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WRIT:706 Boot Camp for Writers10/19-11/09  

Do you have an idea for a fiction or nonfiction story or memoir, but are struggling 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= 201625 70029
  • Meeting Dates= 10/19-11/09
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 112
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:701 Creative Writing for New Writers: A One Day Workshop09/17-09/17  

***CLASS WITHDRAWN_SS-MC 109*** Are you just getting started with writing? Come spend a day discovering your strengths as a writer. In this session, we will discuss what genre would best suit the story you want to tell, take some time to write, and then come together for a group workshop. You'll get positive feedback on your writing in a supportive environment. This workshop will help you create a short story, essay or poem. Bring writing tools of your choice (pen/paper or laptop/tablet) and a sack lunch to class. Cost for adults 60 and over $31.50.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70022
  • Meeting Dates= 09/17-09/17
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Meredith McDonough
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:704 Finding a Literary Agent10/04-10/11  

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= 201625 70575
  • Meeting Dates= 10/04-10/11
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Amanda Stogsdill
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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314-984-7777
 
  How to Get Published in Literary Magazines10/08-10/08  

Do you want to publish a story, essay, or poem in a literary magazine? Are you unsure where to begin? Whether you have finished pieces ready to go or are just getting started in your writing process, this introductory workshop will demystify the publishing process and build your confidence in your writing. This one-day course will help you match your unique, creative writing with like-minded publishers and get your writing out there! Bring your ideas, works-in-progress, your writing tools of choice (pen and paper or laptop) and a sack lunch to class. Cost for adults 60 and over $31.50.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70021
  • Meeting Dates= 10/08-10/08
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Meredith McDonough
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:719 How to Map a Murder10/01-10/01  

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 $21.50.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70027
  • Meeting Dates= 10/01-10/01
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Jo Hiestand
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:704 How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know11/05-11/05  

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 $24.50.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70576
  • Meeting Dates= 11/05-11/05
  • 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 Story09/24-09/24  

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= 201625 70026
  • Meeting Dates= 09/24-09/24
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 107
  • Instructor= Mary Eigel
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:704 Self-Publishing for Writers10/06-10/13  

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= 201625 70033
  • Meeting Dates= 10/06-10/13
  • 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:722 So You Want to Be a Writer?09/10-09/10  

***CLASS WITHDRAWN*** 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= 201625 70256
  • Meeting Dates= 09/10-09/10
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 109
  • Instructor= Jeffrey Ricker
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:701 Unleashing the Writer Within09/12-10/03  

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= 201625 70030
  • Meeting Dates= 09/12-10/03
  • 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:714 Write Your Memoir09/14-10/05  

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 $36.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70001
  • Meeting Dates= 09/14-10/05
  • 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 Editing10/17-11/14  

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. No class 10/31. Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70031
  • Meeting Dates= 10/17-11/14
  • 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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314-984-7777
 
  Writing Basics Brush-up (What You Should Have Learned in High School!)09/14-10/05  

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= 201625 70028
  • Meeting Dates= 09/14-10/05
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 112
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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314-984-7777