Mara Hall
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WRITE, RIGHT NOW

Are you interested in writing for fun? Maybe you just want to indulge in something that you once loved years ago but never had time. Or do you feel you might have an undeveloped talent and need some guidance? If so, this is a great series of classes for improving your everyday writing skills.

Sometimes the only way to progress as a writer is to share work with others. So, part of each class will be devoted to talking about what we write. This will be fun and informal.

Each class is separate so you can take just one or all of them. The class on memoir writing is in two parts but is designed to accommodate anyone who misses Part 1. There are four fiction-writing classes. Many people who have taken our fiction-writing classes before are eager to progress to more advanced levels. For Fiction Writing Parts 2, 3, and 4, we require that you take Fiction Writing Part 1.

Instructor Joe Peschel is an outstanding instructor and has had wonderful evaluations from our members. He has been a freelance writer for about thirty years and has published in the Houston Chronicle, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Oregonian, Science magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Daily Beast,, the Barnes & Noble Review, the Kansas City Star, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Raleigh News & Observer, and other newspapers and magazines. He has also written for a variety of computer magazines, including PC World and InfoWorld.

WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 20, 27, APRIL 3, 10, 17, 24, MAY 1, 8; 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M.
Location: Dr. Robert H. Kiser Building, Room A208, Entrance 1
Fee: $10 (per individual class) / Max: 12 / Min: 6
Lifelong Learning membership required 

Journal Writing
In this session, we’ll tackle journal writing. Journal writing can take many forms, whether we write what happened during our day, comment on current events, or just jot down random thoughts. No mat- ter what we write, journal writing is a fun and thoughtful way to learn to express ourselves.
Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M.
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2517-01

Creative Nonfiction, Memoir Writing—Part 1
This class will be devoted to memoir writing, where we’ll look at different periods of our lives and write about them: where you lived, who lived with you, school memories, favorite foods, games, books, family vacations. If you have taken the Journal Writing class, you may want to draw material from those entries and reconstruct them into memoir form, but the Journal Writing class is not required.
Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M.
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2517-02

Creative Nonfiction, Memoir Writing—Part 2
This session develops some of the themes introduced in Part 1, but may be taken on its own.
Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M.
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2517-03 

Mystery Writing
Everybody loves a good mystery. They’re fun to write as well as read. So, let’s take the mystery out of writing mysteries We’ll discover ways of creating strong openings, crisp narration, intriguing plot, and memorable characters. Although there is only one course in Mystery Writing, what you have written may be continued in the Fiction Writing class, but Mystery Writing may be taken on its own.
Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M.
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2517-04

Fiction Writing—Part 1
Whether we just embellish an anecdote of what actually happens to us, or tell fantastical stories abounding with mythical creatures, we’re writing fiction. Our stories won’t be long, maybe a page or two, but you’ll learn a few techniques, tricks, and have a lot of fun writing. There is no prerequisite for Part 1 of Fiction Writing, but there are prerequisites for parts 2, 3, and 4. It’s not necessary to take all four parts, though you will probably want to if you are working on a novel or other long project.
Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M.
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2517-05

Fiction Writing—Part 2
This class continues themes developed in Fiction Writing Part 1, which is a prerequisite for this class.
Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M.
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2517-06

Fiction Writing—Part 3
This class continues themes developed in Fiction Writing Parts 1 and 2, which are prerequisites for this class.
Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M.
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2517-07

Fiction Writing—Part 4
This class continues themes developed in Fiction Writing Parts 1, 2, and 3, which are prerequisites for this class.
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M.
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2517-08

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