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 culture course and assignments, tests and quizzes are optional for Continuing Education students.


January 6, 2021 to March 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
In this two-week class, we'll look at the many craft elements that go into fiction writing. We'll engage in writing exercises to explore how to use tools like character development, setting, pacing, metaphor, scene and sequel, dialogue and more. Great for beginners and seasoned writers.


February 4-11, 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.


February 25, 2021 to March 18, 2021, 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, "Beat Spirit," we will use some of the techniques of the Beat writers (many of them "borrowed" from the Surrealist writers!) to get in touch with our inner cool cats. Expect to play with word collage, collaborative writing exercises, and automatic writing. Writers of all levels, in all genres, are welcome.


Sunday, January 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "Magical Realism," 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.


Sunday, February 28, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, "Making it New," we will look at creative ways to employ revision to re-think and re-see our writing. Writers of all levels, in all genres, are welcome.


Sunday, February 7, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
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.


January 19, 2021 to February 4, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Aspiring writers do not fail because they lack talent, experience or fresh ideas. Most rejection notices come because they do not understand how to fit their content into today's marketplace. Take your writing plan to the next level with this hands-on workshop. Learn writing techniques to make your content stand out from the crowd.


February 9-25, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Getting your work published is not the end of your work as a writer. In many ways, it is just the beginning. Every writer needs readers. In this class, take your writing plan and skills to the next level and learn techniques to turn your readers into fans. Learn who your best audience is and how to reach them. Explore tools and techniques to advance your writing career to new heights.


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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The literature of Latin America is fascinating and enriching. Join us as we explore the culture, history and geography of Latin American through the lens of her literary geniuses. This course is led in English, so no Spanish language skills are necessary to participate in this panoramic overview of some of the most prolific authors and works from this captivating part of the world. All materials provided by the instructor.


February 24, 2021 to March 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
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.


February 18, 2021 to March 18, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Interested in sharing your memoir, poetry, photographs, or other creative work with the world? In this introductory class, 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 27, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
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 16-23, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
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 improve your writing game, whatever your genre.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
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 class 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
Did you know you can format a book for self-publishing using only a word processing program? This class will cover how to turn a manuscript into a professional-looking interior with attractive chapter titles, page numbers, an automated table of contents, and more.


Saturday, March 6, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Travel Writing with Josh Savage focuses on what it takes to become an established travel writer. This class will cover the essentials such as writing a query letter, approaching publishers and developing a peer network. Come to class with an idea or draft of a short piece, as a portion of each class will be dedicated to the mechanics of writing and sharing your work.


February 20, 2021 to March 6, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM