Humanities: Theatre, Writing, Music, History
Creative Writing Workshop
In this Creative Writing Workshop we will look closely at the writing process of four authors and, based on their examples, work with writing prompts that develop our own new stories or poems. All experience levels are welcome. Just bring your journal and enthusiasm!
Creative Revisions Workshop
Would you like revision assistance with your poems, stories, or memoirs? In this course participants share their written work with each other in order to give and receive useful feedback. For a successful course, you must be willing to spend time outside of class reading and preparing responses. Bring three typed pages of your writing (1200 words of prose or 600 words of poetry) to the first class. All experience levels are welcome. You must be 18 to participate.
My Life Stories Writing Workshop
Would you like to pass down your memories to your family, but don't know where to begin the task? Join this supportive group, set your pen to paper, and get started preserving your personal history. Ferne Stout, your facilitator, has written two books about her own life and will provide guidance and writing prompts. You'll meet new people and work together toward your final writing goal, whatever that may be. Paper, folders and pens will be provided, but please bring your own if you prefer.
Comedian Matt Alano-Martin takes a look at the history and evolution of stand-up comedy before getting down to the serious business of joke writing and performance in this 4-week class at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in downtown Bloomington. Students will practice and hone their craft in class before moving to the stage, where they'll perform their short stand-up routines during a special Saturday matinee show at the Comedy Attic in Bloomington.
Ukulele for Beginners
Ukulele playing is easy and enjoyable! Learn how to play simple chords and explore simple strumming techniques for GCEA turning. You will be playing songs in no time at all. A soprano, concert or tenor ukulele is required, as well as an electronic clip-on tuner.
Beginning Folk Guitar
Learn to play the folk guitar in this class designed for those new to the instrument. You will learn how to orient your guitar and tune it as well. You will be led through activities that will have you playing in no time, with emphasis placed on playing "by ear"..
Intermediate Folk Guitar
Advance your folk guitar skills with this intermediate class. This course is designed for students who already know chords and have played some guitar in the past and wish to get back to playing guitar.
Witches and Riches: The Puritans and Their Legacy in America
The popular image of New England Puritans is that of a people with black suits, tall hats, buckle shoes, a talent for hanging witches and a hatred of fun. In actuality, their thinking, social institutions, ethics, and local governments formed a pattern that influenced life for the next 400 years. Join instructor Mark Acres to explore the facsinating story of one of the greatest social experiments in all of history.
HISTORY TUESDAYS at Bell Trace Senior Living Community
Each month our instructors will teach an intriguing exploration into the history of different peoples and cultures. Join us this spring at Bell Trace? All are welcome! Classes run 1 hour each for 4 weeks.
BELL TRACE: The Beatles
Explore selected Beatles songs from every period of the group. Learn the Beatles lyrics, how they developed as musicians, why many of their songs were written and what those sometimes mysterious lyrics mean.
BELL TRACE: Gettysburg
The Battle of Gettysburg reflected the entire American Civil War in microcosm, and became the occasion through which Abraham Lincoln redefined the very meaning of America. Learn why we can never forget: "what they did here." The tension, the larger than life characters, the individual decisions and the savage fighting will be covered in this class that tells the great story of Gettysburg.
BELL TRACE: Shakespeare Studies: Romeo & Juliet
Explore the world of Shakespeare through one of the most famous and enduring tragedies of all time? Romeo and Juliet. In this five week course, you will discover the depth of this great play through reading, observation, and performance. Each session will deal with a single act of the play. You need not prepare anything. Come discover that all the world is indeed a stage!