Here are some courses on schedule for The Writing Studio at Harper College in Palatine:
Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Often called the fourth genre because of its unique combination of poetry, fiction and journalism, creative nonfiction includes the writing of essays, memoirs, literary journalism and cultural criticism. You’ll share your work, critique the work of others, study, read and discuss published authors and learn the tenets of each style of creative nonfiction. You’ll also gain insight on how to submit pieces for publication.
Fiction Writers’ Workshop
Have you started a short story or novel, but don’t know where to go next? Fiction Writers’ Workshop is open to beginning and experienced writers who need constructive criticism of their work. By sharing your work with the class and participating in a number of writing exercises, you’ll gain a better understanding of how to shape a successful story or novel.
If you’ve ever longed to transform the elusive nature of experience into poems, this workshop will help you make the transition between creative impulse and the written word. Through in-class exercises and discussion of students’ work, you will learn about imagery and metaphor, sound, rhythm and voice, as well as how the writing of a poem is itself an experience—one that reflects who and where you are in your life. This workshop is suitable for beginning and intermediate students.
Writing Autobiographical Stories
Have you always wanted to write about that vivid childhood memory or crazy uncle? Each of us has a story to tell and this creative non-fiction class will explore instances, essays, and other prose forms as a way to write about those life experiences. The student will finish class with a collection of essays or instances as a launching pad for writing a memoir or semi-autobiographical novel. Jim Slusher has 30 years of experience as a newspaper writer and editor. He is an Assisting Managing Editor for the Daily Herald.
Create Your Own Magazine
Be the editor and the writer. The first half of the course will be spent creating a few pieces that you would like to go into a literary magazine, while the last weeks will be focused on producing and editing your own magazine as a class. As editors, you will decide on the look, feel, and tone of the magazine, and by the end of the semester you will have produced printed and online versions of your very own magazine. This is an online course which requires students to have access to an Internet connection. There will be several live on-line meetings. Students will be mailed an online class instruction packet upon registration. Nadine Kenney is a published author who has earned an M.F.A. from Columbia College. She has journalistic, short story, and novel writing experience.
How to be a Citizen Journalist
The idea of citizen journalists is not one from the past but of the future. This new idea is blossoming in the 21st century through reporting on the Internet. While the Internet offers freedom and flexibility it should not do so by sacrificing quality. In this course you will learn to develop a MOJO kit (mobile journalist kit) like Dann Gire of the Daily Herald. His MOJO kit enables him to be a virtual one-man news bureau with portable computer, digital camera, digital recorder, sound equipment, lighting equipment and handi-cam. You will utilize this idea to develop several articles with an eye toward publication.
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