The Writing Center

Creative Writing
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 2033VA, 6 Thurs., Sept. 17-Oct. 22, 1:30-3:30 pm, Room TBD, $120. K Rippstein. #83077

Bringing Your Novel to Life
Understanding the building blocks of storytelling – premise, promise, theme, world, character, plot, point of view, and style – is just the first step in creating a novel. Learn how to strengthen and unify these essential elements to add complexity, drama, and emotional power to your novel. Receive a manual containing all course materials and handouts to use as a guide as you continue refining your novel.
CE-WRITG 2053, 4 Sat., Oct. 3-24, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $125 (+ $10 materials fee, payable to instructor). B Campbell. #82541

The Writer’s Circle
Join this writer’s circle and actively participate in the sharing of each other’s written work. Get positive feedback in a non-threatening environment, you’ll all become your own editors and critics as you strive to make your writing the best it can be. The instructor will offer comments and editorial advice both in class and by email.
CE-WRITG 2068, 6 Mon., Nov. 2-Dec. 7, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $120. V Dacquino. #82739

Find Your Voice Through Writing
Great writers make their own rules. This class will sharpen your style to make it unmistakably yours. Read fiction and memoirs by great stylists and analyze what makes them distinctive. Hone your writing with fun, experimental writing exercises and workshops focusing on positive, helpful feedback.
CE-WRITG 2057, 10 Thurs., Sept. 17-Nov. 19, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $195. K Winkelstein-Duveneck. #82712

How to Write FAST
Crank up the efficiency and get that novel, short story, article or script done. Through exercises, evaluations, tips and technologies, you can learn to write faster. Discover how to break through blocks, get ideas, develop plots, draft, and polish in less time without losing quality.
CE-WRITG 2038, 3 Wed., Oct. 14-28, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $65. P Andrews. #82527

Writing as a Career

New! 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 the thousands of writing opportunities open to them, while writers already engaged in writing projects can encourage others through networking while finding new outlets for their work.
CE-WRITG 2071, 3 Thurs., Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $60 (+ purchase of a Rivertown Magazine ($2) or a resource guide available for purchase in class). T Riley. #83063

Write Flash Fiction!
Flash fiction is hot, with over 300 paying markets looking for well-formed stories of 1000 words or less. Learn how to write, market and sell these tiny tales.
CE-WRITG 2026, 3 Wed., Sept. 16-30, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $60. P Andrews. #82513

Modern Media Writing
Want to get your articles published? Learn how to find and write the perfect pitch, craft a catchy introduction, transition to the heart of the piece, and provide the right conclusion. Learn how to write for newspapers, magazines, and the web, including blogs. Plus, you’ll get tips on how to find and quote sources and use anecdotes. Pick up all the tricks of the writing and publishing trade so you can get a byline.
CE-WRITG 2027, 4 Wed., Oct. 7-28, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $75. M Vataj. #82744

Turning Ideas into Published Books
Do you have a great book idea? Let’s move it to the next step. Come join us in a non-threatening writing circle that can lead to the completion and publication of your book. Experience is not necessary; bring your manuscript and your passion and let’s work together to get it done. Email editing by the author/teacher will help move your work along quickly.
CE-WRITG 2039, 6 Mon., Sept. 14-Oct. 19, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. V Dacquino. #82575

Publish Your Book Guaranteed
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to self-publish and market your book. Topics covered include an overview of the history of publishing; the business and technology of publishing; book design aspects such as cover, spine, binding, and paper stock; production timelines; and marketing issues such as how to set up signing and reading tours, arrange for book reviews, and create a successful retail distribution.
CE-PUBL 2008, 1 Wed., Oct. 7, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $50. D Ewen. #82591

Writing Books for Children and Young Adults
Discover the tools and gain the motivation and information you need to get you started on your children’s books, and keep going to create a finished product! Learn how to develop story ideas, create a main character, plan a setting, devise a plot, uncover a main idea, choose a point of view, and find your writer’s voice. We’ll explore strategies for the best way to market a “kids lit” book in today’s competitive environment.
CE-WRITG 2044, 6 Sat., Sept. 19-Oct. 24, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $125 (+ textbook). L Toffler-Corrie. #82884

Grant Writing Basics
Start with an overview of how nonprofits raise revenue, then focus on grants. For those already working in nonprofits as well as volunteers or those considering a career change. Includes how to research funders, analyze the components of a strong proposal, write a basic budget, articulate realistic and measurable outcomes, and craft evaluation plans. Also covered: letters of inquiry, strategies for online applications, how to stand out from the pack, and grant stewardship. Students will be asked to write and complete activities during the course.
CE-GRANT 2000, 4 Wed., Oct. 7-28, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $150. A Paul. #82657