Community and Professional Education

Winter/Spring 2017 Offerings: Communication

Elements of Fiction Writing: Discussion and Workshop
So you want to write a story but you don't know where to begin? In this class, we will discuss the elements of fiction writing – theme, style, point of view, plot, description, characterization, and setting – then give you an opportunity to practice them through workshop and critique. Together we'll create a writing community where we are free to share, learn, and grow our writing.
6 Sessions, ADM 104
Mon., 2/27 - 4/10, 7 - 9 p.m.
No class 3/20
Kristina Boudreault, Instructor

Getting Paid to Talk: Voice-Overs as a Profession
Have you ever been told you have a great voice? From audio books and cartoons to documentaries, commercials and more, this class will introduce you to the growing field of voice over. Learn what the pros look for, how to prepare, and where to find work in your area! We'll discuss industry pros and cons and play samples from working voice professionals. In addition, you'll have an opportunity to record a short professional script under the direction of our teacher. This class is lots of fun, realistic and a great first step for anyone interested in the voice over field. For more info please visit:
1 Session, ADM 101
Mon., 3/27, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Creative Voice Development, Instructor

English as a Second Language
This course is specifically designed for beginning-level English language students and will use simple reading passages as a basis for discussion. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary development, conversation, understanding American idioms and customs, finding the main idea, improving reading, and understanding basic elements of American English grammar. Students should increase their overall language proficiency through conversation, group activities and the use of language learning websites and software. There is no required textbook. Materials will be provided by the instructor and will include access to websites and software for developing language skills.
8 Sessions, BTC 217
Wed., 2/8 - 4/12, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 2/22 or 3/22
Susan Gallagher, Instructor

Writing From Your Heart: The Art of Personal Essays
The happy, memorable and hilarious happenings of your life can be transformed into extraordinary personal essays. Learn the step-by-step process for jumpstarting your creativity to unlock and capture the details of your experiences, structuring your essay, pounding out a first draft and revising your manuscript into a polished essay. One-on-one consulting with the instructor will help you move with confidence toward your writing goal. Course fee includes $15 materials fee for coursebook.
3 Sessions, WIL 112
Thurs., 3/2 - 3/16, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Pauline Bartel, Instructor

Break Into Print with Nonfiction Articles
Today's non-fiction market is wide open to freelancers, and the rewards are bylines, prestige and money. Have you wondered how to break in? Wonder no longer. Learn the step-by-step process of researching, writing and selling nonfiction to consumer, trade and technical magazines and websites. Discover how to explode one idea into dozens of articles (and collect multiple paychecks), guarantee that editors call you when they need a feature and experience the thrill of opening a magazine and seeing your article with your byline. One-on-one consulting with the instructor helps you move with confidence on the path to publication. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.
3 Sessions, WIL 112
Thurs., 4/27 - 5/11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Pauline Bartel, Instructor

Instant Italian
This course will teach you how to express yourself comfortably in Italian. You'll learn practical, everyday words and phrases that will make your stay in Italy more enjoyable. You'll read, hear and practice dialogues based on typical situations that you're likely to encounter while staying in Italy. The dialogues and follow-up exercises will teach you to communicate in Italian in a wide variety of settings. The course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online Ed2go username and password via email within one week of registration. More detailed information on this course can be found at
Online Course Dates: 3/15 - 5/5

Beginner's Guide to Getting Published
Did you know Stephen King was rejected 75 times before he sold his first novel? If your goal is to become a published freelance writer by selling a magazine article, short story, poem, or even a novel to a traditional publisher, this comprehensive workshop will you guide you to, then past the editor's desk. You will discover how to become a "published" writer overnight, submit manuscripts the correct way, write irresistible query letters and more. Course fee includes a $20 materials fee.
1 Session, DCC B05
Tues., 4/11, 7 - 9 p.m.
LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor

Speed Spanish
Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can, with Speed Spanish!
This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish, pronto. You'll learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you'll be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish. ¡Qué Bueno!
The course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online Ed2go username and password via email within one week of registration. More detailed information on this course can be found at
Online Course Dates: 3/15 - 5/5

Meet the Agent/Publisher Q&A - Get Your Manuscript Critiqued
Have you ever wanted to talk to a real agent or publisher? Are you tired of having your manuscripts critiqued by non-professionals or paying an editor too much money to change your writing to their voice? Bring your in-progress manuscript for an in-class critique of one page of your poetry, article, short story, screenplay, novel, non-fiction book, or children's book. You can then leave a copy of your manuscript for a professional critique of your entire manuscript (Please note there is an additional fee for this service.) Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, DCC B05
Tues., 4/11, 6 - 7 p.m.
LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor