The Writing Center
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Freelancing for Fun & Profit-Part II
In this course, freelancers are encouraged to work for magazines, newsletters, and newspapers that set deadlines for work to be done. Students are encouraged to write every day and seek an audience for their work through lectures, personal appearances, emails, and media marketing. Established writers who would like to share their experiences and help other writers are encouraged to attend and network. Discover how photography can enhance written articles and increase your chances of being hired by a managing editor.
CE-WRITG 2124, 3 Thurs., Aug. 5-19, 6:30-8:30 pm, $75. T Riley. #6844
Journaling: A Way to Discover Ourselves
Journaling allows us to nourish our well-being, cultivate resilience, and transform our thoughts and actions through self-discovery. When our thoughts become visible, we begin to see ourselves, others, and the world around us in a kinder and more mindful light, by being inwardly self-aware and outwardly observant. Through guided writing exercises and facilitated discussion, learn to create a daily practice of personal expression. Gain a deeper understanding of this method of self-care as part of the mind-body connection. No prior writing experience needed.
CE-PRSDV 2194VA, 2 Thurs., Nov. 11 & 18, 6:00-8:00 pm, $50. S Lantero. #84064
Writing for Well-Being
Being able to express ourselves in writing connects the mind and body to heal the past and flourish in the future. When putting thoughts to paper, we can address emotional, spiritual, and psychological health through the written word. It utilizes metaphor and narrative structure, is cathartic, cultivates resilience, and mindfulness of thinking. Our thoughts become visible, and in doing so, enables us to observe and reflect on ourselves and others with compassion. Learn and practice six types of writing for well-being: expressive, transactional, poetic, affirmative, legacy, and mindful. No prior writing experience needed.
CE-WRITG 2125, 3 Wed., Oct. 6-20, 6:00-8:00 pm, $75. S Lantero. #84066
Hook Your Readers
Many agents and editors will only read the opening pages of a manuscript before deciding if they are interested. Award-winning fantasy author and editor Barbara Campbell will share tips to help you hook readers on the first page, prompt them to keep reading, create complex characters and dramatic scenes, and avoid style pitfalls that can weaken the impact of your prose. Students working on a novel or short story should bring the opening scene to class and will receive a handout with course highlights, scene studies, and writing exercises.
CE-WRITG 2118, 1 Sat., Sept. 18, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, $42. B Campbell. #83625
Healing Minds and Hearts in Writing
Writing is an empowering tool that frees minds and hearts. Writing has the power to heal, to create a connection with self and with others through ideas, thoughts and sharing of emotions. The “work-shopping” process invites writing as a recursive process in which writing stamina is built, writing goals are examined, and the process is shared. Writers will engage in experiential writing, set writing goals, and will create shorter structured pieces and a longer piece as a culminating activity.
CE-PRSDV 2197VA, 5 Fri., Sept. 17-Oct. 15, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. E Klein. #84083
An introductory course aimed at teaching students to write a screenplay. Students will be taught the nuts and bolts of character development, theme, and plot. Concentration on how to write action lines and dialogue and showing versus telling will be discussed. Each student will finish a first draft of a screenplay by the end of the class. No experience required. Only bring your creativity.
CE-WRITG 2101, 12 Thurs., Sept. 9-Dec. 2 (skip 11/25), 6:30-8:00 pm, $185. L Rhodes. #83822
How to Tell a Story
Whether you are telling a fictional or nonfictional story, the elements of telling it are the same. A good story does not always start with ‘once upon a time’ or the day your lead character was born. It starts with action, setting the scene, introducing a character, or even posing a question. In this remote course, learn how to tell your story through plotting and drafting it. Learn how edit your story with a discerning eye by discovering what to leave in and what to take out. You will develop it into a finished story to share with the class for critiquing.
CE-WRITG 2123, 3 Wed., Nov. 3-17, 7:00-9:00 pm, $73. L Lush. #83930