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Saturday
Jun022018

First Person Singular - Summer 2018

You: a person with stories to tell; looking for a group of colleagues with whom you can sharpen your skills. I have been a creative writing instructor specializing in personal narrative/essay an memoir for six years.

What you'll be getting: weekly assignments, detailed feedback, greater confidence, tips on craft, a close-knit group of colleagues who will help your work grow in authenticity and courage. If you even SUSPECT this this form of writing is for you, then enroll in this class and find out.

Limit: 10 students - slots filling fast!

Interested? Email me: ian.belknap1@gmail.com

Cost: $275. Payment plans available. I accept Chase QuickPay, Venmo, Paypal and old-school checks

Wednesday
Jan102018

First Person Singular - Winter 2018

If you're interested in Personal Essay and/or Autobiographical Narrative, then this is the place to start - I am obsessed with personal narrative/essay, have been writing it for over a decade, and have been teaching workshops for years. You will learn to sharpen your writerly voice, will grow clearer on how to shape your work, bolder in how you express yourself, and will make gains in achieving greater perspective/writerly distance on your own life/past/experiences.

You will receive weekly assignments and detailed feedback on your submissions, both from your colleagues and your instructor.

$275 (payment plan available) - Enrollment limited to 10
Mondays 7-9pm
Mar 5 - Apr 2
Creative Compass Dramatics
4001 N Ravenswood Ave - Suite B3
(one block from Irving Park Brown Line stop, plenty of free legal parking right out front)

Email your interest: ian.belknap1@gmail

 

Wednesday
Jan102018

Live Lit Workshop

Learn how to hone your storytelling chops. Learn how to amp up both the writerly quality of your work, and the mesmerizingness of your performance. Gain confidence, gain poise, gain, I don't know, dynamism? Savoir faire? Might and moxie?

Performing stories from your own experience may SEEM like some elusive talent you're either born with or not, but it's actually a SKILL that you can learn/build on/improve. If live lit is a form that's of interest to you - whether you've performed before or not - then this is the workshop for you. You'll emerge a much stronger, much more compelling performer, and a much clearer, more forceful writer.

You'll get weekly assignments, read new pieces every class, and receive detailed feedback each time - from your colleagues and from your instructor.

$250 (payment plan available) - Enrollment limited to 10
Mondays 7-9pm
Feb 5-26
Creative Compass Dramatics, Suite B3
4001 N Ravenswood Ave (1 block fr Irving Park Brown Line stop, plenty of free legal parking out front)

Email me your interest: ian.belknap1@gmail

 

Wednesday
Sep272017

First Person Singular - Fall/Winter 2017

You: a human. In Chicago. Wishing to learn how to shape your personal experience into compelling prose. Or a person who's got some experience with personal essay/narrative looking to sharpen your stuff. 

Regular assignments, detailed feedback.

If you need a fire under your butt, and respond to the motivation that only deadlines and a regular convening of colleagues can provide, and you wish to have your work shaped by thoughtful feedback, this class is for you.

I have years of experience teaching this stuff. I have years of experience as a storyteller of personal narratives. I have helped scores of Chicagoans to refine their stories, build their confidence, and hone their skills. I have published some stuff, even.

I have a keen eye for the essence of a story, for the telling detail, for the artful phrase - if you wish to make your work more forceful and assured, more evocative and authentic, sign up now.

If you suspect you have literary chops, this is for you. If you wonder "do I have storytelling chops?" this is for you. 

4 sessions - EVERY OTHER THU (skippng Thanksgiving)

Thursdays

Oct 26 - Dec 14 (class meets 10/26, 11/9, 11/30, 12/14)

NO CLASS 10/23 THANKSGIVING DAY

7-9pm

$3oo - payment plan available

Compass Creative

4011 N Ravenswood (just north of Irving, around corner from Brown Line)

EMAIL: ian.belknap1@gmail

Thursday
Mar162017

First Person Singular

You: a human. In Chicago. Wishing to learn how to shape your personal experience into compelling prose. Or a person who's got some experience with personal essay/narrative looking to sharpen your stuff. 

Weekly assignments, detailed feedback.

If you need a fire under your butt, and respond to the motivation that only deadlines and a regular convening of colleagues can provide, this class is for you.

I have years of experience teaching this stuff. I have years of experience as a storyteller of personal narratives. I have helped scores of Chicagoans to refine their stories, build their confidence, and hone their skills.

If you suspect you have literary chops, this is for you. If you wonder "do I have storytelling chops?" this is for you. 

6 weeks

Mondays

May 15 - June 26

NO CLASS 5/29 MEMORIAL DAY

7-9pm

$325 - payment plan available

Compass Creative

4011 N Ravenswood (just north of Irving, around corner from Brown Line)

EMAIL: ian.belknap1@gmail