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Open Enrollment Course Dramatic Writing: Shadows & Light
03/27/2017 to 05/22/2017

WRIT 22803 | Dramatic Writing: Shadows & Light

So much of what moves and compels us in story can be understood in terms of shadows and light. The protagonist fights against the dark forces of psychology and environment to reach the light of the hero they were meant to be, moving from ignorance to knowledge, from chaos to order – or not. In this class, we’ll examine the forces of darkness in your character’s world and map pathways for them to find their way to the light. We'll also address how to use recurring motifs in your story’s physical and relationship landscapes to provide key signposts on your character’s journey and deepen audience experience of theme.

No class April 10.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Susan Hubbard
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 22803
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 27 to May 22
Tuition: $575.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Open Enrollment Course CANCELED: Advanced Prose Workshop
03/27/2017 to 05/22/2017

WRIT 53899 | CANCELED: Advanced Prose Workshop

This repeatable workshop is designed for advanced fiction and nonfiction writers working to develop and hone their work. As a mixed-genre class, writers will have the opportunity to learn from a wide range of styles, techniques, and voices.

No class April 10.

Prerequisite(s):
none
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 53899
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 27 to May 22
Tuition: $575.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Open Enrollment Course Basic Creative Writing
03/27/2017 to 05/22/2017

WRIT 51800 | Basic Creative Writing

This course will introduce you to creative writing, from generating ideas to revising drafts. Find your voice and develop your craft through in-class and at-home writing exercises, and through discussions of your own and your fellow students’ written work. You will also study canonical and contemporary models drawn from fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and you will be encouraged to try your hand at each of these genres.

No class April 10.

Prerequisite(s):
none
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 51800
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 27 to May 22
Tuition: $575.00
Days/Times: Mon
2:00 PM–4:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Open Enrollment Course Narrative Voice in Fiction
03/28/2017 to 04/25/2017

WRIT 32401 | Narrative Voice in Fiction

We will explore the fundamental principles of fictive prose and the means by which those storytelling devices give both life and voice to narration. The course will also consider the degrees to which the composition of plot informs and invigorates narration in both short and long fiction. Exercises, workshop readings, and craft discussions will guide our considerations of the craft of storytelling.

No class April 11.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Bayo Ojikutu
10 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 32401
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 28 to April 25
Tuition: $295.00
Days/Times: Tue
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 27, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Open Enrollment Course Poetry as Resistance
03/28/2017 to 04/25/2017

WRIT 12401 | Poetry as Resistance

Throughout history, people have responded to war, oppression, and personal demons with poetry. There are the shouts of Allen Ginsburg, Amiri Bakara, Muriel Rukeyser, and countless others. The very act of writing poetry is a protest against silence, against oppression, against corruption, against the status quo. We will discuss poets who have used their voices, music, metaphor, and imaginations to resist different forms of oppression. Using them as inspiration, we will write our own resistance poetry.

No class April 11.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Dina Elenbogen
10 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 12401
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 28 to April 25
Tuition: $295.00
Days/Times: Tue
2:00 PM–4:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 27, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Open Enrollment Course Effective Writing for Business & the...
03/29/2017 to 05/17/2017

WRIT 91800 | Effective Writing for Business & the Professions

This spring, improve your writing for greater clarity, organization, and persuasiveness. The University of Chicago’s Writer’s Studio invites you to take our Effective Writing for Business and the Professions course for better communication in business and beyond.

In the workplace, writing succeeds when it is easy to read, efficient, and valuable. The more you know, the more difficult it can be to communicate your expertise clearly and persuasively. To share your expertise with others, you must organize your material, structure your ideas, and frame your concepts in language that is both precise enough to be accurate and direct enough to be clear to your reader. This course introduces techniques you can use to diagnose and revise your writing so that it will succeed with any readers, from colleagues to clients to the general public. Tuition includes course materials.

About the Writer’s Studio
Ranging from introductory to advanced and creative to academic, the Writer’s Studio offers one-day to eight-week open-enrollment classes at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. Visit the Writer's Studio page to learn more.

Prerequisite(s):
none
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 91800
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 29 to May 17
Tuition: $625.00
Days/Times: Wed
5:30 PM–8:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 28, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

WRIT 91800 | Effective Writing for Business & the Professions

This spring, improve your writing for greater clarity, organization, and persuasiveness. The University of Chicago’s Writer’s Studio invites you to take our Effective Writing for Business and the Professions course for better communication in business and beyond.

In the workplace, writing succeeds when it is easy to read, efficient, and valuable. The more you know, the more difficult it can be to communicate your expertise clearly and persuasively. To share your expertise with others, you must organize your material, structure your ideas, and frame your concepts in language that is both precise enough to be accurate and direct enough to be clear to your reader. This course introduces techniques you can use to diagnose and revise your writing so that it will succeed with any readers, from colleagues to clients to the general public. Tuition includes course materials.

About the Writer’s Studio
Ranging from introductory to advanced and creative to academic, the Writer’s Studio offers one-day to eight-week open-enrollment classes at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. Visit the Writer's Studio page to learn more.

Prerequisite(s):
none
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 91800
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 29 to May 17
Tuition: $625.00
Days/Times: Wed
5:30 PM–8:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 28, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Open Enrollment Course Facilitated Children’s Book Writer’s Group for...
03/29/2017 to 05/3/2017

WRIT 62601 | Facilitated Children’s Book Writer’s Group for Novelists

Unsure how to move forward with your current middle grade or young adult novel-in-progress? Joining a facilitated writer’s group offers you a supportive professional community, positive constructive criticism, and opportunities to learn and hone your craft. Facilitated discussions of each group member’s manuscript highlight story structure, the writing process, comparable literature, and a story’s marketability. Suggested writing exercises, reading assignments, and professional connections offer guidance, focus, insights, and encouragement to writers of all levels.

Prerequisite(s):
none
15 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 62601
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 29 to May 3
Tuition: $445.00
Days/Times: Wed
2:00 PM–4:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 28, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Open Enrollment Course Online Writing Group
04/3/2017 to 06/5/2017

WRIT 52850 | Online Writing Group

Do you need structure, deadlines, insight, and a creative community to produce your best work? This eight-week, multi-genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry), online writing group is designed to provide that and more. As a member, you will generate and revise your creative work (up to 4000 words of prose or eight pages of poetry at a time) alongside a supportive, dedicated cohort of writers. Regardless of location and schedule, this group can help you find motivation, inspiration, and creative breakthroughs under the guidance of a professional writer.

No class over Memorial Day Weekend.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Hannah Gamble
20 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 52850
Section: 17S7
Location: Online
Dates:
April 3 to June 5
Tuition: $575.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 27, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Open Enrollment Course Intermediate Creative Nonfiction
05/2/2017 to 06/6/2017

WRIT 42633 | Intermediate Creative Nonfiction

How do we enhance our work into polished, powerful prose? In this six-week course, we'll combine writing workshops with reading assignments that illustrate a variety of creative nonfiction techniques. We will focus on structure, revision, and adding depth to your work. Students in this course are required to bring a work in progress or a section of a work in progress (5,000 words or less) to the first class session.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Kevin Davis
15 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 42633
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
May 2 to June 6
Tuition: $445.00
Days/Times: Tue
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 1, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Open Enrollment Course Flash Form
05/2/2017 to 05/23/2017

WRIT 52401 | Flash Form

The flash form challenges the writer to get to the heart of a story and to render, in dynamic fashion, something that feels spacious and whole and still comes in at less than 1,000 words. This four-week course will include reading multiple examples of the form and essays on the subject as well as writing time. This is a great opportunity for any writer to hone skills such as constructing scene, identifying conflict, and creating strong images that work to tell a whole story concisely.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Cecilia Pinto
10 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 52401
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
May 2 to May 23
Tuition: $295.00
Days/Times: Tue
2:00 PM–4:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 1, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Open Enrollment Course On Revising Well
05/10/2017 to 05/31/2017

WRIT 52402 | On Revising Well

Only through revision do we see what we have written. In this craft workshop for writers of fiction and nonfiction, we will explore techniques for reading closely and amplifying the impact of your prose. Exercises and readings on structure, word choice, ambiguity, punctuation, the art of trimming, and other topics will help you refine the tone, clarity, and rhythm of your work. Students should come to the first class with a completed draft of a story, essay, chapter, or other short piece ready to be subjected to an editor’s gaze.

Prerequisite(s):
none
10 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 52402
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
May 10 to May 31
Tuition: $295.00
Days/Times: Wed
2:00 PM–4:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 9, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Open Enrollment Course Writing a Novel Synopsis
05/24/2017 to 05/31/2017

WRIT 32201 | Writing a Novel Synopsis

In this two-day course, we'll work on drafts of synopses so they’re ready to go to an agent. Even if you're not ready to shop your novel around, this course will help you figure out major themes, plot lines, and how to compress your ideas into a winning description of your book. Students should bring a draft (three pages or less) to the first class, which we'll review in the second class for final polish.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Eileen Favorite
6 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 32201
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
May 24 to May 31
Tuition: $170.00
Days/Times: Wed
6:00 PM–9:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 23, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Open Enrollment Course Jumpstart Session: Harnessing Your Emotions on... 06/3/2017

WRIT 52101 | Jumpstart Session: Harnessing Your Emotions on the Page

As writers, our emotions are the key to our unique voice and vision. Through a combination of discussion, readings, and in-class writing, this one-day seminar will inspire students to dig deep and access their creativity.

Prerequisite(s):
none
3 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 52101
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates: June 3
Tuition: $85.00
Days/Times: Sat
9:30 AM–12:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 2, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Open Enrollment Course Jumpstart Session: Cover Letter Clinic 06/5/2017

WRIT 82101 | Jumpstart Session: Cover Letter Clinic

A sparkling cover letter opens the door to interviews, scholarships, grant funding, and so much more. Tragically, this prized real estate in the application process is overlooked or treated as simply a formality. On the contrary, your cover letter may make the difference between a “yes” or a “pass.” In this jumpstart session, we'll examine amazing cover letters and work on yours until it's electric. Writer’s Studio instructor Mary Fons has written many successful cover letters (for grants, jobs, graduate school, and more!) and will show you her tried-and-true methods for writing fantastic cover letters every time.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Mary Fons
3 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 82101
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates: June 5
Tuition: $85.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–9:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 2, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

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