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Write Your Story! Summer Writing Classes

You have a story to tell! Why aren’t you writing it?

Register for our summer writing classes and start putting pen to paper (or blog). Whether you are writing purely for self-expression or to develop a new career, the Harper Continuing Education Writing Studio offers instruction, practice and peer review to help you meet your goals.

                                 Register online or call 847.925.6300.

LEGACY: WRITE YOUR MEMOIR: You can write your life story to share with your kids and grandkids. Laura Ehrke will help you get started with writing short stories about different times in your life. Learn self-reflection and writing techniques to tell your tales in full detail. By sharing your writings in class, you’ll help others recall memories and you’ll receive useful feedback. This class is offered by our Lifelong Learning Institute (55+) and LLI members receive 50% off. LLI 0064, Thursdays, 7/6-7/27, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Instructor: Laura Ehrke, TUITION: $0 FEES: $98.


SHORT STORY WRITING WORKSHOP: Explore your own self-expression through the art of writing short stories. We will read short works for inspiration, discuss the art of writing and create our own writings. Supportive group critique will be part of our process as you help critique the works of your peers in this writers group. Bring your favorite notebook and writing instrument! LLA 0234, Mondays, 7/10-7/31, 7-9 p.m., Instructor: Laura Ehrke, TUITION: $189.

FINISH YOUR NOVEL WORKSHOP: Writers who have begun a novel are invited to present and get feedback from others in the same boat! Discuss elements of your novel, engage in group writing exercises, and experience the encouragement to get that unfinished masterpiece back on track! We will also briefly look at the process of preparing your manuscript for submission to agents and publishers. Students are to bring some materials to first class – the latest printed version of their novel, a list of chapters, and a 1-2 page synopsis. LLA 0235, Wednesdays, 7/12-7/26 7:00-9:30 p.m., Instructor: Laura Ehrke, TUITION: $139.

WRITING WORKSHOP:DIALOGUE: Whether written or spoken, effective dialogue springs from a character’s driving need to speak. This workshop brings an actor’s perspective to writing dialogue in fiction. Through the question of “why these words now,” students will learn what works on the page, what doesn’t, and how to craft dialogue that pulls the reader deeper into the story. The workshop is intended for fiction writers who are or intend to be published. It uses classroom discussion of written scenes from novels and short stories in multiple genres, and focuses on techniques students can use to clear clutter and achieve clarity in their own fiction writing. By the end of the course, students should know how to analyze written scenes, develop a fuller understanding of how dialogue works in fiction, and have acquired useful tools for polishing dialogue in their own work. LLA 0356, Saturday, 7/22 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Instructor: Diane Piron-Gelman, TUITION: $95.

Register online or call 847.925.6300.


Browse all our Writing courses in the May-August CE Course Schedule

or visit our Writing Studio page for additional information.

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