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 we'll 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. It will not be a class requirement,
but those interested in sharing their work will receive the benefit of a thorough,
productive critique from the instructor and fellow students. You'll need to make copies
of your work to share.
WRIT:701 | 4 sessions | $49.50 Age 60+ | $79 Regular
P02 | M 7-9:30 p.m. | Jordan Oakes | Feb. 25-March 25 | MC-CS, 206
• NOTE: No class 3/18.
Developing Your Dialogue
Does your dialogue sound stiff? Would a real person say that? Participate in writing
activities designed to develop your use of dialogue. Enjoy learning and practicing
the essential elements of dialogue through concise presentations and enjoyable activities.
Have fun examining what people say, why they say it and how to fictionalize their
conversation. Bring your fears, wants and good humor to this interactive workshop.
WRIT:724 | 1 session | $30.50 Age 60+ | $39 Regular
P01 | Th 6-9 p.m. | Jeff May | March 7 | MC-BA, 122
• NOTE: Room has changed.
Bringing Your Characters to Life
What makes a person interesting? What makes them memorable? What makes them unforgettable?
Characters are the living, breathing center of your story or novel. They are the engines
that drive your plot forward, that keep it moving and keep your readers asking "then
what did they do?" In this workshop, we'll get beyond looks and discuss the wide range
of ingredients that go into making an unforgettable character: their secrets, their
motivations, their biggest hopes and their greatest fears. When you know your characters,
you know what must happen in your story. We'll discuss some of your favorite characters,
from fiction or otherwise, and try to reverse-engineer them to see what makes them
tick. Appropriate for students just getting started on creating their characters or
writers who are looking for more ways to make them leap off the page.
WRIT:719 | 1 session | $41 Age 60+ | $59 Regular
P02 | Sa 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Jeffrey Ricker | March 16 | MC-SO, 107
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, when to use "who" and when to use
"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 | $49.50 Age 60+ | $79 Regular
P06 | Th 7-9:30 p.m. | Jordan Oakes | April 4-25 | FP-C, 221
Mining Your Soul Story
Our minds record the sum of our experiences. Writing extracts the event and allows
us to see the situation and our reaction as two separate things. Using various prompts,
reflective journaling time and shared conversation, you will be given 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.
WRIT:710 | 1 session | $44 Age 60+ | $59 Regular
P01 | Sa 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Mary Eigel | April 13 | MC-SO, 232