The Writing Center

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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., Mar. 3-Apr. 14 (skip 3/31), 1:30-3:30 pm, KNC-2, $120. K Rippstein. #12777

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., Mar. 7-Apr. 11, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $120. V Dacquino. #12654

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 Wed., Jan. 13-Mar. 16, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $195. K Winkelstein-Duveneck. #12789

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 Thurs., Apr. 7-21, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $65. P Andrews. #12632

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. Work with award-winning author Barbara Campbell to 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. Students will receive a handout with highlights of course material.
CE-WRITG 2065, 1 Sat., Mar. 19, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-2, $35 (+ $5 materials fee, payable to instructor). B Campbell. #12643

Writing as a Career

NEW! Writing & Selling Kids’ Books
Have a great idea for a children’s book? That’s a terrific place to star, 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, 3 Sun., Feb. 21-Mar. 6, 3:00-6:00 pm, KNC-3, $90. S Weyn. #13230

NEW! Writing a Memoir or Novel as Diary Poems
This course will introduce an easy and creative way to tell your story. Learn how to create and turn 10 line verses into 3 sections that form chapters. An amazing way to organize your book into an easy and enjoyable read.
CE-WRITG 2074, 6 Tues., Mar. 1-Apr. 5, 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-4, $120. V Dacquino. #13252

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 Wed., Feb. 3-24 (skip 2/17), 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. #12776

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 Thurs., Apr. 28-May 12, 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-3, $60. P Andrews. #12633

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., Feb. 3-24, 6:30-8:30 pm, KNC-2, $75. M Vataj. #12842

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 Tues., Jan. 12-Feb. 16, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. V Dacquino. #12653

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., Mar. 2-23, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $150. A Paul. #12896