Clatsop Community College will offer several writing classes, ranging from two-day workshops to full term courses, this fall.

The classes include:

• Writing Creative Nonfiction Essays – Telling True Stories: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept 27 and Oct. 4, Instructor, Jenny Bates. Cost: $69. Through interactive classroom and writing activities, listening and sharing, learn about the different types of essays to tell true stories, from meditative and ideas essays to memoirs and humor pieces, literary portraits to new journalism.

• Fiction Writing: The Short Story: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Oct 2 through Dec 4. Instructor: Alison Ruch. Cost: $49. In this workshop-format class, participants will study the craft of writing short stories. Topics will include character, plot, dialog, setting, figurative language, genre and pacing. Each class will include prompted writing sessions, topical discussions and workshop sessions designed for constructive feedback.

• Writing Historical Fiction: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct 25 and Nov 1. Instructor: Jenny Bates. Cost: $79. Students learn to find sources of inspiration, build authority through research and set stories and novels in historical contexts. Through exercises and assignments, participants practice creating historically accurate settings, account for social and cultural contexts, take into account current cultural assumptions that may enter their work and use details and characterization to enrich their writing.

• Writing in Rain: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15. Instructor: Matt Love. Cost: $29. In two creative thinking, visualization and writing workshops, participants will confront rain in nonmeterological terms with the intent of unlocking powerful metaphors that will enhance the creative process. Participants will need writing materials. A digital camera and/or smartphone is recommended as well.

• How to Self-Publish: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct 4 and 11. Instructors: Gloria Linkey and Honey Perkel. Cost: $39. Learn the pros and cons of self-publishing in this two-day class. Students will discuss how to market their completed work and how to keep efficient bookkeeping records. Find out what to watch for when selecting a publisher and gain tips on getting e-published. Taught by two local authors experienced in self-publishing

Register at and search under the course title listed above or call 503-325-2402.


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