UBC Okanagan’s Community and Continuing Studies department is introducing new writing courses this fall aimed at recreational writers who want to explore their creativity and expand their horizons.
With no prerequisites required, the courses are designed to be fun and flexible, enabling writers of all abilities to delve into a variety of topics and writing styles — from poems to news releases — chosen based on feedback from Okanagan residents.
“We asked our friends, neighbours, acquaintances and even strangers to tell us what type of writing courses they would be interested in taking,” says Elaine Crebo, Program Leader, Community and Continuing Studies. “Based on their feedback we developed eight exciting courses – four one-day workshops and four 10-week courses – that can be enjoyed by a wide spectrum of people of all skill levels.”
The writing courses are part of Community and Continuing Studies’ ongoing mandate to engage the community in life-long learning through educational opportunities that apply to and compliment everyday life.
“The classes offer a really supportive, encouraging environment,” says Crebo. “Our instructors are experts in their fields who appreciate and value people’s life experiences, and welcome those experiences into their classroom. You don’t need to be an experienced writer to take part in any of our writing courses, you just need an interest in writing and a desire to explore that interest.”
The classes offered this fall include:
- Writing a Memoir – Catching the Story
- The Hidden Poet – A Joyous Sound
- Writing for Children and Young Adults
- Online Writing Course – Okanagan Short Stories
- Body and Soul and the Healing Pen – Meditation and Creative Writing (one-day workshop)
- The Good Grape Meets the Passionate Pen – Wine Writing (one-day workshop)
- Media Boot Camp (one-day workshop)
- Travelers’ Tales – Sharing Your Journey (one-day workshop)
For more information visit, http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/continuingstudies/programs/writing.html.
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