Springfed offers classes in poetry, prose, fiction, young adult fiction, creative writing and memoir.  *Closed captioning option is available for Zoom workshops. Scroll down to view all of the classes.

Registration online here.  Basic Membership here.

Winter 2024 Workshops 

Maureen Dunphy

Maureen Dunphy

Getting There from Here – Prose with Maureen Dunphy (Day Class): Online Zoom Workshops, Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 6 & 13, 3pm-5pm. Share your work in progress with a supportive group while you practice taking paths employed by successful writers. Dunphy’s new book Divining, A Memoir in Trees will be published, in the Made in Michigan Writers Series, by Wayne State University Press in February of 2023. Her Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book (Wayne State University Press). Her juvenile nonfiction book is All About the Great Lakes (Blue River Press, 2020). She has also 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). Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College and has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge, and the University of Windsor. Through Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she can help you translate your writing dreams into achievable goals, and offers coaching services, writing workshops and retreats, and assistance with manuscripts, book proposals, and the querying process. Write your way into your future! Limited to 6 participants with instructor’s permission. (*Closed captioning option available.)  THIS CLASS IS FULL

Getting There from Here – Prose with Maureen Dunphy (Night Class): Online Zoom Workshops, Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 6 & 13, 7pm-9pm. Share your work in progress with a supportive group while you practice taking paths employed by successful writers. Dunphy’s new book Divining, A Memoir in Trees will be published, in the Made in Michigan Writers Series, by Wayne State University Press in February of 2023. Her Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book (Wayne State University Press). Her juvenile nonfiction book is All About the Great Lakes (Blue River Press, 2020). She has also 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). Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College and has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge, and the University of Windsor. Through Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she can help you translate your writing dreams into achievable goals, and offers coaching services, writing workshops and retreats, and assistance with manuscripts, book proposals, and the querying process. Write your way into your future! Limited to 6 participants with instructor’s permission. (*Closed captioning option available.) THIS CLASS IS FULL

Advanced Prose with Maureen Dunphy (Morning Class): Online Zoom Workshops, Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 6 & 13, 11am-1pm. Instructor approval required before registration; contact info@springfed.org. Limited to 6 participants. Share your work in progress with a supportive group while you practice taking paths employed by successful writers. Dunphy’s new book Divining, A Memoir in Trees will be published, in the Made in Michigan Writers Series, by Wayne State University Press in February of 2023. Her Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure is a 2017 Michigan Notable Book (Wayne State University Press). Her juvenile nonfiction book is All About the Great Lakes (Blue River Press, 2020). She has also 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). Dunphy earned her MFA in fiction writing from Goddard College and has taught creative writing courses at Oakland University, Oakland Community College-Orchard Ridge, and the University of Windsor. Through Dunphy Consulting Services, LLC, she can help you translate your writing dreams into achievable goals, and offers coaching services, writing workshops and retreats, and assistance with manuscripts, book proposals, and the querying process. Write your way into your future! (*Closed captioning option available.)  Instructor approval required before registration. THIS CLASS IS FULL


Kelly Fordon

Kelly Fordon

Poetry Workshop with Kelly Fordon: On Zoom, Thursdays, February 8, 15, 22, 29th, and March 7th and 14th, 1pm-3pm. This class is for those who have never written a poem in their life and for those who simply want to generate new work. The class is entirely generative. I will offer a lesson for the first 1/2 hour and then guide the class through at least three sustained poetry prompts. During the last 1/2 hour, we will share our work (optional) and talk about the process. 1. Courting the Muse. 2. Finding the Words. 3. Ways of Looking. 4. Did You Mean to Say it Like that? 5. Accidents Happen. 6. Form and Complicating the Poem. Kelly Fordon’s latest short story collection I Have the Answer (Wayne State University Press, 2020) was chosen as a Midwest Book Award Finalist and an Eric Hoffer Finalist. Her 2016 Michigan Notable Book, Garden for the Blind, (WSUP), was an INDIEFAB Finalist, a Midwest Book Award Finalist, Eric Hoffer Finalist, and an IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist. Her first full-length poetry collection, Goodbye Toothless House, (Kattywompus Press, 2019) was an Eyelands International Prize Finalist and an Eric Hoffer Finalist and was adapted into a play, written by Robin Martin, which was published in The Kenyon Review Online.  She is the author of three award-winning poetry chapbooks and has received a Best of the Net Award and Pushcart Prize nominations in three different genres. She teaches at Springfed Arts and The InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit, as well as online, where she also runs a monthly poetry and fiction blog. www.kellyfordon.com (*Closed captioning option available.) REGISTER HERE

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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. (*Closed captioning option available.)  $150 for members.  $200 for nonmembers (join as a member for one year). REGISTER HERE


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