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.


 

From Dragons to Dystopia: Teen Speculative Fiction – CANCELED

VCFA is offering its first class specifically for teens. Join MFA Candidate Virginia Booth as she challenges writers to expand both their minds and their willing skills. Supporting those who prefer to live in fantasy realms, this creative class provides a unique opportunity to travel to different dimensions and produce imaginative beings. Learn how to translate the world you see in your mind onto paper and cultivate new elements for your readers to enjoy. We will have ample writing time during class to create a short story based off of prompts. 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, March 14 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, College Hall Vault
  • Instructor: Virginia Booth
  • Age range: 13–18

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.

 


Fiction Outside the Box – CANCELED

In this class, we will explore the outer reaches of fiction, push boundaries, and test the waters of how to create stories in new ways. There are so many approaches to fiction—how do we choose to tell our stories? Are there new ways or angles of telling a story that will shed unexpected light on the narrative? How can we play with non-linearity, abstract structure, word choice, and genre to bring new energy into our work? How can we break out of our own writing patterns?

We will explore these questions and many more through looking at writing samples, writing our own short pieces from prompts, and sharing ideas through discussion to see how elastic the genre of fiction can be. Come with an open mind and bring something to write with.

  • Saturday, March 21 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, College Hall Vault
  • Instuctor: Tyler Glauz-Todrank

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:
Tyler Glauz-Todrank’s work has appeared recently in Allegory Ridge and Mount Island. They are currently an MFA Candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and also hold an MA from Goddard College in writing and gender studies. Tyler writes poetry and fiction, and their work focuses on the experience of being queer and living rurally. Tyler also works at Bear Pond Books in downtown Montpelier and will happily talk endlessly about books.

 


Writing Memoir: A Creative Nonfiction Primer – CANCELED

Conveying the stories of our lives is an entertaining way to explore and share some truths of who we are and connect with others far and near. In this course, we will investigate ways in which to construct and communicate our life experiences in ways that engage and perhaps even inspire readers. Whether you are creating a memoir to memorialize your family history or seeking a wider audience for your work, this class will offer a useful starting point for recording your memories in creative ways.

  • Saturday, April 4 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, Stone Hall Room 105
  • Instructor: Antonio Brown

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:
Antonio Brown holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He contributed the autobiographical memoir “Strange Fruit” to the American Library Association award-winning anthology For Colored Boys. He has also contributed to the New York Times column “Room For Debate.” Brown has served as a Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is a published academic and recipient of numerous awards, and he was named a National Science Foundation Fellow. He has also served as a scholar and researcher at UCLA and an Irvine Foundation Fellow at Stanford University.

 


Poetry Postcards (a PoemCity event) – CANCELED

In this fun community workshop, we’ll honor National Poetry Month by creating beautiful handmade postcards to send to poetry fans and foes! Prompts will be provided if you wish to write an original poem on the back of your postcard, or you can bring in a finished poem written by you or another poet. You’ll leave the class with at least two postcards: one to send to a poetry fan, and one to send to someone who is skeptical or doesn’t like poetry (at least not yet!). We’ll provide postcards, art materials, stamps, and poetry books to use for inspiration.

Please bring: 1. Something to write with 2. Mailing addresses for the people you’d like to send postcards to. If you have a poem that you want to write on your postcards, please bring it! If not, don’t worry—we’ll provide poetry books you can copy poems from, as well as prompts to write your own poems.

History of the poetry postcard project: The Poetry Coalition was formed in 2017, and hatched the idea of a poetry postcard project on the theme “Because we come from everywhere.” The purpose was to highlight America’s cultural diversity, inclusivity, and the idea that almost all Americans came from elsewhere to participate in this country’s culture. During National Poetry Month, the Poetry Coalition has continued to create national poetry programming programming across the country on a theme of social importance, which has included poetry & migration, poetry & the body, and poetry & democracy. This year’s theme is “I am deliberate/ and afraid/ of nothing: Poetry & Protest.” The Poetry Coalition is coordinated by the Academy of American Poets. Learn more.

  • Saturday, April 18 from 9 am – 12 pm
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts, Stone Hall Room 105
  • Teacher: Rebecca Jamieson

Questions? Email [email protected].

Tuition: Free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

About the instructor:
Rebecca Jamieson’s writing has appeared in various publications, including Calyx, Hunger Mountain, Lion’s Roar, Rattle, and Stirring. Her chapbook of poetry, The Body of All Things, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. A longtime student of meditation, Rebecca is the founder of Contemplate Create, where she teaches Mindful Writing classes locally and online. Rebecca has also taught with Write Around Portland, a nonprofit that offers writing workshops for marginalized communities. She is currently the Teaching Fellow at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she is pursuing an MFA in Writing & Publishing.

 


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.