Courses

In the morning session, "There's No Place Like Home," you will click your pen into action and explore home as an idea, a way of understanding family, and as a physical space. Return after lunch for "Oh, The Places You Will Go" and focus your writing on the larger world; travel, work and community. Writers of all levels, in all genres, are welcome.


Sunday, February 27, 2022, RDM3 305
Audiobook sales are booming, but it can be expensive to get a book read and converted. Explore how to create audiobooks from home without needing to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on the project. Get tips on how to record with minimal errors, how to edit your recordings using a free program, how to add sound effects, and more. You'll also get a marketing checklist to help you get paid for your efforts.


February 21, 2022 to March 16, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
If a roller coaster went straight and level, it would just be a quick train ride. In this three-hour workshop, you'll learn how to make your stories (fictional and nonfictional) interesting and exciting by exploring a variety of craft methods to hook, engage, and hold your readers, even after they've finished reading. Discover how to take your readers on an exciting ride!


Tuesday, March 15, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
This three-hour food writing workshop will encompass readings, writing exercises, sharing work, and discussion of writing practices and resources. This workshop is designed to bring creativity into the world of food-writing, or more specifically, to use food as a subject for creative writing. Writing exercises will be based on sensory and memory prompts, and looking at the subject of food in unusual ways.


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Do you read crime novels; watch crime movies or shows; have a crime novel, script, or short story in the works? If so, this course is for you. Using all mediums of the crime genre, learn how to move your criminal idea from imagination to the page.


February 2, 2022 to March 9, 2022, HCC 0230
Are you a planner or a pantster (writing by the seat of your pants)? Or maybe a Plantster (both)? In this workshop, we'll look at using plot points to create works of fiction and nonfiction. We'll look at the pros and cons of outlining our work vs. letting it all hang out.


Tuesday, February 15, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Do you have a knack for explaining complex subjects in a way that makes them easy to understand? If so, you should consider entering the well-paying field of technical writing. This course will teach you the fundamentals techniques that all successful technical writers use. You will learn how to translate complex information into easily understood language, and how to become a wizard at marrying the art of publishing with the science of technology.


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Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "What's in a Name?", we will explore the power of names. Through a series of prompts about people's names, the names of things, and the names of places, we will investigate how naming can help writers with characterization, world-building, and description.


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Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "Writing What You See," we will use a variety of images to create characters, settings, and inspire scenes.


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The market for written content is booming. Learn which publishers pay well, which formats sell best and how to structure your work to keep readers coming back for more. This unique workshop will show you exactly how to succeed as a paid writer.


February 12, 2022 to March 12, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Getting your book, article, or other written content published is a big step, but it's not the end of your work as a writer. Learn techniques to turn readers into loyal fans who can't wait to see what's coming next and learn how to find and reach your best audience without having to spend all your profits on advertising.


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Develop English grammar skills and take your writing and speaking to the next level. This course explores the eight parts of speech, punctuation and mechanics, foundational sentence construction, phrases, clauses, problem words, common mistakes, and more with practical, hands-on exercises.


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As a writer, ask yourself - What is my deepest intention and what do I hope to persuade my audience to do or see? By carefully studying Aristotle's appeals, this course will help to answer those questions through a series of writing exercises, prompts, discussion and feedback loops on the writing process.


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Interested in sharing your memoir, poetry, photographs or other creative work with the world? In this introductory course, learn about the pros and cons of self-publishing, the online platforms available for formatting, printing, and distributing your work, and which publishing methods are most appropriate for your goals.


Saturday, February 26, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Celebrate Poetry Month and Earth Day by writing and revising your own environmental poems. Join Irene Cooper for a workshop in which you'll "grow" new poems and learn techniques for how to shape and revise them. Read examples and practice some of the many ways you can capture the dynamics and issues of our world in a well-crafted poem.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Good writing of any kind benefits from clarity, precision, and fresh language, and poetry can help! Perfect the well-crafted line, sharpen your imagery, and get the emotional impact you're after with prompts, exercises, and techniques borrowed from poetry to up your writing game, whatever your genre.


February 20-27, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Take a poem (or three or four) from inspiration to completion. Learn techniques that will help generate ideas, begin the writing process and shape it into what you want. This two-part workshop includes a mid-week one-on-one revision consultation with Irene, as well as a celebratory reading of students' work during the final session.


March 6-13, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Poetry is a powerful tool for connecting to the world through something we share - language - as well as an act of courage and creativity. In this poetry workshop, we'll stock our kit bags with the craft and encouragement we need to walk a poetic line with confidence.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Bypass the gatekeepers, publish your own work on your own schedule, and keep a larger portion of the profits. This course focuses on self-publishing non-fiction via Amazon, but much of the information will apply to publication on any platform or in any genre.


April 30, 2022 to May 21, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Everyone judges a book by its cover. In this course for self-publishers, study the principles of good cover design, learn how to find stock images and fonts that can be used in commercial projects, and observe a demonstration on how to create a complete cover file using a graphic design program.


Saturday, March 12, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
Many readers consider Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to be the "great American novel." Huck is the quintessential American innocent, who unerringly works out the moral way to behave in the corrupted society of pre-Civil War America. Using the novel as a prompt, you will explore issues such as racism, slavery, freedom, prejudice, and the hypocrisy of a "civilized society."


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Everyone has a story. Yours is unique and should be written and shared. In this course, you will learn to identify your motivation for sharing your story, techniques to document and preserve both the highlights and lowlights of your experience and more.


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In this workshop, you will take on the perspective of animals other than humans, using a dog as your muse. Through writing exercises, discussion and readings, explore the writing process and gain a better understanding of writing from another point of view entirely not your own.


February 19, 2022 to March 12, 2022, ONLINE ZOOM
In this interactive writing workshop, you will delve into what it means to write about race and to write from another perspective in a racialized society. The course will include a series of writing exercises and discussion on the challenges and importance of writing about race.


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