Creative Writing

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Genres

SKB-491.  Art of Playwriting.     If you have a passion for the stage, start here! A professional playwright will guide you through dramatic writing and improvisational theater techniques by examining a range of modern authors. Short writing assignments will help you overcome writers’ block while developing intensity in characters, setting and plot. In class readings and critiques will help you deepen your impact by creative use of sound, rhythm, dialogue and imagery -- resulting in a polished 10 minute play. Instructor: Ebony Rosemond. Classroom delivery, 8 sessions, 16 hours (NEL $120)

DPR-930.  Blogging and Podcasting for Beginners.     Do you have something to share on the Internet? Blogs (words) and podcasts (audio, video) are the new mode of creative expression. Through hands-on exercises, you'll plan content and use free software to put that plan into action. You'll learn to record professional-sounding audio/video podcasts with a simple recording tool you already have. You'll edit content with another free program, add music, and post it online for others to enjoy. It's easy!  Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150)  

SKB-367.  Writing Your Life Story.     Has anyone ever told you that you have an incredible life? Do your family and friends really know your heritage and life-altering events that shaped you? This course walks you step-by-step through the process of writing your life story. You will have the opportunity to tell history your way, through your eyes. You may even find a lucrative market for your story. It's a story only you can tell!  Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150)

SKB-307.  Craft of Magazine Writing.     Turn your creativity into bylines as a magazine writer. It's fun and can generate extra income without a degree. You'll learn brainstorming techniques to originate ideas for consumer topics, informational pieces, question-and-answer formats, how-to articles and more. While there is a quick review of grammar and language, more importantly, you’ll learn how to research topics, interview the experts, and self-edit your own work. That’s the polish that turns OK writing into publishable words.  Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150)

SKB-382.  Internet Writing Markets.     The Internet provides unlimited opportunities for writers. Whether fact or fiction, from DYI instructions to sharing experiences, the online market is much broader than traditional publishing. This class explores opportunities from paying publications to setting up a passive income earning stream. We'll go from the familiar, like online magazines, to the lesser known freelance market. By the end of the course, you'll have a publishing plan to launch your writing on the Internet!  Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150)

SKB-578.  Introduction to Journaling.     Get it off your chest, talk about it! While a diary is a record of events, a journal is a working tool to explore your thoughts, feelings, and values. It can ease the stress of unwanted change and support you as you develop true emotional well-being. You'll learn how to develop and focus your writing and ideas to customize and decorate your journal. It’s an exciting way to express yourself and develop your creativity.  Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150) 

SKB-300. Introduction to Screenwriting.     Technological breakthroughs mean more videos, more scripts, and a huge demand for people who write them. From micro-budget indies to Hollywood, this course starts with story fundamentals, audiences demand, characters with life-breathing dialogue and what works time after time. Finally, you'll look into the business of selling your script and building your career – agents, producers and scams. When your script is written, all you’ll need to do is shout, “Action!”  Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150)

SKB-486.  Mystery Writing.     From Dan Brown to Dennis Lehane, mysteries are hot on best-seller lists. Beginning with the structure of a mystery, this course will show you how to propel the action to a climax, use special techniques including crime scene description and red herrings. You'll also get a chance to experiment with viewpoints and see which one works best you. Then, a catharsis in which your readers feel the release of tension for a great finish.  Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150)

SKB-468.  Romance Writing.     Romance is the #1 selling genre in mass-market fiction, and readers are clamoring for more! Learn what makes the genre romance and why you fell in love with your favorites. You'll explore crafting three-dimensional characters and a plot that grabs interest from the first to the last page. Develop a mastery of setting, point of view, tone and pace to make your reader finish with that "Ahh" of satisfaction.  Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150) 

SKB-403. Travel Writing.     Pack your sense of adventure and organize your determination. You’re going on a trip, and you'll learn how to translate what you see, hear, taste, touch, and feel into a publishable piece! Not everyone has the time or resources to travel, but you can show it to them. Topics include popular types and trends in travel writing; refreshers on writing styles, skills and grammar; and you’ll learn how to break into the publishers’ world. Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150)

SKB-402.  Writing for Children.     Join a former executive editor of Scholastic children's publishing and discover what you need to know to write for children. In this highly interactive, hands-on course, you will take pen to paper and begin work on your first fiction or nonfiction manuscript. In the process, you will explore the changing world of children's literature and understand the various formats, whether it's early readers, picture books, chapter books, middle grade or young adult novels. You will get insights from publishing professionals to gain a better understanding of the needs of today's market.  Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150) 

SKB-465.  Writing Young Adult Fiction.     Teens have discovered the excitement and passion of stories written just for them. Students will learn to master dialogue that resonates with this age group and how imagery makes your story sparkle. You'll learn about conflict and suspense to grab and hold your readers' attention. Finally get expert advice on publishing and marketing. You'll learn how to find an agent, write a synopsis, enter literary contests and discover why on-demand publishing is right for you.   Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150)

SKB-486. Mystery Writing.     From Dan Brown to Dennis Lehane, mysteries are hot on best-seller lists. Beginning with the structure of a mystery, this course will show you how to propel the action to a climax, use special techniques including crime scene description and red herrings. You'll also get a chance to experiment with viewpoints and see which one works best you. Then, a catharsis in which your readers feel the release of tension for a great finish. Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150) 

Creativity

SKB-722.  Beginning Writer's Workshop.     If you've always wanted to write but have no idea where to start, this course will demystify the process for you. You'll get a taste of the writing life, improve your writing skills, and develop new ways to stretch your creative writing. This exciting, hands-on course for the creative writing novice is filled with challenging exercises, expert advice, and plenty of direct support and encouragement. As you work your way through the lessons, you'll develop your own short, creative fiction or nonfiction piece.  Online from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150) 

SKB-409.  Advanced Fiction Writing.     Do you have a story idea or manuscript you'd like to prepare for publication? Or are you a published author who wants to polish your writing skills? In this course, you'll explore all the topics a writer needs to create a successful manuscript, including story structure, plot, character, dialogue, setting, suspense, conflict, action, viewpoint, tense, and even how to get published.  Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150)

SKB-463.  Creativity Training for Writers.     What writer doesn't fear the blank page? Transform your vision into the written word and become writeriffic! Whether writing a novel or nonfiction, you'll learn lots of tricks from published writers: Finding the right time and place to write, how to overcome obstacles and build confidence, tips on evaluating, sharing and launching your work. If you've ever dreamed of hearing your writer's voice on the printed page, this class will make it happen!  Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150)

SKB-492.  Write Fiction like a Pro.     What's the single biggest difference between professional authors and novices? Professionals know how to structure novels and stories for maximum dramatic effect. This course helps you develop the same story structuring skills the pros use. You will understand how your passion, theme, premise, and characters help you create the structure of your story, and discover how viewpoint, dialogue, pacing, and other techniques are used to build scenes and move your story from beginning to end.  Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150)

Publishing

SKB-393.  Beginner's Guide to Getting Published.     Why are some manuscripts instantly rejected without being read? How do format and submit a manuscript to the right decision-maker? Do you know which markets best fit your style? Taught by a successful author, this course will give you instant access to information most writers don't discover for years. After this step-by-step course, no editor will ever surprise you with buzz words like "on spec" or "kill fee." You’ll get published -- again and again. Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150)

SKB-725.  Publish and Sell Your E-Books.     You will learn step-by-step how to use free tools to turn your manuscript into a professionally published eBook ready for distribution. Or, if you don't consider yourself a "techie," this course will give you the information needed to select the right publishing services to help you as you convert your manuscript so you are ready to sell it as an eBook.  Online delivery from Ed2Go. 12 sessions, 24 hours ($150)