Starter Course

Jumpstart Your Writing: Providence

Saturday, February 25th, 10:00am-1:00pm
231 Douglas Ave., Providence, R.I. 02908
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
14 seats max

This course has a very clear mission: devote three hours of your life to writing. Through a series of fun, directed, in-class writing exercises inspired by short published texts, we will explore the terrain of fiction and nonfiction (and perhaps a little poetry, too). Via these writing prompts, we'll find ideas and situations with dramatic or literary potential; write detailed and sensory description; construct characters, settings, and vivid dialogue; play with the sound of language; and help you find your voice. We'll share the work we produce in class, and briefly discuss its strengths and offer suggestions for further development and revision. A supportive and generative experience for both new and practicing writers. Note that this is not a course in the fundamentals of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, but an opportunity for beginners and advanced students to begin to generate material for new work.

Note: This class will take place at Providence College/Smith Hill Annex, 231 Douglas Ave., Providence, R.I. 02908 (not the main Providence College campus). Street parking is available in front of the building on Douglas Avenue, or on any side streets.  Parking behind the building is for residents only and persons in need of handicap accessible parking spots.


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Ethan Gilsdorf
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "High-Energy Class"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Young Adult & Children's Literature
  • Poetry

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