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WRIT:719 Applying the Tricks of Poetry to Everyday Writing08/29-09/19  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN _ SO-MC 232 * * * In poetry, every word counts. Other forms of writing have a little more wiggle room -- but to apply the same economy and precision of words to fiction and nonfiction is to elevate the overall craft. This class will be a writing workshop in which we put this theory to work. Be prepared to share your writing and make copies for the class. Cost for adults 60 and over $49.50.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71646
  • Meeting Dates= 08/29-09/19
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 232
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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WRIT:701 Creative Writing for New Writers: A One Day Workshop10/14-10/14  

* * * DATE AND ROOM CHANGE: NOW 10/14 IN SO 111, WAS 9/16 IN SO109 * * * Are you just getting started with writing? Do you want to discover your strengths as a writer? Would you like positive feedback on your writing in a supportive environment? This workshop will help you create a short story, essay, or poem to share in a group workshop. Bring writing tools of your choice (pen/paper or laptop/tablet) and a sack lunch to class. Cost for adults 60 and over $45.00.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71634
  • Meeting Dates= 10/14-10/14
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 111
  • Instructor= Meredith McDonough
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:724 Developing Your Dialogue11/02-11/02  

Does your dialogue sound stiff? Would a real person say that? Participate in writing activities designed to develop your use of dialogue. Enjoy learning and practicing the essential elements of dialogue through concise presentations and enjoyable activities. Have fun examining what people say, why they say it, and how to fictionalize their conversations. Bring your fears, wants, and good humor to this interactive workshop. Cost for adults 60 and over $30.50.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71680
  • Meeting Dates= 11/02-11/02
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Jeff May
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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  Finding Your Fiction: The Elements of Fiction09/06-09/27  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN_SO-MC 112 * * * * * * CLASS MEETS ON WEDNESDAYS, INCORRECTLY LISTED AS TUESDAYS IN CATALOG. * * * ROOM CHANGE: NOW SO 112, WAS SO 204 * * * Participate in writing activities designed to develop mastery of plot, character, point of view, dialogue, and more. Enjoy learning and practicing the essential elements of fiction through concise presentations and fun activities. Learn the "rules" before you break them. Bring your fears, wants, and good humor to this four-session interactive course for beginning and intermediate writers. Participants will understand and demonstrate the basic elements of fiction. Beginning to Intermediate Fiction Writers. Cost for adults 60 and over $51.50.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71679
  • Meeting Dates= 09/06-09/27
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 112
  • Instructor= Jeff May
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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  Focus in Fiction: Crafting a Killer Theme Using Character & Conflict10/10-10/24  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN SO-MC 206 * * * * * * NO CLASS DATE 10/17 * * * Characters and conflict are the heart of every story, and if you can craft them well they serve a bigger truth. In this class we will use lecture, discussion and in-class exercises to explore the how to develop your characters and conflict types so they serve and illuminate your story's theme. Cost for adults 60 and over $37.50.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71657
  • Meeting Dates= 10/10-10/24
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Unassigned CE-UN
  • Instructor= Melody Meiners
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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  Focus on Fiction: Exploring Genre Fiction10/03-10/03  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN_SO-MC 206 * * * Genre fiction has been the driving force behind many of our pop-culture phenomena. And because of the buzz and fiercely loyal fan base many genres attract, the markets continue to grow. Each genre has delineating qualities, like characters and plots, which make them stand out from one another. In this course we will explore what makes horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, and young adult unique so you can figure out which is right for you. Through lecture, discussion, and in-class exercises we will explore methods used in writing popular and emerging genres. Cost for adults 60 and over $32.00.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71654
  • Meeting Dates= 10/03-10/03
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Melody Meiners
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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  Focus on Fiction: The Elements of Fiction09/26-09/26  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN_SO-MC 108 * * * * * * ROOM CHANGE: NOW SO 108, WAS CN 225 * * * This introductory fiction course introduces new writers to the basic elements of writing fiction. You will learn the fundamentals of narrative writing and some basic techniques to get your started in your writing practice. Through lecture, discussion, and in-class exercises we will explore the basics of character, plot, setting, dialogue, conflict, POV, theme, and voice. Cost for adults 60 and over $32.00.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71652
  • Meeting Dates= 09/26-09/26
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 108
  • Instructor= Melody Meiners
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:704 Grammar You Should Know11/01-11/29  

* * * CLASS TIME IS 7-9:30PM, INCORRECTLY LISTED IN CATALOG AS 5-7:30PM * * * After graduating from high school, and even college, many of us still have gaps and lapses in our grammar and spelling. For example, when to use "who" and when to use "whom"; and what's the difference between "effect" and "affect"? The years may have chipped away at your knowledge of English -- but this class will apply a fresh coat of literacy to your writing, no matter what kind you do. Cost for adults 60 and over $49.50.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71638
  • Meeting Dates= 11/01-11/29
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 112
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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WRIT:719 How to Map a Murder09/23-09/23  

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= 201725 71648
  • Meeting Dates= 09/23-09/23
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Jo Hiestand
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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WRIT:704 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know11/18-11/18  

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. No senior discount.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71639
  • Meeting Dates= 11/18-11/18
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= CE Org Staff
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:710 Mining Your Soul Story09/30-09/30  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN_SO-MC 109 * * * Our minds 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. Cost for adults 60 and over $41.00.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71642
  • Meeting Dates= 09/30-09/30
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Mary Eigel
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:740 Portfolio Review - Writing Program08/14-12/20  

This is for confirmation that students have met the requirements of the Writing Program. You must submit your portfolio 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 grant the Writing Award of Completion. If the portfolio does not meet acceptable standards, the instructor will make recommendations. You may register for the portfolio review again, until the faculty member is satisfied with the quality of your work. Cost for adults 60 and over $40.00.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71663
  • Meeting Dates= 08/14-12/20
  • Meeting Days= TBA
  • Meeting Times=
  • Location= Forest Park - To Be Announced 
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:704 Self-Publishing for Writers10/12-10/12  

* * * ROOM CHANGE: NOW BA 112, WAS CN 225 * * * 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= 201725 71637
  • Meeting Dates= 10/12-10/12
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= Jill Mettendorf
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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WRIT:765 Sip-n-Scribe10/17-10/17  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * Looking to get your creative brain moving? Need a refreshing way to mix-up your writing? Then push away from your keyboard, get ready to put pen to paper, and come mingle with other writers. Join us at Sasha's on Shaw to write-n-wine! Sip and Scribe is a fun evening of creative writing prompts, idea swapping, and drink-sipping. The goal is to experiment with something new on the page in an informal, relaxed way, all while enjoying time with your friends and making new ones. Writing prompts are presented, then you give it a fun twist, and let your words flow! No one is here to write the next Great American novel. But if that happens, please include us in the special thanks. BYO pen and paper. Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase along with a menu of delectable foods! Cost for adults 60 and over $30.50.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71682
  • Meeting Dates= 10/17-10/17
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Forest Park - Off Campus (CE) 
  • Instructor= Jeff May
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:722 So You Want to Be a Writer?09/30-09/30  

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 writing tools of your choice (pen/paper or laptop/tablet) and a sack lunch to class. Cost for adults 60 and over $42.50.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71650
  • Meeting Dates= 09/30-09/30
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Forest Park - C Tower 221
  • Instructor= Jeffrey Ricker
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:735 Social Media for Writers10/21-10/21  

* * * DATE CHANGE: NOW 10/21, WAS 10/14 * * * Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Instagram--it seems like there's a new "must have/must do" social media platform popping up every week. As a writer, you're told by agents, publishers, and fellow writers that you need to have a presence, a platform, a brand. Just what does that mean? Which tools should you use? How much do you have to do? And how do you do it right? In this one-day workshop, you'll explore the various social media channels available for aspiring and established authors, discuss best practices and do's and (in particular) don'ts, and get started on setting up your own account. Bring a sack lunch and a laptop or tablet to get the most out of this class. Cost for adults 60 and over $42.50.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71661
  • Meeting Dates= 10/21-10/21
  • 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:765 The Healing Power of the Pen: Assisting Children with Writing Stories10/14-10/14  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN_SO-MC 205 * * * The course is open to parents, grandparents, child specialists and educators interested in working with children to assist them in writing their stories, from their point of view. Participants will learn the basic structure of story, engage in creative writing exercises, understand first person point of view, and understand how an animal or character can "metaphorically" represent someone else and allow a child to speak through that character. The story could serve as a means of allowing a child to process life events, both positive and negative. (i.e., illness, divorce, new sibling) No writing experience required. This class instructs how to implement tools for writing with children, please do not bring youth to class. Cost for adults 60 and over $41.00.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71664
  • Meeting Dates= 10/14-10/14
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Mary Eigel
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:701 Unleashing the Writer Within11/06-11/27  

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= 201725 71635
  • Meeting Dates= 11/06-11/27
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Forest Park - C Tower 219
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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WRIT:714 Write Your Memoir09/07-09/28  

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 $49.50.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71643
  • Meeting Dates= 09/07-09/28
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Continuing Educ Bld CE
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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WRIT:765 Write-In for Inspiration10/03-10/03  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * Are you looking for writing inspiration and practice? A place where you could hang out with other writers? Without needing to make a long-term commitment or spend a lot of money? Join us at Schlafly Tap Room to eat, drink, and find inspiration to write! At our write-ins, the prompts and brief instruction are designed to motivate everyone into a freewheeling writing session. After the initial burst of writing, those who want to can read their work to the group. Then we all take a break and socialize. The process is repeated one more time, followed by drinks, snacks, and more socializing. Comments about your work during the social time are geared toward motivating you to write more. There is no pressure, no angst--just freewheeling creativity! Bring your sense of humor along and join us for an inspirational write-in. BYO pen and paper. Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase along with a menu of delectable foods! Cost for adults 60 and over $30.50.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71681
  • Meeting Dates= 10/03-10/03
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Forest Park - Off Campus (CE) 
  • Instructor= Jeff May
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:706 Writer's Workshop: Revising and Editing10/02-10/23  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN_CS-MC 205 * * * 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= 201725 71640
  • Meeting Dates= 10/02-10/23
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 205
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 79.00
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WRIT:728 Writing Dialogue & Scenes for the Screen10/11-11/15  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN_C-FV 104 * * * Every time you sit down to write a script, you are faced with the challenge of creating a great scene: Where to begin? How long should it be? How to make the dialogue and narrative descriptions snap, crackle, and pop? In this class, you'll learn the essential keys for creating dynamic scenes that are full of conflict, subtext, characterization, and imagery. You'll also learn to give each character a unique voice, crafting dialogue that sounds individualized and authentic. Through a series of writing exercises and analysis of screenplays and classic clips from films and TV shows, students will gain essential tools to elevate their writing game to the next level. This course is designed for screenwriters, but writers of all genres are welcome. Cost for adults 60 and over $52.50.

  • Registration Code= 201725 71659
  • Meeting Dates= 10/11-11/15
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Unassigned CE-UN
  • Instructor= Rita Russell
  • Fees= $ 89.00
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