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Writing Classes and Workshops

Spectrum Center Writers Guild Schedule

Our intention is to awaken the curiosity, fearlessness and passion of those who love to write.

The Moment That Matters

with Max Regan

Saturday, September 16

12noon – 4pm       $125

When we write stories, those drawn from our own memory or from our imagination, there is a pivotal moment, a Moment That Matters. This might be a moment of discovery or change, a moment of choice or connection, a moment of humor or suffering or realization. These moments are vital and exciting, they bring your unique story to life and make the reader care deeply. Together we will talk about these moments and experiment with how to write them. Through a series of simple in-class writing exercises we will explore how to create these moments and bring them alive on the page. 

This class is open to writers in any genre, any level of experience.

All are welcome!  For more information or to register.

Bringing a Character to Life

with Max Regan

Sunday, September 17 

1 – 3:30pm    $70

In any great novel, memoir or story, the text is populated with vibrant, unique characters. If you are telling a story from your own life, what aspects of yourself or the people in your stories can you bring to life in a way that will make your reader care? If you are working from your imagination, then how can you invent or assemble truly one-of-a-kind characters?  Exciting characters have their own lives, histories, speech patterns, desires and fears. Together we will examine what makes great characters, and practice writing the physical description, gestures, monologue and dialogue that brings each of our characters to life.

This class is open to writers in any genre, any level of experience.

All are welcome!  For more information or to register.


October Writer’s Online IMAGINATION Bootcamp

October 1-10, 2017


Have you ever wondered what you are really capable of as a writer? This is an easy, email-based class for folks who want to generate some creative text in any genre and receive support and feedback along the way. Bootcamp classes are offered February 1-10, July 1-10 and October 1-10.  The main focus of these 3 annual Bootcamp classes is to help writers make energetic, easy first drafts.  In October we tackle the Imagination and in February we tackle Editing and Revision. 

In October, the Daily Craft Notes focus on different aspects of working with the Imagination. Each Bootcamp class has NEW daily exercises which can be used to create work in any genre, from memoir to poetry to stories to notes. You can use these prompts, change them or ignore them entirely and do your own thing; it’s completely up to you. Writers of Non-fiction as well as Fiction are welcome in the class! 

Everyone has an imagination. Ever wondered what the couple at the next table was talking about? Ever guessed at how the movie was going to end? Ever had a dream that you thought would make a great story?

That’s your imagination at work.

In this Bootcamp Intensive, you will write 1,000 first draft words a day, building a daily practice and ending up with 10,000 words total. Each day there are new daily exercises and prompts to inspire your writing, as well as a way to connect with fellow writers in your Bootcamp. You will send your daily writing to Max via email every night by 12:01. Max will read each text, make notes and at the end of the 10 days you will have a follow-up phone call with Max to discuss your work.

This online class is limited in size and fills quickly.

To register, contact Max Regan at maxregan@mac.