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WRIT:706 Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop10/15-11/12  

Could your novel, essay or short story benefit from an additional critique? Are you interested in working with a network of writers who share similar goals? In this critique-based workshop, we will combine brief lectures on craft with a traditional workshop environment. Intended for students already writing original creative work, this course will focus on sharpening your skills while working toward completion of publishable work. Prepare to discuss and refine manuscripts in a highly supportive workshop environment with both instructor and peer feedback. Prerequisite: A complete or nearly completed writing project. Copies of your manuscript must be made available to each class member. Up to 25 pages (per manuscript) will be copied in sufficient quantity for each student (included in course fee). Your work must be emailed to campus by 10/8. Call 314/ 539-5745 for details.. Cost for adults 60 and over $44.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70534
  • Meeting Dates= 10/15-11/12
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 209
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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WRIT:719 Advanced Screenwriting Workshop: Act 110/08-11/12  

How does a writer break into the entertainment industry? Write a script that's really good. How do you know if your script is any good? Let readers who are objective and fluent in the language of screenwriting evaluate it and give you constructive feedback. Every good writer has a good reader, and in this highly supportive workshop environment, you'll discuss Act 1 of your feature film screenplay and receive helpful analyses from both the instructor and fellow writers regarding story, plot, characters, and dialogue. You'll learn to sharpen your writing skills by identifying strengths and weaknesses in your script, and rethinking, reworking, and rewriting your story so that it gets a "recommend" rather than a "pass." Brief lectures on the craft of screenwriting and the revision process will augment each class discussion. Prerequisite: A firm understanding of the mechanics and structure of screenplay writing. You must submit via e-mail a one or two sentence logline of your story, plus Act 1 (maximum 30 pages) of your original screenplay by Sept. 29. It will be copied for distribution among class participants (cost included in course fee). Call 314/ 539-5745 for details.. Cost for adults 60 and over $44.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70415
  • Meeting Dates= 10/08-11/12
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Flo Valley - Training Center 207
  • Instructor= Rita Russell
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:706 Better Grammar for Serious Writers10/13-11/17  

Starting your book, short story, article or essay without a good sense of grammar is like setting off on a journey in a beautiful car with bad tires. It's an indisputable fact that powerful readers, particularly lit agents and magazine editors, will throw error-filled prose 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. In this class, you'll brush up on how to write better dialogue and spruce up your prose, improve your spelling and learn how to clear up common grammatical confusions. You won't learn all the things high school should have taught you -- but, your writing will garner enough respect to rise to the next level after applying what you learn in this class.. Cost for adults 60 and over $40.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70041
  • Meeting Dates= 10/13-11/17
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 204
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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WRIT:701 Boot Camp for Writers10/08-10/29  

Do you have an idea for a fiction or nonfiction story or memoir, but don't have the discipline to get started? Are you working on a project, but need feedback as you go? With weekly assignments and guided in-class critiques, this 4-session class will help you get writing, stay writing, or improve the writing you already do. All genres welcome. Bring copies of your work-in-progress to first class if you have one. Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70650
  • Meeting Dates= 10/08-10/29
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 204
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:715 Business Writing for Busy Professionals09/27-09/27  

Does your writing not reflect the polished professional that you are? This seminar will reveal the basics of professional business writing that is relevant in the 2014 business world. Explore a variety of templates for letter writing, formal e-mail etiquette, submitting proposals, social media writing, and memorandums. Whether you run your own business, work in an office, or are looking for your next job, upgrading your written communication skills is a smart investment. Competent business writing can boost your confidence, enhance your image, increase your productivity by achieving your objectives, and might even help advance your career! Bring a writing sample (e.g. cover letter or business document) to class.. Cost for adults 60 and over $21.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70637
  • Meeting Dates= 09/27-09/27
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Tiffany Smith
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:701 Creative Writing: A One-Day Workshop10/04-10/04  

This class is for beginning or experienced writers. We'll emphasize self-exploration and experimentation through a variety of activities. This will include sampling other creative works and engaging in writing exercises that will stimulate your thinking as you learn to convey ideas effectively. Throughout the day, you'll sharpen your creative voice and discover what works best for you. Bring a sack lunch - you'll have the opportunity to ask individual questions and share your experiences. Cost for adults 60 and over $25.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70210
  • Meeting Dates= 10/04-10/04
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Forest Park - G Tower 113
  • Instructor= Daphne Rivers
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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  Discover Your Writer's Voice09/15-10/06  

If you want to write, but haven't been able to find your way, this workshop is for you. Whether you're creating a journal, poem, short story or novel, writing is one of the greatest adventures. Explore and celebrate many ways to write with joy and passion, and overcome the challenges that get in your way. Those interested in sharing their work will receive the benefit of a productive critique from both the instructor and fellow students. If you have one, bring copies of your work-in-progress to first class. Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70651
  • Meeting Dates= 09/15-10/06
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 204
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:706 Focus on Fiction: How to Develop Memorable Characters11/11-11/11  

Memorable characters are the backbone of any story. Their actions keep the reader turning pages and their individual personalities are what readers most remember. It's a daunting challenge - crafting resonant characters out of our imaginations. But if you can create dimensional characters, you'll be well on your way to writing a story that is believable, compelling, and perhaps even unforgettable. In this course you'll discover characterization techniques that you can apply to fiction and nonfiction. Through lecture, examples, and in-class exercises, you will learn how to breathe life into your characters, flesh them out, make them captivating, and bring them to vibrant life on the page.. Cost for adults 60 and over $15.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70546
  • Meeting Dates= 11/11-11/11
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 209
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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  Focus on Fiction: How to Write Dialogue Like a Pro11/04-11/04  

In this fast paced and hands-on class, you'll get a mixture of brief lectures that hit the high-points of writing dialogue plus writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you've just learned. The class provides an excellent overview of how to write dialogue that is successful and dynamic, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Come to class with a notepad, pen, and desire to learn. Students are encouraged to bring samples of their writing, but it is not required. By the end of the day, you'll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer.. Cost for adults 60 and over $15.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70536
  • Meeting Dates= 11/04-11/04
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 209
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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WRIT:704 Freelancing for Fun & Profit10/07-10/28  

Do you want to get paid for exploring your passions or sharing what you know with others through carefully crafted non-fiction news and feature articles? This four-week course will teach you how to develop ideas and mold them into pieces fit for newspapers, consumer magazines, trade magazines, blogs, online magazines, and more by covering some of the basics of reporting, writing, and selling stories. No matter what your interests or expertise, you will learn how to identify markets, write query letters, research and interview, and write articles that will get you published for profit. Please bring the recent copies of some of your favorite publications as well as any original story ideas you'd like to see in print. Cost for adults 60 and over $30.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70539
  • Meeting Dates= 10/07-10/28
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 209
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:715 Generating Positive Publicity: Write Your Own Press Releases09/20-09/20  

The old axiom holds that there's no such thing as bad publicity, but why not learn the basic techniques behind generating positive press for your business, charity, or other pursuits? You'll learn how to communicate your corporate story to a variety of audiences through news releases, employee profiles, newsletter articles, and more. Come prepared to discover what makes for a newsworthy press release and learn how to write one yourself. Please bring a lunch, a laptop or tablet computer, and plenty of business cards for informal networking.. Cost for adults 60 and over $20.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70635
  • Meeting Dates= 09/20-09/20
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:719 How to Map a Murder10/18-10/18  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * 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. A St Louis-area police officer, who co-authors with Jo Hiestand, will discuss various aspects of police work and demonstrate defensive tactics.. Cost for adults 60 and over $21.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70072
  • Meeting Dates= 10/18-10/18
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Cancelled CE-WD
  • Instructor= Jo Hiestand
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:704 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know11/01-11/01  

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 will 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.. Cost for adults 60 and over $25.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70021
  • Meeting Dates= 11/01-11/01
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:701 Jump Start Your Fiction Writing: Weekend Intensive11/08-11/08  

Discover new motivation and refresh your creative juices in this half-day seminar. Creative exercises will focus on writing from the senses and exploring techniques that will yield more vivid, authentic renderings of both narrative and scenes in your fiction. This course is appropriate for both beginning writers who don't quite know where to start and advanced writers looking for new inspiration. Bring a sack lunch. Cost for adults 60 and over $21.50..

  • Registration Code= 201425 70126
  • Meeting Dates= 11/08-11/08
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Angela Mitchell-Phillips
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:719 Playwriting10/09-10/30  

Many Hollywood writers get their start as play writers. In this four week class, you'll explore story writing for theatre by applying form and structure that will add visualization and characterization to your creative writing techniques. There will be in-class exercises and you'll workshop creative projects. The goal is for you to complete a ten-minute play and learn the art of submitting a script to a theatre company for a potential production. We'll also discuss short plays by various successful playwrights from around the country. If you have a work-in-progress, bring it to class.. Cost for adults 60 and over $30.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70120
  • Meeting Dates= 10/09-10/30
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 205
  • Instructor= Taylor Gruenloh
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:765 Portfolio Review - Certificate Program08/11-12/19  

This class is for confirmation that students have met the requirements of the Writing Certificate program. You must submit your portfolio to Continuing Education for review. The work should exhibit increased proficiency in writing techniques and should aspire to high literary standards. You will receive a confirmation response from a writing program faculty member. Upon satisfactory review of the portfolio, the faculty member will notify Continuing Education to award the Writing Certificate. If the portfolio does not meet acceptable standards, the instructor will make recommendations. You may repeat the portfolio review class again, until the faculty member is satisfied with the quality of your work.. Cost for adults 60 and over $37.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70299
  • Meeting Dates= 08/11-12/19
  • Meeting Days= TBA
  • Meeting Times=
  • Location= Meramec - To Be Announced TBA
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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  Portfolio Review - Certificate Program08/11-12/19  

This class is for confirmation that students have met the requirements of the Writing Certificate program. You must submit your portfolio to Continuing Education for review. The work should exhibit increased proficiency in writing techniques and should aspire to high literary standards. You will receive a confirmation response from a writing program faculty member. Upon satisfactory review of the portfolio, the faculty member will notify Continuing Education to award the Writing Certificate. If the portfolio does not meet acceptable standards, the instructor will make recommendations. You may repeat the portfolio review class again, until the faculty member is satisfied with the quality of your work.. Cost for adults 60 and over $37.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70991
  • Meeting Dates= 08/11-12/19
  • Meeting Days= TBA
  • Meeting Times=
  • Location= Meramec - To Be Announced TBA
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:701 So You Want to be a Writer?09/16-09/16  

For many, sitting in a chair and typing words is the first step in the journey from writer to Writer. After settling in, a new set of less obvious and less easy to answer questions may arise. What should I write? How can I improve my writing? What to do after the work is done? This class seeks to answer these questions and others through an introduction to form, hands on exploration, and a discussion of how writers work. Whether for personal expression or to share with others, this class aims to answer your questions on what it takes to become a writer. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70767
  • Meeting Dates= 09/16-09/16
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 209
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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WRIT:713 So You Want to Write for Children?09/24-10/08  

Are you interested in writing for children but not sure how to get started? This course will cover magazine and book analysis, plot lines, descriptions, story beginnings, characterization, and dialogue in the various genres of children's fiction and non-fiction, picture books, easy-to-read, chapter books, and middle grade novels. After this class, you'll be ready to get writing!. Cost for adults 60 and over $26.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70300
  • Meeting Dates= 09/24-10/08
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Lindbergh Sr. High School 42
  • Instructor= Beverly Letchworth
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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WRIT:719 The Art of Interviewing10/11-10/11  

You don't have to be Barbara Walters or a Bob Woodward to learn the art of interviewing. And you don't have to be interested in writing nonfiction articles for interviews to be useful in your writing life. Interviews can provide valuable backstory for family histories, memoirs, and more. And learning how and when to ask the right questions can improve everything from your job search skills to your personal relationships with friends and family. This class will feature audio and video examples of real-world interviews with sources ranging from corporate executives to college football coaches. Participants should also come prepared to conduct their own interview with a classmate and generate questions for an after-class interview with a source of their choice. Bring a sack lunch.. Cost for adults 60 and over $20.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70636
  • Meeting Dates= 10/11-10/11
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:714 Write Your Life Story - Creating a Memoir09/17-10/01  

Your life story is a unique treasure. Let our experienced writing instructor help guide you in creating the memoir you've been wanting to write. During each class session you'll write a story based on your memories and life experience. Each story will utilize a different creative writing technique. You'll develop a plan for expanding the stories written in class into a complete personal or family history. Class will be held in the Meramec Continuing Education building classroom, Meramec campus.. Cost for adults 60 and over $25.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70131
  • Meeting Dates= 09/17-10/01
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Continuing Educ Bld CE
  • Instructor= Jean Alessi
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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  Write Your Memoir09/12-10/03  

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 $32.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70298
  • Meeting Dates= 09/12-10/03
  • Meeting Days= F
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:719 Writing Feature Stories09/15-10/06  

If you like to delve into a topic, examine the details, look behind the scenes, paint the pictures and reveal the personalities, then feature writing is for you. In features, which are article-length non-fiction pieces, you can explore your choice of fascinating people, issues, hobbies, history, your travels - anything that intrigues. We will focus on a variety of skills: identifying topics, researching, interviewing, writing ledes, handling quotes, structuring your piece and polishing it. And of course, we will write!. Cost for adults 60 and over $30.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70024
  • Meeting Dates= 09/15-10/06
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 204
  • Instructor= Sarah Schmidt
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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  Writing Fiction for Young Adults09/11-10/02  

J.K. Rowling, Susan Collins, John Green, Sherman Alexie - some of the biggest names in fiction these days, write for children and young adults. YA fiction covers a variety of genres from the literary realism of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" to the dark, dystopian fantasy of "The Hunger Games". YA 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 YA novel and discuss aspects of character, plot, and voice and how they help shape the YA book. Students will engage in in-class writing exercises, and will finish the course with an outline or synopsis and first chapter of their YA novel.. Cost for adults 60 and over $37.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70212
  • Meeting Dates= 09/11-10/02
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 205
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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  Writing the Short Story: An Introduction10/07-10/28  

Short stories are making a comeback in a big way, with the Nobel Prize win by acclaimed short story writer Alice Munro and George Saunders' win of the Folio Prize for "Tenth of December." In this class we'll use in-class writing exercises, written comments and workshop critiques to develop our understanding of what makes successful short fiction. We'll also read a lot of great short stories by some of the masters of the form.. Cost for adults 60 and over $37.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70211
  • Meeting Dates= 10/07-10/28
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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