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2/11/2013
Hennepin County Library Collaborates With Loft Literary Center to Present 24 Free ‘First Pages’ Classes March-May
Three New Classes Are Elements of Fiction, Novel Writing for Teens, Spring Poetry
Spring “First Pages” writing classes, a collaboration of Hennepin County Library and the Loft Literary Center, will include two dozen free classes March 2-May 18 at local libraries. Advance registration is required.
 
Classes for kids are I Want to Be an Author, Writing Short Stories and Creating Magical Worlds.
 
Teen classes are Elements of Fiction (new), Creating Fictional Worlds and Novel Writing for Teens (new).
 
For adults, classes are: Creating Characters, Creative Writing Sampler, Writing Your Life, Selecting Literary Agents, Spring Poetry (new), How Do I Get Published and Your Journal Is a Creative Goldmine.
 
“'First Pages' instructors are all Loft teaching artists. Many, but not all, are published writers; all have their own writing practice,” said Jennifer Dodgson, Young Writers Program manager at the Loft. “The focus is on creative writing — fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and craft elements such as narrative, character development, plot, structure, etc. within those genres — rather than on things like proper grammar usage.”
 
Instructor Roseanne Bane, for example, is author of “Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance.” She has a Master’s degree in English with a specialization in Creative and Professional Writing and began teaching at the Loft in 1990. She is currently teaching Executive Business Writing to MBA candidates at the University of St. Thomas and creative process classes at the Loft.
 
Bane has taught four “First Pages” classes: How to Form a Writing Group, How to Generate Material When the Well Is Empty, Taking Your Great Idea From Brainstorm to Page and How Do I Get Published.
 
The writing experience of “First Pages” students ranges widely. “Some students have published books or short pieces, some have never finished a complete piece. I tend to see more students in the beginner ranger, but that’s probably due to the type of classes offered through ‘First Pages’ and the classes I teach,” Bane said.
 
“The ‘First Pages’ sessions give aspiring and experienced writers low-risk, high-quality opportunities to sample a variety of genres and writing topics and to meet with a variety of skilled teaching artists specially chosen by the Loft Literary Center for both their teaching expertise and publishing credentials,” Bane said.
 
“First Pages” at Hennepin County Library launched in the fall of 2008 “to serve and encourage writers of all levels, ages and backgrounds,” Dodgson said. “These free sessions introduce the art of creative writing to many people and serve as motivation and a community-building resource for those who may have already begun their writer’s journey.”
 
More than 500 children, teens and adults attended “First Pages” classes in 2012.
 
For the upcoming “First Pages” class schedule, go to www.hclib.org and click on Events & Classes.  In the search box on the right under the calendar, type First Pages.
2/11/2013


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