The Writing Center

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NEW! Write Who You Are
The most valuable thing you have to offer as a writer is yourself —your knowledge, insights, perspectives, and experiences. By mining what you alone have to offer, you’ll fulfill your potential and connect deeply with your readers.
CE-WRITG 2088, 3 Wed., July 5-19, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $65. P Andrews. #6046

NEW! Creating a Vivid Fictional World
Whether you’re writing epic fantasy, historical romance, or a contemporary thriller, your story will only hook readers if it is consistent, complex, and intriguing. Learn techniques to help you bring your imaginary world to life and create settings that reveal character, underscore theme, and increase drama. Students should bring a passage (from their work or a novel) that has compelling setting details. You’ll receive a handout with course highlights.
CE-WRITG 2089, 1 Sat., June 24, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-2, $35 (+ $5 materials fee, payable to instructor). B Campbell. #6108

Building a Compelling Plot
A story’s plot is more than a series of events. To create a cohesive plot, you must understand the relationship between it and other key story elements. Review the building blocks of plot, analyze scenes, and learn techniques that will turn the events in your story into a compelling journey for characters and readers alike. You’ll receive a handout with highlights of course material.
CE-WRITG 2065, 1 Sat., June 17, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-2, $35 (+ $5 materials fee, payable to instructor). B Campbell. #5403

Creative Writing Summer Workshops
Writers of all levels wanted! Add depth, texture, and emotion to your writing as you experiment with prose, poetry, and journal musings. The course is based on free-writing exercises followed by sharing and discussion in a supportive environment.
CE-WRITG 2070VA, 4 Thurs., June 22-July 13, 1:30-3:30 pm, KNC-3, $80. K Rippstein. #5369

Writing as a Career

Write Your Young Adult & Middle Grade Novel
The genre of young adult writing is hotter than ever, but how do you know if your idea fits the genre? What’s involved in writing a young adult novel? Where and how do you begin to sell it? Prolific published author Suzanne Weyn shows you practical tips for finding the audience, the form, the voice, and the work tips to get you going. Includes outlining, scheduling, selling, and promoting your work in a combination of lecture and workshop. The time to write that novel is now!
CE-WRITG 2079, 4 Fri., June 9-30, 6:15-9:15 pm, KNC-3, $125. S Weyn. #5827

Writing Horror for Children & Young Adults
How scary is too scary? What are the demands of the horror genre? Horror is one of the hottest genres in juvenile writing. Author Suzanne Weyn has collaborated with the king of youth horror, R. L. Stine, as well as publishing her own horror novels for several age levels. Let her help you create your own entry into this fun type of writing for the very young all the way to young adult. Visit the instructor at
CE-WRITG 2083, 4 Thurs., June 8-29, 6:15-9:15 pm, KNC-2, $125. S Weyn. #5830

Writing & Selling Kids’ Books
Have a great idea for a children’s book? That’s a terrific place to start, but how do you progress from concept to published product? Go from getting started to the finish line in today’s changing world of juvenile publishing by exploring the requirements of every audience – baby board books, first chapter, middle-grade, and young adult – from outlining and writing to finding an agent and/or publisher, to self-publication.
CE-WRITG 2073, $90. S Weyn.
Sec. A: 3 Wed., June 14-28, 6:15-9:15 pm, Room TBD. #5828
Sec. B: 3 Sun., June 25-July 9, 3:00-6:00 pm, KNC-3. #5829

Writing for Little Ones: Ages Baby to Seven
Writing for the very littlest readers is a special challenge. It requires a way of thinking about children: what they believe and know and what they don’t yet know. It involves seeing the world from their unique perspective, even understanding how being little alters their perception of the world. To write for children the author must entertain and guide, and balance between adult communications skills and the child’s world; develop and polish your own work for very young children.
CE-WRITG 2077, 4 Tues., July 11-Aug. 1, 6:15-9:15 pm, Room TBD, $120. S Weyn #5980

The Wonder Years! Writing for Kids: Ages 4-11
Should a picture book be rhymed? What’s the difference between an early reader, a leveled reader, and a first chapter book? What are the requirements of juvenile non-fiction? The questions concerning writing for kids are endless. Identify the appropriate age categories for your work; better understand the world of juvenile publishing; and learn how to develop and polish your writing for children. Author/editor Suzanne Weyn has over 25 years of experience in juvenile publishing.
CE-WRITG 2078, 4 Mon., July 10-31, 6:15-9:15 pm, KNC-5, $125. S Weyn. #5826

Freelancing for Fun and Profit
Local publications are always looking for freelance writers. By adding photography to the mix, writers double their value to editors and publishers. The Internet and digital media have multiplied the opportunities and need for writers. Aspiring writers will learn how to apply to thousands of opportunities, while writers already engaged in writing projects can encourage others through networking while finding new outlets for their work.
CE-WRITG 2071, 2 Mon., June 12 & 19, 6:45-8:45 pm, KNC-2, $60 (+ $5 for purchase of a Rivertown magazine and handouts.) T Riley. #6144

Writing Bootcamp
Start fast! Keep it humming. End with authority. Polish, correct, and tighten the prose. Learn how to rewrite your story, whether fiction or nonfiction, so it entices, captivates, and delights readers.
CE-WRITG 2047, 3 Wed., June 7-21, 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-5, $60. P Andrews. #5421