The Writing Center
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NEW! Color the Page with Words: Poetry Writing Workshop
Join the conversation between poetry and visual art and share your original writing in a supportive environment. Each workshop features themes found in poetry and art. Innovative writing prompts linked to form and poetic technique will inspire you to write, on-the-spot! Surprise yourself with what you find as you listen to others and express your own creative voice. For all levels.
CE-WRITG 2080, 3 Mon., Oct. 17-31, $60. A van Buren.
Sec. A: 11:00 am-1:00 pm, KNC-5. #83959
Sec. B: 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-2. #83960
Make Every Scene Count
Compelling scenes in fiction not only move the plot forward, but deepen character, create drama, underscore the story’s theme, and evoke an emotional response from the reader. Award-winning author Barbara Campbell will examine the fundamentals of scene structure from its overall shape to its individual beats, and help students craft scenes that hook readers from the first line to the last. Students will receive a 100-page manual with course highlights, writing exercises, and scene studies. Internet access required to receive pre-class readings.
CE-WRITG 2072, 3 Sat., Nov. 5-19, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $90 (+ $12 materials fee, payable to instructor). B Campbell. #83169
NEW! The Poet’s Toolbox
Have you wanted to write poetry, or have you written poetry long ago and don’t know how to get back to writing? We’ll examine and discuss the basics of poetry and its tools, and then we’ll write.
CE-WRITG 2081, 5 Mon., Sept. 19-Oct. 24 (skip 10/10), 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-2, $100. J Lawrence. #83833
NEW! Poetry as Memoir
Are you a writer who writes poetry and would like to write a memoir? In this workshop, we will define and read narrative poetry and learn how to create poems that will fit into a memoir. Each session will end with a writing exercise, with voluntary readings and discussion. Students will read their work to invited guests at the last class.
CE-WRITG 2082VA, 4 Mon., Sept. 19-Oct. 17 (skip 10/10), 1:00-3:00 pm, KNC-4, $80. J Lawrence. #83968
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. 22-Oct. 27, 1:30-3:30 pm, KNC-4, $120. K Rippstein. #83614
Writing as a Career
NEW! 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 Wed., Sept. 7-28, 6:15-9:15 pm, KNC-2, $125. S Weyn. #83834
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, 4 Sat., Sept. 17-Oct. 8, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $95. L Toffler #80089
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, 3 Wed., Oct. 5-19, 6:15-9:15 pm, Room TBD, $90. S Weyn. #83655
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 Thurs., Nov. 3-Dec. 1 (skip 11/24), 6:15-9:15 pm, TEC-13L, $120. S Weyn #83656
NEW! Writing for Kids: Ages 4-11
Should a picture book be rhymed? Who does the illustrations? What is a phonetic primer? 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 Tues., Nov. 1-22, 6:15-9:15 pm, TEC-13L, $125. S Weyn. #83835
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 Thurs., Sept. 22-Oct. 6, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $60. P Andrews. #83032
Writing Articles for Profit at Any Age
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, 2 Wed., Oct. 5 & 12, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $60 (+ $5 for purchase of a Rivertown Magazine and handouts.) T Riley. #80064
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., Oct. 27-Nov. 10, 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-4, $60. P Andrews. #83031
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. 5-26, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $150. A Paul. #83607