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West Virginia University Continuing Professional Education offers this four week, workshop-style course that will teach you the foundations of creative writing by exploring the craft of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction.  This course will give you the tools to discover new material, create vivid characters and scenes, craft voice, develop imagery, and refine style.  To help you grow as writers, the instructor will provide contemporary readings, writing prompts, and opportunities to workshop your writing.  You can expect to receive regular feedback, encouragement, and tips.   Course Objectives:  By the end of this course, you will: Understand the foundations of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry Receive writing tips to help hone your voice Analyze contemporary writers for elements of craft Receive the tools to write and polish your work for publication Understand the current publication market   Content Covered in Course:  Week 1:  Nonfiction (Finding and structuring your memories) Week 2:  Poetry (Finding image; exploring forms) Week 3:  Fiction (Finding conflict in your characters) Week 4:  Revision and Publication Tips (Polishing your writing for publication)   Dates & Times:  10:00 to 12:00 p.m. June 17, June 24, July 8, and July 15 Recommended Readings: Addonizio, Kim and Dorianne Laux.  The Poet’s Companion:  A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry.  New York:  Norton, 1997.   Short Takes:  Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction. Ed. Judith Kitchen.  New York:  Norton, 2005.   Stern, Jerome.  Making Shapely Fiction.  New York:  Norton, 1991.  


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Cost: $99.00

Instructor : Rebecca Thomas 

Start date: 06/17/17

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Overview This course will teach students how to construct a horror premise, create atmosphere, and complete a final product.  The course will allow for exploration of individual voice and sub-genre selection.  Length impacts will be discussed as a matter of course; however, short stories will be graded on a pass/fail basis.  Beginning with a review of popular authors in the horror genre and an exercise in reading and comparing authors of a similar sub-genre, students will understand their preferences and why they have them.  An overall understanding of story construction as it pertains to horror fiction, to include character development, tone, and the use of dialogue, will be amassed by the completion of the course.     Course Objectives   Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:   Learn the mechanics of writing horror fiction (crafting tone and atmosphere for the genre) Get exposed to classic horror authors as well as contemporary scribes Understand fiction markets and what prose length means for your work Review the history and current uses of horror antagonists so that you can use effectively in your work Find your own voice     Course Structure and Schedule   This is a non-credit online course which will take approximately six weeks to complete.  Cost of the course is $125.   Content covered in the course is as follows:   Module 1:  Define Horror & Horror Fiction   Module 2:  Horror Icons and Sub-Genres   Module 3:  Antagonists of Horror   Module 4:  Story Lengths   Module 5:  Finding Your Voice   Module 6:  The Mechanics of Writing Horror Fiction         Computer Requirements   Mozilla Firefox (recommended) or Internet Explorer Adobe Acrobat Reader QuickTime Macromedia Flash Player Java   (Free software plug-ins are available in the Getting Started area of the course.)   Basic computer skills required (i.e., turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.  The course is user friendly, but support is available if needed.   All Students:  Using Internet Explorer (IE) 10?  Read info on eCampus Main Page     Instructor   Lisa Wood has authored several works of fiction (ranging from psychological horror to children’s board books), non-fiction, poetry, as well as technical documentation that has been used in the IT and Human Resources fields.  Her first full-length novel, Crescendo, and one of her short story collections, Caliginy, were recommended for the coveted Bram Stoker award.  Her short stories have been published in over 30 print and online venues.  Lisa edited five short story anthologies, including a groundbreaking round-robin novel with contributions by five authors.  She completed her doctoral thesis on the state of horror fiction and earned her PhD from the School of Social Sciences at Must University.  She earned a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Organizational Leadership from the College of Business and Professional Studies at Ashford University.  Her undergraduate degree is n Communications with a minor in Sociology from the School of Communications at Howard University.  


Location : Online

Cost: $125.00

Start Date: upon registration

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