Six sessions meeting once a week for 90 minutes each session, $60 for each course. Class sizes are limited. Courses begin February 13, 2017. Writing Real Characters with Nancy Mitchell Mondays, 9-10:30 am. University House Just how do great writers create characters who live and breathe beyond their creators? In this course we’ll look at the nuts and bolts methods writers use for developing complex, believable, flesh and blood characters with an eye to using these methods in our own writing. In supportive weekly sessions, we’ll share our attempts and offer each other praise and constructive criticism. Students will be asked to bring samples of writing to the first class; more information will be sent by February 3, 2017. Poetry as Personal Expression with Fred Pomeroy Mondays, 4:30-6 pm, University House This class is directed toward an increased appreciation of poetry as a personal and classical form of self-expression. The beginning assumption is that students will examine established works in a variety of poetic forms and practice creating their own works of the same or related type. The focus will remain on students’ own experiences, both actual and imaginative, as a springboard for the creative process. In this class, students will gain an enhanced appreciation of poetry, become comfortable and familiar with sharing their creative work and learn to strengthen their own writing and help others to do the same. Students are encouraged to bring to each session their own original selection to share with the class. Writing for Publication with Susan Canfora Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm, University House This class would focus on the correct way to write for various kinds of publications, from letters to the editor to newspaper columns to magazine articles. Depending on the target audience and kind of publication, writing styles vary. These would be discussed, as well as using proper sentence structure and grammar, colorful descriptions, high-level vocabulary and a style of writing that draws and keeps the reader's attention. In this class you will learn to mold articles in a way that takes the readers by the hand and draw them all the way through the story, keeping their interest while educating, entertaining and informing the readers. Students will discuss the process of getting published as well as focus on mastering correct grammar and punctuation and improving vocabulary.