Writing and Publishing

Enjoy creative writing classes with your favorite Madison College faculty via live web meetings!

Creative Writing

Creative Writing All Levels

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.

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Write your Screenplay

Do you have an idea that you know would make a great movie? Perhaps you’ve even written a few pages of script but didn’t know where to go next? This class is for you. In this 6-week course we will dive into the fundamentals of screenwriting and learn the art of professional cinematic storytelling. With industry expertise, we will harness that elusive beast “screenplay structure,” and make it work for us, exploring character, dialogue, outlining and more. In a short time you will be well on your way to creating an exciting and powerful story. Write your screenplay today.

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Creative Writing: An Online Adventure

Ramp up your writing with an online writing adventure. Each week, you will be provided with a writing prompt, with room to adapt to your own preferred genre and style. In the following week’s online class, we will share and discuss our work and processes. Also, you will have the chance to receive feedback from the instructor and fellow students in a workshop setting. What to expect: writing both in and outside of class, lively discussions, workshop opportunities, and a supportive environment. Our goal? Generate new work, connect with other writers, get out of your comfort zone, and have a blast! And bonus–since this is an online class, you can be almost anywhere and still participate. Writers of all experience levels are welcome!

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Creative Writing: Memoirs

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.

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Poetry Writing for Everyone

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.

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Picture Books For Children

In this course, you will study the history of children’s literature and discuss strategies for making narrative, conceptual, and wordless books. You will also work on writing and polishing your own manuscript with two rounds of professional critique from the instructor. By the end of the course, you will gain knowledge on next steps for either submitting to the publishing industry or for self-publication.

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Other Courses

Basic Writing Refresher Course

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.

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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? This series addresses these issues and more. Contact jgalligan@madisoncollege.edu (link sends e-mail)


Use the links above to find a class and register online or phone (608) 258-2301, menu option 2 for registration assistance.