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WRIT:719 Bringing Your Characters to Life06/17-06/17  

What makes a person interesting? What makes them memorable? What makes them unforgettable? Characters are the living, breathing center of your story or novel. They are the engines that drive your plot forward, that keep it moving and keep your readers asking "then what did they do?" In this workshop, we'll get beyond looks and discuss the wide range of ingredients that go into making an unforgettable character: their secrets, their motivations, their biggest hopes and their greatest fears. When you know your characters, you know what must happen in your story. We'll discuss some of your favorite characters, from fiction or otherwise, and try to reverse-engineer them to see what makes them tick. Appropriate for students just getting started on creating their characters or writers who are looking for more ways to make them leap off the page. Bring the writing tool(s) of your choice and a sack lunch to class. Cost for adults 60 and over $32.50.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60654
  • Meeting Dates= 06/17-06/17
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 204
  • Instructor= Jeffrey Ricker
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:722 Finding Writing Jobs Using Online Resources06/10-06/10  

Online job boards offer thousands of new writing jobs every day, but they're only starting points for finding work online. Whether you are already an experienced freelancer or you are simply interested in exploring options for earning extra income while working from home, this session will help you identify multiple online job boards to find paid writing work that you will enjoy. Students are advised to bring their laptop or tablet computer to class. Bring a sack lunch. Cost for adults 60 and over $32.50.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60657
  • Meeting Dates= 06/10-06/10
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 111
  • Instructor= Charlene Oldham
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:706 Focus on Fiction: Writer's Creative Toolbox06/05-06/12  

*** ROOM CHANGE: NOW CN 125, WAS SO 206 *** Have you ever wondered how fiction writers generate character ideas and plots? Inspiration can strike at any time and in any form. The challenge is recognizing ideas when they come, organizing those ideas, and sticking with them until you meet "The End." In this course, we will explore the many ways story ideas are born, examine different systems for organizing and developing your creative sparks, and discuss methods for avoiding or overcoming writer's block. Through lecture, discussion and in-class exercises, you will learn how to find and unleash your many potential muses. Cost for adults 60 and over $27.50.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60628
  • Meeting Dates= 06/05-06/12
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 125
  • Instructor= Melody Meiners
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:719 How to Map a Murder06/03-06/03  

*** ROOM CHANGE: NOW HE 123, WAS SO 109 *** Ever have the urge to write a whodunit? Published mystery authors Jo Hiestand and Pam DeVoe will lead you through the intricacies of plotting, character development, descriptive scene writing, and setting clues, as well as a brief description of publishing choices open to writers and some of the differences between traditional and self-publishing. Cost for adults 60 and over $29.50.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60636
  • Meeting Dates= 06/03-06/03
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Humanities East Bld 123
  • Instructor= Jo Hiestand
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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WRIT:704 Introduction to Publishing08/05-08/05  

Are you interesting in publishing but don't know how to get started? This one-day workshop will demystify the publishing process and help you get your writing out there! Bring your ideas, works-in-progress, your writing tools of choice (pen and paper or laptop) and a sack lunch to class. Writers and writers-to-be of all genres are welcome! Cost for adults 60 and over $44.00.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60626
  • Meeting Dates= 08/05-08/05
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 108
  • Instructor= Meredith McDonough
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:719 Lyricism 101: The Art of Rhyme07/22-07/29  

This course will take a scholarly approach to the art and chronological development of lyricism in hip-hop music. Comparisons will be made between other forms of poetry, and various literary techniques found in hip-hop will be discussed and analyzed. Students will be exposed to different sub-genres within hip-hop, and will gain an understanding of its role as social commentary. Students will be guided through writing their own rhymes, and encouraged to perform them for the class. Cost for adults 60 and over $16.50.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60656
  • Meeting Dates= 07/22-07/29
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location= Forest Park - Theatre 203
  • Instructor= Shawn Harrell
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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WRIT:716 Poetry: How to Read it. How to Write it.07/13-08/03  

In recent years, poetry has risen from an art form that tended to intimidate the masses to an accessible form of writing enjoyed and practice--and often performed--by the mainstream. In this class, we will spend time reading and writing poems to understand what the form is all about. Both beginners and more seasoned poets are equally encouraged to sign up. Cost for adults 60 and over $49.50.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60635
  • Meeting Dates= 07/13-08/03
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 120
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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WRIT:704 Self-Publishing for Writers06/08-06/08  

*** ROOM CHANGE TO BA 202 FROM SO 206 *** If you're writing a book and have been contemplating the daunting task of getting it published, come learn about the process involved in self-publishing your work. This class will give you information you need to know to save yourself a lot time and money and help you understand all the decisions required to make self-publishing a successful venture. We'll cover everything from getting copyright registered, applying for an ISBN, good cover design, manuscript editing, print, eBooks and marketing. Cost for adults 60 and over $24.00.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60623
  • Meeting Dates= 06/08-06/08
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 202
  • Instructor= Jill Mettendorf
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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WRIT:706 The Art of Reading for Writers07/17-07/24  

*** ROOM CHANGE: NOW HE 123, WAS SO 206 *** You've heard it a million times, if you don't have time to read then you don't have time to write. But have you ever wondered how you can get the most out of your reading? In this class, we are going to explore what it means to read as a writer and examine some of the ways you can dissect story structure and technique through the writers' lens using lecture, discussion, and some in-class reading. Cost for adults 60 and over $27.50.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60632
  • Meeting Dates= 07/17-07/24
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Humanities East Bld 123
  • Instructor= Melody Meiners
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:719 The Art of Setting07/15-07/15  

Stories don't exist in a vacuum. They have to take place somewhere, and the choice of where and when your story happens often determines what your characters do, where they live, how the pace of their lives plays out, and ultimately what kind of story you're telling. Through examples and exercises, we'll discuss the level of specificity necessary to create a setting your characters can fully inhabit, and how much detail to put in--and what to leave out. Bring the writing tool(s) of your choice to class along with a sack lunch, as well as any examples from your own work or the work of your favorite writer to examine and discuss. Cost for adults 60 and over $32.50.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60655
  • Meeting Dates= 07/15-07/15
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 204
  • Instructor= Jeffrey Ricker
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:701 Unleashing the Writer Within06/06-06/27  

Every one of us has a special story to tell, but it can be hard in this busy, modern world to access that creativity. In this class, we'll peel away the familiar outer layers of doubt, distraction and writer's block. We'll get to the core of what we're actually trying to say, and we'll learn to say it with language that is irreplaceably unique to each of us. When the writer within is unleashed, the words will come freely - and the stories we need to tell will finally occur to us. It will not be a class requirement, but those interested in sharing their work will receive the benefit of a thorough, productive critique from the instructor and fellow students. You'll need to make copies of your work to share. Cost for adults 60 and over $49.50.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60622
  • Meeting Dates= 06/06-06/27
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 114
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:714 Write Your Memoir05/31-06/21  

Creativity isn't always required when it comes to good storytelling. When we write about our own lives and experiences, the story within us comes complete with compelling characters you already know and a great plot that's already been lived. We have everything we need right at our fingertips when we compose a memoir - except perhaps, the writing techniques that can help us feel confident enough to put it all down on paper. A memoir isn't necessarily the same as an autobiography. It can focus on just your childhood or your adult years -- or simply one particularly life-changing day. Every life is fascinating. Every story deserves to be told -- and written. This class will guide you in writing your own very unique and special memoir. Cost for adults 60 and over $45.50.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60633
  • Meeting Dates= 05/31-06/21
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 114
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:706 Writer's Workshop: Revising and Editing07/11-08/01  

*** ROOM CHANGE: NOW BA 202 WAS SO 206 *** One thing most writers can do even better than writing is procrastinate. Completing your short story, poem, chapter or essay is usually a matter of revising and editing. Usually it takes several drafts to polish your project enough to consider it finished. This class will guide you through three drafts of your short story, poem or essay. If you're writing a book, you will be guided through revising one chapter, be it the first or final. We will workshop each draft, which entails sharing your work-in-progress with fellow students and the instructor. Our purpose will be to encourage one another, clarify to the writing and most of all, to help bring your project to a polished conclusion. This course is designed for those already working on a novel, short story, poetry, or essay. Please bring at least five copies to the first session. Cost for adults 60 and over $49.50.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60631
  • Meeting Dates= 07/11-08/01
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 202
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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  Writing Basics Brush-Up (What You Should Have Learned in High School!)06/08-06/29  

Few of us will admit it, but even the best writers can't always remember the difference between "affect" and "effect" or "then" and "than." If you sometimes struggle with the basics in your writing, come join us. You'll brush up on proofreading, grammar, sentence structure and word usage. Lit agents and magazine editors throw error-filled manuscripts into the rejection pile, no matter how mesmerizing your metaphors. With good copy editors costing around $40 per hour, it pays to write well enough to avoid them as much as possible. Review the basics and you'll be able to edit your own work like a pro. Cost for adults 60 and over $49.50.

  • Registration Code= 201715 60629
  • Meeting Dates= 06/08-06/29
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 120
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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314-984-7777