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WRIT:701 Creative Writing for New Writers08/06-08/06  

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). Cost for adults 60 and over $31.50.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60019
  • Meeting Dates= 08/06-08/06
  • Meeting Days= Sa
  • Meeting Times= 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 108
  • Instructor= Meredith McDonough
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:706 Essay Writing07/21-08/11  

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= 201615 60400
  • Meeting Dates= 07/21-08/11
  • 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
 
  Focus on Fiction: How to Develop Memorable Characters06/07-06/07  

Memorable characters are the backbone of any story. Their actions keep the reader turning pages, and their individual personalities stay with the reader long after they've closed the back cover. It's a daunting challenge - crafting compelling characters from our imaginations. But if you can create dimensional characters, you'll be well on your way to writing a story that is believable, compelling, and perhaps unforgettable. In this course, you will discover techniques for developing heroes, antiheroes, villains, and more. Through lecture, examples, and in-class exercises, you will learn how to breathe life into your characters, flesh them out, make them captivating, and bring them to life on the page. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.50.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60397
  • Meeting Dates= 06/07-06/07
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Focus on Fiction: Writer's Toolbox06/21-06/28  

Have you ever wondered how prolific writers generate so many ideas for characters and plots? Inspiration can strike at any time and come in many forms. The key is recognizing what captures your imagination, grabbing that inspiration and staying motivated when your idea loses some of its shine. In this course, you will discover ways to recognize and generate story ideas, tips for organizing these creative sparks and different methods for building stories from what inspires you. Through lecture, examples and exercises, you will learn how to find and unleash your many potential muses. Cost for adults 60 and over $21.00.

  • Registration Code= 201615 60399
  • Meeting Dates= 06/21-06/28
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:704 Self-Publishing for Writers06/09-06/16  

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= 201615 60143
  • Meeting Dates= 06/09-06/16
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Jill Mettendorf
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:701 Unleashing the Writer Within06/07-06/28  

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= 201615 60144
  • Meeting Dates= 06/07-06/28
  • 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:714 Write Your Memoir06/08-06/29  

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= 201615 60136
  • Meeting Dates= 06/08-06/29
  • 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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314-984-7777
 
WRIT:706 Writer's Workshop: Revising and Editing06/08-06/29  

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= 201615 60138
  • Meeting Dates= 06/08-06/29
  • 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
 
  Writing Basics Brush-up (What You Should Have Learned in High School!)06/09-06/30  

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= 201615 60140
  • Meeting Dates= 06/09-06/30
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • 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