Writing Classes

147prg.castle.opendoorThe Hollowdeck Press Writers’ Guilds are active communities of working writers centered in different cities; Boulder Colorado, Baltimore MD and Houston TX. Each Guild offers classes and workshops throughout the year, taught by Max Regan. There is no membership fee for these Guilds; writers simply register individually for the classes and workshops that will be most useful to them. These classes are open to anyone who has an avid or life-long interest and passion for writing. We work with writers of all levels to figure out how to develop and deepen the skills that sustain a daily writing practice. We are dedicated to supporting beginning writers of every age and giving on-going writers the jump-start they might need to re-invest in themselves and their writing lives. The Guild will offer classes, workshops, seminars and private coaching sessions to writers working in any genre, from memoirs to stories, from novels to experimental texts, to the single well-crafted poem. We welcome individuals who want to close the distance between their desire to write and writing itself. For beginning writers, we offer ideas to get you started and chances to laugh, remember, imagine, notice, experiment and possibly surprise yourself. For working writers we offer skills and techniques to help improve and expand your work. In classes we investigate inspiration, expansion, revision and look at some of the ways in which our work can be released into the world. Together we write, discuss our work, offer constructive feedback that will be genuinely useful to the author and we learn how to merge our art with the knowledge and discipline that allows us to get out of our own way. Writers work best inside of honest, skillful and non-competitive communities in which we actively support one another. We encourage each individual to find the work that honors their own voice and bears witness to the dignity of their own perspective, while being willing to look farther than the traditional boundaries of the self. In class we will explore ways to build patterns and partnerships that will sustain the work. We will investigate techniques for immersing ourselves in language, conjuring inspiration, and bringing our individual rhythms to the page.

100_4006In addition to these Guilds, we offer On-line Classes conducted in a low-tech, email-based format. These forums draw students from all over the world into on-line classes where they can get inspiration and community without ever leaving home. We also offer Writing Journeys to different destinations in the world, as well as Writing Retreats in Boulder, Colorado.

If you have been wanting to step more fully into your life as a writer, we invite you to join us by checking out what classes are offered in your area. While some classes are offered annually in different Guilds, unique exercises and curriculum are used each time the class is offered. Writers who have already taken a certain class in a specific genre are welcome to attend again. Writers of every genre and level of experience are welcome. If you have any questions or if we can help you decide what types of classes might best suit your needs as a writer please feel free to contact us.

The classes offered by Hollowdeck Press will not meet the needs, interests and financial abilities of every potential student. So, if for any reason we don’t have the right class for you, please check out our links page to help you find a class in or around the Boulder/Denver area that might better serve your needs, financial requirements or interests. There are lots of great poets and writers out there, teaching a whole range of subjects. If we can be of any use to you as a resource in furthering your pursuit of a creative writing or artistic community, please let us know.