Throughout the year I offer a variety of classes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Some of these classes are taught through local colleges and organizations. Others are run through my freelance business. Please read through the descriptions and registration procedures for each class as they will vary.

Questions? Send me an email at lisa [at] lisacooperellison [dot] com,
or call me at 434-422-5807.

Interested in taking one of these classes online? Send me a message.

Writing 101: Elements of Good Storytelling

Tuesdays, 5/23/17 – 6/27/17 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
WriterHouse 508 Dale Ave, Charlottesville VA 22902
$158 ($142 for WriterHouse members)
Call 434-296-1922 or Register Online

Description:
Whether you’re interested in writing true stories or fiction, the elements of great storytelling are the same. Writers need to know how to develop interesting characters, establish a story’s central conflict, write engaging scenes, and use vivid sensory details. They also need to know how to give and receive supportive editorial feedback. During this six-week class, we’ll examine the elements of storytelling through exemplary fiction and nonfiction works, generate ideas for the stories you want to tell, and workshop pieces you have written. This class is perfect for anyone interested in mastering the foundations of storytelling, including new writers and those who haven’t taken a writing class in a while.

Daytime Creative Nonfiction

Wednesdays, 5/24/27 – 6/28/17 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
WriterHouse 508 Dale Ave, Charlottesville VA 22902
$158 ($142 for WriterHouse members)
Call 434-296-1922 or Register Online

Description:
“The most important question anyone can ask is: What myth am I living?” – Carl Jung

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” –Joan Didion

This class will focus on how to take personal writing in any form—memoir, personal essay, or creative nonfiction—and mine it for the truths that make stories into art. We’ll examine works by established authors, such as Joan Didion, Leslie Jameson, Tanehasi Coates, Cheryl Strayed, Roxanne Gay, and Frank McCort, generate ideas for your own stories and workshop pieces you have written. Differences between the personal essay and memoir will be fleshed out as you find the form that best fits the story you wish to tell. This class is appropriate for writers of all experience levels.

Embodying Your Muse

Saturday, 6/24/17 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Co-Taught with Poet Polly Lazaron
WriterHouse 508 Dale Ave, Charlottesville VA 22902
$65 ($60 for WriterHouse members)
Call 434-296-1922 or Register Online

Inspiration exists in many places and is unique to the individual. Over the millennia, many cultures have used drumming, dancing, yoga, and similar practices to invoke the muse—the force of intuition, inspiration, and creativity in all its forms—as it expresses itself within the body. These physical practices can lead to creative insights, inspiration, and a heightened awareness of our inner truths. Join us as we come together in safe and sacred community to turn inward through gentle yoga poses, meditative drumming, and simple circle dances that invite our inner muse to express itself. Writing prompts will be offered throughout this seminar along with opportunities to share work. Writers of all genres, experience levels, and abilities are welcome.

Refund Policy

For classes registered through my business, a refund less a 10% administrative fee will be processed if cancellation is received in writing no less than seven days prior to the initial class date. No refunds will be given after this date.

For classes taught through PVCC and WriterHouse, please check their refund policies for more information.