This May, the Manzanita Writers’ Series expands offerings to include writing workshops “Online and at the Beach,” as part of HoffOnline, a new Hoffman Center for the Arts program that will offer writing and visual arts workshops.

In its ninth year, the writers’ series brings regional authors to the coast for author readings and workshops. To augment that program, “Online and at the Beach” will provide more in-depth instruction online over a five-week period. Students will be able to work on their own schedule as well as interact with the instructor and fellow students.

The initial series begins May 1, and culminates in an optional writing retreat weekend in Manzanita the weekend of June 2-4.

Jennie Shortridge will teach “Putting Your Prose to Work.” This course is for advanced beginners and intermediate writers.

Megan Kruse will teach “Creativity Catalyst.” Learn about and try your hand at three different forms: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

The optional weekend retreat will allow students to meet their instructor and fellow students, enjoy additional craft writing sessions on building tension even in quiet stories, and on the transformative power of setting and “stuff.” After a session on effective open mic readings, participants will have an opportunity to read their work at ppen mic. Optional activities include “Yoga for Writers,” hikes and a “prompt-o-rama.”

Registrations open April 1, at hoffmanblog.org.

Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org or contact Kathie Hightower, kathiejhightower@gmail.com

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