Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

The Writing Program is designed for the beginning or experienced writer. We have classes that give you the opportunity to develop your writing voice, build expertise in the art and craft of writing, and gain insight into today’s publishing environment.

Program Coordinator

Continuing Education



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Summer 2018 registration has started! Call 314-984-7777 to register by phone or click the button above to register and pay online.


Unleashing the Writer Within

Everyone 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.
WRIT:701 | $79 | SR $49.50
S01 | M 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Jordan Oakes
June 4 – June 25 | MC - BA 120
*** S01 class takes place on Mondays, was incorrectly printed as Tuesdays in the Catalog. Dates were correct.

Finding Writing Jobs Using Online Resources

Online job boards 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 that you will enjoy. Students are advised to bring their laptop or tablet computer to class. Bring a sack lunch.
WRIT:722 | $59 | SR $44
S01 | Sa 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Charlene Oldham
June 9 | MC - SO 111

New Finishing Touches

You’ve written your book, now what? For indie publishing, you need to think about the next steps: book formatting, creating an eye-catching cover, and finding and engaging readers. First, using CreateSpace will help you produce a paperback version of your book. Next, you have to make your book discoverable but how do you do that? Key to discoverability is to create: 1) a targeted outreach program to let people know about your work; and 2) a cover that pulls in your readers and makes them want to buy your book. Come and join us as we share the tools needed to build your book’s own finishing touches.
WRIT:704 | $49 | SR $29.50
S03 | Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Jo Hiestand, P.A. DeVoe
June 9 | MC - HE 123


How To Write Urban Fiction

This course is for aspiring urban fiction or “street lit” writers looking to hone their storytelling skills. We will explore the key themes of the genre that make for compelling and engaging storytelling. Learn how to develop narratives about life in the big cities which address, gender, violence, social politics. We will discuss representations of ‘street’ heroes and anti-heroes in books and TV as well other mediums. This class will feature one lecture, two skill building exercises, two breakout sessions, and one group workshop. You will create the first drafts of a short work of urban fiction and receive constructive feedback on your writing in a supportive environment. Class meets 6/2, 36/16, 6/30, 7/14.
WRIT:765 | $139 | SR $76.50
S01 | Sa 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Daphne Rivers
June 2 – July 14 | FP - C Tower 217

Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

From the epic to the epically hilarious, all science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories begin with the writer asking the same question - what if? In this class, we will learn how writers turn our questions, anxieties, and fears into tales of suspense and wonder. We will discuss story building techniques used by writers like Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Ernest Cline, and comic book creators like Bryan K. Vaughn and Alan Moore. Using examples from these great creators, we will explore how to create worlds that people believe in and write works of speculative fiction.
WRIT:706 | $29 | SR $24
S01 | Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Melody Meiners
June 7 | MC - HE 123

Focus on Fiction: One-Day Beginning Writers Workshop

Have you always wanted to write fiction but didn’t know where to start? In this beginner’s fiction writing workshop, you will learn the essential narrative elements every story storyteller uses, including approaches to plot and story arcs, character development, dialogue, world-building, narrative point of view, themes, and voice. During the class, we will discuss and practice different techniques used when approaching a new piece of writing and how to deal with writer’s block. Bring a sack lunch.
WRIT:706 | $59 | SR $47.50
S03 | Sa 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Melody Meiners
July 14 | WW 201

New From Memory to Memoir

In this hands-on writing workshop, students will have the opportunity to practice the art and craft of writing their life stories. We will learn how memories and personal experiences are shaped into stories by reading and discussing works from masters like Tim O’Brien, Joan Didion, David Sedaris, Cheryl Strayed and other contemporary memoirists. We use a hands-on approach to exploring the different ways to tell personal stories and discuss student work in class. Writers from all levels of experience are welcome.
WRIT:714 | $39 | SR $32
S01 | Th 6:30-8 p.m. | Melody Meiners
July 12-July 19 | WW 204


How to Self-Publish

There was a time when, in order to turn a manuscript into a book, a writer’s only option was to find an agent. But these days we live in a new, do-it-yourself era, which makes it easier than ever to self-publish. This class will look into all the facets of this complex endeavor, including the under-valued processes of editing and proofreading. We’ll discuss how to maximize value by balancing quality and cost, and explore the challenge of finding a good graphic designer. There are more options than ever for writers, including a choice of companies that print to order and require no initial investment. This course will help you to grow a spine for self-publishing.
WRIT:704 | $39 | SR $30
S01 | W 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Jordan Oakes
June 6 | MC - BA 116

Self-Publishing for Writers

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.
WRIT:704 | $29 | SR $24
S02 | Th 7-9 p.m. | Jill Mettendorf
June 7 | FP - G Tower 115

WordPress for Writers: Easy Website Design for Online Publishing

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.
WRIT:704 | $59 | SR $44
S04 | Sa 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Charlene Oldham
June 23 | FP - E Tower 310

How to Get Published in Literary Magazines

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 will help you match your unique, creative writing with like-minded publishers and get your writing out there! Bring your ideas, works-in-progress, and (if at all possible) your laptop or tablet to class and be ready to search writing markets. Please note that this class does not cover self-publishing.
WRIT:704 | $39 | SR $32
S05 | Th 6-9 p.m. | Meredith McDonough
July 26 | MC - SO 108

The Craft of Writing

Supercharge Your Novel Writing

This class is a boot camp style workshop for those who dream of writing professionally and/or publishing a novel. This highly interactive class will cover such topics as developing original ideas into novels, writing believable dialogue, hooking readers from the first line, creating memorable characters, building awesome worlds, and conquering obstacles to finish your book.
WRIT:719 | $69 | SR $46
S01 | Th 6:30-9 p.m. | Ryan Dalton
June 7 – June 28 | STLCC-SC 103

Writer’s Workshop: Revising and Editing

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 encourage one another, clarify to the writing and most of all, to help bring your project to a polished conclusion. This course is designed for those already working on a novel, short story, poetry, or essay. Please bring at least five copies to the first session.
WRIT:706 | $79 | SR $49.50
S02 | Tu 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Jordan Oakes
July 10 – July 31 | FP - G Tower 115

Program Completion

Portfolio Review - Writing Program

This is for confirmation that students have met the requirements of the Writing 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 grant the Writing Award of Completion. 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.
WRIT:740 | $69
S01 | Call to schedule | Jordan Oakes
May 20 – Aug. 11 | FP - TBA

At the time of registration, adults 60 years and older may enroll in select courses for the reduced fee shown as the "SR" price. Reduction will be calculated at check-out in the online system.

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