Register for our summer writing classes and start putting pen to paper. 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.
Click here to visit our Writing Studio page to view full course descriptions and register.
Our Spring 2019 courses include:
WRITERS WORKSHOP: HOW TO START AND KEEP GOING: 1/16-2/6, Instructor: Melissa Franic
WRITEAPALOOZA NEW!: 3/19, Instructor: Laura Ehrke
NOVEL BOOTCAMP NEW!: 1/23-2/13, Instructor: Laura Ehrke
WRITING THE HERO’S JOURNEY NEW!: 3/12-5/7, Instructor: Kate Fahlsing
FICTION WRITER’S WORKSHOP: 3/20-5/1, Instructor: Laura Ehrke
PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS WRITING: 1/17-2/21, Instructor: Melissa Franic
MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP: 4/2-4/30, Instructor: Laura Ehrke
TECHNICAL WRITING WORKSHOP: 4/4-4/25, Instructor: Melissa Franic
POETRY – NEW!
POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP NEW!: 4/6-4/27, Instructor: Erik McPherrin
PUBLISHING AND BOOK MARKETING
WRITERS: LAUNCH YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE NEW!: 2/20-3/13, Instructor: Laura Ehrke
PUBLISH IT YOURSELF WORKSHOP: 4/2-4/23, Instructor: Elizabeth Harmon
BEYOND SELF-PUBLISHING – CREATING YOUR AUTHOR PRESENCE NEW!: 4/30-5/21, Instructor: Roxanne Boersma
SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP: 1/17-3/7, Instructor: Kate Fahlsing
WRITING THE TV PILOT: 1/8-3/5, Instructor: Kate Fahlsing
PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP: 3/14-5/9, Instructor: Kate Fahlsing
About our Spring Writing Studio Instructors:
Laura Ehrke is a published novelist, blogger, marketing specialist and writing coach. Her education includes studying British literature and poetry at Oxford University, a bachelor’s degree in communications from DePaul University, fiction and nonfiction writing courses at Northwestern University’s Graduate School, and a master’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Chicago. As an author, Laura has been asked to speak at several events, including Comic-Con, Chicago Pop Culture Con, the University of Chicago Arts Panel, NaNoWriMo forums, and library programs. She brings her passion for writing into her courses, inspiring students to have fun while developing their creativity and writing skills.
Kate Tucker Fahlsing is a Chicago-based screenwriter/playwright, educator, and founder of WhizBang Writers Workshop. Kate holds an MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University and a BA in Literary Studies: Writing from Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. Kate’s play, ACROSS THE PARK, premiered Off-Broadway at The American Theatre of Actors in October 2016 via The Araca Project and she is a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2017. Kate is passionate about teaching the craft of dramatic storytelling and allowing people to give voice to their own stories, opinions, and visions.
Melissa Franic was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Her life work includes finding ways for herself and others to connect to heritage and cultural identity through travel and storytelling. Melissa currently teaches writing courses and workshops throughout the Chicago area, most recently The Writer’s Playground as part of The Elgin Literary Festival. Previously, she worked as a journalist for various newspapers, including The West Chicago Press and The Naperville Sun. She is the co-founder of Neologian, a biannual literary journal featuring the work of emerging artists and writers from across the country. Her specialties include Technical Writing, English Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature.
Elizabeth Harmon enjoys putting words to work as a writer, author and presenter. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she began her career in advertising, before shifting to a freelance career creating corporate marketing content and writing news and lifestyle features for local and national publications. She is the author of five contemporary romance novels, published by Carina Press/Harlequin and also independently. Her debut novel was a 2016 finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. She loves presenting on writing topics at conferences and libraries, and is delighted to be part of Continuing Education at Harper College.
Stay tuned for our newest instructors’ bios, coming soon!
Register online at ce.harpercollege.edu
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