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WRIT:765 Beyond the Script: TV & Film for Writers04/04-04/11  

Television and film are powerful storytelling mediums, and they are the darlings of today's pop-culture and storytelling worlds. But what can novelists and short story writers learn from television shows and movies to improve their storytelling? Through lecture, examples, and in-class assignments we will examine the elements of fiction including character, setting, story arcs, and dialogue through the lens of pop-culture sensations in TV and movies.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50153
  • Meeting Dates= 04/04-04/11
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Melody Meiners
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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WRIT:706 Boot Camp for Writers04/05-04/26  

Do you have an idea for a fiction or nonfiction story or memoir but struggle to get started? Are you working on a project but need feedback as you go? With weekly assignments and guided in-class critiques, this four-session class will help you get writing, stay writing, or improve the writing you already do. All genres welcome. If you have a work-in-progress, bring copies to share for peer review.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50075
  • Meeting Dates= 04/05-04/26
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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WRIT:704 Creative Writing and Publishing Workshop02/25-03/25  

Curious how the publishing process works? In this class, you will explore the way that writers write, editors edit, and readers read. You will learn about the technological advances in book, magazine, and online publishing. We will also discuss how the roles of editors and writers have changed. You will develop a writing project based on what you have learned. This workshop is perfect for beginners who are interested in how publishing works. No class date of 3/18.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50079
  • Meeting Dates= 02/25-03/25
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Forest Park - G Tower 115
  • Instructor= Daphne Rivers
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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WRIT:701 Creative Writing for New Writers03/04-03/04  

Are you just getting started with writing? Come spend a day discovering your strengths as a writer. In this session, we will discuss what genre would best suit the story you want to tell, take some time to write, and then come together for a group workshop. You'll get positive feedback on your writing in a supportive environment. This workshop will help you create a short story, essay or poem. Bring writing tools of your choice (pen/paper or laptop/tablet) and a sack lunch to class.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50157
  • Meeting Dates= 03/04-03/04
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Meredith McDonough
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:722 Finding Writing Jobs Using Online Resources05/06-05/06  

Online job boards including Upwork and ProBlogger 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 you'll enjoy. Bring a sack lunch.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50125
  • Meeting Dates= 05/06-05/06
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 202
  • Instructor= Charlene Oldham
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:706 Focus on Fiction: Crafting Memorable Characters03/09-03/09  

Crafting a compelling character from our imagination is a daunting challenge, but if you can create dimensional, captivating characters you are well on your way to writing a believable and perhaps unforgettable story. Memorable characters are the heart of good fiction and keep the reader turning the page. In this course, you will discover techniques for developing heroes, anti-heroes, and villains that are compelling, and perhaps unforgettable. Through lecture, examples, and in-class exercises, you will learn techniques to breathe life into your characters that stay with the reader long after they turn the final page.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50150
  • Meeting Dates= 03/09-03/09
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Melody Meiners
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:704 How to be Published in Literary Magazines03/11-03/11  

Do you want to publish a story, essay, or poem in a literary magazine? Are you unsure where to begin? Whether you have finished pieces ready to go or are just getting started in your writing process, this introductory workshop will demystify the publishing process and build your confidence in your writing. This one-day course will help you match your unique, creative writing with like-minded publishers and 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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50154
  • Meeting Dates= 03/11-03/11
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Meredith McDonough
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:719 How to Map a Murder04/01-04/01  

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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 51100
  • Meeting Dates= 04/01-04/01
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Jo Hiestand
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:704 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know04/22-04/22  

Have you been thinking about writing a book (or perhaps you have written one) and are curious about how to publish it yourself? In this four-hour workshop, we'll cover the realities of independent publishing, how editing and design can make your book look great, options for getting your book into print, sales channels, eBook production and tips for book marketing. Presented by the St. Louis Publishers Association.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50049
  • Meeting Dates= 04/22-04/22
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 111
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:710 Mining Your Soul Story04/08-04/08  

Our bodies record the sum of our experiences. Writing extracts the event and allows us to see the situation and our reaction as two separate things. Using various prompts, reflective journaling time, and shared conversation, you will be given tools for mining and writing your own soul story. This workshop is intended for everyone--whether you are new to writing or a long-time journal writer. Bring a sack lunch.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50050
  • Meeting Dates= 04/08-04/08
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Mary Eigel
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:704 Quick and Dirty Editing Tips03/23-03/23  

You've finished the story, dug deeply into your characters' motivations, and filled those pesky plot holes. Now you're ready to put the final coat of polish on your work before sending it out of the door. Join us for a one-night session filled with tips and tricks to make your prose flow and your settings come to life. We'll also discuss editor and agent pet peeves and how to avoid them.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50732
  • Meeting Dates= 03/23-03/23
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Amanda Stogsdill
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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  Self-Publishing for Writers02/23-03/02  

If you're writing a book and contemplate 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 of 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.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50078
  • Meeting Dates= 02/23-03/02
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Jill Mettendorf
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:722 So You Want to be a Writer?03/11-03/11  

What do we mean when we say "I want to be a writer?" For a moment, set aside any popular notions about being a writer and ask yourself, "What do I mean when I say I want to be a writer? What milestones do I want to accomplish? Now that I've decided to pursue this, how do I structure my day-to-day life in order to make it possible to accomplish that goal? Where do I find the time?" For any important journey, you need a map. In this class, through discussions, examples and exercises, we'll get started on making just such a map: a plan with concrete steps that we can follow to take some of the mystery out of the process. We'll also talk about how we can maintain our sense of optimism when the terrain gets rough. Bring a sack lunch and a laptop/tablet (or pad and pen) to get the most out of this class.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50081
  • Meeting Dates= 03/11-03/11
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 111
  • Instructor= Jeffrey Ricker
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:714 The Personal Essay As Art03/30-04/27  

Do you want to learn to express opinions through the prism of your own personal experiences? Effective personal essays can do just that while evoking happiness, sorrow and everything in between for the writer and audience alike. If you'd like to learn more about this form of creative nonfiction and may even want to try having some personal essays published in magazines or online, this class is for you. Please come prepared with some of your own ideas as well as examples of personal essays from your favorite print or internet publications. No class date 4/13.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50126
  • Meeting Dates= 03/30-04/27
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 216
  • Instructor= Charlene Oldham
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:701 Unleashing the Writer Within02/27-03/27  

Every one of us has a special story to tell, but it can be hard in this busy, modern world to access 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. 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. No class date 3/13.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50072
  • Meeting Dates= 02/27-03/27
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 205
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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WRIT:704 WordPress for Writers: Easy Website Design for Online Publishing04/01-04/01  

Looking for a place to share your poetry, essays, short stories and other creative works with the world? Why not design the perfect online forum yourself with WordPress, which draws more than 409 million people who view 15.8 billion pages each month? WordPress is one of the world's most popular Web design tools because it's free, easy to use and produces professional results. In fact, WordPress sites are so pro that you can even use them as an online hub for marketing your work to journals, magazines and other print or online publications. Prerequisite: Windows Introduction class or equivalent experience. Students must already have a generic email account through Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail and know this email address and password. Bring a sack lunch.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50124
  • Meeting Dates= 04/01-04/01
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 202
  • Instructor= Charlene Oldham
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:714 Write Your Memoir03/01-03/29  

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. No class date 3/15.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50076
  • Meeting Dates= 03/01-03/29
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Continuing Educ Bld CE
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:706 Writer's Workshop: Revising and Editing04/03-04/24  

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 bring encouragement to one another and clarity to the writing. And most of all, to help bring your project to a polished conclusion. Bring your first draft to the initial session.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50074
  • Meeting Dates= 04/03-04/24
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 205
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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  Writing Basics Brush-Up (What You Should Have Learned in High School!)03/01-03/29  

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. No class date 3/15.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50073
  • Meeting Dates= 03/01-03/29
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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WRIT:719 Writing Fiction for Young Adults02/28-03/28  

From Suzanne Collins to John Green, some of the biggest names in fiction write for children and young adults. Young adult fiction covers a variety of genres from the literary realism of Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian to the dark, dystopian fantasy of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. Young adult literature is so compelling that more than a quarter of readers are not teens at all, but rather adults. In this class we'll explore what makes a novel a young adult novel and discuss aspects of character, plot, and voice and how they help shape the young adult book. Students will engage in in-class writing exercises, and will work on finishing the course with an outline or synopsis of their young adult novel. No class date 3.14.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50080
  • Meeting Dates= 02/28-03/28
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Jeffrey Ricker
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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