J.H. Benigni




Posted by JH Benigni on March 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM



Description: Each session, we will do a lesson on a craft element of creative writing (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and dramatic writing), discuss the week's reading (provided), do in-class writing exercises, and workshop each other’s work. If you have anything you are currently working on, you may bring it to class, and if there is time at the end, we can discuss it. You are not obligated to share your writing if you don't feel comfortable doing so. The course is designed to be a fun exploration of an interest in creative writing and to develop students' writing. All levels of writers are welcome, and course work can be as simple or as challenging as we make it, tailored to individuals' needs and preferences. The aim is to complete a work of creative writing that you are proud of by the end of the course. All levels of writers are welcome.

Course Objectives:

1. Gain a basic knowledge of four creative writing genres and be able to craft poetry and prose of your own

2. Identify, analyze, and discuss craft elements at work in contemporary creative writing

3. Provide feedback to peers’ writing according to guidelines presented in class

4. Have a working knowledge of submitting creative writing for publication


Course Materials:

· Journal or notebook and something to write with

· Internet access and a working email account






1. Unlocking your Creativity


2. Writing the Short Story


3. Points of View


4. Creating Characters


5. Writing Dialog


6. Poetry


7. Dramatic Writing


8. Markets, Competitions and Opportunities


Class Dates:                                                                                           Application Deadlines:

The Summer 2015 Workshop                                                             Open Enrollment

will meet alternating Saturdays from    

1 pm – 3 pm, June 27 to August 22.

J.H. Benigni is a writer and photographer from Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared online and in print publications such as Smith Magazine, The Critical Point, The Bremerton Sun, and is forthcoming in Voices From the Attic. She is a former military journalist, earned an MFA in fiction, pedagogy, and travel writing from Chatham University, has been a member of Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshops, and holds two writing awards. She currently teaches writing at Point Park University, CCAC, and Mount Lebanon Community Education.

To enroll, email a writing sample to [email protected] with J.H. Benigni Writer’s Studio in the subject line and a brief message in the body describing your interest in the workshop. Tuition is $75 per class. Class dates and times are subject to change, and class availability is subject to enrollment. Tuition is due on the first day of class.

For more information, please send an email to [email protected]



Categories: Creative Writing Course

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