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Writing and Publishing The Short Stuff, Especially For Moms!

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Instructor: Christina Katz

Class Maximum: 20

Finally, a writing workshop that fits into the busy lives of moms! The focus is on getting you into print sooner, rather than later, and without pulling all-nighters or paying a fortune in babysitter fees. You will learn how to write short, easy-to-write articles so that you will have an easier time working your way up to longer, more time-consuming articles (like features and profiles) later. You will try your pen at tips, fillers, short interviews, list articles, how-tos, and the short personal essays—all within six weeks. You will have the benefit of reading and learning from your classmates’ efforts. Opportunities for self-assessment and self-reflection are woven into the class.

Christina Katz has been putting writers through the writing and submitting paces since 2001. Personal attention from the instructor is offered throughout the class in the form of questions answered for the entire class, just like a traditional “live” class. Two detailed reviews of your drafts-in-progress are included at weeks three and six (you choose one of your pieces for an instructor critique each time). Because of the high volume of student productivity in this class, the instructor does not critique each and every student submission, but does share them with the entire class.

Busy dads and non-parents are also welcome, but should expect a course pre-designed to address and overcome the challenges busy moms face.

Duration: Six lessons with six assignments completed in six weeks

August 15 - September 26, 2007
October 3 - November 14, 2007


This may be your very first writing class or you may be an experienced freelancer. The only requirement is that you must be able to receive and create Microsoft Word documents to participate in this class (or text documents at the very least).

Cost: $160.00 for 2007 WPSS

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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