Spring 2016 Workshops Offered

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  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Process
  • Heroic Quest
  • Memoir & Personal Essay


Spring 2016 Workshops are now forming!

All classes meet in the Camden/Rockport area of Midcoast Maine and run either 6 or 8 weeks, depending on the subject.

For more information and rates, please email: TheVillageScribe@hotmail.com

Teresa Piccari is the proprietor of The Village Scribe, which offers copywriting and editing services. She is a professional writer with experience in media, advertising and corporate settings. She has been teaching writing for nearly 20 years. She also provides individual Creativity Coaching for writers and artists.  Teresa is a longtime columnist who enjoys writing about art, healing and transformation as part of the creative process.

Spring 2016 Class Descriptions:

Creative Writing  Combining original prompts and proven exercises we will explore the basics of this craft. Elements covered include character development, writing natural dialogue, conveying your writing style, experimenting with setting, how to plot development in a story and choosing a point of view to tell the story. You will learn how to hone your senses to add depth and lushness to your writing.

Creative Process  An 8-week course designed to help you uncover and embrace your particular artistic style so that you can be more creatively productive and find more enjoyment in the process. The foundation for this work is steeped in coaching, as opposed to critique.This class is for all artists – writers, dancers, photographers, painters – storytellers across the board. Participants will develop artistic visions and set pragmatic goals to express their artistry. You will be supported in creative community and learn the finer points of artistic camaraderie.Each week will include lecture topics tailored to the needs of the class members and the work they are producing, work-sharing by each participant, original creative exercises and informal group discussion of the creative and life issues that come up for participants and impact their work.

Heroic Quest This class will feature the elements of the Hero’s Journey as extrapolated and envisioned by mythic scholar Joseph Campbell.  This course is designed to inspire movie buffs, writers and artists whose work will benefit from an understanding of the elements of the heroic quest, and anyone interested in the underlying structure of story. You will be immersed into the heroic quest through modern stories, as well as myths and fairy tales from other times and cultures. The stages of journey will be highlighted and you will be introduced to the archetypes, or characters, that heroes encounter as they make their way through a story.

Memoir & Personal Essay In this course we will focus on distilling life moments and experiences that may be fit for the page. Whether you desire to capture key events for family members, or write for public consumption in book or essay form, this  class will help you take the initial steps in realizing your vision.

Putting our life story on paper can take many forms. Today’s memoir is not yesterday’s autobiography or the biographies many of us grew up reading. If you think linear timeline and “chock full of facts” when you think of memoir, this session will expand your perspective. Modern memoir is more deeply layered and textured, richly depicting a life journey, not superficial facts. Often they illustrate a particular life phase or time frame, rather than highlights of an individual’s lifetime.

Personal essays offer a writer space to create a  narrative story from their experiences, writing episodes from their life that have brought them in touch with humanity and their own sense of self. Exploring these happenings on paper, the writer can bear witness to their own evolution and transformation, providing an example to others at the same time.