Time to follow your creative writing dream.
Online Class: Beginning Writers 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 muscles.
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.
The emphasis in this online course is on developing your skills through practice, so you’ll spend more time writing than reading. You’ll master important concepts by completing enjoyable writing exercises and assignments. You’ll discover a variety of strategies and techniques to develop characters, create a compelling point of view, build interest through dialogue, and add meaning to your stories.
The class is six weeks long, with twelve lessons, quizzes, exercises, and assignments. In each class you can participate in a discussion area that allows for us to have a one-on-one relationship.
Sign up at http://www.ed2go.com or your local college.
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When you consider this class, it may help to read the reactions of past students. Here is a sample of class evaluations.
"Ann, this course has been a revelation. I’ve attended many writers workshops over the past quarter century (including a 2-week Elderhostel experience in Iowa City and a 1-week Highlights for Children workshop at Chautauqua), and none of them equaled your course. I thought I had a solid grasp on writing techniques and the basics, but you presented solid, step-by-step information that was not only helpful but stimulating and exciting. Concurrently, your comments and encouragement were right on target, as was the support of the classmates. Well done and thorough, and the exercises were superb. Thank you very much."
"This is a terrific course. Ann is an exceptional teacher. Her lessons were interesting, well described, and challenging. Ann’s responses to assignments were individualized and thoughtful. She had a great balance of being encouraging while also challenging students to improve. She gave an amazing degree of personalized attention. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who would like to develop their writing. You can trust Ann to respect you and nurture the writer who is pining to emerge."
"This class was enormously helpful to me. Ann’s lessons offered a wonderful balance between the mechanics of writing and the mindset necessary to pick up the pen and keep it moving. Her expertise showed in all her comments, which were both to the point and yet sensitive and encouraging. I know I will refer to the lesson material over and over again as I continue my writing efforts. Thank you, Ann, it was a pleasure."
"This class was the perfect introduction to creative writing. The anonymity of the online environment is a wonderful way for students to take those first tentative steps in sharing creative pieces without feeling vulnerable or too exposed. I learned to take some risks with my writing, received encouragement along with constructive criticism that made my creative pieces better, and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. It has made me want to take more online classes. Many thanks Ann. I may actually realize my dreams because of this class. "
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John and Martha: A Reunion.
“Did you bring your weapon?” Martha asked, waving her crossbow in John’s face for emphasis.
“Does a pea shooter count?” John was reassured to see that Martha’s one plastic arrow was tipped with a rubber suction cup.
“Wimp.” Martha sniffed and pulled John down behind a l958 GMC truck with green curved side windows. “I guess it has a certain annoyance value. I can’t wait to get her after all she’s done to us. I’ve had it with being a character in a silly point of view exercise.”
John wiped snow off the truck hood so he could get a better view of the bus stop. “Are you sure Ann is going to be on the 9:15 bus?”
“Yep. She never misses a Friday visit to the chili parlor. Did you know it only takes 15 minutes to heat up chili?” Martha saw John’s quizzical look. “Oh, never mind. Get ready! Here comes the bus.”
Sure enough, it was the 9:15 from City Center. It pulled up with a spurt of slush, and Ann stepped down into the snowy footprints of the other bus riders.
Whap! A suction cupped arrow hit her smack in the forehead and stuck. Hard pellets of dried peas pinged off her leather jacket. “What the…?” Her eyes narrowed; her head swiveled, searching. “I know you’re out there!”
But John and Martha were gone, running off, giggling madly into the night.