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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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WRIT:724 Elements of the Writer's Craft: An Introduction to Fiction Writing06/17-06/24  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * Good fiction writing requires more than simply telling a story. While painters must master elements such as background and brushwork to turn a picture into a work of art, so too, do writers need to focus and hone their own set of technical elements. The mastery of the elements of the writer's craft causes a story to truly shine. This class aims to introduce the novice to some of the more important and prominent elements of the writer's craft through a mixture of lectures and exercises. Cost for adults 60 and over $25.00.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60444
  • Meeting Dates= 06/17-06/24
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Unassigned CE-UN
  • Instructor= Jeff Van Booven
  • Fees= $ 45.00
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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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WRIT:722 Finding Writing Jobs Using Online Resources06/20-06/20  

Online job boards including Elance and oDesk 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= 201515 60350
  • Meeting Dates= 06/20-06/20
  • 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:725 Generating Non-Fiction Story Ideas06/13-06/13  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * Whether you are an aspiring freelancer, a small business owner maintaining your own website or a blogger who wants to write interesting content for your online audience, this session will help you mine the internet, your hobbies and interests, local events and publications and even friendly conversations over coffee for compelling non-fiction writing ideas. Please bring some of your favorite magazines and other publications to the workshop along with your laptop or tablet computer. Bring a sack lunch. Cost for adults 60 and over $31.50.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60446
  • Meeting Dates= 06/13-06/13
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Unassigned CE-UN
  • Instructor= Charlene Oldham
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:718 Introduction to Romance Writing06/15-06/22  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * 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= Continuing Ed Unassigned CE-UN
  • Instructor= Amanda Stogsdill
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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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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WRIT:716 Poetry Workshop06/06-06/06  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * 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= Continuing Ed Cancelled 
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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WRIT:740 Portfolio Review - Writing Certificate Program06/01-08/21  

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= 201515 60440
  • Meeting Dates= 06/01-08/21
  • Meeting Days= TBA
  • Meeting Times=
  • Location= Flo Valley - To Be Announced 
  • Instructor= Jordan Oakes
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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  Portfolio Review - Writing Certificate Program06/01-08/21  

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= 201515 60439
  • Meeting Dates= 06/01-08/21
  • Meeting Days= TBA
  • Meeting Times=
  • Location= Flo Valley - To Be Announced 
  • Instructor= Heather Luby
  • Fees= $ 69.00
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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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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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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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WRIT:735 Social Media for Writers06/27-06/27  

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= 201515 60441
  • Meeting Dates= 06/27-06/27
  • 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: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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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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WRIT:719 Writing Fiction for Young Adults06/11-07/02  

* * * 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= 201515 60090
  • Meeting Dates= 06/11-07/02
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • 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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WRIT:732 Writing for the Internet06/11-06/18  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * Even those don't know the difference between SEO and an SOS can learn some simple techniques to help transition their writing to the web. Whether you're a small business owner or hobbyist blogger, you'll pick up useful information including the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) and how to use text features like headlines, key words, headings, lists and links to make whatever you write a better fit for the internet. And don't worry, you won't need programming or computer coding skills to make your writing work for the web. Students are advised to bring their laptop or tablet computer to class. Cost for adults 60 and over $26.50.

  • Registration Code= 201515 60445
  • Meeting Dates= 06/11-06/18
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Unassigned CE-UN
  • Instructor= Charlene Oldham
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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