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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

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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

Section Spring 1

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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OLLI Writing Classes

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This class is for anyone – writer, artist, musician, or chef ‐‐ who feels stuck, blocked, or otherwise incapable of manifesting their creative drive. Each session will begin with an in‐class exercise followed by an examination of the types of blocks that exist and specific techniques to address them. Topics will include: Inner Critics, Reptile Councils, The Big Why, Creative Seasons, The Boom‐a‐rang Effect, Environmental Catalysts, Permissions, The Big T, and the Four Pillars. Students will be expected to complete short written assignments and to share their experiences in class. The instructor will help each student tailor an individualized action plan to cultivate flow in future creative endeavors.

19562 | $75

Creative Blocks: What Causes Them and How To Move Through Them - Spring 1

02/05/2020 - 03/11/2020
Wed 2:30 PM ‐ 4:30 PM (6 Session Total)
Kathy Kitts
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 - Spring 1

02/20/2020 - 03/26/2020
Thu 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (6 Session Total)
Rob Spiegel
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 - Spring 1

02/24/2020 - 03/30/2020
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Rob Spiegel
CE South Building

Learn how to format a 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. This will be an interactive class.

19501 | $49

Microsoft Word Tools for the Writer - Spring 1

03/05/2020 - 03/12/2020
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM (2 Session Total)
Sarah Baker
CE South Building

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Scene is the building block of narrative. But how do we determine when to move from scene to exposition? In this class, we will examine the effects of scene and exposition upon the reader and explore how they are used effectively in memoir and fiction. Class format includes literature study, writing exercises, supportive feedback and critique. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome.

19519 | $75

In the Moment: Writing Effective Scenes - Spring 1

03/11/2020 - 04/15/2020
Wed 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 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 - Spring 1

03/20/2020 - 05/01/2020
Fri 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Rob Spiegel
CE South Building

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Looking for some good feedback on that novel you're writing? Like to share some of your poetry or get back to that memoir you started a while back? Getting together with other writers on a regular basis to read one another's work and discuss it is the best way to stay on track with your writing project and keep the momentum going. All writers are welcome ‐‐ novelists, playwrights, poets, biographers. Let's get together once a week for a two hour session to read one another's work and give positive feedback. Come join us for this ongoing writers group.

19526 | $75

Facilitated Writers Group - Spring 2

03/25/2020 - 04/29/2020
Wed 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Heidi Carlson
CE South Building

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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 - Spring 1

04/04/2020 - 05/16/2020
Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Stacey Lane
CE South Building

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The syntax of sentences forms tiny stories. An actor does (or is) something (to someone or something). Subject‐verb‐object. Flash fiction comes in many lengths. This class will experiment with several; especially lengths. Participants select from contests online or in the local media that interest them. Critique is respectfully focused on the writing.

19511 | $59

Flash Your Fiction - Spring 1

04/07/2020 - 04/28/2020
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Dodici Azpadu
CE South Building

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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! - Spring 1

04/09/2020 - 04/23/2020
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Sarah Baker
CE South Building

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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

05/05/2020 - 05/26/2020
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

05/11/2020 - 05/18/2020
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

05/12/2020
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

05/21/2020
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

05/28/2020
Thu 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Melody Groves
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
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