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WRIT:706 Boot Camp for Writers04/06-04/27  

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. If you have a work-in-progress, bring copies to share for peer review. Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 51073
  • Meeting Dates= 04/06-04/27
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:701 Creative Writing for New Writers02/18-03/10  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * Are you just getting started with writing?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 4-session workshop will help you create and perfect a short story, essay, or poem. In our first session, we will discuss what genre would best suit the story you want to tell. In subsequent sessions, we will have guided, strength-focused writing workshops. Bring writing tools of your choice (pen/paper or laptop/tablet). Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50020
  • Meeting Dates= 02/18-03/10
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Cancelled 
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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  Creative Writing: A One-Day Workshop03/05-03/05  

This class is for beginning or experienced writers. We'll emphasize self-exploration and experimentation through a variety of activities. This will include reviewing 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 $30.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50391
  • Meeting Dates= 03/05-03/05
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Flo Valley - Social Sci Bldg 102
  • Instructor= Daphne Rivers
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Creative Writing: A One-Day Workshop04/02-04/02  

This class is for beginning or experienced writers. We'll emphasize self-exploration and experimentation through a variety of activities. This will include reviewing 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 $30.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50390
  • Meeting Dates= 04/02-04/02
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Forest Park - G Tower 115
  • Instructor= Daphne Rivers
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:704 Finding a Literary Agent03/22-03/29  

Finding the right literary agent in the traditional publishing world often feels like trying to find true love on an online dating website--the world seems overly competitive and the rules hard to navigate. Whether you're working on a fiction manuscript or have a completed novel ready to submit for publication, now's the time to start doing some research and drafting your queries. In this class, you'll learn about finding the right agent for your book. This class will cover researching agents, how to draft a killer query letter and synopsis and how to work with an agent once you've made the right match. Students should bring a short summary of their manuscript to class. Cost for adults 60 and over $26.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50138
  • Meeting Dates= 03/22-03/29
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Amanda Stogsdill
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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WRIT:706 Focus on Fiction: Quick Tips for Revision04/06-04/06  

Smart writers know that the key to crafting memorable fiction is all in the revision process. True revision takes place long before proofreading and encompasses more than just a few red marks on your manuscript. Real writers understand that well executed revision is absolutely necessary if you want to see your work polished and published. But how does a writer know what is (or isn't) working in a manuscript? What tools can be used to fix problem areas? In this one-night course, you will learn the difference between macro and micro revision, how to plan and organize your revision process and step-by-step guidelines on how to take your manuscript to the next level. Prerequisite: Bring your short story or the first 5 pages of your novel-in-progress to class. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50137
  • Meeting Dates= 04/06-04/06
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 204
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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  Focus on Fiction: The Writer's Block Toolbox03/09-03/09  

Do you often start pieces and not finish them? Do you feel inspired to write, but unsure of how to focus and direct your efforts? Are you a seasoned writer that has recently been feeling unmotivated? This course will help you break out of your rut. Join us for a one-night course filled with fun and original writing prompts, in-class writing exercises and real tips and techniques to help you jump start your next writing project. This course will be unlike any other and is guaranteed to help you gain a sense of playfulness and confidence in your creative potential. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50136
  • Meeting Dates= 03/09-03/09
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 204
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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WRIT:704 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know04/16-04/16  

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. Cost for adults 60 and over $25.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50216
  • Meeting Dates= 04/16-04/16
  • 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 Story04/09-04/09  

Our bodies record the sum of our experiences. Writing allows us to make meaning out of these memories. It separates what we are experiencing or have experienced from our reaction to it. Focused writing can be used to heal and manage pain. 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 $30.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50220
  • Meeting Dates= 04/09-04/09
  • 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 Publishing for Emerging Writers03/31-04/21  

Do you want to publish a story, essay, or poem? Are you unsure about how to break into the writing market? Many literary magazines and journals love to discover new, emerging writers. This introductory workshop will demystify the publishing process and build your confidence in your writing. This 4-session class will help you match your unique, creative writing with like-minded publishers and get your writing out there! Bring writing tools of your choice (pen/paper or laptop/tablet) and copies of your works-in-progress. Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50021
  • Meeting Dates= 03/31-04/21
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 209
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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  Self-Publishing for Writers02/25-03/03  

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 $20.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50019
  • Meeting Dates= 02/25-03/03
  • 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:701 Unleashing the Writer Within02/22-03/21  

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. No class 3/14. Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50016
  • Meeting Dates= 02/22-03/21
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 205
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:704 WordPress for Writers: Easy Website Design for Online Publishing04/23-04/23  

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 bring their own laptop or tablet computer and already have a generic email account through Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail and know this email address and password. Bring a sack lunch. Cost for adults 60 and over $30.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50217
  • Meeting Dates= 04/23-04/23
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 111
  • Instructor= Charlene Oldham
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:714 Write Your Memoir02/24-03/23  

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 3/16. Cost for adults 60 and over $36.00.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50002
  • Meeting Dates= 02/24-03/23
  • 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 Editing04/04-04/25  

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. Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50017
  • Meeting Dates= 04/04-04/25
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 205
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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  Writing Basics Brush-up (What You Should Have Learned in High School!)02/24-03/23  

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 3/16. Cost for adults 60 and over $35.50.

  • Registration Code= 201605 50018
  • Meeting Dates= 02/24-03/23
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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314-984-7777