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Express yourself through our reading and writing classes. Work with our instructors to sharpen your skills and produce wonderful short stories. Begin that novel you have always wanted to write or prepare your work for publication. Enjoy a range of classes that fit your creative spirit.

Writing - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

Whether you're trying to sell your book to readers, agents, or publishers, a perfect pitch is a necessity. Learn how to create various attention‐grabbing pitches.

Section Spring 1

14900
$49
4/17/20
Fri 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Brenda Drake
CE South Building

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One of the most important steps you'll likely take to become a published author is pitching your work to an editor or agent. This session will focus on getting ready for a pitch session, including knowing what to bring with you and how to prepare just the right information, as well as anticipating and understanding their questions.

Section Spring 2

14900
$49
4/17/20
Fri 5:30 PM ‐ 7:30 PM
Sarah Baker
CE South Building

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OLLI Writing Classes

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Blogging is a way to build your writing skills, express your ideas, and even build a book‐length manuscript while creating an audience. The class will explore all types of blogging, from poetry to how‐to instruction, from spirituality to memoir. The class will explain how to choose free blogging platforms, how to determine the length and frequency of your blogs, and how to build an audience. The class will also show how you can use a blog to create the backbone of a book, just as Julie Powell did to create her bestseller, '' Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen,'' which went on to become a major movie. Anything is possible with a blog.

19598 | $75

Blogging Your Way to Writing Success ‐ Live Online! - Spring 1

4/10/20 - 5/15/20
Fri 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (5 Session Total)
Rob Spiegel
CE Online

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Do you have a story to share or are you looking for a wider audience for your traditional print book? Half of American adults own an e‐reader. E‐books require little expense to produce and distribute, and smartphones and personal tablet computers have offered alternatives to the traditional print‐book publishing paradigm. Explore the ins‐and‐outs of E‐book publishing and create a final product for distribution to the E‐book universe.

19504 | $49

E‐Publishing: The Wave of the Future! Live Online! - Spring 1

4/16/20 - 4/30/20
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Sarah Baker
CE Online

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This class further demonstrates that intentional, guided journaling is a profound way to nurture your authentic self. Powerful writing exercises and prompts for deep inner exploration serve as a continuation of Writing and Being. We'll also explore journal‐keeping tips for self‐discovery and sharing with others and practical advise for transforming private journal writing into public, published writing. You'll discover how to transform your inner journey and writing into a source of guidance and wisdom and translate one's feelings into polished, literary treasures.

19513 | $75

Expanding the Writing and Being Process: Harness the Healing Power of Language ‐ Live/Online - Spring 1

4/18/20 - 5/30/20
Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Stacey Lane
CE Online

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The short story is a versatile and rewarding form for writers and readers. This course defines this literary genre and discusses its boundaries from a writer's point of view. We will study a template for the phases of short story writing: pre‐writing, writing, and revising. By the end of the course, we'll each have a short story and a springboard for more stories.

19537 | $59

Writing Short Stories from Start to Finish - Spring 1

5/5/20 - 5/26/20
Tue 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Robert Gish
CE South Building

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As a writer, there are so many great resources to use, but sometimes it's overwhelming. What do I do? Let's look at a few of the best writing, revision, and production apps. I present a general introduction to these apps and a web site for writers. The writing app is Scrivener. The revision apps are Hemingway and ProWritingAid, and the production apps are Vellum, Calibre, and a list of nine more e‐book conversion tools. The web site is ProWritingAid which is like the app. We'll explore each app and the web site, exploring the basic benefits of each. Handouts that summarize each app and website will be provided.

19595 | $25

Three Apps and a Web Site for Writers - Spring 1

5/11/20 - 5/18/20
Mon 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (2 Session Total)
Larada Horner‐Miller
CE South Building

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Grammar for Writers is designed for practicing writers, who are more or less facile with the standards of grammar and syntax, but have nagging usage questions or specific areas they'd like to refresh. Emphasis will be on how each participant uses language to express thoughts, emotions, and actions. By looking at passages of participant writing, we will analyze the patterns of syntactical construction available. The goal will be to stimulate awareness of individual writing processes and bring mss up to current submission standards.

19508 | $25

Grammar For Writers - Spring 1

5/12/20
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Dodici Azpadu
CE South Building

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When writers get ideas about issues, characters or events, the logical thing to do is write about them. But creating realistic characters–those that come to life and ones readers can visualize–is much harder to write.The instructor will share her expertise, provide examples, and give pointers to make the people in books become people readers recognize. We'll do a short exercise to create an unforgettable character. Along with good characters has to be good dialogue. The way they speak is individual, yet also universal. That's a tricky line to walk, but quite do‐able if the writer knows how. There are hundreds of ways to write dialogue, yet only a few of those are right. There will be examples and we'll do a bit of critiquing along the way.

19506 | $20

Writing Realistic Characters in Dialogue: Fiction and Non‐Fiction - Spring 1

5/21/20
Thu 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Melody Groves
CE South Building

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Writers like to think communication is mostly through dialogue. But what's NOT said is most important. Emotions lie at the core of every character's actions, choices and words – all of which drive the story. What would a story be without emotions? We'll discuss various emotions and highlight the physical signs, internal sensations, mental reactions and how to incorporate them into your writing. I'll talk about adding emotion to every character and every scene. Along the way, you'll be introduced to a few writers' tips, such as not being afraid to challenge your character's morals and putting them in situations that are outside their comfort zone. Make them squirm, and the reader will, too.

19507 | $20

Putting emotion into your Writing - Spring 1

5/28/20
Thu 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Melody Groves
CE South Building

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How do we arrive at the truth of our stories? For some, the path lies in writing memoir; for others, in writing fiction. Still others find themselves moving back and forth between the two. In this class, members will use fact, memory and imagination to transform life experiences into stories that are emotionally true, whether memoir or fiction. Weekly format provides writing prompts, supportive feedback and critique, as well as discussions of craft and the illusive boundary between fiction and memoir.

19556 | $75

Writing True: Memoir and Memoir‐Based Fiction - Summer 1

6/4/20 - 7/9/20
Thu 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (6 Session Total)
Rob Spiegel
CE South Building

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Blogging is a way to build your writing skills, express your ideas, and even build a book‐length manuscript while creating an audience. The class will explore all types of blogging, from poetry to how‐to instruction, from spirituality to memoir. The class will explain how to choose free blogging platforms, how to determine the length and frequency of your blogs, and how to build an audience. The class will also show how you can use a blog to create the backbone of a book, just as Julie Powell did to create her bestseller, '' Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen,'' which went on to become a major movie. Anything is possible with a blog.

19598 | $75

Blogging Your Way to Writing Success - Summer 1

6/5/20 - 7/17/20
Fri 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM and Fri 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (14 Session Total)
Rob Spiegel
CE South Building

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Are you working on a short story, novel, nonfiction book or memoir? Would you like the benefit of sharing and discussing your work in a group setting? This class is for aspiring and beginning writers who want supportive feedback, and are willing to assist other writers by reading and commenting on their work. Classes include discussion of writing topics, resources, and a review of participants' writing. Feedback on your work will be structured to be helpful and supportive.

19552 | $89

Writing from the Heart: a Workshop for Writers - Summer 1

6/10/20 - 7/29/20
Wed 5:30 PM ‐ 7:30 PM (8 Session Total)
Carol March
CE South Building

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While the magazine and newspaper markets are shrinking, the online writing market continues to expand. The opportunities are endless, especially since it no longer matters where one lives. One can write about almost anything and get paid for it online. This class will teach students how to find writing opportunities that match their skills and knowledge, whether it's gardening talent or sales know‐how. We will explore online markets during class, with a particular focus on markets that are seeking new writers.

19582 | $75

Get Paid to Write Online - Summer 1

7/6/20 - 8/10/20
Mon 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Rob Spiegel
CE South Building

Learn how to format your manuscript for submitting to agents and editors, or for self‐publishing e‐books and paperbacks through Amazon. We'll review Microsoft Word tools for making global changes, effectively using ''find and replace,'' inserting graphics and tracking editing changes. We'll also cover standard formatting guidelines and discuss file types. Bring your laptop or tablet to this interactive class.

19501 | $49

Microsoft Word Tools for the Writer - Summer 1

8/5/20 - 8/19/20
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Sarah Baker
CE South Building

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Online Writing Classes

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Become a professional author or advance your career by learning to write, edit, and publish nonfiction books of all types. Read More...

$185
Online Class

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Brush up on your grammar, writing, and editing skills with this discounted bundle of online courses! Read More...

$495
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This is the perfect course for anyone who's ever thought about becoming a fantasy fiction writer. Read More...

$185
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