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Fall Writing Classes

Fall classes through The Eastern Shore Institute for Lifelong Learning (ESILL) start soon in South Alabama’s Baldwin County. I’ve chosen to go a slightly different direction this year, add some of that imagination and sparkle we always talk about to my two classes. I’ll post more info when final place assignments are made – my classes will be taught in Fairhope – and when I have the forms for registration. The new schedule for all the classes is not online yet but will be very soon. 



GUIDE TO WRITING FICTION    A slightly irreverent look at four of the basics of writing:  Place (setting)

People (characters)

Puzzle (plot)

Path (inciting incident)

Created for the writers at all stages who desire a jolt of imagination, this unique class employs classical art to tickle the little gray cells and jiggle loose new ideas. It is not a what but more of a why discussion. There will be in-class exercises and a touch of homework – and I do mean “touch.”  Before each class, I’ll e-mail you worksheets to print and bring to class to take notes if you so desire. No doubt, you will not want to miss even one of my exciting tidbits of writing how-to. Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 3 weeks, September 12-26, tuition $30, materials fee $6

DARK PROTAGONISTS – HOW AND WHY CREATE ONE?  I’ve wanted to do this for some time, and with the encouragement of my students last spring, here it is.  We will consider the unusual and highly successful world of loathed literary protagonists. Those characters that are magnets thriving on conflict—often of their own design—and drive the story’s action relentlessly while keeping the gate to their inner selves slammed tightly shut. We’ll enter the tangled wizardry of creating dark protagonists—think Olive Kitteridge, Sherlock Holmes, Dolores Claiborne, Dracula, Scrooge, a very long list. What makes these characters totally unlikable but much loved? There will be some reading homework from but no book purchases are required.  Before each class, I’ll e-mail you worksheets to print and bring to class for all those macabre ideas the discussions stimulate. If you are an avid reader and/or film aficionado, come join the fun. Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 3 weeks, October 3-17, tuition $30, materials fee $4.

                                          Write like you mean it.   Mahala