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WRIT:701 Awaken Your Creative Powers10/07-10/14  

Are you at that point in your life when you're ready to explore your own creativity? Are you eager to enhance your imaginative powers? Do you want to know if you have what it takes to enter the writing field? This stimulating workshop is an introduction into the fascinating world of creativity. It will awaken your creative potential and skills, spur imaginative talents, and help you appreciate your special creative abilities. In the first class session you'll explore your personal creativity through writing; the second session you'll progress to sensory, description and story expression. Cost for adults 60 and over $20.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70505
  • Meeting Dates= 10/07-10/14
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Lindbergh Sr. High School 42
  • Instructor= Beverly Letchworth
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:706 Beating Writer's Block10/12-11/02  

This class will teach writers how to get around the block. Writer's block, that is. When the words and ideas seem to dry up, there is always a new wellspring of inspiration just waiting to be tapped. This course will help you come up with exercises to re-energize your stifled creativity. Like a blender to produce new creative juices, this class will teach you how to turn the lemon of writer's block into lemonade. Bring any works-in-progress to first class. Cost for adults 60 and over $35.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70051
  • Meeting Dates= 10/12-11/02
  • 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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  Boot Camp for Writers10/15-11/05  

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 $35.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70052
  • Meeting Dates= 10/15-11/05
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:730 Business Writing for Busy Professionals09/19-09/19  

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 2015 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= 201525 70180
  • Meeting Dates= 09/19-09/19
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor= Tiffany Smith
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:722 Finding Writing Jobs Using Online Resources09/26-09/26  

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. Students are advised to bring their laptop or tablet computer to class. Bring a sack lunch. Cost for adults 60 and over $30.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70079
  • Meeting Dates= 09/26-09/26
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Charlene Oldham
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:724 Finding Your Fiction: Identifying and Developing Your Style, Voice and Writing Personality10/13-11/10  

What is your writing personality? Who are you as a writer? This four-session course reviews basic elements of fiction and focuses on your unique style and personality. What are your goals, dreams, expectations, whims, tastes, desires, peculiarities and so on? Are you a literary or commercial writer or a little of both? Why do we even make the distinction? Be prepared to share your work with others. Participate in editing activities, learn the difference between style and na´vetÚ and make sure to bring your sense of humor to this course for beginning and intermediate writers. Bring the writing tools of your choice (pen and paper or laptop/tablet). No class 10/20. Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70011
  • Meeting Dates= 10/13-11/10
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 204
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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  Finding Your Fiction: The Elements of Fiction09/15-10/06  

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. Bring the writing tools of your choice (pen and paper or laptop/tablet). Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70012
  • Meeting Dates= 09/15-10/06
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 204
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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  Focus on Fiction: Description & Setting10/14-10/14  

How essential is setting to a story? How much description is appropriate and how do we know when it is too little or too much? In what ways do sensory details and setting enhance your plot and further your character development? In this class you will learn the answers to these questions and explore all the ways you can use setting and description to add depth to your story. Discover several techniques that you can apply to both fiction and nonfiction. Through lecture, examples, and in-class exercises, you will learn how to create an entire story world for your writing and the keys to making it unforgettable for your reader. Students are encouraged to bring any work-in-progress, but it is not a requirement. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70495
  • Meeting Dates= 10/14-10/14
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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  Focus on Fiction: How to Create Conflict & Suspense10/21-10/21  

Readers have always craved fast-moving powerful drama. Readers want passion and conflict, they want high-stakes and they demand writers grab their attention from the first sentence to the last. This course is designed to help you to write the kind of story or novel that today's readers demand. Using techniques presented in Conflict & Suspense by James Scott Bell, students will get a mixture of brief lectures that hit the high-points of creating conflict and suspense plus writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you've just learned. This course is excellent for beginning writers and those already working on a writing project. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70497
  • Meeting Dates= 10/21-10/21
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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WRIT:722 Freelancing for Fun & Profit09/16-10/07  

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. Bring 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 $35.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70088
  • Meeting Dates= 09/16-10/07
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 204
  • Instructor= Charlene Oldham
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:704 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know11/07-11/07  

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= 201525 70344
  • Meeting Dates= 11/07-11/07
  • 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:740 Portfolio Review - Writing Certificate Program08/25-12/04  

This is for confirmation that students have met the requirements of the Writing Certificate 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 award the Writing Certificate. 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 $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70833
  • Meeting Dates= 08/25-12/04
  • Meeting Days= TBA
  • Meeting Times=
  • Location= Meramec - To Be Announced 
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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  Portfolio Review - Writing Certificate Program08/25-12/04  

This is for confirmation that students have met the requirements of the Writing Certificate 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 award the Writing Certificate. 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 $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70836
  • Meeting Dates= 08/25-12/04
  • Meeting Days= TBA
  • Meeting Times=
  • Location= Meramec - To Be Announced 
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:728 Screenwriting: Essential Keys to Writing Great Scenes09/30-11/04  

Become the screenwriter you've always wanted to be by learning to create powerful and memorable scenes that showcase your unique writer's voice. In this class, we will discuss practical tools to help you elevate your scenes from good to great through the use of compelling dialogue and colorful narrative descriptions that are layered with meaningful subtext. You will complete a series of writing exercises and share your work in class to get constructive feedback. Excerpts from produced screenplays and clips from feature films will be analyzed for dialogue and description to see how written scenes compare to their cinematic versions. Note: This class is designed for writers who already have a basic understanding of screenwriting and screenplay format. Class is taught by a Writers Guild of America screenwriter whose credits include "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "Touched by an Angel." Cost for adults 60 and over $47.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70434
  • Meeting Dates= 09/30-11/04
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Flo Valley - Social Sci Bldg 102
  • Instructor= Rita Russell
  • Fees= $ 89.00
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WRIT:704 Self-Publishing for Writers09/17-09/24  

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= 201525 70337
  • Meeting Dates= 09/17-09/24
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 230
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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WRIT:722 So You Want to Be a Writer?10/10-10/10  

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 as more than just an avocation, 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. And 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. Cost for adults 60 and over $30.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70331
  • Meeting Dates= 10/10-10/10
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor= Jeffrey Ricker
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:701 Unleashing the Writer Within09/14-10/05  

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 $35.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70049
  • Meeting Dates= 09/14-10/05
  • 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:714 Write Your Memoir09/16-10/07  

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= 201525 70478
  • Meeting Dates= 09/16-10/07
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Continuing Educ Bld CE
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:706 Writer's Workshop: Revising and Editing10/14-11/04  

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= 201525 70089
  • Meeting Dates= 10/14-11/04
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 204
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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  Writing Basics Brush-up (What You Should Have Learned in High School!)09/17-10/08  

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 $35.50.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70050
  • Meeting Dates= 09/17-10/08
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:719 Writing Fiction for Young Adults10/13-11/10  

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. No class 10/20. Cost for adults 60 and over $37.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70525
  • Meeting Dates= 10/13-11/10
  • 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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WRIT:726 Writing the Short Story09/15-10/06  

Short stories have to do everything that a novel does -- deliver a compelling narrative about dynamic characters that the reader cares about -- only they have to do it in a tenth of the length (or less). We'll discuss approaches to pacing, character, dialogue and compression, and use in-class writing exercises, written comments and workshop critiques to develop your understanding of what makes successful short fiction. We'll also read great stories by some of the masters of the form, including Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro and Folio Prize recipient George Saunders. Cost for adults 60 and over $37.00.

  • Registration Code= 201525 70078
  • Meeting Dates= 09/15-10/06
  • 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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