Journalism (JOU)

Journalism Courses

JOU 7005. Beginner's Guide to Getting Published. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This comprehensive course will help you guide your work directly into the hands of an editor and onto the shelves of your favorite stores. Taught by a successful journalist and author, this course will walk you through every step of the publishing process. Have all of your questions answered about important legal issues, including copyright, agents and the use of pseudonyms.

JOU 7006. Publish and Sell Your E-Books. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Learn how to use free tools to turn your manuscript into a professionally published e-book ready for distribution. Or, if you don't consider yourself a techie, this course will give you the information you need to select the right publishing services to help you as you convert your manuscript so you're ready to sell it as an e-book. Discover the tricks of the trade used by traditional publishers to make sure their books are in the best position to be found by readers.

JOU 7007. Writing for Children. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Join author and writing mentor Steve Alcorn and discover what you need to know to write for children. If you're a beginning writer, this course will help you transform your book idea into a finished product that could potentially land in the hands of an editor or agent. And if you're already a successful writer, this course will help you explore new opportunities and markets for your work.

JOU 7008. Writing Young Adult Fiction. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Step-by-step, you'll learn to plan your plot and bring characters to life as you master each element of writing young adult fiction. This six-week course has everything you need to create a polished manuscript and get your story in print.

JOU 7009. Romance Writing. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Romance is the #1 selling genre in mass-market fiction with readers clamoring for more! To pen a novel romance readers love, you'll need to understand how to meet and exceed their expectations-exactly what this class will focus on. Learn about the genre of romance and explore why you fell in love with your favorite romance novels. Explore how to craft three-dimensional characters your readers will love and how to weave a plot so your story grabs the reader's interest from page one. By the time you finish, you'll be able to pick up a book and figure out what makes it a best seller, or why it's been called a classic, or why it appealed to you as a reader. Even better, you'll have mastered tools and techniques so you can add those same elements to your own writing.

JOU 7010. Research Methods for Writers. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Attention all writers! Learn how to efficiently and effectively conduct research for any writing project: fiction, nonfiction, business . . . even term papers and dissertations. Modern research techniques are boundless. The trick is to know where to look and what to look for. This six-week online course teaches the best methods for mounting a search on any subject.

JOU 7011. Travel Writing. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

In this course you'll learn how to develop the skills of a travel writer. Learn how to translate what is seen, heard, tasted, touched, smelled and felt (intuitively and physically) into publishable articles and books. Understand the writing styles and methods needed to sell material in today's competitive market (including the how-to's of technical aspects of lead paragraphs, descriptive passages and the uses of interviews, quotes and facts). By the end of the course, you'll have the ability to write for the travel market. So pack your sense adventure, organize your determination and put your keyboard in a comfortable position. If you have a desire to write and yearn to travel, you're a perfect candidate to become a travel writer. Let's get going. Topics include popular styles and types of travel writing that are the friendliest to new writers. Other topics of the workshop include how to write query letters, how to produce articles, essays and books, trends in types of articles and books, grammar and writing skills refreshers, and marketing information.

JOU 7012. Write and Publish Your Nonfiction Book. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

One of the great things about nonfiction book writing is that you're 10 times more likely to get published than you'd be if you wrote fiction. Whether you dream of becoming a full-time author, writing books to advance your career, or penning your memoir or family history, this fun and information-packed course will teach you how to plan, research, write, edit, and publish your masterpiece.

JOU 7013. Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Who doesn't know the fear of the blank page? How can we transform our visions into the written word? Is it really possible to become a terrific writer? You'll find the answer to these and more of your questions in Writeriffic. In this high-energy class you'll learn lots of tricks from the published writer's toolbox. Whether you're at work now or hoping to write a novel, a nonfiction book, a memoir, short stories or articles, Writeriffic liberates the imaginative, inventive bolts of genius that are inside everyone. If you've ever dreamed of hearing your writer's voice and writing what's in your heart and head, this class will make it happen.

JOU 7014. Writing Essentials. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Master the essentials of writing, and become the stellar wordsmith you always wanted to be! In this course, you'll develop the skills you need to excel at business communications, express yourself clearly online, and take your creative literary talents to a new level. Whether you're hoping to get a better job, write for a blog, or publish your short story, this course will give you the writing tools you need for success. It's also a perfect choice for students who speak English as a second language.

JOU 7015. Writing the Fantasy Novel. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Fantasy is an increasingly popular genre of fiction, and now is a great time to become a fantasy fiction writer! This course is perfect whether you have an idea for a book or even if you don't know where to start. Learn what separates fantasy fiction from other types of fiction. Try an in-depth world-building exercise, which will help you create a system of magic as well as the different species that will live the world you're developing. Create characters, and learn how to populate your world with unique, compelling, and interesting people. Learn how to revise and edit so that when you complete it, your book will be essentially a finished product. You'll also learn a little bit about publishing your book, including the differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing, and you'll decide which type will work better for you. With the tools you'll gain in this course, you'll be ready to tackle your first fantasy novel.

JOU 7110. Introduction to Journaling. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

If you've ever wanted to try journaling, this course will provide answers to your every question. You'll discover the different types of journaling (including dream journaling), and sample a buffet of journaling techniques, exercises, tools, and resources. We'll cover everything you need to know about journaling, including a seven-step process that will ease you into writing a journal, even if you've never journaled before. You'll get detailed instructions on developing, decorating, and customizing your journal, and you'll learn exciting new ways to express yourself and develop your creativity. You'll find out how you can use your journal to explore your thoughts, feelings, and values, and you'll learn how to use your journal to support you as you develop true emotional well-being. You'll also understand how journaling can ease the stress of unwanted change throughout the course of your life. You'll even discover how journaling can help you choose the best career for you or advance in your current career. Offered in partnership with ed2go.

JOU 8000. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Enter the world of speculative fiction and learn to structure, polish and prepare your science fiction and fantasy (SF & F) ideas and writings for publication. This course is designed for writers at all stages of development, who have a keen interest in writing science fiction or fantasy stories, under the guidance of a seasoned SF & F author. In class, you will learn how critiques (both giving and taking) are an essential part of any successful writing process. Students will first work on structuring their stories, learning and using the building blocks of all fiction writing, and then submit finished stories to the class and instructor for constructive criticism, feedback and refinement during the latter sessions of the class.

JOU 8002. Mystery Writing. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Learn the difference between story and plot, experiment with various viewpoints, and discuss more twists and turns to thrill your readers. Following each lesson, you'll practice on your own story by writing complete scenes and learning the internal structure that makes every scene feel right. Packed with expert advice, you'll be well on your way to writing a successful mystery of your own.

JOU 8100. Food Writing for Newspapers, Magazines, And Cookbook Authoring. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Food writing offers a "buffet" of opportunities. Learn the nuances of writing for magazines or newspapers and gain insight into how to publish a cookbook. This six-week course details the riting process and offers tips on how to pitch a story for publication. Topics covered include: different types of food journalism, the writing process, writing a restaurant review, pitching a story idea, compiling a cookbook and writing receipes. Students must activate their SNAP account prior to the start of class.

JOU 8102. Follow Your Tale. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Alice was curious so she followed the white rabbit. You are curious about writing, but you feel stuck. Have you been following your rabbit's tale? In this course you will have the opportunity to follow your own rabbit tale. We will read, write, and discuss the work of published authors as well as fellow classmates in each class period as we take the fuzzy (tale) of an idea and follow it down its rabbit hole. Maybe you have an image that wants to be a poem. Perhaps you have a character that needs to find its story, etc. All genres are welcome. See you in Wonderland!.

JOU 8103. Writing Across Genres. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

So you want to write, but you can't seem to get started on that novel. Have you ever considered starting a shorter piece first? In this course writers will have the opportunity to learn about and try their hand at writing in short forms (flash fiction, micro essays, prose-poetry, dramatic monologues) from across the genres. Pieces produced in this course may even be the buds for longer works. Strategies for expanding these shorter pieces (or publishing/enjoying them as is) will also be addressed.

JOU 8111. The Healing Power of Words. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

What benefits can writing provide - physically, mentally, spiritually? Are some ways of writing more healing than others? And can we create quality literary work as we heal? In this workshop that incorporates Dr. James Pennebaker's groundbreaking ideas, we'll discuss and implement ways to use writing as a transformational tool. And, if you're looking, you'll find the genesis of new poetry, creative non-fiction, and/or fiction. WARNING: Laughter likely. Inspiration guaranteed!.

JOU 8113. Advanced Creative Writing: Creativity Taken to the Next Level. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Do you have a fiction or nonfiction story in the making? Are you feeling a bit uncertain about how to pull it together? Then this course is for you! You will examine the details of your creation and get tips on every facet of crafting a story, including structure, theme, motif, opening and more. With careful attention to detail your story will come alive. Learn how to create a page-turner that touches your reader's heart. Class time will include lecture, discussion and writing exercises.

JOU 8114. Creative Writing. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Are you ready to test the waters of creative writing but not sure where to start or how? Maybe you've written before, but long ago. Or, maybe you never had an opportunity to learn. This course will guide you as you let your creative thoughts roam. You will get tips on craft and practice as you use various imagination-stretching exercises, then write through in-class readings, discussions and assignments, to build upon those ideas. This course will focus on fiction, creative nonfiction and depending on interest, poetry as a means to enhancing and structuring your writings. Best of all: no exams or grades to worry about!.

JOU 8115. Telling Your Story - The Personal Essay and the Essence of Memories. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Have you ever looked at your life and wondered how to make sense of it? We all have. Writing forces us to think through our life experiences, one sentence at a time. In the process, memories become coherent and we find a sense of purpose. This class will show you how to write about something that matters to you, whether a favorite relative, or a lesson learned through personal hardship or happier times. You'll learn how to turn an idea into a essay or story and at the end of six weeks, you'll have a written work to share.

JOU 8118. Delicious Words: Food For The Soul Stories. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Food not only nurtures us, it is also a rich source of metaphor and memory. Come nibble on cookies from well- known author Maureen Ryan-Griffin's own mother's recipes as you write your own delicious memories. Learn how to begin your own food memoir or family/community cookbook, write a food-related essay, and/or leave a legacy to share with loved ones. Class is taught by Barbara Lawing, well-known local writer.

JOU 8119. Write Yourself!. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Writers write. So says Anne Larnott, author of Bird By Bird. It's that easy! This course is for practicing writers, closet writers and as-yet-to-pick-up-the-pen writers who are interested in personal discovery and growth. Bring pen and notebook and reap writing's benefits - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We'll play with techniques and prompts to spur your imagination and look at how to turn your drafts into poems, stories, articles and/or essays. Class will be taught by Maureen Ryan Griffin, local award winning author.

JOU 8121. A Writers Guide to Successful Publication. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

A concentrated workshop designed for the writer whose goal is publication. Receive instructions for producing a professional manuscript, examine publishing industry structure, and learn strategies for finding an appropriate publisher. Resources for locating a literary agent are revealed.

JOU 8122. Creating a Sense of Place. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

What is a "sense of place" and how can writers capture the essence of a setting? Class will include readings and creative exercises that will promote open discussion. Students are encouraged to bring passages from the works of their favorite authors and examples of their own work.

JOU 8123. Write Away and Home Again. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Capture the spirit and specific details of your upcoming or past trips in this class that focuses on keeping a travel journal. Learn brainstorming and writing techniques that will have your trip come alive on the page!.

JOU 8124. Introduction to Contemporary Poetry. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Interested in reading, sharing, discussing, or understanding contempo- rary poetry? Then this course is for you! An eight-week "gathering" for the exploration and appreciation of contemporary poetry in an intimate workshop setting. Both writers and readers welcome. Students will be asked to purchase a book of contemporary poetry by the second class meeting for the purpose of sharing/study. A list will be provided by the instructor at the first class meeting.

JOU 8126. The Artist's Way-Feeding Your Creative Self. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Whether you dream of being a writer, an artist or actor, a singer or dancer, or just want to experience more joy in your life, this class will point the way. Learn to tap into your creative energies through in-class and out-of-class writing exercises and reading from, Julia Cameron's, "The Artist's Way.".

JOU 8127. Creativity in the Work Place: the Artist's Way At Work. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

I am not a businessman, I am an artist, says Warren Buffet. No one can dispute the success of this man in the business world, but what about the idea of business as art? If this concept is intriguing to you, join this class in exploration and problem solving.

JOU 8129. Novel Writing - Laying a Foundation. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Laying a foundation is a must for every person who shares the dream of writing The Great American Novel. This course is an in-depth study of the building blocks of fiction writing and is designed for all serious writers.

JOU 8132. Magazine Masterpieces. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Want to write for magazines, but have no idea how to write that first piece or get it published? Magazine Masterpieces will get you started on your first article armed with a wealth of potential target markets. Learn how to select a topic, target an audience, self-edit, and more! In-class writing assignments and a completed outside article will be required.

JOU 8148. Novel Writer's Marketing Toolkit. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Designed to prepare and equip writers with everything from drafting a synopses of your novel to marketing to publisher queries, the aim of this course is to help fiction writers in all genres learn how to polish, prepare and market their work.

JOU 8149. Marketing for Writers - How to Sell Everything You Write. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Discover how to find publishers for your articles, evaluate the market, deal with editors, sell your writings and stay organized for marketing success.

JOU 8154. Entertainment Writing for Fun and Profit. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Get an insider's view on how to write successful entertainment stories for print and media, plus get useful tips on publishing and the Charlotte market. No longer relegated to feature sections entertainment writing is an integral and popular piece of news coverage in local communities and publications. This can become a lucrative career and fun way to express your opinion of bands, authors, plays and more. You will learn to write for front pages and for the growing entertainment community. Master the five keys of a successful entertainment article: the Q and A, profile, advance article, performance review and product review.

JOU 8157. Screenwriting Workshop: The Spec Script, A Work-In-Progress. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Every aspiring screenwriter has a work-in-progress which could benefit from the input of a seasoned screenwriter and the fellowship and feedback of other writers Bring your script to this weekend workshop to hone your premise and a structure to take your storyline and characters to their conclusions. Short lectures, generated by participant demands, will address refining the premise, scene, character and emotional content. The exchange of constructive peer feedback will help students develop their projects in a supportive environment. Suggested Supplemental Text: "Screenplay" by Syd Field, Dell (new edition). Also helpful: Final Draft 7 Professional Scriptwriting software.

JOU 8158. Introduction to Screenwriting. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Whether you want to write micro-budget indie films or Hollywood blockbusters, this course will teach you how to create a script that can sell. Start with the fundamentals and how to develop that tiny spark into a story, and finally how to structure it into a screenplay. You'll also get an inside look into the business of selling your script and building your career as a writer.

JOU 8160. How to Sell a Book in Today's Publishing Marketplace. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Students will learn about the nature of the publishing marketplace, how to find and evaluate ideas for books, query publishers, find an agent, research and write a book proposal, and understand the publishing contract.

JOU 8170. The Writer's Guide to Small Press Publications. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Off your desk and onto the shelves. Take a look at the exciting world of small press publications. Learn about available resources for small press publications and focus on marketing and submitting your poems, essays, or short fiction to a particular audience. Class is taught by Barbara Lawing, well-known local writer.

JOU 8181. A Character Dialogue Workshop - Who Says Dialogue Doesn't Matter?. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Few components of fiction and non-fiction can make or break your writing like dialogue. Not only does it have to be believable, it also affects pacing and plot. Do you know how to avoid "wooden" dialogue? What about the nine ways to alter and punctuate, to show off your character's words to their best, most polished effect? If you want to learn this, and more, come join local author Maureen Ryan Griffin to study examples by accomplished writers and craft your own work.

JOU 8185. Writing, Structuring and Publishing a Romance Novel. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Harlequin romance author AlTonya Washington brings her experiences from the writing industry to this class geared towards aspiring romance novelists. As an award-winning author, AlTonya will share insights, resources and advice on several aspects including hero-heroine character development, creation of dramatic scenes as well as her experiences writing for traditional publishing houses such as BET, Dafina Books and Harlequin romances.

JOU 8400. Write Your Life Story. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

If you've ever thought about writing your life story, now is the time. You will have the satisfaction of telling history your way. This course walks you step-by-step through the process of writing your life story. It's fun. It's exciting. It's a story only you can tell.

JOU 8401. The Keys to Effective Editing. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

From the language of editing to grammar, punctuation, and syntax to the all-important relationships between editor, author, and publisher, every facet of editing will be explored in this copyeditor course. Online editing is gaining popularity; its complexities will be unraveled and its advantages and pitfalls explored.

JOU 8829. Poetry Workshop. 0.0 Hours. Class-440.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

Whether you want to be Tennyson or Ginsberg, if you write poetry or want to begin, this workshop is for you. Work on your own pieces in the company of fellow poets and poets-to-be while learning to polish and carefully critique various forms of poetry.