All enrichment classes are taught by students in VCFA’s MFA in Writing & Publishing program. Please note that all classes are 18+ unless specifically included in the class description.


 

Halloween Horror: Teen Speculative Fiction

VCFA is offering its first class specifically for teens. Join MFA Candidate Virginia Booth as she provokes writers to amplify both their minds and their writing skills. Explore different thematic excerpts from Celtic, Nordic, and German folklore that has offered centuries of inspiration for the spooky holiday that we now know as Halloween. Discover Halloween’s mystical origins and create a horror-based speculative writing piece in class based off of prompts. Learn how to translate the world you see in your mind onto paper and cultivate new elements for your readers to enjoy. There will also be a special opportunity to share your writing at the end of the workshop in front of the rest of the class, in order to strengthen your public speaking skills.

  • Saturday, October 31 from 9:30 am – 12 pm
  • VCFA Online Zoom Class
  • Instructor: Virginia Booth
  • Age range: 13–18

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Questions? Email [email protected].

We offer a sliding scale tuition to make our classes as accessible as possible. We suggest:

$25 if you’re making ends meet
$45 if you’re financially stable
$65 if you’re financially flourishing

About the instructor:
Virginia Booth is currently an MFA Candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Virginia mainly writes creative nonfiction and memoir but has a special love for fantasy, horror, and anything otherworldly. In addition to this, Virginia is a world traveler, a travel blogger, and the author of a travel memoir.

 


The Fluidity of Memory: Finding Strength in Your Story

MFA Candidate Ruth Amara Okolo is offering a workshop that gives insights into the importance of creative nonfiction. Through an exploration of the elements of the genre, she presents an approach and technique to creating, writing memories that shows life in all its color, description, and realism. Dive into this class to interrogate how life, in practicality, is mundane. We do almost the same things every day in a monotonous routine. But what we do not realize is that we create rhythm through routine. You wake up each morning from a particular side of your bed. You yawn a certain way. You listen to your Keurig machine brew coffee, memorizing its dripping as it flows into your mug. That is rhythm: a specific sound to the songs of your life. Some days are never like the others, because something (good, bad, monumental, devastating) happens. You get a new job. Your baby says their first word. You pay off all your student loans. You lose a loved one. Every day of your life is a story. But as you intend to tell it, do not forget the rhythm, because that is what makes those memories creative. Alive. Special.

  • Saturday, November 14 from 9:30 am – 12 pm
  • VCFA Online Zoom Class
  • Instuctor: Ruth Amara Okolo

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Questions? Email [email protected].

We offer a sliding scale tuition to make our classes as accessible as possible. We suggest:

$25 if you’re making ends meet
$45 if you’re financially stable
$65 if you’re financially flourishing

About the instructor:
Ruth Amara Okolo is the author of three books, Black Sparkle RomanceSon of Man, and Daughters of Salt. She is also a lawyer. Her essay “The Things We Never Say” was published by Catapult (2017), and her fictional story “Swallowed Things” by the Panorama Journal of Intelligent Travel (2018), the latter of which earned her a nomination for the Pushcart Prize. She is currently the Emerging Writer Scholar at VCFA. Her writing is partly inspired by/focused on medical conditions.

 


Everyday Poetry: Accessing the Poet Within

Enjoy the art of poetry with MFA Candidate Sara Stancliffe as she unearths why poetry is a life force and examines poetry as an essence. Prepare to demystify poetry in this workshop, by beginning with a low-key discussion on what we think poetry is, where it shows up in our everyday lives, and how we might access poetry to elevate our everyday existence. In this workshop, we’ll share music and collectively enjoy sounds of rhythm. This will be a “come as you are” workshop, where no prior poetic experience or vocabulary or even passion is needed. Just curiosity. And some tools for writing.

A Poetic Excerpt:

I can remember the trek I made once a week in fourth grade: from my classroom on the second floor, down the stairs, fingers trailing along cold concrete block walls, daintily tip toeing around the maroon diamonds in the carpet pattern, rushing headlong down the ramp toward the annex, folders swinging in my loose limb, counting under my breath every step of my left, right feet — one, two, one, two — across the lobby and up the steps, down the steps into the basement, slurp icy water from the fountain, and knock on my piano teacher’s door. That was poetry in motion: iambic feet traipsing from one end of the school building to another, my own metronome keeping time.

  • Sunday, November 15 from 9:30 am – 12 pm
  • VCFA Online Zoom Class
  • Instructor: Sara Stancliffe

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Questions? Email [email protected].

The price for the series package is based on a sliding scale. If you are in a position to give more and feel comfortable doing so, then great! If not, no worries!

We offer a sliding scale tuition to make our classes as accessible as possible. We suggest:

$25 if you’re making ends meet
$45 if you’re financially stable
$65 if you’re financially flourishing

About the instructor:
Sara Stancliffe is an MFA candidate in the Writing & Publishing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts whose writing blends elements of poetry, creative nonfiction, literary collage, and memoir. Sara gets most excited about the intersections of creative writing, social activism, embodied healing, and pleasure/joy. Her work can be found at Hunger Mountain and Pandemonium Is Not a Real Word. Welcome to Accessible Poetry.

 


Inner and Outer Weather: Character in Fiction

A fascinating fiction class to stretch your writing muscles, led by MFA Candidate Jonathan Calloway. Join Jonathan as he discusses how our stories’ characters, like ourselves, each carry a lifetime’s worth of experience, to much of which the outer world is oblivious. We look at how writers can help readers feel a fictional character’s inner life from the outside, through imagery, language, and subtext. Through generative writing exercises and close readings of excerpts from a wide range of fiction authors, we investigate how perception can be used as a tool to shape evocative environments, sharpen focus, and redefine the boundary between the individual and the whole. You will have the opportunity to share and receive direct feedback from instructors and fellow participants, as well as acquire a set of tools to further your own unique explorations of the caverns of character development.

  • Saturday, December 12 from 9:30 am – 12 pm
  • VCFA Online Zoom Class
  • Instructor: Jonathan Calloway

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Questions? Email [email protected].

We offer a sliding scale tuition to make our classes as accessible as possible. We suggest:

$25 if you’re making ends meet
$45 if you’re financially stable
$65 if you’re financially flourishing

About the instructor:
Jonathan Calloway has lived in Finland and China, where he studied folklore and taught English as a second language, respectively. His fiction examines mental health, mythology, trauma, and the natural world. His short stories have appeared online in Pif Magazine and in print in Yale’s The Perch Magazine. He currently has two novels in the works and is pursuing an MFA at VCFA.

 


VCFA Community Enrichment Classes Cancellation Policy

If you cancel 4 or more days before the class starts, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel after that timeframe, no refund or credit will be issued. On rare occasions, due to unforeseen circumstances, VCFA may need to cancel a community class. In this case, you will receive a full refund.