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@ Forest Park | Meramec

The Writing Program is designed for the beginning or experienced writer. We have classes that give you the opportunity to develop your writing voice, build expertise in the art and craft of writing, and gain insight into today’s publishing environment.

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Developing Diverse Fictional Characters

Do you want to create engaging characters from different backgrounds and cultures, but aren’t sure where to start? This workshop introduces the basic components to consider while developing realistic and diverse characters for your novel or short story.
WRIT-719 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
S01 Th 6-9 p.m. | Pamela De Voe
June 18 | MC-SO, 112

Exploring the Creative Process

Journaling for Writers

While journals can contain to-do lists, diary entries and much more, for writers, they often include a section devoted to ideas and inspiration. A writer’s bullet journal might also contain a plan to transform their plans into concrete projects. Whatever your goals as a writer, this course will show you how a bullet journal can kick start your creativity, your career or both. All you need to get started is any blank notebook, your favorite writing implements and an open mind. Please note that any notebook would work for this class.
WRIT-710 | 1 session | $37 AGE 60+ | $55 REG
S02 Sa 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Charlene Oldham
July 11 | FP-D, 210

Mining Your Soul Story

Our minds record the sum of our experiences, and writing helps extracts events, allowing us to see a situation and our reaction as two separate things. Using various prompts, reflective journaling time and shared conversation, receive tools for mining and writing your own soul story. This workshop is intended for everyone, whether you are new to writing or a long-time journal writer. Bring a sack lunch.
WRIT-710 | 1 session | $43.50 AGE 60+ | $65 REG
S01 Sa 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Mary Eigel
July 11 | MC-SO, 232

Remastering the Writing Process

Writing an essay, novel or any sort of long work comes in steps. From the beginnings of a brainstorm to sharing your work, the writing process can seem long, daunting and nearly impossible. In this three-session study, explore the path to publication while meeting all the requirements for finished work. Learn how to write an outline, edit and revise, and get down to the details of the description. Your writing will benefit from all of the grammar-learning opportunities this class offers.
WRIT-706 | 3 sessions | $43.50 AGE 60+ | $65 REG
S01 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Elliot Laurence
July 23 – Aug. 6 | MC-SO, 108


Freelancing for Fun and Profit

Interested in earning money by sharing news or knowledge through the written word? Learn how to develop ideas and mold them into pieces fit for newspapers, consumer magazines, trade magazines, blogs, online magazines and more by covering some of the basics of reporting, writing and selling stories. No matter what your interests or expertise, learn how to identify markets, write query letters, research and interview and write articles that will get you published for profit. Bring recent copies of your favorite publications as well as any original story ideas you’d like to see in print.
WRIT-722 | 1 session | $37 AGE 60+ | $55 REG
S01 Sa 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Charlene Oldham
July 18 | FP-D, 210

WordPress® for Writers: Easy Website Design for Online Publishing

Looking for a place to share your poetry, essays, short stories and other creative works with the world? Why not design the perfect online forum yourself with WordPress, which draws more than 409 million people who view 15.5 billion pages each month? WordPress is one of the world’s most popular Web design tools because it is free, easy to use and produces professional results. In fact, WordPress sites are so pro that you can even use them as an online hub for marketing your work to journals, magazines and other print or online publications. Prerequisite: Windows®? Introduction class or equivalent experience. Students must have a generic email account through Gmail™, Yahoo or Hotmail and know this email address and password. Students are advised to bring their laptop or tablet computer to class. Bring a sack lunch. Wordpress is a registered trademark of the WordPress Foundation. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. St. Louis Community College Continuing Education courses are independent seminars and neither affiliated with, nor authorized, sponsored or approved by Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owner.
WRIT-704 | 1 session | $37 AGE 60+ | $55 REG
S01 Sa 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Charlene Oldham
June 27 | FP-D, 210

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