Workshops


IMAGINATION  201
a four day writing-intensive workshop
with J.M. DeMatteis
October, 2014
"If you are serious about writing, and you need a creative jump start - RUN (don't walk) to this workshop! J.M.'s advice and insights on writing and channeling your artistic self into substantive work are invaluable. I left the workshop feeling inspired by J.M. and my fellow workshop attendees. Imagination 101 is a worthwhile investment, and it has made a lasting impact on my approach to creating and writing - Thank you, J.M.! I can't wait for Imagination 201!"—Nicole B

Thanks to my amazing students for making October's Imagination 201 a great success.  More workshop information coming in 2015.

Join master storyteller J.M. DeMatteis for an extended weekend exploring the realms of imagination, from the metaphysical to the practical.  

When:  
 Thursday October 16th, 7 pm to 9 pm
               Friday October 17th, 10 am to 5 pm (90 minute break for lunch)
               Saturday October 18th, 10 am to 5 pm (90 minute break for lunch)
               Sunday October 19th, 9 am to 1 pm

Where:  
Kingston, New York

Come with a short story (eight to ten pages) to pitch to the group.  Shape it, build it and write it over the course of four days—with JMD offering feedback, insights, guidance and encouragement.  There will be specific writing exercises focusing on plot, character, theme, pacing, dialogue:  all the elements you’ll need to bring your story to life. 

Cost $545.00

This course is only open to students who have taken Imagination 101 or 201 or have been story consulting clients of J.M. DeMatteis.  (If you’ve taken 201 before, you’re welcome to take it again.)

For more more information:  imaginationworkshops@gmail.com

"J.M. DeMatteis is not only an amazing writer, but a brilliant teacher, as well.  Through the experience of Imagination 101, his wisdom and guidance have helped re-spark the pilot light of my creativity.  In a mundane world of humdrum mediocrity, he has given me the tools to rediscover the nine year old in me and all the wonder that comes along with it."—Dave D

“What an amazing experience!  I know that there are hundreds who can benefit from your guidance in honoring our creative selves and I really hope they give themselves this chance to challenge themselves and to go beyond whatever held them back in the past.  This workshop deserves to be a top priority for any potential writer.  I can't thank you enough!"—Jeff Z

“Mr. DeMatteis taught us a great deal about how to write outlines, scripts (in different styles) and even how to collaborate with other creative minds. The weekend was also packed with precious inside knowledge and the no-pressure and always-positive environment he created has literally jump-started the hesitant writer inside of me.  Thanks, J.M., for encouraging me to write from within—and without fear.”—Rodrigo B  
“It was a great weekend! Can't recommend this class enough. Full of insights and inspiration. I've been writing like a maniac ever since.  Looking forward to Imagination 201, 301, and then sipping scotch on the veranda with the lads from the class as we celebrate our first published works."—Eruch A
"J.M led the workshop with a patient enthusiasm... He made it so intriguing to learn just how his characters came to him, how to tell their stories and how we could tell our own characters' stories.  This was an imaginative, deep exploration into the creative process of character storytelling and creation that was both practical and inspiring. The group dynamic of creating our own storyline right alongside J.M himself was a thrill I will never forget. It was so much fun and went by so fast.  Thank you!"—Joshua K
"Imagine if you will, a place where you can become anyone...be anywhere...do anything. That's just what J.M. DeMatteis and his Imagination 101 workshop empowers you to do.  It's intense. It's laid back.  It's a weekend in an unassuming conference room, but you'll soon find out how to leave the conference room and create your own universe with the power of imagination and will. Also, cheese. Lots of cheese."—Adam M