Writing classes for adults, teens and kids

With talented instruction from the Loft Literary Center, First Pages classes get you started on your writing project. Whether you are just beginning to write your novel or are seeking a literary agent, there is a class for you. Kids can learn how to write short stories and teens can get tips on screenwriting and writing college application essays.

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First Pages for Adults

A Novel Idea

Have you always wanted to write the great American novel, but don't know where to begin? Learn the core elements of the novel to help you get started.

Roosevelt Library, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 6 p.m.

St. Louis Park Library, Sunday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m.

Creative Writing Beginnings

 You have an idea for a novel, memoir, short story or poem, but you're having trouble getting started. Let an experienced teaching artist, who is also a writer, lead you in brainstorming ideas for crafting that ever-important first sentence, paragraph and draft of creative work!

Oxboro Library, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m.

Walker Library, Saturday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m.

Selecting Literary Agents

Most publishers won't look at your manuscript unless an agent represents you. How do you get an agent? Learn what good agents do and don't do, and how to find one right for your work, along with query letter basics.

East Lake Library, Saturday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m.

Creating Characters

Whether you are writing about kings, detectives or spies, you want to give the reader more than interesting occupations. Learn how to dig deeper into your characters to make them complex, conflicted and compelling, even if they're vampires.

Brookdale Library, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Minnetonka Library, Monday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m.

Pierre Bottineau Library, Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m.

Intro to Screenwriting

Learn about dialogue, scene, rising action, script styles, craft elements, and jumpstarting your script in this beginner's scriptwriting class.

Southeast Library, Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m.

 Turn Grief Into Poetry

Work through your feelings from a loss or grief through writing poetry. Learn writing prompts and exercises.

Hosmer Library, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m.

 Blank Page Fear

Learn the secrets of getting past your fear of the blank page, from a writer who has been there. This experienced teaching artist will guide you through proven exercises to break through writer's block.

Hopkins Library, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m.

Maple Plain Library, Saturday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m.

Turn Your Family Stories Into Memoir

Whether you want to write down your memories for family members and friends or hope to publish a book-length memoir, try your hand at writing exercises to spark your memory and tell your (hi)story!

Sumner Library, Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.

Wayzata Library, Monday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m.

Excelsior Library, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.

 How to Generate Material When the Well is Empty

Has your muse decided to take a vacation? Learn from an experienced writer on how to generate ideas for good writing, even when you feel completely uninspired to sit down and write.

Champlin Library, Thursday, Oct. 12, 1 p.m.

Fall Poetry

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing, and the days are growing shorter. Capture the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of autumn on the page by learning how to write poems inspired by the season.

Minneapolis Central Library, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.

First Pages for Kids and Teens

Write Your Own Silly Story

Grades 1-3. Don't let your funny tale fade from memory. Silly stories are fun! Polish your writing skills and capture your funny tales about school, friends or family experiences in writing.

Webber Park Library, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m.

Write, Draw, Create!

 Grades 8-12. Combine your loves of writing and drawing into visual storytelling. Learn about creative writing techniques, and also techniques used in graphic novels and comic books.

Franklin Library, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5 p.m.

Linden Hills Library, Saturday, Oct. 7, 3 p.m.

Eden Prairie Library, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 3 p.m.

Intro to Screenwriting for Teens

Be introduced to dialogue, scene and rising action! Learn about script styles, craft elements, how to jumpstart your script and more.

St. Anthony Library, Saturday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m.

Diary of Angry Birds!

Grades 4-7. Do you love to read? Learn what your favorite stories and characters can teach you about writing your own stories. From Angry Birds to Harry Potter to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, discover techniques for reading as writers. This class is intended for readers and writers alike.

Northeast Library, Wed. Oct. 18, 2 p.m.

 A Kids' Guide to Writing Short Stories

Grades 4-7. Can you tell stories that keep your friends on the edge of their sleeping bags? Explore different ways to come up with story ideas, and then shape them into engaging, fun stories —complete with characters, plot, and setting that you can share with all your friends!

Penn Lake Library, Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.

Conquer the College Application Essay

Grades 8-12. Learn to utilize basic creative writing craft elements – strong characterization, compelling narrative structure, an interesting plot or premise – to write the best possible college application essay. Leave with ideas that will get you started on writing an essay that will wow your readers!

Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center, 505 15th Ave. S. Minneapolis, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m.

Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.