Fall 2020 Writing Classes

Springfed offers classes in poetry, prose, fiction, young adult fiction, creative writing and memoir.  Scroll down to view all of the classes.

Registration online here or with form below.  Basic Membership here.

Fall 2020 CLASSES!

Maureen Dunphy

Maureen Dunphy

Getting There from Here – Prose with Maureen Dunphy (Day Class): Online Workshops, Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4 & 11, 3pm-5pm. Begin—or return to—that writing project of your dreams.  Learn how to set writing goals that work for you and then discover the techniques that can help you achieve them.  Share works in progress with a supportive group while you practice using the paths employed by successful writers to continue writing, achieve your objectives, and move toward completing your project, regardless of your genre. Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Dunphy’s book Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure, a 2017 Michigan Notable Book (Wayne State University Press).  Her juvenile nonfiction book All About the Great Lakes (Blue River Press, 2020) will be released in June. Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. She has been published in Peninsula:  Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2000) and in Between the Lines:  Writing What You Couldn’t Say (Plain View Press, 2000). She has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge and the University of Windsor.  Owner of Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she is interested in helping you write your way into your future and offers coaching services for writers, writing workshops and retreats, assistance with book proposals and manuscripts, and editing and proofreading services. Limited to 8 participants. REGISTER HERE

Getting There from Here – Prose with Maureen Dunphy (Night Class): Online Workshops, Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4 & 11, 7pm-9pm. Begin—or return to—that writing project of your dreams.  Learn how to set writing goals that work for you and then discover the techniques that can help you achieve them.  Share works in progress with a supportive group while you practice using the paths employed by successful writers to continue writing, achieve your objectives, and move toward completing your project, regardless of your genre. Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Dunphy’s book Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure, a 2017 Michigan Notable Book (Wayne State University Press).  Her juvenile nonfiction book All About the Great Lakes (Blue River Press, 2020) will be released in June. Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College. She has been published in Peninsula:  Essays and Memoirs from Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2000) and in Between the Lines:  Writing What You Couldn’t Say (Plain View Press, 2000). She has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge and the University of Windsor.  Owner of Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she is interested in helping you write your way into your future and offers coaching services for writers, writing workshops and retreats, assistance with book proposals and manuscripts, and editing and proofreading services. Limited to 8 participants. REGISTER HERE

Kelly Fordon

Kelly Fordon

Poetry Workshop with Kelly Fordon: Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. Eleven Mile Road, Royal Oak, 48067, TO BE RESCHEDULED. This poetry class is for poets who are primarily interested in workshopping their own work and is geared towards those who have works-in-progress. We will provide workshop time for your work every week. This class is limited to eight poets to provide enough time for in-depth critique.  Kelly Fordon is the author of three award-winning poetry chapbooks and a novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind, which was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book, a Midwest Book Award Finalist, an IPPY award finalist, an INDIEFAB finalist and an Eric Hoffer Finalist. www.kellyfordon.com.

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Carolyn Walker

Carolyn Walker

ONLINE COURSE! Personal Essay and Memoir (online class) with Carolyn Walker.   *REGISTER ANYTIME. Six consultations during the 3 months after you register. Send in up to 10 pages of work for in-depth review. Writing prompts given upon request, as well as recommendations of books, memoirs, and essays to learn from. Phone consultations can be arranged.  Carolyn Walker has been awarded the 2013 Kresge Arts Fellowship in Literary Arts.  She has an MFA from Vermont College of  Fine Arts. She has been published in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, The Writer’s Chronicle, among others. One of Walker’s essays has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.  Walker won 1st place in Springfed Arts 2010 fiction contest. She spent a month in 2014 as a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, and another month in 2016 as a writing resident on Martha’s Vineyard. Her memoir Every Least Sparrow(available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble) came out in January of 2017. $150 for members.  $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). REGISTER HERE


Nancy Owen Nelson

Nancy Owen Nelson

ONLINE COURSE! Memoir full-manuscript consultation with Nancy Owen Nelson: *REGISTER ANYTIME. This course is available for 3 months from the time that you register so you can go at your own pace.  The class can be either online, face-to-face, or a combination.  The class $150 for members.  $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). This is for writers who have a full or almost complete manuscript (up to 200 pages) and want to work with a published author on a holistic view of her/his work. (Longer manuscripts will be negotiated).  We may read segments from well-known memoir writers and discuss what shapes the personal story into art. Your instructor will provide constructive feedback on your work. Writers should feel at ease with MS Word and the editing mode. It will be important to pace the interactions so that the work can be completed in the four-month period.  You can expect an interaction with the instructor for two hours a week.   Nancy Owen Nelson has published poetry and creative nonfiction as well as articles in several academic journals and anthologies. She was editor and/or co-editor of three academic books. She earned her B.A. in French and English at Birmingham-Southern College and her M.A. and PhD in English at Auburn University.  She taught composition and literature at Auburn University, Augustana College, Albion College, and Henry Ford College. She also served as Assistant Director of the Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing at Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ.  Her memoir, Searching for Nannie B.: Three Generations of Southern Women, was recently published by The Ardent Writer Press. Her poetry chapbook, My Heart Wears No Colors, was published by FutureCycle Press in 2018. Registrants privy to location. Contact Nelson at nelnan@aol.com or 928-308-3785.  www.nancyowennelson.com REGISTER HERE


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