CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP (LLA 0257): Designed for writers of any type of non-fiction work, this workshop will help you improve your essays, memoirs and literary journalism. Share your work; critique the work of others; and learn the tenets of each style of creative nonfiction. Explore diverse writing styles, traditions, and beliefs of writers from many cultures. Write and receive verbal critiques for works up to 5,000 words. This workshop serves as one of the foundational courses for our Continuing Education Writing Digital Badge and may be offered as either an in-person class or a hybrid online class. This section is offered as an hybrid online class. The first meeting will be on the main Harper College campus in Palatine as will the last meeting. The instructor will arrange an individual online Skype meeting with each student. Assignments will be facilitated through Blackboard. First meeting and last meeting will be on the Harper College campus.
LEGACY: WRITING YOUR LIFE’S STORY (LLA 0239): Create a legacy for your family by writing the stories of your life. You may even consider publishing your memoir to share with the world. As inspiration, we’ll read stories by published authors and previous legacy students. In-class exercises and weekly assignments will get you started writing short stories about different times in your life. Learn self-reflection and writing techniques to create intriguing vignettes. By sharing your writings in class, you’ll help others recall memories and you’ll receive useful feedback on your writing.
WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY OR MEMOIR (LLA 0238): You have stories. Your family has stories. Some are humorous; some are inspiring; and one or two may just be tall tales. Now is the time to record these stories to pass down to future generations. You may even want to publish a book. You will learn techniques to interview family and friends, making them comfortable to share their tales. Self-reflection and writing exercises will help you write your own recollections in full detail. Once all the stories are collected, you will learn how to organize the writing process and create your personal masterpiece.
LEGACY: WRITE YOUR MEMOIR (LLI 0126): Create a legacy for your family by writing your life story. You may even consider
publishing your memoir to share with the world. Laura Ehrke will help you get started
with writing short stories about different times in your life. Learn self-reflection
and writing techniques to tell your tales in full detail. By sharing your writings
in class, you’ll help others recall memories and you’ll receive useful feedback. Lifelong Learning Institute for age 55+
MY CITY-MY STORY (LLI 0127): You don’t need to be a writer to enjoy this new class by Chicago writer/actor Paul Barile. What you have to be is over 50 years old and have a story to tell. Over the course of four weeks, you will develop a personal story that reflects an element of Chicagoland’s history through your personal experience. This class is a chance to document the events that shaped you and, in essence, shaped the city we all love so well. All students must have a draft of a story ready to develop. Lifelong Learning Institute for age 55+
RESEARCHING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY (LLI 0125): Were your ancestors royalty? When did they immigrate? Why did they come to America? How did they get here? We will work to find the answers to these questions and more. Before spending countless hours doing unproductive research, learn a proven process to guide your search for genealogical information. But it is more than just learning where to look that will create your success. Discover a method of organization to make your research efforts more efficient, and create documents to easily share what you discover with family. Lifelong Learning Institute for age 55+
JOURNALING AS HEALING (LLI 0041): This interactive workshop will lead to better understanding of how to use writing to help control stress and enjoy life. Move forward in life through journaling, where you can discover your passions, process negative feelings, deal with stress, and develop an “attitude of gratitude.” We will discuss types of journals, from records of family memories to grief journals. Journaling is a proven method of improving your physical and emotional health. Handouts will be provided. Sharing is optional. Lifelong Learning Institute for age 55+