The Writing Center

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NEW! Memoir: Writing the Stories of Your Life
Discover how to turn your life stories into a well-crafted memoir. Writing exercises and critiques will be used.
CE-WRITG 2087, 5 Mon., Jan. 23-Feb. 20, 12:15-2:15 pm, KNC-3, $110. J Lawrence. #13745

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., Jan. 23-Feb. 20, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-3, $100. J Lawrence. #13592

Bringing Your Story to Life
Take your novel or short story to the next level! Work with award-winning author Barbara Campbell to explore the “big picture” elements common to every story: premise, promise, theme, world, character, plot, point of view, and style. Learn how to weave these building blocks of storytelling together to create greater complexity, drama, and emotional power. Students will receive an 80-page manual of course highlights and handouts.
CE-WRTG 2053, 4 Sat., Mar. 18-Apr. 8, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $125 (+ $12 materials fee, payable to instructor). B Campbell. #13247

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. 16-Apr. 27 (skip 4/13), 1:30-3:30 pm, KNC-3, $120. K Rippstein. #13178

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 Tues., Mar. 7-28, 6:15-9:15 pm, KNC-5, $125. S Weyn. #13425

NEW! 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 edited and 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 Wed., Apr. 5-26, 6:15-9:15 pm, KNC-5, $125. S Weyn. #13687

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 Sun., Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 3:00-6:00 pm, KNC-3. #13257
Sec. B: 3 Mon., Jan. 23-Feb. 6, 6:15-9:15 pm, Room TBD. #13258

NEW! Advanced Writing for Kids and Young Adults
This workshop will continue where Writing for Kids and Young Adults left off. It will be geared toward the student who has taken either that class or another creative writing course and/or has work they would like to revise. We’ll focus on taking writing to the next level in terms of craft and creative voice. Special attention will also be paid to understanding the marketplace and preparing your work to submit for publication.
CE-WRITG 2084, 4 Sat., Mar. 4-25, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $85. L Toffler. #13744

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., Jan. 19-Feb. 9, 6:15-9:15 pm, Room TBD, $120. S Weyn. #13259

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 Thurs., Mar. 2-23, 6:15-9:15 pm, GTW-219, $125. S Weyn. #13260

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., Mar. 29-Apr. 12, 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-2, $65. P Andrews. #13339

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., Jan. 18-Feb. 1, 6:45-8:45 pm, KNC-2, $60 (+ $5 for purchase of a Rivertown Magazine and handouts.) T Riley. #13400