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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. Other classes with two or more parts require that you take the preceding part. In the second Mystery Writing class, we will be continuing work from Part 1, taking Part 1 is necessary before Part 2. The same thing applies to the new two-part Script Writing class. 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. Peschel has also served as the script adviser on the short film, “The Ghost in Her,” and the feature film, “Ever Fallen.” 

Be sure to bring something to write with—a computer or pen and paper—as we’ll be doing lots of writing. 

WEDNESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 18, 25, OCTOBER 2, 9, (NO CLASS OCT. 16) 23, 30, NOVEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27, DECEMBER 4; 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 matter what we write, journal writing is a fun and thoughtful way to learn to express ourselves. 
Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M. 
Course #20/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, September 25, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M. 
Course #20/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, October 2, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M. 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2517-03


Mystery Writing—Part 1 

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, October 9, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M. 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2517-04 

Mystery Writing—Part 2 

This class continues work that we began in Part 1, so Part 1 is a prerequisite. 
Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M. 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2517-05 


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, October 30, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M. 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2517-06 

Fiction Writing—Part 2 

This class continues themes developed in Fiction Writing Part 1, which is a prerequisite for this class. 
Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M. 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2517-07 

Fiction Writing—Part 3 

This class continues themes developed in Fiction Writing Parts 1 and 2, which are prerequisites for this class. 
Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M. 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2517-08 

Fiction Writing—Part 4 

This class continues themes developed in Fiction Writing Parts 1, 2, and 3, which are prerequisites for this class. 
Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M. 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2517-09 


Script Writing—Part 1 

We’ll learn to write scripts for stage or screen, and create memorable characters who carry out our plots primarily through dialogue. Scripts that we begin in Part 1 will be continued in Part 2. 
Wednesday, November 27, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M. 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-2517-10 

Script Writing—Part 2 

This class continues work began in Script Writing Part 1, which is a prerequisite for this class. 
Wednesday, December 4, 6:30 TO 8:30 P.M. 
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