With a Writer's Eye
Mondays: 10–11:30 a.m. October 12, 19, 26, November 2
Improve your writing by learning to analyze successful stories. How do the authors pull together story elements (character, plot, dialogue, and scene) to engage readers? We will dissect and discuss a variety of stories plus TV programs and movies with a writer’s eye, then apply what we have learned to our own writing. A perfect class for beginning writers or those interested in discussing stories and a great refresher for intermediate and advance writers.
NC7142 Cost: $49 (member) | $59 (nonmember) Click for details.
Writing Craft–Become a Better Writer
Thursdays 1:30–3:30 p.m. November 5, 12, 19
Participants may register for the entire series (NC7144) or for any of the individual lectures below. Dramatically improve your writing skills with this series of workshops and in-class writing exercises. The series will focus on the most important elements of character development, plot, and dialogue.
NC7144 Cost for series: $49 (member) | $59 (nonmember) Click for details.
Writing Craft: Character Development
Thursday, November 5 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Having trouble creating characters that the reader believes could be a real person? In this craft class, we will focus on how to turn cardboard characters into well-rounded personalities that will engage readers. Participants will also learn how to incorporate the essential parts into the story or novel. Students will complete several in-class exercises with time to share and discuss for improvement.
NC7145 Cost for single session: $24 (member) | $29 (nonmember) Click for details.
Writing Craft: Plot
Thursday, November 12 at 1:30–3:30 p.m.
In this craft class, we will complete several fun in-class activities to demonstrate how to add intriguing plot twists and turns to a story or novel. We will discuss story arc and pacing plus the essential details for plotting: character motivation/desire, action, and temporary resolutions. Time is allotted to share in-class writing for feedback and discussion. All writing levels welcome.
NC7146 Cost for single session: $24 (member) | $29 (nonmember) Click for details.
Writing Craft: Dialogue
Thursday, November 19 at 1:30–3:30 p.m.
In this craft class, we will focus on how to properly punctuate and format dialogue, use it to craft scenes that show rather than tell, and use it to provide story and character background. Balancing dialogue with narrative, incorporating actions and thoughts while maintaining viewpoint will be covered. Students will complete several in-class exercises with time to share and discuss for improvements. All writing levels welcome.
NC7147 Cost for single session: $24 (member) | $29 (nonmember) Click for details.
A Novel Experience: Start Writing Your Book
Thursdays/Mondays: 10 a.m.-noon December 3, 7, 17, 21
Have you always wanted to write a book but do not know how to begin? Then this workshop is for you. You will learn the stages in the writing process as you plan and organize your book, and explore characterization and plotting along with basic fiction elements. Those interested in writing nonfiction will learn the importance of back-matter, envisioning the layout, using photos and diagrams, and other details important to successful nonfiction. All writing levels welcome. Bring a summary of your writing project or idea to the first class. NC7149 Cost: $65 (member) | $80 (nonmember) Click for details.
ADDITIONAL FALL CLASSES Begin October 27 & 28 through ACE:
TUESDAYS: Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17 Dec. 1, 8 -- 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Writing Short Stories (6 weeks)
No time to write a book? Write a short story! Learn from published examples while crafting short stories. Explore conflict, characterization, viewpoint, and description as they contribute to plot. Tips on using viewpoint and sensory detail to engage readers, as well as story length, structure, and genre details are covered. Cost: $84 Registration details: click here.
TUESDAYS: Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17 Dec. 1, 8 -- 6:30-8:30 p.m.
General Creative Writing (6 weeks)
Love to tell stories? Then this class if for you! Explore different types of writing using a variety of prompts. Learn to create captivating characters, weave intriguing plots, and use sensory detail to show scenes. Writers of all levels will learn from each other through the sharing of in-class writing. Cost: $89 (6 weeks) Registration details: click here.
WEDNESDAYS: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16 3:30-5:30 p.m.
[NOTE: no class meetings on Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) and Thanksgiving week (Nov. 25)]
Revision Decisions (6 weeks)
The real work of writing happens during revision. Learn several techniques for rethinking and improving works-in-progress. After in-class revision time, participants will share excerpts and insights to learn from each other. Bring a short 2-page writing sample to each class. (NOTE: These techniques do not work well for poetry.) Cost: $89 (6 weeks) Registration details: click here.