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Creative Writing – An Introduction

Looking to hone your skills as a writer? Creative Writing – An Introduction will address problem areas many writers encounter such as point of view, voice, characterization, conflict, and exposition vs. dialogue. Through a combination of lectures and short writing assignments, this course will help you become a better writer. Whether you are interested in fiction or nonfiction, join us and receive invaluable feedback on your work from the instructor, an award-winning writer, and editor.

Instructor: John Boles

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The Art of Effective Storytelling

There are many plot elements and character archetypes that storytellers have used throughout the ages to engage and enthrall their audiences. The problem is you may not realize some of them even exist. We will identify the stages and steps of successful storytelling, as well as define the major character archetypes that can greatly enrich your stories. Valuable exercises will aid you in learning how to apply these principles to formulate masterful stories.

Instructor: John Boles

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Creating 3-Dimensional Characters in Fiction

Do your characters pop off the page and truly engage your readers? The ability to create believable and compelling characters is often one of the most difficult tasks writers must master. Using valuable handouts, worksheets, and both in-class and homework assignments, writers will learn techniques to use in developing dynamic, three-dimensional characters. We will build characters from the ground up and discuss ways to give them distinctive voices and unique personalities. Why settle for drab when you can make characters dramatic?

Instructor: John Boles

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Writing Essentials

Master the essentials of writing, and become the stellar wordsmith you always wanted to be! In this course, you'll develop the skills you need to excel at business communications, express yourself clearly online, and take your creative literary talents to a new level. Whether you're hoping to get a better job, write for a blog, or publish your short story, this course will give you the writing tools you need for success. It's also a perfect choice if you speak English as a second language. With the knowledge and hands-on practice you gain from this course, you'll be able to express yourself clearly and persuasively in writing.

Instructor: Ann Linquist

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Travel Writing

Learn how to develop the skills of a travel writer by learning how to translate what is seen, heard, tasted, touched, smelled, and felt (intuitively and physically) into publishable articles and books. You will understand the writing styles and methods needed to sell material in today's competitive market. Pack your sense of adventure, organize your determination, and put your keyboard in a comfortable position. If you have a desire to write and yearn to travel, you are a perfect candidate to become a travel writer.

Instructor: Eva Shaw

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Write and Publish Your Nonfiction Book

Whether you dream of becoming a full-time author, writing books to advance your career, or penning your memoir or family history, this fun and information-packed course will teach you how to plan, research, write, edit, and publish your masterpiece. You'll learn how to immerse yourself in your subject and get the information you need from research, interviews, and observation techniques. You'll see how to choose a writing style, structure, and slant that will appeal to your unique audience and keep readers hooked.

Instructor: Lisa Adams

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