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ARTICLE WRITING WORKSHOP (LLA 0243): Have you ever thought about writing articles for publication? There are countless opportunities available in print and online outlets. We’ll explore options from building your portfolio to generating extra income. This class will walk you through the steps from inception to submission, including: brainstorming ideas for articles; cultivating resources; researching markets; revising; correctly formatting submissions; and pitching your story. Throughout the course, you will work on at least one article to submit to your chosen outlet(s). Readings and supportive workshop critiques will help polish your writing into a marketable piece.

CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP (LLA 0257): Designed for writers of any type of non-fiction work, this workshop will help you improve your essays, memoirs and literary journalism. Share your work; critique the work of others; and learn the tenets of each style of creative nonfiction. Explore diverse writing styles, traditions, and beliefs of writers from many cultures. Write and receive verbal critiques for works up to 5,000 words. This workshop serves as one of the foundational courses for our Continuing Education Writing Digital Badge and may be offered as either an in-person class or a hybrid online class. This section is offered as an hybrid online class. The first meeting will be on the main Harper College campus in Palatine as will the last meeting. The instructor will arrange an individual online Skype meeting with each student. Assignments will be facilitated through Blackboard. First meeting and last meeting will be on the Harper College campus.

PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS WRITING (LLA 0043): Do you want to take your professional writing to the next level? Maybe you’re looking for a new job and wondering how to go about writing that cover letter? Sure, the formatting and rules around business writing seems daunting and tedious, but only if you are not prepared! In this class, we will explore standard letter writing, cover letters, business emails, and proposal writing. We will cover the basics and practice editing techniques. First class (2/1) will be on the main Harper College campus in Palatine. Subsequent courses will be facilitated through Blackboard.


JOURNALING AS HEALING (LLI 0041): This interactive workshop will lead to better understanding of how to use writing to help control stress and enjoy life. Move forward in life through journaling, where you can discover your passions, process negative feelings, deal with stress, and develop an “attitude of gratitude.” We will discuss types of journals, from records of family memories to grief journals. Journaling is a proven method of improving your physical and emotional health. Handouts will be provided. Sharing is optional. Lifelong Learning Institute for age 55+