Courses
Join COCC professor Lin Hong and learn alongside COCC credit students in this introduction to the history, politics, society and economy of China through the viewing and analyzing of a selection of films. This course is a blend of face-to-face classroom instruction with online instruction resulting in a reduction of classroom seat-time.


April 4, 2019 to June 13, 2019, CAS 115
If a roller coaster went straight and level, it would just be a quick train ride. In this two-day 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.


May 11-18, 2019, HCC 0260
Assuming that your readers are human, it's the characters in your story (fictional or nonfictional) and the way they interact with the world that keeps their interest. Plot and story are important, but only in the way they affect and change your characters. In this two-part workshop, you'll learn to develop and define characters as multi-dimensional people that your readers care about, then let them loose on the world.


April 13-20, 2019, HCC 0260
Can you use a healthy dose of extra cash? Would you like to generate a steady monthly income working part-time from home (or anywhere else) via computer? This one-of-a-kind workshop shows you how to turn your talent for writing into dollars.


February 16, 2019 to March 16, 2019, SCI 0190
April 20, 2019 to May 18, 2019, SCI 0190
Award-winning author and college educator  Kathryn Mattingly will introduce you to the art of novel writing. Explore the essential building blocks for the fiction book or memoir you might wish to pen one day. Plot, setting, theme, characterization, point of view and dialogue will all be covered.


May 1-22, 2019, CCC 116
Sure, you'd love to have a regular writing practice to express yourself in a poem or two, but who has the time? This poetry workshop will help you discover creative and schedule-friendly ways to find the time and brain space you need to get that poem on the page.


Saturday, June 1, 2019, HCC 0190
Good writing of any kind benefits from clarity, precision, and fresh language. 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 prose writing game. Bring your favorite writing utensil, paper and/or personal computer. Bring a sack lunch or snack.


Saturday, March 2, 2019, HCC 0230
Express yourself in the poem that only you can write. In this poetry workshop, we'll apply craft elements to our own lyric imaginations and everyday experience to get to the heart of the matter in poetry that reflects your unique voice.


Saturday, May 4, 2019, HCC 0190
Join us for the first in a series of planting workshops! Starting with a Spring planter, we will help you create a showstopper with a mix of beautiful spring blooms and foliage plants. Learn how to take your planter through the seasons by adding a special mix of hardy annuals and perennials to create a masterpiece.


Saturday, May 11, 2019, Celebrate the Season
Thanks to tweets, texts and email overload, we've developed bad writing habits including incomplete sentences, too many abbreviations, no punctuation, and poor grammar.


May 6-20, 2019, BEC 0154
Are you homeschooling your children but fear teaching them to write? Then this workshop is for you. Homeschooling parents will learn to identify opportunities to incorporate writing into their homeschool curriculum and become stronger and more confident in teaching writing. This elementary aged workshop will focus on using creative writing to strengthen mechanical skills and developing early academic writing skills, providing effective feedback to the writer and motivating a reluctant writer. 


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Are you homeschooling your children but fear teaching them to write? Then this workshop is for you. Homeschooling parents will learn to identify opportunities to incorporate writing into their homeschool curriculum and become stronger and more confident in teaching writing. For those homeschooling their middle or early high school aged child, this workshop focuses on the importance of high school and college success.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Have you been wondering what to do with your short stories, or questioning if they are publishable? Perhaps you've been meaning to carve out time to write short stories but don't know where to begin. In this course, you will learn the art of the short story, write/edit stories for publication, and be informed about publishing possibilities for your work. Get inspired and let your imagination lead the way to great storytelling!


April 30, 2019 to May 21, 2019, RTEC 136
How do you get from that initial idea to a revised draft? In this two-part class, we will examine the process of producing creative fiction and nonfiction. We will identify where our ideas come from, how we get them down on paper, how we structure them and fine-tune our prose, and how we assess and evaluate our work. We will engage in writing exercises, and generate new, original work.


March 9-16, 2019, HCC 0230
Comedy, tragedy, comic-tragedy, or tragic-comedy -- it is the emotional aspect of writing that binds us to the story. In this two-part class, explore some classic literary examples, and develop your own writing skills through discussion and exercises as you learn to infuse your work with emotion. Class will examine the roles of mood, tone, character, motivation, desire, and passion.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
With its publishing thirty years ago, Natalie Goldberg's book Writing Down the Bones© cracked open how the craft of writing was taught in our country. Its message - that writing is available to everyone, not only a special chosen few - has inspired millions to put pen to paper. Each week the class will study this classic text together, then apply the wisdom we glean to timed writing sessions.



April 4, 2019 to May 9, 2019, BEC 0152