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WRIT:701 Creative Writing Workshop06/20-06/20  

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= 201515 60001
  • Meeting Dates= 06/20-06/20
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location= Flo Valley - Social Sci Bldg 102
  • Instructor= Daphne Rivers
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:706 Essay Writing07/16-08/06  

Are you hoping to impress teachers or wow admissions officers into drafting an acceptance letter as soon as they finish reading your application? Or are you trying to convince editors to print your personal essay on their publication's pages? No matter what your reason for writing, this course will help you improve your ideas, sharpen your prose and refine the focus on your intended audience all while boosting your editing and proofreading prowess to produce more-effective essays. Please bring ideas, works in progress or complete essays to the first session. Students are advised to bring their laptop or tablet computer to class. Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60201
  • Meeting Dates= 07/16-08/06
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Charlene Oldham
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:718 Introduction to Romance Writing06/15-06/22  

Whether you're writing psychological thrillers, category romance, young adult novels, or anything in between, there's a good chance at least one of your characters will fall in love. We'll explore the differences between the romance genre and using romantic elements in other areas of fiction. We'll also discuss the use of tropes and themes in all subgenres of romance and how best to structure your novel for pulse-racing romantic tension. You'll have the opportunity to share work, ask questions and gain in-class feedback. (Although this class has a heavy emphasis on genre romance, writers of all genres are welcome to attend.). Cost for adults 60 and over $21.50.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60087
  • Meeting Dates= 06/15-06/22
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 108
  • Instructor= Amanda Stogsdill
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:710 Mining Your Soul Story07/18-07/18  

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 $25.50.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60088
  • Meeting Dates= 07/18-07/18
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Mary Eigel
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:716 Poetry Workshop06/06-06/06  

Poetry is about imagery and showing the reader something in a new and unique way -- the surprising meets the inevitable. In this all-day workshop, we will read and write poetry; we will learn to make every word count. And by looking at examples of great poems, we will discover the inspiration to craft our own. Each of us has a poetic voice lurking deep inside -- a voice that speaks from both the mind and heart. This workshop will help you find the metaphors to put it all into words. Cost for adults 60 and over $31.50.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60089
  • Meeting Dates= 06/06-06/06
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:706 Revising & Editing - A Writer's Workshop06/03-06/24  

Writing workshops are a time-tested strategy for aspiring professional writers who want to improve their writing skills. Our instructor and your classroom peers will guide you as you explore the craft of writing, using your own work as a basis for advancement and growth. Students need to bring several copies of a work in progress to share. Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60040
  • Meeting Dates= 06/03-06/24
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 120
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:704 Self-Publishing for Writers06/11-06/18  

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 you need to make 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= 201515 60429
  • Meeting Dates= 06/11-06/18
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:719 Short Story Writing: Beyond the Basics06/02-06/30  

Do you enjoy writing short stories? Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? This course will help to build on the writing skills you already have by deepening your understanding of character development, plot, theme and other important elements of fiction writing within the short story. Structured feedback from the instructor and classmates in this supportive workshop will give you the tools to do your best revisions. Be prepared to submit one or two completed short stories during this 5-week course. (Please provide a working email at the time of registration.). Cost for adults 60 and over $37.00.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60095
  • Meeting Dates= 06/02-06/30
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Angela Mitchell-Phillips
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:701 Unleashing the Writer Within06/01-06/22  

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 $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60036
  • Meeting Dates= 06/01-06/22
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 120
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:706 Writing Basics Brush-up (What You Should Have Learned in High School!)06/02-06/23  

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. Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60038
  • Meeting Dates= 06/02-06/23
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 114
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:719 Writing Fiction for Young Adults06/11-07/02  

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= 201515 60090
  • Meeting Dates= 06/11-07/02
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Jeffrey Ricker
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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314-984-7777