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Calling all budding writers: Loyola offers community writing courses next week

March 21, 2014

The Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing at Loyola University New Orleans is offering five non-credit community creative writing classes this spring through the Loyola Writing Institute. The institute has offered community creative writing courses since 1998. The classes, all taught by published writers, meet one evening a week for eight weeks, beginning the week of March 23. Registration is now open.

Classes are available to adults 21 and older and are open to all levels—from published writers to new writers. Hosted by Loyola’s Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing, the Writing Institute classes are not for Loyola credit and are only open to those not enrolled as full-time students. The cost is $250 per course. A Loyola faculty and staff discount is available.

“Writing & Publishing: in Print and on the Internet,” a course taught by Tom Andes, will help students investigate the options available for writers to find an audience, especially by publishing online. The class meets Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning March 23.

“Writing the Personal Essay,” will begin March 24 and is set for Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. The class will read and discuss the writing of essayists such as David Sedaris, Eual Biss, Joan Didion, John Jeremiah Sullivan and others, paying special attention to the literary elements that make good writing come alive.

“Writing Well-Crafted Fiction,” will begin March 25 and is set for Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. The class aims to improve participants’ fiction writing, whether a short story or a novel. Taught by former U.K. national newspaper journalist Stephen Rea, the class has helped students of all ages with fiction writing.

“All it takes to write fiction is imagination. All the other facets of writing—character, plot, etc.—we can work on and improve,” Rea said. “It can be daunting to have your work read and critiqued, but we create an atmosphere in which honest and constructive feedback helps the new writer thrive and leads to improvements in their story-telling abilities. No matter how many books you read or how many hours you spend at your computer, there is no substitute for having your work discussed face-to-face.”

Other classes include “Writing the Memoir,” which is held every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning March 26, and “Writing the Short Story,” which is held every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning March 27.

Full class descriptions and teacher biographies are available online. To enroll, send completed enrollment form along with a check payable to: Walker Percy Center, Box 157, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118. For more information, contact Christopher Chambers at 504-865-2475.

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