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APSU Community School Of The Arts Hosting One-Day Creative Writing Workshops Series

Whether you’re a young student interested in exploring creative writing or an adult learner interested in fine-tuning your craft, there will be something for everyone this spring at Austin Peay State University’s Community School of the Arts.

During the months of April and May, APSU will be hosting a number of specialized one-day writing classes and workshops aimed at helping learners grow their skills in a number of disciplines, including short stories, poetry and fantasy fiction.

Whether you’re a young student interested in exploring creative writing or an adult learner interested in fine-tuning your craft, there will be something for everyone this spring at Austin Peay State University’s Community School of the Arts.

During the months of April and May, APSU will be hosting a number of specialized one-day writing classes and workshops aimed at helping learners grow their skills in a number of disciplines, including short stories, poetry and fantasy fiction.

“We’re doing some 9 a.m.-noon, one-day writing classes on a number of really specific subjects, so if someone who takes the class is familiar with writing but really wants to hone their writing in one or two specific areas, they can take all of the classes, or just a subject that they’re really into,” Quincy Rhoads, adjunct professor of language and literature at APSU, said.

Rhoads, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from APSU, will lead all six workshops. In addition to teaching, Rhoads is a contributing editor for the online magazine Entropy, and his fiction and book reviews have appeared in magazines such as Zone 3, THE2NDHAND, Rain Taxi and Metazen.

One of the major goals of the workshop series, Rhoads said, is to compliment the type of learning students receive in a traditional academic setting.

“A lot of times, creative writing students study the classics of literary fiction, which makes sense because a student needs to make sense of the basics before branching off,” Rhoads said. “But I have a lot of students who want to learn the intricacies of science fiction or fantasy writing and the things that make those (disciplines) unique.”

Interested learners will also have an opportunity to explore the business side of writing, as Rhoads will lead classes exploring the processes of submitting writing and preparing a manuscript.

“A lot of students of all ages aren’t totally sure about the route they need to take to submit their work to publishers,” Rhoads said. “With independent publishing evolving how it has, the processes are totally different today. When is it worth paying a reading fee? How do you know when to send off a manuscript? Should you enter every single writing competition you can? Our goal is to supplement the learning process for students.”

The following one-day classes are held Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon. Students must be 18 or older to enroll in classes. All classes are $25 to enroll, unless otherwise noted.

To register for any or all of the workshops, visit the CSA’s website at http://www.apsu.edu/csa/writing.

For more information, contact the APSU Community School of the Arts at 931-221-7508 or email at csa@apsu.edu.