Courses

Animals are everywhere. They inhabit our dreams, our storybooks, and our lives. Thinking about animals in terms of how we use them to represent concepts about ourselves (whether in advertising, literature, film, newspaper stories, or books) has an impact on them and on us. This course exposes students to the importance of the development of empathy in childhood, makes visible those invisible symbolic animals in our everyday lives, and then focuses on re-presentations of specific species in a variety of media formats.


October 19, 2021 to November 16, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn alongside COCC credit students in this introduction to the history, politics, society and economy of China through viewing and analyzing cinema. Explore how traditional Asian visual arts and centuries-old cultural tradition influenced filmmakers. No background in Chinese languages is required.


September 22, 2021 to December 8, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
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.


August 2-25, 2021, 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.


Saturday, November 13, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Flash fiction and nonfiction (brief, succinct pieces) are increasingly popular and sought-after literary forms in magazine and journal publishing. Students will better understand the genre by reading and discussing some samples, creating drafts of flash pieces using prompts, and learn the background, elements and where to publish flash fiction.


October 20, 2021 to November 24, 2021, RDM3 306
Should I outline and if so, when? In this workshop, we'll look at multiple aspects of outlining in writing fiction and nonfiction. We'll look at the pros and cons of outlining our work vs. letting it all hang out. We'll look at prewriting, outlining, and reverse outlining, and participate in writing exercises that help us understand what works best for our individual writing styles and processes.


Saturday, October 23, 2021, HCC 0260
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, "Ghosting," we will explore pieces and prompts that play with the idea of the unseen or the missing. Not necessarily the paranormal!


Sunday, October 24, 2021, RTEC 124
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.


Sunday, December 5, 2021, RTEC 124
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.


Sunday, November 14, 2021, RTEC 124
The primary reason aspiring writers fail isn't because they aren't talented. Nor is it because they don't have enough experience or can't come up with fresh ideas. Most writers get rejection notices (instead of paychecks) because they don't understand how to fit their content to the real-world marketplace. In this hands-on workshop series, you'll find out how to make your content stand out from the crowd and draw the attention of publishers eager to pay for your work.


October 19, 2021 to November 4, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
You don't have to become a bestselling author to earn a healthy income as a writer. Creating the next great novel is one avenue to success, but it's not the only way. In this eye-opening course, you'll learn how to turn your talent for writing into money in the bank. Discover the perfect intersection between your experience, your desires, and today's marketplace.


September 28, 2021 to October 14, 2021, 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.


August 3-19, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
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.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
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Poems provide fresh perspective, infuse our everyday with music, and blaze a path for self-expression and creativity - but where to begin? In this workshop, we'll combine select readings with writing prompts to equip you with the tools to better appreciate the work of others, as well as start - or re-boot - your own poetry practice. We will generate material and share our work with our fellow classmates.


Saturday, October 23, 2021, HCC 0140
Discover the challenges of writing for this exciting visual media. It's not an easy task unless you know where to start. This course gives you the nitty-gritty of screenwriting in five sessions. Bring your ideas and start to develop them with feedback and guidance. These are the first steps in seeing your unique vision on the screen.


October 2-30, 2021, CAS 115
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, October 23, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Explore the essential building blocks for fiction or memoir. Plot, setting, theme, characterization, point of view and dialogue will all be covered. What is the hero's journey and how does a writer weave a tale into a page-turning best seller? Understanding these basics is the first step.


July 20, 2021 to August 12, 2021, RTEC 124
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.


December 4-11, 2021, 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, December 4, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
There's nothing quite like performing or hearing someone else perform a song you've written. This unique course will help you compose a song you can be proud of. We'll cover the mechanics of songwriting in this talent-boosting series of workshops. Topics covered include song structure, rhyming and phrasing, hooks, melodies and titles, how to find a melody, and more. Skill levels range from beginner to advanced.


October 2-23, 2021, Bend Classroom & Online
Moby Dick is a candidate for the "Great American Novel." On its surface, it is about an obsessed man's quest for revenge against the white whale that wrecked his previous ship and severed his leg, but it contains great depths of ideas. In this course, students will probe into deeper issues such as morality, questing, perception, racial differences, whaling, among others. The novel will be the guide that provides insight into many aspects of nineteenth-century cultural themes. Students will provide their own copy of the book.


October 12, 2021 to November 23, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM