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Noncredit Continuing Education Spring 2014 Courses

NOTE: Room numbers are posted in each building lobby on the day of class.

Visual Journaling: Using Art and Writing For Inspiration and Clarity
Visual journaling involves a combination of writing and simple arts-based projects. Sometimes words alone cannot help us visualize a different road to to our goals; but, by combining words and images, we create a kaleidoscope lens that often reveals insights and innovative solutions. During this course, you will have the opportunity to write about topics of your choice as well as to make simple art pieces that enhance your journaling. The class focus will be on beauty and personal meaning, not on technique. Instructor Ann Bracken is a published writer, poet, essayist and college professor. $99** (includes $40 in fees*)
►Tue 7pm-9pm, Apr 8-Apr 29 (No class Apr 15)
#8646 XE 721 6519       Wilde Lake High School
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“The Power of Three: Writing, Self-Publishing, and Marketing Your Fiction” will be a year-long series of courses presented by award-winning author P.J O’Dwyer. O’Dwyer is a published writer of suspense/mystery/romance novels, with her work appearing on television, radio and in newspaper articles. She will take you through the process of writing fiction (held in Fall 2013), self-publishing your novel (listed below in Winter 2014) and marketing your work effectively using various media (Spring 2014). These courses are designed for first-time writers who have an idea and for those wanting to complete and publish a current manuscript.

Marketing Fiction ★NEW!★
Looking to create buzz for your newly published novel or backlist? Award-winning romantic suspense author P.J. O’Dwyer will guide you through the steps of marketing your novel. You will learn the tried-and-true marketing strategies for the launch of your book. These include helping you devise a well-designed blog tour, a traditional book tour and ways to maximize your marketing dollars while having fun creating your own book-launching party. Marketing is ongoing. P.J. will offer you a toolbox that will help generate more traffic to your website using social media and email blasts. Learn to hold your fans’ interest weekly, if not daily, through blogging. Develop meaningful posts that are timely, create interest and offer helpful information that will allow you to become your fans’ trusted source in your genre. 1.5 CEUs. $129 (includes $40 in fees*)
►Wed 6:30pm-8:30pm, Apr 23-May 28
#3112 XI 219 6312      Centennial High School
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Unleash Your Poetic Potential ★NEW!★
“Write your sorrows, your wishes, your passing thoughts, your belief in anything beautiful.” (from Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke).
Are you an aspiring poet who needs a jumpstart? Are you a serious writer who wants the stimulation of other poetry seekers? This course is for writers of all levels who wish to develop their poetic skills. Using various themes, students will use prompts and related readings of established poets to create their own poems. Technique and craft will be developed as you write and share (should you wish) with other authors. Instructor Shirley Brewer is a published poet, educator and workshop facilitator. Please bring a small object that has special meaning for you to the first class. $79** (includes $45 in fees*)
►Thu 7pm-9pm, Apr 24-May 8
#3114 XE 124 6313       Gateway Campus
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*Fees not eligible for waiver.
**Neither XE courses nor their fees are eligible for waiver.

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