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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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The Craft of Writing

Grammar You Should Know

After graduating from high school and even college, many of us still have gaps and lapses in our grammar and spelling. For example, should you use “who” or “whom” and what’s the difference between “effect” and “affect"? The years may have chipped away at your knowledge of English, but this class will apply a fresh coat of literacy to your writing no matter what kind you do. This class was formerly called Writing Basics Brush-Up (What You Should Have Learned in High School!).
WRIT-704 | 4 sessions | $52 AGE 60+ | $89 REG
F03 Th 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Jordan Oakes
Sept. 17-Oct. 8 | Online

Unleashing the Writer Within

Every one of us has a special story to tell, but it can be hard in this busy, modern world to access that creativity. In this class, we’ll peel away the familiar outer layers of doubt, distraction and writer’s block. We’ll get to the core of what we’re actually trying to say, and learn to say it with language that is irreplaceably unique to each of us. When the writer within is unleashed, the words will come freely and the stories we need to tell will finally occur to us. While not a class requirement, those interested in sharing their work will receive the benefit of a thorough, productive critique from the instructor and fellow students.
WRIT-701 | 4 sessions | $52 AGE 60+ | $89 REG
F01 M 7-9:30 p.m. | Jordan Oakes
Sept. 21-Oct. 12 | Online

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
F01 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Elliot Laurence
Nov. 10-24 | Online

Exploring the Creative Process

Writing Your Micro Memoir

In this introductory writing class, focus on the art of flash and micro memoir. Read a variety of brief memoirs by a diverse range of voices and learn how to craft short pieces about your own life. Class sessions will be composed of discussion, in-class writing and informal workshop. No writing experience required!
WRIT-714 | 6 sessions | $49.50 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
F01 W 7-9 p.m. | Gabe Montesanti
Sept. 9-Oct. 14 | Online

Boot Camp for Writers

Do you have an idea for a fiction or nonfiction story or a memoir but are struggling to get started? Are you working on a project but need feedback as you go? With weekly assignments and guided in-class critiques, start writing, stay writing or improve the writing you already do. All genres welcome. If you have a work-in-progress, bring copies to share for peer review.
WRIT-704 | 4 sessions | $52 AGE 60+ | $89 REG
F04 Tu 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Jordan Oakes
Sept. 22-Oct. 13 | Online

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
F01 Sa 9 a.m.-noon | P.A. De Voe
Oct. 17 | Online

Writing What You Don't Know: Including Diversity

A well-rounded story needs a diverse group of well-rounded characters. Creating multifaceted characters comes with a lot of questions. How do you write about what you don’t know? Is it safe to write about experiences that differ from yours? How do you portray them accurately? Learn how to write about other genders, cultures, abilities, and walks of life respectfully and honestly while staying true to your story. This course allows for personal growth against stereotypes and biases in order to make your story realistic and relatable. Help your story by dabbling in the art of research and finding primary sources.
WRIT-706 | 2 sessions | $31.50 AGE 60+ | $45 REG
F02 Th 6:30-8 p.m. | Elliot Laurence
Nov. 12-19 | Online


How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know

Have you been thinking about writing a book or perhaps you have written one and are curious about how to publish it yourself? In this four-hour workshop, explore the realities of independent publishing, how editing and design can make your book look great, options for getting your book into print, sales channels, e-book production and tips for book marketing.
WRIT-704 | 1 session | $45 AGE 60+ | $45 REG
F01 Sa 8 a.m.-noon | St. Louis Publisher's Association
Nov. 14 | Online

WordPress® for Writers: Easy Website Design 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. 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
F02 Sa 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Charlene Oldham
Oct. 24 | Online

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
F01 Sa 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Charlene Oldham
Oct. 17 | Online

Finding Writing Jobs Using Online Resources

Online job boards including Upwork and ProBlogger offer thousands of new writing jobs every day, but they are only starting points for finding work online. Whether you are already an experienced freelancer or you are simply interested in exploring options for earning extra income while working from home, this session will help you identify multiple online job boards to find paid writing work you will enjoy.
WRIT-722 | 1 session | $37.50 AGE 60+ | $55 REG
F02 Sa 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Charlene Oldham
Oct. 3 | Online

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