Local Writing Classes and Another Local Writers’ Group

Northampton Community College has two new non-credit writing courses starting in March. They seem a little pricey for what you get (especially as compared to other courses I’ve taken there), but here’s the info in case anyone is interested:

Writing Your Life Story (WRITE111): After years of living, you have many memories. Some are faded, and some seem so different from who you are today they might as well have happened to someone else. There are many benefits to turning them into a written story: develop your writing skills, feel more connected to your past, share your past with family or friends, and reflect back on your life for stories worth writing. This class will guide you through the simple steps and techniques that will help you gather the material, write it in scenes, and then organize it so it can be read by others. ‘How to’ book is included.
Location: Fowler Family Center, South Side Bethlehem, Room 412
Date: Tuesdays, March 4 – 25, 2014
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Fee: $99.00
Instructor: Jerry Waxler, MS, is a speaker, teacher, therapist and writer and has written the book: “Learn to Write Your Memoir in 4 Weeks”

Writing Your First Novel Part I (WRITE103): For people who always thought they could write a novel if only they knew where to begin. In easy steps and simple exercises, we will explore plot, characters and dialogue. Includes subject selection, research, pacing, discipline, agents, contracts, and routes to publication. Our focus will be on the fiction novel.
Location: Main Campus, Alumni Hall, Room 127
Date: Tuesdays, Mar 11 – Apr 15, 2014
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Fee: $89.00
Instructor: Kathleen Coddington is a retired school librarian who has written 4 novels.

I noticed in the second instructor’s bio that she is a member of the Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers. I had never heard of that group, but it turns out they are the local chapter of the Romance Writers of America. They meet at the Palmer Branch of the Easton Library, same as the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group. Even if you don’t write romance, you may want to check them out. Their schedule for 2014 lists many topics that are universal to all genres, such as Protagonist/Antagonist (April) and Editing Software (October). Besides, you just might get assigned to the Romance or Romantic Comedy genre in the next NYC Midnight contest!



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