At Nickel Plate Arts, we want to reach out to all kinds of artists. That’s why we’ve added classes in writing and acting for 2020. Consider growing your skills in one of these artistic mediums.

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Writing & Acting Classes: Details

Acting Classes with Spike Wilson: March 10–May 12, Tuesdays 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Acting Classes with Spike Wilson

March 10–May 12

Tuesdays 6:00–8:00 p.m.

10 weeks, $125 per student, capstone performance afterwards
Nickel Plate Arts Campus

This is a master class in acting for adults, but older teens are certainly welcome! 

Instructor Paul “Spike” Wilson is a director, theatre scholar, acting teacher, lighting designer, and translator. To date, he has directed over 50 full-length productions, translated or adapted over a dozen works, and written several plays for children.


The Writing Life: Starting and Finishing Your Novel - Workshop 2020: February 22, 2020 from 1:00–5:00 p.m.

The Writing Life: Starting and Finishing Your Novel – Workshop 2020

February 22, 2020 from 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Cost: $100

That unfinished book is sitting in the drawer because you don’t have time to finish it. Life got in the way of your dream so you set it aside, promising to get back to it. Regardless of where you are on your path to fulfilling your writing dream, whether you write novels, short stories, or screenplays, you will encounter roadblocks, time drains, and the lack of energy and the desire to finish what you started.

This intensive workshop will help you focus on your masterpiece. It will offer exercises, practical advice on where to find ideas, time management tips, and step-by-step guidelines to encourage you to put writing at the top of your to-do list. Classes are part lecture, exercise, and critique. Writers are asked to submit no more than ten pages of their work, professionally formatted, if they are going to participate in the critique sessions. Bring a laptop or pen + paper and be prepared to write!

BIO: Larry D. Sweazy is a multiple-award-winning author of fourteen Western and mystery novels, thirty-one short stories, and over sixty non-fiction articles and book reviews. He has been awarded seven national writing awards in the last fifteen years, including the Western Writers of America Spur Award, Best Books of Indiana Award, the Will Rogers Medallion Award, the Elmer Kelton Book Award, and most recently, the Willa Award. He serves on the faculty and Board of Directors for the Midwest Writers Workshop, and is also a member of the faculty for the Indiana Writers Center. He teaches workshops regularly, sharing the knowledge and skills he has attained in his long publishing career. Larry lives in Noblesville, Indiana with his wife, Rose, and is hard at work on his next novel.

More information can be found at larrydsweazy.com.


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