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WRITING 745.2E

Adapting Literature, Myths, and Fairy Tales

Use familiar tales and stories as a jumping off point to craft your own young adult novel.

WRITING X 413.8E

Advanced Novel Revision Techniques

Before an agent ever gets hold of your novel, you must go through numerous revisions to present your best possible effort. As F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said, writing is rewriting, and the story of…

WRITING X 463.9E

Applying to Residencies and Fellowships

Get tips and guidance on how to craft competitive applications for opportunities that provide time to write and recognition for your work.

WRITING X 461.27E

Autofiction

This course explores the amorphous nature of autofiction, which blurs the boundaries between creative nonfiction and fiction. Using character development, scene building, artful description, time…

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Online

WRITING 762.13E

Breaking into Writing for Children

Explore how to break in to writing for young readers in this seminar giving you a good foundation in what kids want and need at various age levels.

WRITING X 412.4

Building the Short Story Collection

Learn to build a compelling short story collection in this course that helps you pull together your own story drafts into a cohesive collection.

WRITING X 462.3

Character and Conflict

Learn how richly drawn characters are the key to fostering compelling conflict in this reading- and exercise-based workshop.

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In-Person

WRITING X 461.13E

Conquering Your Story and Its Superstructure

Learn critical skills to develop a powerful, unique premise for your fiction or nonfiction in this intensive workshop dedicated to the magic that makes stories work.

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Remote

WRITING 762.14

Consciousness

Learn how various points of view in narration offer limitations and opportunities for you as a storyteller

WRITING X 463.5E

Crafting Survival Stories

Write the difficult truths of these times in this workshop that helps you tell the stories of how we survive.

SCRIPT X 422.1WS

Creating the Half-Hour Television Pilot

Learn to create a successful sitcom in this intensive workshop exploring how to craft powerful half-hour pilots for television.

SCRIPT X 422.3WS

Creating the One-Hour Television Pilot

Get a crash course in creating powerful one-hour pilots in this intensive class that covers all the basics of writing original stories for television.

WRITING X 424.2E

Creative Alchemy: Finding and Writing Life Stories You Were Meant to Tell

Use real life as a jumping off point for new writing, using activities and techniques that deepen and enrich how the stories are told.

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Remote

WRITING X 465.1E

Creative Café 2.0: Food & Writing

Learn to write with food at the center of your work in this generative workshop devoted to all the ways food centers our lives, cultures, and memories.

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Remote

WRITING X 421.1

Creative Nonfiction I

Discover the varied forms of creative nonfiction from memoir to personal essay and beyond in this introductory course.

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Remote

WRITING X 421.2

Creative Nonfiction II

Continue your work in memoir, essays, or other forms of creative nonfiction in this intermediate workshop.

Format:

Online

WRITING X 421.3

Creative Nonfiction III

Polish your memoir and personal essay collections in this advanced workshop for students with works-in-progress.

Format:

Remote

WRITING X 463.4E

Creative Writer's Boot Camp

Deepen your writing practice and develop compassionate self-editing techniques in this workshop designed to help you silence the inner critic and release the stories within.

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Remote

WRITING 762.2E

Creative Writer's Boot Camp: One Day Workshop

Snap to attention in this practical workshop that helps you craft a productive writing practice, complete with short-term plans for success.

WRITING X 460

Creative Writing Certificate Capstone

Reflect on your experience in the Certificate in Creative Writing program in this course that guides you in gathering a portfolio of your work and summary of your learning.

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Online

ENGL XL 136

Creative Writing: Poetry

Start writing poetry in this introductory course where you read work by contemporary poets and discuss your poems in a writers' workshop setting.

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In-Person

ENGL XL 138

Creative Writing: Screenplay

Learn screenplay structure and the elements of storytelling for the movies as you develop a feature film treatment and 10 pages of your script.

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Online

ENGL XL 137

Creative Writing: Short Story

Start writing short stories in this introductory course where you learn the key elements of powerful fiction and participate in a collaborative writers

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Remote

WRITING X 432.3E

Cuento Poems

Vivify and tighten your poetry or prose by learning techniques and strategies to hold the moment in narrative poetry.

WRITING X 404

Defeating Distraction: Creating a Writing Practice

Develop powerful writing habits in this class designed to help you take steps to becoming a disciplined, motivated, and successful writer.

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Remote

WRITING 704

Defeating Distraction: Creating a Writing Practice One Day Workshop

Develop powerful writing habits in this class designed to help you take steps to becoming a disciplined, motivated, and successful writer.

WRITING X 451.2WS

Developmental Editing

Learn to review written works to suggest line edits and substantial thematic revisions in this introductory course.

WRITING X 462.1

Dialogue and Point of View

This is a reading and exercise-based class designed to explore and practice dialogue, voice, and point-of-view in fiction and creative nonfiction. Each week, we read sample fiction and creative…

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Remote

WRITING X 461.1E

Emotion Into Art: Infusing Your Writing with Feeling

Learn how to create writing that triggers emotional responses in your reader. Great for beginning and intermediate writers.

WRITING X 410

Fiction: Essential Beginnings

Learn the basics of writing fiction, from dialogue to description, in this supportive and informative workshop.

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Online

WRITING X 403

Finding Your Story

Experiment with different sources for stories, such as life experiences, news articles, interviews, history, and mythology, and use in-class exercises to discover the best ways to tell them.

Format:

Remote

WRITING X 402

Finding Your Voice

Explore the basics of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in this introductory course for beginning writers searching for their unique voice.

WRITING X 461.3E

Gay Men's Writing Workshop: A Literary Approach to Writing About Gay Life

Explore gay men's experiences in a safe, encouraging workshop environment of peers as you craft compelling fiction and nonfiction.

WRITING X 417.1E

Horror Novel I

Learn about the horror genre and develop an outline and first chapter for your project in this workshop suitable for beginners.

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Online

WRITING X 417.2E

Horror Novel II

Continue with your horror novel in progress, considering structure, suspense, and character.

WRITING X 424.5E

How to Sell Your Nonfiction Work

Find out how to become a professional nonfiction writer in this career-focused course for beginning writers.

WRITING X 424.13E

How to Write a Million-Dollar Proposal: A Two-Saturday Workshop

Get concrete, step-by-step advice for crafting a book proposal that sells from an industry insider with extensive experience.

WRITING X 432.6E

Hybrid and Cross-Genre Poetics

Enhance your writing in any genre by learning to incorporate techniques of poetry, helping you discover untapped creativity in your own work.

WRITING X 432.8E

Innovative Poetic Forms

Learn how a poem's form can elevate its impact as you experiment with and ultimately invent your own forms.

WRITING X 461.9E

Intensive Revision

Get ruthless with your own drafts and discover ways to elevate your writing to its greatest potential in this workshop devoted only to revision techniques.

WRITING 721.4E

Interview Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Strengthen interview skills in this three-hour introductory class

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Remote

WRITING X 400

Introduction to Creative Writing

Perfect for students new to creative writing, this course introduces you to various forms of writing in small, supportive workshop groups.

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Remote

WRITING 741.2E

Introduction to Picture Books

Learn how to start writing picture books in this basic workshop for absolute beginners.

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Remote

WRITING X 464.2E

LGBTQ Writing Workshop

Explore themes, ideas, and experiences drawn from LGBTQ lives in this workshop designed for writers from LGBTQ+ communities

WRITING X 424.18E

Literary Journalism I

Learn the basics of nonfiction writing — which offers rich, detailed, and vivid portraits of real events — as you read the best examples of the genre, and begin your own works.

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Online

WRITING X 424.24E

Literary Journalism II

Enhance your understanding of and skills in writing literary journalism in this course blending reportage with powerful storytelling

WRITING X 421.4

Master Class in Creative Nonfiction Writing

Review and reimagine your creative nonfiction book manuscript in this three-quarter course for students revising their work toward finding and agent and submitting to publishers.

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Remote

WRITING X 411.6

Master Class in Novel Writing

Get intensive, individualized instruction as you rewrite your novel, preparing your manuscript for presentation to agents and publishers to begin the process of turning it into a book.

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Hybrid (In-Person)

WRITING X 423.1

Memoir I

Find the right true story to tell in this foundational class in writing book-length memoirs.

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In-Person | Online

WRITING X 423.2

Memoir II

Continue progress on a book length memoir by generating new work and developing strong self-editing skills.

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Remote

WRITING X 423.3

Memoir III

Make significant progress on your memoir draft in this workshop where you refine structure, theme, and honing the author's unique voice.

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Remote

WRITING X 423.4

Memoir IV

Take your manuscript in progress toward the finish line in this course that helps you become a self-directed writer with a revision practice

WRITING X 424.6E

Memoir and Personal Essay Weekend Workshop

Get your creative juices flowing with this focused weekend workshop that helps you jump-start work on several new pieces of creative nonfiction writing.

WRITING X 444.1

Middle Grade Novel I

Shape your novel idea for 8-12 year-old readers into a solid synopsis and outline as you work to generate the first two chapters.

WRITING X 463.8E

Mindfulness and the Creative Writer

Invigorate your writing practice by employing mindfulness techniques to unleash language and ideas for writing of all kinds.

WRITING X 415.1E

Mystery Novel I

Start your mystery novel in this course that grounds you in the genre’s basics and helps you craft a compelling story.

WRITING X 415.2E

Mystery Novel II

Continue your mystery novel draft in progress with lectures, discussions, and workshops that deepen your work. 

WRITING 721.3E

Nonfiction 101

Get an overview of opportunities to write and publish nonfiction in this course designed for beginners new to the genre.

WRITING X 420

Nonfiction: Essential Beginnings

Learn the basics of writing nonfiction in this short introductory course.

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Online

WRITING X 411.1

Novel I

Start writing your novel in this workshop; guiding you through the building blocks of great books while teaching you essential tools for fiction writing.

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Online | In-Person

WRITING X 411.2

Novel II

Continue progress on your novel by deepening your understanding of craft as you work scene-by-scene through your book.

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In-Person | Remote | Online

WRITING X 411.3

Novel III

Make significant progress on your novel draft in this workshop where you refine character, story, and the emotional resonance of your story.

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Remote | Online

WRITING X 411.4

Novel IV

Enter the home stretch on writing your novel with this advanced course that helps you address your entire book and prepare for the revision processes.

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Online

WRITING X 411.5

Novel V

Refine your manuscript into a polished novel as you work closely with peer writers and a master instructor to elevate your work to a professional level.

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Remote

WRITING X 463.10E

One Story, Six Ways

Invigorate that story you just can't let go of in this innovative workshop devoted to risk taking and experimentation

WRITING X 432.16E

Persona Poem

Learn to write poems in "persona," or using an identity that is not your own, in this workshop that can open new ways of writing.

WRITING X 422.1

Personal Essay I

Learn to write humorous essays, opinion pieces, and mini-memoirs about your life in this introductory course.

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Online | Remote

WRITING X 422.2

Personal Essay II

Expand your knowledge of what makes personal essays strong in this course for those familiar with personal essay basics.

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In-Person

WRITING X 422.3

Personal Essay III

This advanced workshop helps you polish existing essay drafts into powerful pieces suitable for publication.

WRITING X 441.1

Picture Book I

Learn the basics of writing picture books for children in this introductory workshop.

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Remote | Online

WRITING X 441.2

Picture Book II

Take your picture book writing to the next level with this intermediate course for writers with a basic understanding of the genre.

Format:

Online

WRITING X 431.1

Poetry I

Learn the basic techniques of poetry writing in this introductory course combining writing exercises and and workshopping.

WRITING X 431.2

Poetry II

Refine your knowledge of poetry while expanding your craft techniques in this workshop for writers with previous experience writing poems.

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Hybrid (Remote)

WRITING X 431.3

Poetry III

Focus on a specific project of folio of work in this workshop for poets ready for advanced workshopping and revision.

WRITING 762.11E

Poetry as Self-Portrait

Learn how poets apply the concept of the self-portrait to their work and begin your own drafts.

WRITING X 432.1E

Poetry in Popular Culture

Learn to harness popular culture to fuel your writing and respond to social and political events.

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Online

WRITING X 432.2E

Poetry of Witness

Find ways to address social issues in this course that helps you identify ways poetry can respond to current events and unite people around individual perspectives.

WRITING X 461.2E

Power Up Your Writing: Deeper Characters, Deeper Truths

Approach writing from a variety of perspectives to discover new ideas, techniques, and skills in this workshop for writers of all genres.

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Online

WRITING X 432.11E

Prose Poetry

Learn to write at the intersection of prose and poetry in this workshop devoted to the imaginative and innovative possibilities in writing poetry without line breaks.

WRITING X 432.14E

Prose Poetry

Learn to write at the intersection of prose and poetry in this workshop devoted to the imaginative and innovative possibilities in writing poetry without line breaks.

WRITING 762.12E

Prose Poetry: One Day Workshop

Learn what makes a prose poem a prose poem and how to employ the possibilities of this form.

WRITING 700.4

Publication Party

Join instructors from the Writers’ Program as they read from their recent publications in this beloved annual tradition.

WRITING X 432.7E

Reframing the Form

Explore contemporary and innovative approaches to poetic forms while drawing inspiration from the work of outstanding contemporary poets.

WRITING X 413.15E

Revising Your First Draft Novel

Rework your completed novel draft by exploring the art and craft of novel writing and getting constructive in-class critique.

WRITING X 413.16

Road Map to Writing Your First Novel

Get yourself ready to write your first novel by learning more about jargon and practices you'll encounter along the way, and begin to plan your writing process

WRITING X 414.1E

Romance Novel I

Start writing your romance novel in this introductory course covering plot, structure, and industry guidelines.

WRITING X 414.2E

Romance Novel II

Make substantial progress on a romance novel draft in this course for students who have completed Romance Writing I.

WRITING X 416.1E

Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel I

Start your sci fi or fantasy novel off right with this course that helps you build your world and start telling your story.

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Remote

WRITING X 416.2E

Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel II

Continue your sci fi or fantasy novel in progress in this workshop focusing on plot structure and scenecraft.

WRITING X 462.2

Setting and Description

Focus on the critical skills of setting and description in this reading- and exercise-based workshop designed to improve your technique in fiction and nonfiction

Format:

Online

WRITING X 412.1

Short Story I

Learn the basics of writing short fiction in this introductory course covering the building blocks of good storytelling.

Format:

Online | In-Person

WRITING X 412.2

Short Story II

Create two new short stories in this workshop for writers familiar with short story basics.

Format:

Online | Remote

WRITING X 412.3

Short Story III

Complete two new short stories in this intensive workshop for experienced short story writers.

Format:

Online | Remote

SCRIPT X 426.1WS

Showrunners Boot Camp

Get a thorough overview of the role of a showrunner in this intensive workshop that prepares you for success in the television industry.

WRITING X 413.9E

Speculative Fiction and Magical Realism

Kickstart your imagination with this introductory course on writing beyond the ordinary and in alternate realities.

WRITING X 432.5E

Spoken Word Intensive

This introductory two-weekend course lets you immerse yourself in spoken word poetry, leading up to a final performance by members of the class.

WRITING 731.1E

Spring into Poetry

Jumpstart your creativity and find poetry in everyday things in this generative lecture and workshop helping you see the world and your writing differently.

WRITING X 424.22E

Story Structure for Narrative Nonfiction

Create a plan for your nonfiction project in this course designed to help you identify your story and use the right tools to bring it to life.

Format:

Online

WRITING X 413.1E

Story Structure for the Novel

Develop a solid premise and sketch out your story's structure with the goal of completing a six-page detailed synopsis that you can use to complete a draft of your novel.

Format:

Hybrid (Remote)

WRITING X 462.4

Story and Plot

Work to amplify the impact of your plot in telling your story in this technique workshop using readings and discussion to further your craft.

WRITING 721.2E

Storytelling Starter Kit

Identify your own unforgettable personal story suitable for writing or performing before a live audience.

Format:

Remote

WRITING X 424.21E

Storytelling for Social Justice

Craft your passion for justice through urgent stories that address pressing social issues in this course.

Format:

Hybrid (Remote)

WRITING 762.15E

Strategies for Writing Scenes

Learn what makes a scene powerful and essential to your longer prose work through reading, discussion, and workshopping.

WRITING X 463.11E

Submission Strategies

Participants in this workshop will gain understanding and practice for the literary journal submission process. Activities will include identifying personal publication goals, finding open calls that…

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Remote

WRITING X 432.12E

The Art of Craft, the Secrets of Revision—Toward Publication

This workshop engages students in the processes of both creation and revision with the goal of evolving drafts into striking, accomplished poems.  Imagery, pacing, line-breaks, compression and…

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Remote

WRITING X 461.23

The Art of Creative Research I

All writers conduct research, and every genre benefits from systematic query and investigation. Whether gathering family stories via oral history, re-walking Paul Revere’s path for a dystopian…

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Online

WRITING X 463.3E

The Art of Creative Research II

Learn how to capitalize on your tacit or learned knowledge in this course on using fact-based information in creative writing.

WRITING X 463.7E

The Psychology of Compelling Storytelling

Learn to apply concepts that make stories powerful and memorable in this course exploring what readers can’t resist.

Format:

Online | Remote

WRITING 700.1

The Young and The Reckless: Writing for Teens

Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn from today's most exciting YA writers in a convenient virtual conference of prerecorded lectures and panels.

Format:

Hybrid (Remote) | Remote

WRITING X 461.25

Translation I: Six Week Workshop

Learn to translate literature into English in this workshop designed for writers with even just a simple understanding of a foreign language.

WRITING 763.1E

Travel Writing in Place

Develop a plan for how to be a travel writer without leaving your house by mining your memory of past travel and looking at your home community as a destination.

WRITING X 461.17E

True Fiction: Writing Stories Inspired by Our Lives

Develop a deeper authenticity in your writing by learning how to blend lived experiences with imagined realities.

WRITING X 464.1

Voices of Color Workshop I

Join a community of writers of color exploring how storytelling capturing your lived experiences fits into a rich global tradition of writing.

Format:

Remote

WRITING X 464.4E

Voices of Color Workshop II

Writers of all genres can bring a single long-form work or several shorter pieces in progress to this workshop dedicated to fostering underrepresented voices of color

WRITING 701.2E

Women's Write Night

Drop in on a judgment-free generative writing space where you can connect with other writers and jumpstart new work.

Format:

Remote

WRITING X 463.1E

Women's Writing Workshop

Join a community of motivated women writers in this workshop designed to help you explore and share your stories.

WRITING 762.10E

Words and Pictures: Weekend Workshop in Creative Writing from Visual Art

Use works of visual art as your prompt for writing new work as you examine how published writers have used this technique in recent history.

WRITING X 413.6E

Write a Novel in 10 Weeks

This ambitious workshop guides you to achieve the unthinkable: a novel draft in just 10 weeks.

Format:

Remote

WRITING X 413.7E

Write a Novel in a Month as Part of National Novel Writing Month

Dive right into to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with this workshop designed to help you achieve success with pre- and post-November activities.

Format:

Remote

WRITING 790.3

Writers' Program Certificate Info Session

The Certificate Resource Session offers certificate students detailed information on how to navigate their curriculum, enroll in courses, submit to advanced classes, and complete the program, as well…

WRITING 790

Writers' Program Open House

Learn about how the Writers’ Program can help you achieve your writing goals in this informative, interactive session that includes an opportunity for advising.

WRITING X 413.12E

Writing Experimental Fiction

For writers familiar with traditional fiction writing, this course helps you learn innovative techniques for writing unconventional stories that invigorate your readers.

WRITING X 424.3E

Writing Out of Your Life

Find stories from your life to turn into written works in this encouraging course that focuses on generating new work instead of revising and critiquing.

Format:

Online

WRITING 762.5E

Writing Poetry for Children

Learn how to write poetry for very young readers in this workshop for absolute beginners.

SCRIPT X 415.1WS

Writing Powerful Scenes for Movies and TV

Upgrade your script with scenes that hang together in compelling sequences using the most powerful techniques at a screenwriter's' disposal.

WRITING 760.1

Writing Retreat at Lake Arrowhead

Join a small group of committed writers for four full days of uninterrupted writing time, craft talks, and camaraderie in the idyllic setting of UCLA's Lake Arrowhead Conference Center.

WRITING X 424.20E

Writing Short Form Nonfiction

Try out a variety of nonfiction writing forms in this class for students with a goal to sell their writing for publication.

Format:

Remote

SCRIPT X 410.1WS

Writing Your First Screenplay

Jumpstart your first feature film project in this intensive workshop that will help you refine your story, craft an outline, and teach you screenplay structure.

WRITING 791.2

Writing an Effective Sample and Project Proposal for Funding

Learn what makes your funding application stand out among many others in a competitive field

WRITING X 446.2E

Writing for Young Readers I

Get a strong introduction to writing for children, from picture books through complex young adult novels, in this workshop perfect for beginners.

Format:

In-Person

WRITING X 446.3E

Writing for Young Readers II

Continue to develop your skills in children’s writing in this workshop that helps you dive deeper into your genre and develop powerful stories through workshopping.

WRITING X 461.14E

Writing the Erotic

Explore the erotic as a genre as you learn to incorporate writing about sex and sexuality artfully into your writing, no matter its subject.

WRITING X 424.26E

Writing the Metaphysical Bestseller

Tap into your wealth of knowledge in the fields of metaphysical topics to craft an irresistible book for a specialized audience.

WRITING X 424.25E

Writing the Review

Learn to write professional-level critiques of movies, TV, books, and other art as you develop your critical eye and build language that captures your perspective.

Format:

Online

WRITING X 424.15E

Writing the Think Piece

Learn to write provocative pieces on current events and trends in this workshop devoted to crafting powerful essays.

Format:

Online

WRITING X 445.1

Young Adult Novel I

Learn about writing for young adults as you complete an outline and first chapter of a novel.

Format:

Online

WRITING X 445.2

Young Adult Novel II

Continue progress on a young adult novel in this course focusing on diving deeper into an analysis of your story's elements, while workshop feedback helps you improve from draft to draft.