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Writing - Upcoming Classes

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What do you have to say? And what ideas do you want to share through writing? Give yourself the chance to explore your stories and ideas through creative writing. During this class you'll write, share, and write again‐without pressure! You choose the topic – serious, funny, or somewhere in between. You'll expand your horizons, have fun, and become a better writer.

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14858
$125
01/21/2020 - 03/10/2020
Tue 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM
Leatrice Wilson
CE South Building

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Do you dream of writing a poem, play, memoir, short story, or novel, but can't seem to start? Or maybe you start, but bog down before you finish. This class is for anyone who wants to dissolve the blocks that prevent you from being the creative person you were meant to be. We will use the steps outlined in The Artist's Way to explore the principle that the natural order of life is creativity. Your work does not have to be shared in class. No writing experience is necessary, only the willingness to explore, and an open mind. Taught by Carol March, editor, writing coach, and fiction and nonfiction writer. Required text: The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. Available new and used at Amazon and abebooks.com

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14880
$210
03/03/2020 - 05/19/2020
Tue 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Carol March
CE South Building

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This course is designed to help students refine their writing skills for magazine and website‐based articles. We will follow the premise that good magazine writers are storytellers as much as they are purveyors of facts. The course will explore creative writing techniques unique to magazine nonfiction and will focus on writing, editing, and research skills in preparation for submitting articles for publication to a magazine. In addition to the classic magazine feature, this class will also address the genres of profiles, reviews, commentaries, how?tos, and destination/travel pieces. We will also look at the process of submitting article for publication.

Section Spring 1

14897
$135
04/01/2020 - 05/27/2020
Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM
Rob Spiegel
CE South Building

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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. Attendees will learn: How to craft a successful elevator pitch/Twitter pitch How to write a compelling query or book blurb. How to construct a synopsis. When and how to use comparison titles. Clichés to avoid.

Section Spring 1

14900
$49
04/17/2020
Fri 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
To be Announced
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
04/17/2020
Fri 5:30 PM ‐ 7:30 PM
Sarah Baker
CE South Building

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UNM Continuing Education is hosting the 16thAnnual Writers Conference. Editors and agents from across the country will be our navigators through the publishing landscape. Map out the hottest trends and best practices in publishing for short stories, novels, narrative non‐fiction, poetry, memoirs and more. Individual pitch sessions with agents and editors will be offered at no additional cost on a first‐come basis. After you register, please email the conference coordinator, Lorena Hughes, to schedule your session: loreabedh@gmail.com. Attendees may only choose one person, but may ask questions of other speakers throughout the day.

Section Spring 1

14899
$225
04/18/2020
Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 4:30 PM
Lorena Abedrabbo‐Hughes
CE North 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
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$495
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UNM Staff, Faculty & Retirees: You may use your Personal Enrichment Tuition Remission for Writing Classes.

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