Writing and Publishing

Creative writing classes with your favorite Madison College faculty via live web meetings this summer!

Live Web Meetings

Creative Writing: Summer Online Adventure

Ramp up your writing this summer 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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Write to Heal

Have you or someone you loved experienced a life-changing illness? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with either your own health issues or another person's as their caretaker? Do you believe in the power of story and its healing ability? Narrative medicine can empower people to speak and write their truth. Through the experience of being vulnerable and sharing your own story, you may find a common bond with others. Find strength by reading the poems and stories of famous writers and artists. Discover your own story.

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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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Write Your Travel Memoir

Are you preparing to go on an adventure? Or recently returned from one? The trip of a lifetime can also be the story of a lifetime. Turn your photos and travel experiences into a compelling essay that can be your best souvenir! In this workshop, explore what to write about, why, and who to write for. Bring your story to life with vivid characters, settings, focus, and drama, and find the personal meaning in your travel memories. Whether you’re new to writing or a working writer, you’ll learn skills that you can apply in writing a piece of work for publication, for blogging, or memorializing your experience to share with friends and family.

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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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Grati-ku: Haiku for Mindfulness

Overwhelmed by the big events of the day? Feel like your long-term goals and dreams are on indefinite hold? We still have the moment we’re in. This class explores using the tiniest of poems to create snapshots of the meaningful now. Class includes an instructor critique of your poems.

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Writing the World that Isn’t

There’s nothing more exciting than creating your very own world where you make all the rules – until you realize that just like ripples on a pond, one little change affects everything else. In a workshop setting, we’ll explore consistency in magic/technology systems, discuss the downside of the all-powerful thingy maker/magic worker, and play with the cultural and social implications that arise as a logical consequence of the changes we’ve made to reality. Come ready to write and open to critique.

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing - All Levels

Explore the possibilities of writing for fun and publication. Practice specific writing skills that enhance descriptive language usage, storytelling 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. Expect weekly assignments for critique.

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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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Poetry: Writing in Forms

Sonnets, sestinas, haiku and more! Formal poetry doesn't have to feel, well, formal. In this class, we will take a down-to-earth approach to poetry written in form. In this class for all levels, we will read and discuss poems written in a variety of forms from a variety of time periods. We will also try writing some of our own! Expect in-class writing exercises, discussions focused on exploring established forms of poetry and workshop opportunities in a supportive environment.

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Journaling

Gain mental and emotional clarity, reduce stress, and find happiness by journaling your personal experiences. In this class, you will learn about the mental health benefits of keeping a journal, experiment with different styles of journaling, and participate in in-class writing exercises to stimulate creativity and self-discovery. Beginners and seasoned writers are welcome!

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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)

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