Creative outlets are even more important during times of stress and unrest. To support the entire community of writers, the Adirondack Center for Writing (ACW) is offering a brand new class called Nitty Gritty: The Craft Basics of Prose with Leah Hampton at a Pay What You Can rate, thanks to the generous support of the Lake Placid Public Foundation.

Leah Hampton taught for ACW for the first time earlier this year and was immediately a student fan-favorite for her thoughtful assignments and student-centered teaching. ACW is thrilled to have her back teaching a brand new class perfect for anyone writing in both fiction and nonfiction.

The class will run from September 7 – October 11, 2020 via Google Classroom and offers readings and assignments on a flexible schedule that suits folks with a busy schedule. Pay What You Can registrations are limited, so make sure to register early at bit.ly/acwclasses.

Course description. This course for fiction and nonfiction writers is gonna get granular. Prose writers of all levels, from beginner to advanced, always benefit from focusing on foundations. Each week will feature a different building block of stories and essays, such as description, perspective, and time. Writing exercises will be targeted, asking you to flex specific muscles to strengthen your writing. Designed to be flexible and accessible! Short(ish) readings and discussion topics, and plenty of room to make the assignments work for you. Writers can use this class to sharpen an existing work in progress, or to generate new material.

About the teacher. Leah Hampton (pictured above) is the author of F*ckface and Other Stories and a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers. She has held fellowships at Hedgebrook, the Adirondack Center for Writing, and the Stadler Center for Poetry, and her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Ecotone, The Los Angeles Times, McSweeneys, LitHub, and elsewhere. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Adirondack Center for Writing has been bringing people and words together for over 20 years through provocative events and meaningful programs. For more info about ACW and their latest online offerings, visit www.adirondackcenterforwriting.org and follow @adkctr4writing on social media.