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WRIT:701 Awaken Your Creative Powers03/04-03/11  

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 $15.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50567
  • Meeting Dates= 03/04-03/11
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Lindbergh Sr. High School 42
  • Instructor= Beverly Letchworth
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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  Boot Camp for Writers02/18-03/11  

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= 201505 50286
  • Meeting Dates= 02/18-03/11
  • Meeting Days= W
  • 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 Capture the Moment: Writing About Significant Life Events03/25-03/25  

This short workshop is for those interested in writing an autobiography, family history, short stories and/or anecdotes based on personal experiences and memories. You'll learn to capture and convey - to picture in writing - specific life events in ways that will be truly memorable. No previous writing experience necessary. Cost for adults 60 and over $15.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50715
  • Meeting Dates= 03/25-03/25
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Continuing Educ Bld CE
  • Instructor= Jean Alessi
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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WRIT:701 Creative Non-Fiction04/06-04/27  

Good writing is good writing. Even factual or informative work should be interesting to read -- just as a good documentary should be as riveting as a good feature film. This class will help you apply the tools of literary craft to writing about topics that you know well, but might not know the best, most reader-friendly way to present. If you have a work-in-progress, bring copies to share for peer review. Cost for adults 60 and over $35.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50190
  • Meeting Dates= 04/06-04/27
  • 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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  Creative Writing Workshop03/14-03/14  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * 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= 201505 50012
  • Meeting Dates= 03/14-03/14
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Unassigned CE-UN
  • Instructor= Daphne Rivers
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:706 Flash Fiction: The Art of Writing The Very Short Story02/19-02/26  

Flash fiction, widely published in print and online journals, is the perfect avenue for writers looking to improve their skills and find publication. Commonly defined as a story less than 1,000 words, flash fiction uses brevity create a fully immersive experience for your reader. Join Heather Luby, Managing Editor of The Citron Review, to learn the essential writing techniques of flash fiction and to discover the writing style best suited to your interests, voice and passion. This course is suitable for all writers, including poets, novelists and memoirists. For the second session of the class, students will be given the opportunity to write and receive feedback on their own flash creations. Cost for adults 60 and over $25.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50264
  • Meeting Dates= 02/19-02/26
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 209
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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  Focus on Fiction: Art of Writing Love Scenes03/26-03/26  

Writing a passionate love scene takes skill. If an author isn't careful, the writing can be plagued with clichés and euphemisms, both of which can make the writing seem juvenile or worse, funny. By contrast, a great love scene can illuminate character, deepen the readers understanding of character relationships, as well as further the plot and theme of the work. In this one-night course, you will learn the key elements that make a love scene memorable, while also reviewing the writing elements such as dialogue, setting, and point-of-view that are necessary to create an unforgettable scene! Cost for adults 60 and over $13.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50265
  • Meeting Dates= 03/26-03/26
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 209
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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WRIT:704 Freelancing for Fun & Profit02/18-03/11  

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= 201505 50517
  • Meeting Dates= 02/18-03/11
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 206
  • Instructor= Charlene Oldham
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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  How to Publish Your Own Book: What You Need to Know04/18-04/18  

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. Cost for adults 60 and over $25.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50204
  • Meeting Dates= 04/18-04/18
  • 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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  How to Write the Perfect Query Letter03/05-03/12  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * Getting the attention of a literary agent in the traditional publishing world seems impossible! Whether you're working on a fiction manuscript or have a completed novel ready to submit for publication, now's the time to perfect your query letter. A strong query letter is the first step in getting your manuscript published and without it, your work will be lost in the slush pile. Join writer Heather Luby, who is represented by the prestigious literary agency Brandt & Hochman in New York City, and learn how to write a compelling and professional query. This two-night class will cover how to draft a killer query letter and synopsis, and then provide feedback on your query letter so you can feel confident it is strong. Students should bring a short summary of their manuscript to class and be prepared to work in small groups. Cost for adults 60 and over $25.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50266
  • Meeting Dates= 03/05-03/12
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Unassigned CE-UN
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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WRIT:710 Mining Your Soul Story02/28-02/28  

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= 201505 50213
  • Meeting Dates= 02/28-02/28
  • 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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WRIT:719 Playwriting03/31-04/21  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * Many Hollywood writers get their start as play writers. In this four week class, you'll explore story writing for theatre by applying form and structure that will add visualization and characterization to your creative writing techniques. There will be in-class exercises and you'll workshop creative projects. The goal is for you to complete a ten-minute play and learn the art of submitting a script to a theatre company for a potential production. We'll also discuss short plays by various successful playwrights from around the country. If you have a work-in-progress, bring it to class. Cost for adults 60 and over $35.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50520
  • Meeting Dates= 03/31-04/21
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Cancelled 
  • Instructor= Caitlin McCommis
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:765 Portfolio Review - Certificate Program01/19-05/08  

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 $37.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50188
  • Meeting Dates= 01/19-05/08
  • Meeting Days= TBA
  • Meeting Times=
  • Location= Meramec - To Be Announced TBA
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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  Portfolio Review - Certificate Program01/19-05/08  

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 $37.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50187
  • Meeting Dates= 01/19-05/08
  • Meeting Days= TBA
  • Meeting Times=
  • Location= Meramec - To Be Announced TBA
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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WRIT:706 Revising & Editing - A Writer's Workshop04/01-04/22  

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 (bring to first class). Cost for adults 60 and over $36.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50287
  • Meeting Dates= 04/01-04/22
  • Meeting Days= W
  • 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:719 Screenwriting: Introduction03/25-04/29  

Do you ever watch movies and think, "I could write something better than that!"? Well here's your chance to learn how. Screenwriting is both a craft and an art, and doing it well requires a solid foundation in the fundamentals of good storytelling. In this class, you'll learn all the key elements of writing a screenplay, including story structure, plot, scene development, characterization, and dialogue. A series of writing assignments will guide you toward mastering the basics of screenwriting and help you begin work on your own script. The course goal is to complete a step outline or beat sheet that prepares you to turn your story idea into a screenplay. This is a great class to get a solid foundation in screenwriting, review fundamentals and craft essentials, finish a first draft, or start your next script. 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= 201505 50489
  • Meeting Dates= 03/25-04/29
  • 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:701 So You Want to Be a Writer?02/09-02/09  

For many, sitting in a chair and typing words is the first step in the journey from writer to Writer. After settling in, a new set of less obvious and less easy to answer questions may arise. What should I write? How can I improve my writing? What do I do after the work is done? This class seeks to answer these questions and others through an introduction to form, hands on exploration, and a discussion of how writers work. Whether for personal expression or to share with others, this class aims to answer your questions on what it takes to become a writer. Cost for adults 60 and over $15.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50160
  • Meeting Dates= 02/09-02/09
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 209
  • Instructor= Jeff Van Booven
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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WRIT:719 Social Media for Writers04/11-04/11  

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 $30.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50450
  • Meeting Dates= 04/11-04/11
  • 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:706 The Basics of Fiction Writing: A Two Night Primer04/16-04/23  

Are you eager to write fiction but unsure of where to start? Have you wanted to begin a short story, or novel but require direction and encouragement? Through easy-to-follow lectures, learn the basic elements of the fiction writer’s craft: structure, characterization, plot, dialogue, point of view, style, and voice. Gain experience with each element by engaging in a series of inspiring in-class exercises. You’ll acquire the tools necessary to begin or refine your own works of fiction, generate new story ideas, and gain the inspiration and momentum required to begin writing in earnest. Cost for adults 60 and over $25.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50199
  • Meeting Dates= 04/16-04/23
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 209
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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WRIT:701 Unleashing the Writer Within02/23-03/23  

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

  • Registration Code= 201505 50009
  • Meeting Dates= 02/23-03/23
  • 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 Publishing02/28-02/28  

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= 201505 50508
  • Meeting Dates= 02/28-02/28
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Charlene Oldham
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:714 Write Your Life Story - Creating a Memoir04/01-04/15  

Your life story is a unique treasure. Let our experienced writing instructor help guide you in creating the memoir you've been wanting to write. During each class session, you'll write a story based on your memories and life experience. Each story will utilize a different creative writing technique. You'll develop a plan for expanding the stories written in class into a complete personal or family history. Cost for adults 60 and over $26.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50460
  • Meeting Dates= 04/01-04/15
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Continuing Educ Bld CE
  • Instructor= Jean Alessi
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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  Write Your Memoir03/06-03/27  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * 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= 201505 50163
  • Meeting Dates= 03/06-03/27
  • Meeting Days= F
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:706 Writing Basics Brush-up (What You Should Have Learned in High School!)02/24-03/24  

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 3/17. Cost for adults 60 and over $35.50.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50368
  • Meeting Dates= 02/24-03/24
  • Meeting Days= T
  • 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 Adults02/17-03/10  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * 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= 201505 50248
  • Meeting Dates= 02/17-03/10
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Unassigned CE-UN
  • Instructor= Jeffrey Ricker
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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  Writing the Short Story03/31-04/21  

Short stories are making a comeback in a big way, with the Nobel Prize win by acclaimed short story writer Alice Munro and George Saunders' win of the Folio Prize for "Tenth of December." We'll 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 short stories by some of the masters of the form. Cost for adults 60 and over $37.00.

  • Registration Code= 201505 50249
  • Meeting Dates= 03/31-04/21
  • 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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