From creative writing to grant writing and technical writing, the West Virginia University Continuing Professional Education program’s summer course schedule is a boon for anyone who wants to improve their writing skills.
In addition, the summer program includes a variety of other classes. Summer registration opened Sunday (April 16) and the CPE summer term begins May 1.
For the entire schedule of courses and to register online, see the CPE website.
One of the highlights of the summer schedule is a four-week, workshop-style class titled “Creative Writing Critiques and Tips,” to be held on Saturdays, June 17 and 24 and July 8 and 15 from 10 a.m. to noon.
“In this class, students will learn how to become better writers,” said instructor Rebecca Thomas. “Stephen King says if you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others—read a lot and write a lot. So, that’s what we’ll be doing, and in the process, we’ll have a lot of fun.”
She said students will learn the foundations of creative writing by exploring nonfiction, poetry and fiction. They will discover new material, learn how to create vivid characters and scenes, craft voice, develop imagery and refine style. They will also learn how to polish their work for publication and understand the current publication market.
To help them grow as writers, Thomas will provide contemporary readings, writing prompts and opportunities to workshop their writing. They will receive regular feedback, encouragement and tips.
Thomas’s writing has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, The Massachusetts Review, Fifth Wednesday and other journals. In 2015, she received a Pushcart Prize nomination for fiction. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from WVU and undergraduate degrees in Creative Writing and Screenwriting from Chapman University.
Other courses on the WVU Continuing and Professional Education summer schedule include:
· Grant Writing Fundamentals
· Grant Writing for Teachers & Educational Support Personnel
· Technical Writing Fundamentals
· Business Writing for Busy Professionals
· Essentials for Magazine Writing
· Horror Writing
WVU Continuing Professional Education provides a variety of professional and personal enrichment courses for the lifetime learner. For more information about the summer schedule, see the website, call 1.800.253-2762, ext. 3, or follow WVU CPE on Twitter at @WVUContinuingEd.
CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, WVU Continuing Professional Education
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