Writing Children’s Fiction

Barry Putt, award-winning writer

Learn the essential elements of creating engaging children’s stories. Explore story language, developing memorable characters for children and story structure. Marketing approaches will also be discussed. Brown bag lunch recommended.

Sat, Jun 22, 9:30 am-4 pm
Fee and Code: $75, XWRIT 074

The Natural World – Short Stories

Patricia Whitehead, librarian

The Natural World is glorious, mysterious and sometimes deadly. Its brooding presence is an unnamed but powerful character in each of these short stories. We will try to unravel the dramas and intrigues, the desires and mysteries, of people caught up in the beauty and horror of nature. Stories are: The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr, Pleasure Boating in Lutaya Bay by Jim Shepard and The Littoral Zone by Andrea Barrett. 3 SESSIONS

Fri, Jul 19-Aug 2, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XHUML 098

What Gulliver’s Travels Tells Us Today

Dr. Carl Calendar, former Humanities Dean, Brookdale

First published in 1726, anonymously to avoid prosecution, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels’s biting satire is as relevant to today’s world as it was when it was written. Swift’s Lilliputians and Brobdinggnagians satirize human vanity, wars of religion, and the idiocy of human prejudices. His scientific floating island Laputa makes fun of science, and his world of rational horses, Houyhnhnms, shows how little humans use their rationality. Dr. Calendar will speak on the main issues satirized by Swift: the foolishness of greed, the proliferation of weapons of destruction, the idiocy of tribal hatred that lead to war and how rational humans often behave irrationally. There is a lot to ponder in Swift’s message, also a lot to laugh about.

Tues, Jul 23 & 30, 6-8 pm
Fee and Code: $45, XHUML 060

Blogging: For Business, Pleasure, Or Both

Gregory Caggiano, historian, instructor, presidential scholar, blogger

Summer is a great time to tap into your creativity, and blogging is a great way to start. Whether you have an interest you want to write about, a blog that needs a boost, or want to connect your blog to social media, learn what makes a winning blog. New and experienced bloggers alike will benefit by examining successful blogs and advancing your knowledge of technology, finding inspiration, and developing your unique blogging voice. 2 SESSIONS
Wed & Thurs, Jul 24 & 25, 6-8 pm
Fee and Code: $69, XWRIT 082

Memoir Writing

Nancy Bryan, adjunct faculty, Brookdale, MFA Creative Writing

Through in-class writing exercises, reading, and discussion you will discover new paths to your story. We will look for the language and images that shine in your work, and push to the edge of our personal experiences-to discover what we perceive and what we can’t perceive. This is a mostly generative workshop so join us to create, imagine and write anew. 5 SESSIONS

Mon-Fri, Aug 5-9, 1:30-3:30 pm
Fee and Code: $99, XWRIT 012

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