Writing and Publishing

Creative Writing All Levels (Schedule and Fees)

Explore the possibilities of writing for fun and publication. Practice specific writing skills that enhance descriptive language usage, story telling, and exposition. Classroom activities include discussion of styles, grammar usage, and imagery as well as the art of writing for fun. This is an individualized course designed to meet the needs of the beginning or advanced writer. Weekly assignments for critique expected.

Creative Writing: Film & Screenwriting (Schedule and Fees)

This course focuses on understanding the medium of film regarding mise-en-scène, character dialogue, and the story arc. Significant emphasis is placed on character development, film treatments, the use of conflict, multiple storylines, high concept vs. low concept storytelling, and "the pitch."

Creative Writing: Memoirs (Schedule and Fees)

There often comes a time in our life when we feel compelled to tell our stories. The catalysts for this are many: chronicling family history, healing old wounds, discovering our voice, understanding our lives, or just a desire to write. The objective of this course is to explore the genre of memoir through in-class writing exercises, take home writing assignments, the workshopping of student work, as well as reading established memoirists in order to learn about craft and technique.

Poetry Writing for Everyone (Schedule and Fees)

Whether you've been writing poems for a while or are new to the art, this class is for you! In a supportive environment, we'll explore poetry in many of its forms--from the traditional to the surprising--with lots of hands-on activities, in-class writing opportunities, and vibrant discussions. Writing poetry can help writers of all genres become more creative, concise, and in touch with language. Dust off your notebook and join in the fun and adventure of writing poetry.

Picture Books for Children (Schedule and Fees)

We will look at the history of children's literature and discuss strategies and approaches used in making narrative, conceptual, and wordless books. We will examine traditional and digital techniques and discuss how technology is changing the children's book market. Through lectures, slideshows, and demonstrations students will learn how a book is produced from start to finish. During studio time students will take their stories or concepts from thumbnails to dummy book form and produce two finished illustrations in their choice of medium.

Publishing a Novel (Schedule and Fees)

Are you thinking about writing a book? Have you written a book that you want to publish? In this course, students will learn how to format a manuscript to meet specifications for publishing a book in print or as an ebook, and in particular, how to format interior and exterior files using Microsoft Word. Students will learn some marketing tips while exploring the pros and cons of self-publishing a book and learn how to avoid some of the pitfalls of the publishing world.

Video Storytelling (Schedule and Fees)

This course teaches students how to produce short documentaries for the web. Students will learn how to operate video cameras, microphones and tripods before shooting their own video stories. They will learn how to interview others and use narration for their video stories. Students will then learn how to use Mac computers and video editing software for the editing process of these stories. No knowledge of camera equipment or video editing software is needed prior to enrollment. This class is limited to students aged 11-15. Video equipment will be provided.

Basic Writing Refresher Course (Schedule and Fees)

Through hands-on, practical exercises this course will explore essential grammar and usage rules. Learn about sentence structure, punctuation and writing techniques. Confusing grammar issues will also be examined. Learn to increase specifics (and avoid vagueness) to increase reader comprehension. This course is ideal for anyone who needs a "brush-up" for work, school or test preparation.

The Writer’s Life Lecture Series

You want to be a writer but you don’t know where to start. What kind of writer can you be and what skills do you need? What is it like to be a successful professional writer? We can help you with that. Contact


To register, obtain the 5-digit class number from the links above and phone (608) 258-2301, ext 2.

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