Getting Started in Writing
There’s a book inside you! Find out how to take it from the initial spark of an idea to a finished manuscript, and how to get it into the hands of a publisher. Explore the creative processes, working methods and business aspects of being a writer. Get started on your first work, whether you write fiction or nonfiction. Instructor: Julie Castillo
Total Cost: $30 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-240-A2
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7 – 9 p.m.
How to Publish Your Book
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: $39 (includes $39 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-013-A2
Monday, Oct. 6, 6 – 9 p.m.
Writer’s Workshop: The Elements of Great Fiction
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 all 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-A2
Tuesday, Oct. 21 - Nov. 11, 6:30 – 9 p.m. (4 sessions)
Write Your Memoire
Bring your story to life in print! Discover and practice techniques to create vivid images and develop action scenes and dialogues. Learn to develop characters people care about. Leave with a focused personal story line, your main message identified, and be on your way to spinning a story that keeps readers turning the pages. Instructor: Arlene Karidis
Total Cost: $69 (includes $69 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-268-A2
Thursday, Oct. 9 - 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (3 sessions)
Writing Picture Books
Dissect and discuss award winning and popular picture books. Learn basic rules for writing a picture book for publication and uncover the markets and rules for approaching a publisher with a picture book manuscript. Instructor: Lois Szymanski
Total Cost: $115 (includes $30 fees). MD senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: PDE-928-A2
Wednesday, Oct. 1 - Nov. 5, 7 -9 p.m. (6 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.
Arlene Karidis has 30 years’ writing and editing experience and contributes to regional and national magazines, newspapers and blogs. She has written and edited memoirs and teaches several college writing courses. Karidis has managed corporate and public relations communications and publications projects.