Writing Your Own Story: Memories, Myths & Tales
Day: 6 Thursdays Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Dates: 3/7-4/11 Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 204 Facilitator: Mariya Deykute Description: Everyone lives a story, and some write theirs down. Memoir and personal narrative hold a definite place in literature, from St. Augustine to Ernest Hemingway to Mary Karr. This course focuses on introducing the craft of memoir and writing, and using writing to tell your story: and on working to find out what is the real story you want to tell. Don't worry, no prior experience is required - all you need is curiosity, willingness to put pen to paper and a desire to find out more - about yourself, about writing, about stories.
Creative Writing: Writing From Our Lives
Day: 8 Tuesdays Time: 1:15-3:15 p.m. Dates: 3/12-4/30 Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 204A Facilitator: Cheryl Savageau Description: In this class we will read work from a very diverse group of poets, and write our own poetry from the stories of our lives, in our most authentic voices. We will write poems that witness, recover lost histories, break silences, mourn, and celebrate, learning from the work of other poets. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer, come and enjoy the process of writing and the spirit of poetry.
Writing for Children: Imaginative Play, Emotional Honesty
Day: 6 Thursdays Time: 1:15-2:45 p.m. Dates: 4/25-5/30 Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 204 Facilitator: Aaron Devine Description: Wolf Suits. Wizards. Where the Sidewalk Ends…In this course, we want to know: What makes for great children’s literature? In order to write our own creative works for kids, we’ll study one innovative contribution to children’s literature each week and discuss what techniques we can learn from it. Our focus will be primarily on stories and poetry for grade school ages. In addition to reading, students will develop their own stories or poetry collections for children. Expect in-class writing prompts and one revision-oriented workshop.
Become a Successful Author
Day: 3 Thursdays Time: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Dates: 5/2-5/16 Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 204A Facilitator: Authors Without Borders Description: Meet four authors with diverse backgrounds, writing in different genres, who will share their writing journeys and the challenges that they, and every writer, face in modern-day publishing. Writing is only the beginning; authors are now expected to promote their own work as well. One of the most challenging parts is deciding on a publishing route, learning what mistakes to avoid, and acquiring the skills to market and promote your book. The goal of this panel-led course is to move you in the direction of publication and promotion; this is not a writing workshop.
The Art of the Handwritten Note
Day: 5 Mondays Time: 10-11:30 a.m. Dates: 5/6-6/10 (no class on 5/27) Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 204A Facilitator: Diane Rogers Description: When you receive the daily mail do you jump to open the handwritten envelopes first because you can’t wait to see who has written and why? Do you have an eye for unique cards? For those who enjoy writing notes but find themselves intimidated by the task, you can take pleasure in crafting correspondence. During this six-week course, we will discuss obstacles and provide inspiration to loosen the most stymied letter writer.