Writing Workshops

Winter/Spring 2017


Beginning Writer's Workshop

If you've dreamed of writing creatively, this course is a great place to start. Get a taste of the writing life, improve your writing skills, and discover new ways to stretch your creative muscles. This isn't school as you know it. It's an in-depth writing experience filled with challenging hands-on exercises, expert advice, and plenty of direct support and encouragement.

Fee: $36 Materials Fee: $65 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-070-G | 01/18/17-02/24/17 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Novel Writer's Boot Camp

Here it is, by popular request! You asked for a class that would help you through the snags and pitfalls of writing that first draft. This 12-week hybrid class of online instruction and in-classroom discussion features feedback sessions, support materials, editing topics, plus goal-setting assistance, troubleshooting, and group critique opportunities. You don't have to go it alone! Instructor Julie Castillo will contact you prior to the class start date for an online course orientation. Please contact her at jmwriterslife@aol.com if you have questions concerning this class. Class will meet in person on Thu 3/30, Thu 4/13, Thu 4/27, Wed 5/10, Tue 5/23, and Thu 6/15.

Fee: $96 Senior Adult Fee: $56 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-286-M | 03/30/17-06/08/17 | J. Castillo | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


So You Want to Write a Book?

You've always wanted to do it - friends and family have told you that you'd be great. But how do you know if your idea is any good? How do you get started? Assess your idea, identify your audience, and get a well-stocked "tool box" for growing from that initial spark of an idea to a finished first draft!

Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-363-H | 02/21/17-02/21/17 | J. Castillo | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


How to Publish Your Book

Whether you've got the first spark of an idea or a finished manuscript, in this workshop you'll gain the tools you need to publish your book. Discover how to groom your book to fit an established market. Learn how to find the right publisher (traditional, POD, E-publisher, yourself), write an attention-grabbing query letter, outline or synopsis, and manage the submission process. Find out what to expect, and what to look out for, and when it's contract-signing time. Learn how to promote yourself once your book is out. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, if your goal is to get published, this workshop is for you!

Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-454-H | 02/28/17-02/28/17 | J. Castillo | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Fiction Writing Workshop

So you've always dreamed of writing a novel? Or have you already published a few pieces and you're looking to take your writing further? In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn all the elements of great fiction: from character, motivation, and conflict to structure, setting, and scene-writing. Practice your hand at crafting dialogue, writing gorgeous sentences, showing instead of telling, and revising your work to commercial writing standards. We'll also discuss the business of writing with a step-by-step guide to getting published. This course is taught by a professional writer, editor, and writing consultant with 15 years' experience in the publishing industry.

Fee: $80 Senior Adult Fee: $53 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-508-M | 03/07/17-04/04/17 | J. Castillo | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Writing Essentials

Master the essentials of writing so you can excel at business communications, express yourself clearly online, and take your creative literary talents to a new level.

Fee: $36 Materials Fee: $65 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-528-G | 01/18/17-02/24/17 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Summer 2017


Beginning Writer's Workshop

If you've dreamed of writing creatively, this course is a great place to start. Get a taste of the writing life, improve your writing skills, and discover new ways to stretch your creative muscles. This isn't school as you know it. It's an in-depth writing experience filled with challenging hands-on exercises, expert advice, and plenty of direct support and encouragement.

Fee: $36 Materials Fee: $65 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-070-J | 04/12/17-05/19/17 | I. Staff | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Writing the Fantasy Novel

Fantasy is an increasingly popular genre of fiction, and now is a great time to become a fantasy fiction writer! This course is perfect whether you have an idea for a book or even if you don?t know where to start. You?ll learn what separates fantasy fiction from other types of fiction. You?ll also try worldbuilding exercises, which will help you create a system of magic as well as the different species and interesting characters. You?ll learn how to outline your book (if you even decide to outline!), come up with a theme, and then sit down and actually write. We?ll also cover editing and publishing your book. With the tools you?ll gain in this course, you?ll be ready to tackle your first fantasy novel!

Fee: $36 Materials Fee: $65 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-354-L | 06/14/17-07/21/17 | I. Staff | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Advanced Fiction Writing

Take your craft to the next level. Develop your ability to write inciting incidents, scene transitions, cliffhangers, twist endings, asynchronous storylines, and more. Explore the elements of successful mainstream, literary, and category fiction. We'll draw examples from the pages of recent successful novels. Bring samples of your fiction for in-class workshopping! Prerequisite: Fiction Writing Workshop or an equivalent introduction to fiction course.

Fee: $77 Registration Fee: $8

ANE-362-J | 04/18/17-05/16/17 | J. Castillo | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register