

Each week in this workshop we will meet via Zoom in a large group lecture-style class.  In between our class meetings writers will have the option of working with assigned Peer Writing Partners to trade work in progress and receive feedback. In class Max will add his comments on each writer’s on-going work.   Please see schedule below.

Class #1  Tues Oct 13, 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time – Large Group Lecture

Class #2 Tues Oct 20, 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time – Large Group Lecture – Peer Writing texts exchanged on 10/26 brief Feedback exchanged 10/27

Class #3 Tues Oct 27, 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time – Large Group Lecture – Peer Writing texts exchanged on 11/1 brief Feedback exchanged 11/2

(There will be no classes in the week of November 2nd)

Class #4 Tues Nov 10, 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time – Large Group Lecture – Peer Writing texts exchanged on 11/15 brief Feedback exchanged 11/16

Class #5 Tues Nov 17, 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time – Large Group Lecture – Peer Writing texts exchanged on 11/22 brief Feedback exchanged 11/23

Class #6 Tues Nov 24, 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time – Large Group Lecture

To register please email Max at hollowdeckpress@mac.com Tuition is $290 and can be paid by credit card or check. For payment instructions please go to the bottom of the Home page on this site.

 

Fall 2020 6-Week FICTION Workshop/ Stories and Novels WORKSHOP

This workshop will be taught on Thursdays this Fall. In this workshop we will examine some of the central structures of what makes a great story , micro fiction or novel. We will take a look at a variety of examples from writers in different styles and genres of fiction and will talk about what works and why. How do point of view, tense, location, era, character, conflict, tension, scene, narration and resolution work in the stories you want to tell? Writers will have assignments each week and will be invited to bring on-going work in progress to class.

In this workshop all of the classes will involve the whole group and we will spend the first part of our class time in discussion and lecture and the second half of our class time in workshop. Specific writers who wish to workshop stories will be scheduled to present their work on specific weeks. Stories will be distributed ahead of time so that all class members can be ready to discuss the work each week. Please see schedule below.

Class #1 Thurs Sept 17, 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time

Class #2 Thurs Sept 24, 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time

Class #3 Thurs Oct 1, 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time

Class #4 Thurs Oct 8, 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time

Class #5 Thurs Oct 15, 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time

Class #6 Thurs Oct 22, 3-5pm Colorado / Mtn Time

To register please email Max at hollowdeckpress@mac.com Tuition is $290 and can be paid by credit card or check. For payment instructions please go to the bottom of the Home page on this site.

books-4812032_1920Writer’s Craft:  1-Day Classes

These individual 1-day classes are offered monthly and each is designed to introduce students to a different subject, aspect of craft, technique or genre. Recent Writer’s Craft classes have been offered on: Filling Your Notebook, The Art of Short Fiction, The Writer’s Roadmap, Making a Scene, etc. Classes are held on-line on the Zoom platform, a free, easy to use platform. Your don’t need an account to join a class taught by Zoom, and you can choose to join us by Audio-only or by Audio and Video, whatever is most comfortable for you. Most Writer’s Craft are taught by Max while some will be taught by other distinguished guest faculty from the literary community. To register just email Max at hollowdeckpress@mac.com

Classes are 4hrs hrs long and tuition is $100 per class.

 

Writer’s Craft 1-day Class: The Six Conflicts

Saturday September 12, 2020   12-4pm CO/ Mtn time

We know that Story and Conflict are basically the same word, but it doesn’t mean that your stories and poems have to be full of suffering or hardship. In this class we will examine all six of the modern types of conflict and experiment with writing exercises designed to explore each type. We will talk about the mechanics of conflict, for poets, memoir writers and novelists alike; what drives your characters forward? What do they want and what or who opposes what they want? Working with conflicts can be interior or exterior, quiet or loud, funny or deadly serious. A writer’s awareness of how conflict works in their text is a key component in creating a piece of writing with a wide readership and universal appeal.

Tuition $100

 

Writer’s Craft 1-day Class: The Art of Building A World

October 24, 2020    12-4pm CO/ Mtn time

Building a vibrant, compelling world is the first job of any writer. We usually associate World Building with the work of the highly imaginative fiction writers, such as those who work in the genres of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Fiction writers in those genres have to wholly invent the worlds in which their stories take place. They bring every aspect of those worlds to life; the geography and landscape, the governments and politics, the history and culture; the technology and religions; the weather and animals, everything that constitutes the world. But even fiction writers working on mystery or romance or historical fiction have to establish the worlds of their stories, they have to make us see and feel and understand those world, how they work, what they mean. And this goes for Creative Non-Fiction writers and Memoirists too; what aspects of the world of your own past or present do you illustrate for us? How do you bring them to life? Even Poets, careful detail after detail, must bring their worlds alive. Together we will explore how to build the specific worlds you want your reader to join you in, and how to enjoy the process!

Writer’s Craft 1-day Class: The Publishing Project

November 21, 2020    12-4pm CO/ Mtn time

For some writers the idea of publishing makes them excited and energized. For other writers even the idea gives them an instant headache. No matter which category you fall into, (most of us are somewhere in between) it’s great to check in on the current status of the publishing world and to revisit your own beliefs, ideas and goals about how publishing might work for you. Publishing, in any of its many forms, is simply a way to connect your work with your readers, the people out there who might value and enjoy what you have to say.

In this 1-day Writer’s Craft class we will talk about the on-going project of moving our work through the Drafting Process and out into public space. Which type of publishing is right for your work, Mainstream publishing? Independent publishing? What is an Author Website or a Book Production Timeline and how do Publishing Binders work? How do you submit your work for publication and who do you send it to? How do you know which venues are right for your work? What about book proposals and query letters? There are many ways to release the text into the world and renew the creative cycle again. Together we will explore the possibilities and talk about how to submit texts to literary journals, magazines, contests, anthologies, agents and publishers.