Writing

Registration new open for Spring 2015 Classes 

Poetry Step Up

Instructor, Margaret Rowland
This poetry workshop will help you continue to develop your poetic practice. Each session will include craft discussions with sample poems. Most of the meeting time will be devoted to critiquing the poems of class members. Many participants opt to read at the annual Festival of Books held at UW-Waukesha. You'll want to be part of this group!
Class meets every Monday, Apr 13 - May 4, 6:30pm-8:30pm, $69

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Popular! How to Get Published

Instructor, Andrea Lochen          
Calling all aspiring authors!  Learn about the various writers’ markets and the ins and outs of the publishing industry.  We will cover how to submit stories to contests and magazines, how to find and query reputable literary agents, and how to create a solid non-fiction book proposal.
Class meets Monday, Apr 27, 6:00pm-8:00pm; $34

 

Meet your instructor!Andrea Lochen

Andrea Lochen is the author of two novels, The Repeat Year (Penguin 2013), and Imaginary Things (forthcoming April 2015). She teaches Creative Writing and Composition at UW-Waukesha.  Andrea earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UW-Madison and her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, where she also received the Hopwood Novel Award for a draft of The Repeat Year.  You can learn more at her author website: www.andrealochen.com.   

 

 Write Your Story - Friends of the Field Station Class   Squirrel

*A portion of your registration fee will be donated to the Field Station Foundation Fund.
Instructor, Lauren Gordon
There are two things writers need – time and space.  In these two Saturday workshops, students will be given the gift of time in a nurturing space.  Using our histories, memories and senses as diving boards, we will transform the ordinariness of our lives into extraordinary stories.  This class is for those want to write but are not sure they have anything to say, as well as for those who want to write, but need the time and space to do it. Students should bring a lunch, notebook, and pens.
This class is on-site at the beautiful and idyllic UW-Waukesha Field Station, W349 S1480 S. Waterville Rd, Oconomowoc.
Class meets every Saturday, May 9 - 16, 10:00am-2:00pm, $66

 

Poetry, Art, & Music - Friends of the Field Station Class Squirrel

*A portion of your registration fee will be donated to the Field Station Foundation Fund.
Instructor, Lauren Gordon
“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” - Diane Arbus
 
In this four-hour workshop, students will examine the parallel between fine art, classical music, and poetry.  We will look at poetry created from works of art, and through prompts and project-based inquiry, students will have the opportunity to produce and share writing based on the art and music explored in the class.  Prose writers are welcome. Students should bring a lunch, notebook, and pens.
Class meets Saturday, Apr 18, 10:00am-2:00pm, $33

 

 

Creativity Workshop - Friends of the Field Station Class Squirrel

*A portion of your registration fee will be donated to the Field Station Foundation Fund.
Instructor, Lauren Gordon
Join our creativity training to banish writer’s block with tricks from the published writer’s toolbox!  This four-hour workshop is designed to liberate inventive bolts of genius.  If you’ve ever dreamed of hearing your writer’s voice or if you have been stuck waiting for the muse to show up, this workshop will make it happen. Students should bring a lunch, notebook and pens. This class is on-site at the beautiful and idyllic UW-Waukesha Field Station, W349 S1480 S. Waterville Rd, Oconomowoc.
Class meets Saturday, May 23, 10:00am-2:00pm, $33

 

 

Poetry Writing for Everyone

Instructor, Lauren Gordon
Whether you’ve been writing poems for years or are new to the art, this class is just for you.  In a supportive environment, students will explore poetry in multiple forms from traditional to contemporary and will have a lot of hands-on activities, in-class writing, and vibrant discussions as well as an opportunity to workshop and share written work.  Writing poetry can help writers of all genres become more creative, concise, and playful with language. Students should bring a notebook and pens.
Class meets Saturday, June 20, 9:00am-noon, $33

 

From Good to Great: Take your Writing to the Next Level!

Instructor, Lauren Gordon
This workshop will help you hone and polish your writing, whether you dream of writing a memoir, a personal essay or fiction.  Classes will revolve around workshop skills, tools and tricks for revision, reading samples, prompts and organization skills.
Class meets every Tuesday, June 2 - 16, 6:30pm-8:30pm, $99

 

Meet your instructor: Lauren Gordon Lauren Gordon

Writing has always been a huge part of Lauren’s life, and when she returned to college as a non-traditional student after many years away, she knew it was the path she wanted to pursue. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with her Associates of Arts degree from Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she moved on to get her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Iowa, where she graduated with High Honors and a minor in Creative Writing. She then continued her studies and received her Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire.

Lauren has had many poems published in various journals and anthologies, and was featured on Iowa National Public Radio. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013 and three Best of the Net awards in 2014. Her most recent chapbook Meaning Fingers was published in August of 2014, and she has two additional chapbooks forthcoming in 2015. She is also very active in the poetry community, and holds workshops and gives poetry readings in various cities throughout the Midwest. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn from Lauren’s experiences!

 

Writing for ESL - Online!

Has your academic or career progress been slowed by the challenges of writing in English? Many ESL learners have excellent educations, training, and skills in their native countries. However, their dreams of success elude them in English-speaking countries because they cannot write effectively in their new language. This course will show you what English readers expect and how your writing can achieve your goals. Average hours 24, 6 week course.

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Grammar Refresher - Online!

Whatever your goals, a grasp of English grammar is important if you want to improve your speaking and writing skills. This course will help you gain confidence in your ability to produce clean, grammatically correct work. You'll explore the basics of English grammar—like sentence structure and punctuation—as well as more sophisticated concepts—like logic and clarity. A patient instructor, memorable lessons, vivid examples, and interactive exercises will give you ample opportunity to put what you learn into practice. Reacquaint yourself with old, forgotten rules, meet some new ones, and discover your own grammatical strengths. Average hours 24, 6 week course.

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Business and Marketing Writing - Online!

Are you a writer working in the business world? Or a marketing professional responsible for obtaining great marketing copy? Maybe your boss made you the company writer, but you've never had any training. Or maybe you're just interested in a writing or marketing career.

Whatever your background, this fun, introductory course will teach you to write or identify copy that achieves business and marketing goals. Improve your work, your knowledge, your company's image, and your chances of getting hired, promoted or applauded!

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Beginning Writer's Workshop - Online!

If you've always wanted to write but have no idea where to start, this course will demystify the process for you. You'll get a taste of the writing life, improve your writing skills, and develop new ways to stretch your creative muscles.

This exciting, hands-on course for the creative writing novice is filled with challenging exercises, expert advice, and plenty of direct support and encouragement. As you work your way through the lessons, you'll develop your own short, creative fiction or nonfiction piece.

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