Author Lois Szymanski lends her expertise to the fun and exciting genre of writing children’s books. Explore the world of children’s book publishing, including what goes into a good story for kids, proper format and how to find a publisher. Learn how to market a manuscript and what happens after the sale. Instructor: Lois Szymanski
Total Cost: $152 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: PDE-868-A3
Wednesdays, Feb. 4 - March 25, 7 - 9 p.m. (eight sessions)
Whether it’s an idea or finished manuscript, get the tools needed to publish a book here. Groom your book for an established market. Discover how to find the right publisher. Find out what to expect, and what to look out for when signing the contract. Learn to promote yourself and more! Instructor: Julie Castillo
Total Cost: $35 (includes $35 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-013-A3
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Create and develop detailed characters with the necessary elements to go the distance. Start from your own well-stocked storehouse of personal experiences. Next, borrow tools from psychology to give your characters vivid inner life. Finally, develop your character’s back story, a gold mine of information to tap into whenever inspiration runs dry. Leave ready to write! Repeat students welcome. Instructor: Julie Castillo
Total Cost: $59 (includes $59 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-131-A3
Wednesdays, March 25 – April 15, 7 - 9 p.m. (three sessions; no class on April 1)
You’ve always dreamed of writing a novel! Or you have already published a few pieces and you’re looking to take your writing further. Learn the elements of great fiction from character, motivation and conflict to structure, setting and scene-writing. Practice crafting dialogue, writing gorgeous sentences, showing instead of telling, and revising your work to commercial writing standards. Discuss the business of writing with a step-by-step guide to getting published. Instructor: Julie Castillo
Total Cost: $95 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: PWL-358-A3
Wednesdays, May 6 - 27, 6:30 – 9 p.m. (four sessions)
Our instructors have the write stuff!
Lois Szymanski has authored 24 children’s books, including fiction for young and middle school readers, nonfiction and picture books. Her short stories have appeared in many children’s magazines, including Highlights for Children, U*S*Kids Magazine, Turtle Magazine and Hopscotch Magazine. Szymanski presents writer’s workshops at various colleges, literary gatherings and Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) events.
Julie Castillo, has a Master of Arts degree in Sociocultural Anthropology, and has been a teacher, writer, editor and writing consultant. She brings her expertise and warm, dynamic style to help students gain the tools to enrich their writing.