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Every story’s elements are the same no matter its final form, be it novel, screenplay, memoir or business presentation. What prevents many from starting their writing journey is not knowing how to begin, because for beginners and new writers, ideas are easy, words on paper or screen are hard. Numerous courses teach writing basics, plot, character development, and dialog, but this course moves burgeoning writers beyond “How do I start?” Students learn five practical steps that develop their ‘great’ idea into their opening pages.
All writers eventually develop their own way to begin, but this course teaches how to narrow and define story choices, create characters and know the characters’ motivations (which also apply to business-related and nonfiction projects!). While these basics are included in every how-to-write class or book, this session provides the step by step path to confronting a blank page and typing those important first words, perhaps the most important, practical, writer’s challenge, because the act of writing provides the reward every writer needs, the “I did it” start to a rewarding life of storytelling. This one-day session can be the real beginning of a satisfying writing career.

Class Details

1 Sessions

Emeritus Hall

Michael Harkins 



Registration Closes On
Saturday, September 21, 2019 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
9/21/2019 Sat 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Santa Rosa, Emeritus Hall  Map, Room: 1520 Michael Harkins  ClassRoom