You used to write, but stopped somewhere along the way. You always wanted to write, but never got up the courage to try. You write, but never finish anything. You journal or blog, but what you write seems boring to you.
You have ideas, but don’t know how to turn them into words. You have no ideas whatsoever and wonder, where do ideas come from, anyway?
This class will jump start your writing life in ways that are both playful and challenging. You’ll learn how writers get ideas and how they trick their minds into getting words on the page. You’ll learn how to bring fictional or real-life characters to life, how to create vivid scenes and settings, and how to make your readers feel what you want them to feel. Most important of all, you’ll identify your own material and begin to discover the stories only you can write.
You need no prior writing experience to take this class, just the desire to make it part of your life. You’ll leave with the tools to make that happen.
Barbara Shoup is the author of eight novels for adults and young adults, most recently An American Tune, and Looking for Jack Kerouac, and the co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process. Her young adult novels, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. Vermeer’s Daughter was a School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Young Adults. She is the recipient of the PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship and fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission. Currently the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center, she has taught writing for more than forty years.