Courses

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. This is a college-level course.


March 31, 2021 to June 9, 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.


May 18, 2021 to June 10, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
In this workshop, we'll look at what goes into telling a fabulous story, whether we made it up, or we're relating the elements of a true event. We'll do writing exercises and have a lot of great discussion about the inner-workings of "Story."


Saturday, April 24, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
How is writing a story like telling a joke? Find out in this 3-hour workshop as we explore the structure of humor and how and when to use it in our writing.


Saturday, May 22, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
In this four-week class, we'll explore and practice the craft and structural tools that go into writing a successful short story. We'll begin with character, setting, and point of view and discover how the structural elements of plot work. We'll create our own stories and do some in-class workshopping to discover how to bring out the emotional and thematic elements of our work.


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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, we will write about real world problems and challenges made new by the reveal of magical elements. Be inspired by prompts that intertwine everyday experiences with fairy tale and mythology. Writers of all levels, in all genres are welcome.


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Being the next bestselling author is not the only way to have a successful writing career. In this eye-opening course, students will learn to turn their talent for writing into money in the bank. Guided by a seasoned professional, students will discover where their experience and desires intersect with today's marketplace and chart a personal course toward their writing dreams.


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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. In many ways, the job has only begun. You need readers. Learn techniques to turn readers into loyal fans who can't wait to see what's coming next. Many excellent writers never achieve financial success because they fail at this crucial task. Learn how to find and reach your best audience without having to spend all your profits on advertising.


March 2-18, 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.


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Discover the challenges of writing for this exciting visual media - 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.


April 29, 2021 to May 27, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
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, April 17, 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.


May 4-27, 2021, 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.


April 8-22, 2021, 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 9-16, 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, March 13, 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.


April 20, 2021 to May 6, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
This workshop is a unique opportunity to go from working like a dog to writing like (and about) one. Writing from a dog's point of view requires empathy and research. Bring a dog to life on the page over four class sessions where you will be exposed to literature written from the point of view of dogs and explore the writing process from the perspective of (hu)man's best friends.


April 30, 2021 to May 21, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM