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Continuing Education Courses

Enrichment and professional development courses for adults of all experience levels.


Writing solid copy is essential to any digital marketing strategy. However, traditional copywriting does not always translate effectively to the digital landscape. New marketing channels created by evolving digital technology require new ways of communication. Learn the techniques to develop and create copy for marketing emails, websites, online advertising, social media, blogs and mobile technologies. By the end of the course you'll have completed several pieces of a digital marketing campaign to start building a portfolio.

March 3, 2020 to April 9, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
The art of food writing requires not only a keen interest in and knowledge about food but also an ability to translate your experiences and bring them alive for the reader-through evocative language that appeals to the five senses. Whether you write about producing, preparing, or partaking of food, this course will show you how to make mouths water as you inform, educate, or persuade. We will discuss the full spectrum of food writing-restaurant reviews, food blogs, magazine articles, personal essays, recipe-centered pieces, social and cultural commentary, food history, destination pieces-and try your hand at a variety of forms. Creative brainstorming, hands-on writing exercises, group writing critiques, and close analysis of readings by some of America's best food writers will comprise the main activities of the workshop. Mixed into this experience will be visits from food industry professionals, culminating in an exclusive tasting dinner at a local establishment.

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Graphic Storytelling allows students to create original works of fiction and nonfiction as they pertain to the sequential format. Combining the use of imagination, observation and reference while utilizing a variety of media, writing develops through a series of exercises and assignments and evolves into finished and more polished work. Exercises/assignments focus on: character/world-building, story structure, and utilizing one-panel, four-panel and multi-panel/page formats. Skills learned in this class may be applied to comics and graphic novels, as well as other similar genres such as animation and video games.

January 29, 2020 to April 8, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Develop your personal stories to craft engaging content. Learn how to improve your creative non-fiction writing to bring out the humor, improve the narrative, find your voice and more. Readings and exercises will be used to jog your memory and inspire your creativity.

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Explore and expand your creativity and poetic voice while sharing your writing in a workshop format. Enjoying the work of contemporary poets and writers each week, you'll analyze and experiment with various forms and techniques.

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This course will offer inspiration, feedback, and support as participants write approximately ten poems each week. What happens to your writing when you emphasize velocity and variety? How can poetry match the speed and significance of daily experience, so that, as William Carlos Williams says, "nothing that is not green will survive"? Rather than waiting for inspiration, writers in this course will generate and discuss many pages of new material-while also exploring the fundamentals of poetic craft and poetry's place in our world. The course will include guest speakers, individual conferences, and exercises drawn from a dynamic group of contemporary and historical readings, including poems by writers such as Bernadette Mayer, Georges Perec, Harryette Mullen, Adrienne Rich, Frank O'Hara, Bhanu Kapil, Eugenio Montale, Cecilia Vicuņa, Lisa Robertson, and others. Writers of all backgrounds, styles, and experience levels are welcome; the course may be particularly useful for poets who wish to explore new compositional practices and to experiment with changing what we write by changing how we write.

June 3, 2020 to August 5, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Have you tried to write a feature-length script and were unable to complete it? Or maybe you have an idea for a short film you know could win an Oscar, but don't know how to make it into a script? Either way, this is the class for you. You'll learn the fundamentals of screenwriting while analyzing both short films and features to understand the elements they share. The course will focus on the art of pitching an idea, workshopping an outline, writing a 10-minute script and hearing your dialogue during class readings. Your final script can be used as a writing sample, an entry in a writing contest or for production.

January 27, 2020 to April 6, 2020, Terra Hall Rm 1213
Designed specifically for intermediate and advanced writers who have completed at least one draft of a screenplay, this course uses the workshop approach to help you troubleshoot, make significant headway on another draft and receive feedback from other writers. The class will be reading/workshopping intensive with possible mini-lectures from the instructor. The overall goal is to either complete a work in progress or start a new draft based on fresh input. The course may be repeated as desired.

January 30, 2020 to April 9, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
If you love to travel (who doesn't?!) and love to write, this travel writing course will get you one step closer. In this course, think about how to pitch an idea, find an interesting angle, structure a feature, improve your storytelling, consider images, develop tone, voice and mood. In this workshop environment designed for writers at various levels, we'll share feedback on your writing and explore the many avenues available in this genre.

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This course is structured as an ongoing workshop to allow both fiction and non-fiction writers to share, critique and improve their craft through lively discussions, conferences, written critiques, personal feedback and more, led by a professional writer.  Participants examine plot structure, character development, effective dialogue, voice and point of view.  The goal is to guide students to refine a piece of work in preparation to publish, while honoring the ongoing creative process of writing, editing and critiquing.  This course is intended for writers with some work in various stages of development that they are eager to improve and expand.

January 30, 2020 to April 9, 2020, Terra Hall Rm 1219
June 4, 2020 to August 6, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
In this class, write and edit stores designed to intrigue readers. Work on creating dramatic tension and building your narrative voice. Writers of all levels and experience will learn how to develop fictive ideas, moving from idea generation toward exciting and heartfelt climaxes.

March 16, 2020 to April 13, 2020, Terra Hall Rm 931