CNY Arts Center to hold fall writing programs

The CNY Arts Center will have a slate of fall classes for writers at its new location in State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Writing Arts Coordinator Jim Farfaglia has planned several classes that cover a wide range of interests. Writers can choose from the following classes:

• “I Remember When…” — Instructor Brittney Fiorini Jerred’s class will focus on capturing memories.

She explained that the class will help participants produce short memoir excerpts. Participants are encouraged to bring in a photo or two of something from the past to share with the first class.

Writing tips and an essay structure will help keep essays focused. No writing experience required.

The class will run for three Fridays: Sept. 14, 21 and 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

• “Intro To Poetry” — Farfaglia will offer participants an introduction to the world of poetry.

Farfaglia stated that this class will be ideal for those who are curious about poetry but don’t always understand its style and use of language.

The class will include both reading poetry and instruction and guidance on writing.

The class will run for six Thursdays from Sept. 20 through Oct. 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

• “Launching Your Writing Journey” — Instructor Carolyn Dougherty will hold a one-day workshop for people who have always wanted to write but don’t know how to get started.

Dougherty explained that the class for beginning writers will include identifying and setting goals for projects, building confidence by reviewing basic elements of writing and sharing tips to stay motivated.

The date for the class is Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Farfaglia is also launching a new venue called the Writer’s Café, an informal gathering for local writers and people who enjoy writing.

Once a month, the CNY Arts Center will host local writers who want to share their work with the community. Writings in all genres will be welcome.

The evening will run much like the “coffeehouse open mic” format. Writers should contact Farfaglia to sign up for a slot in the evening and to run their writing by him.

The first Writer’s Café will take place Sunday, Sept. 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is no charge for this event but a hat will be passed for the CNYArts Center.

During the Cafe refreshments will be available for purchase.

Hot coffees, teas, hot cocoa and spiced cider will be offered by Kiley’s Coffees and cookies and other pastries will be offered by Treat Me Sweet.

Those looking to read at the Writer’s Cafe or looking to obtain more information may call contact Farfaglia at 402-2297 or sjimf903@twcny.rr.com.

Those seeking to register for any of the classes please may visit www.cnyartscenter.com and click on the Writing/Literary Arts link.

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