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In-Person Classes - Withdrawal/refund requests must be made by phone or email prior to the start of the class to receive a 100 percent refund. No refunds will be made after that time. Unexplained absences from class without prior communication to the instructor will result in immediate withdrawal and the student will not be refunded.
Online/Zoom Classes - Withdrawal/refund requests must be made by phone or email 24 hours or more from the start of the class to receive a 100 percent refund. For the security of the virtual classroom, refunds for online classes will not be authorized after the Zoom link has been sent.
All Classes - Full refunds will be made if Centralia College cancels the class.

 Important - Zoom Links 
The CE office will email Zoom links 24 hours before the class starts. Please check your spam folder before requesting a new link. If you have not received the Zoom link and the online class is fewer than 24 hours away, contact the CE office immediately at 360-623-8940. If you do not contact the CE office about the missing Zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided.

 
  • A Novel in Four Drafts
  • Every draft of a novel can be more than just another version of the manuscript. It can be an ongoing evolution that keeps improving with each stage until the work is finally the best version of itself. Writers in all stages of production will benefit from this detailed and engaging look at the writing and revision process. Participants in this course will learn what they should focus on for each draft, techniques for effective editing, and how to complete that book that never seems to be good enough.
  • Instructor Lindsay Schopfer
    Dates 8/5/2024 - 8/26/2024
    Class 16115
    Room WAH 105
    Time 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Fee $65.00
    Days M
    Sessions 4
    Seats Available 500
 

  • Be a Better Writer with 10 Tips
  • We write everyday: emails, social media posts, work projects, and even non-fiction or creative writing. Improving is just a matter of knowing some simple tricks to make your writing more impactful and readable, and may help get you a promotion at work or avoid rejection from a publisher. In this hands-on session, there will be writing/editing examples and exercises so you can see in real time how to make sentences flow properly while still maintaining reader interest, and you will leave with a workbook full of writing tips and tricks, which is included in the class fee.
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/13/2024 - 7/13/2024
    Class 16122
    Room Virtual
    Time 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Fee $35.00
    Days Sa
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 50
 

  • Beginner's Guide to Free Blog
  • Online blogging is a great way to get the word out about you, your service, your product, or information you want to share! You will learn step-by-step how to: start a FREE blog with WordPress, choose a blog template, emphasize your blog content with a creative name, use your unique voice to share your expertise, and connect your domain/website. You will also learn how to earn an income with your blog, including links to other websites and advertising on your blog, as well as increase your internet ranking.
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/17/2024 - 7/17/2024
    Class 16129
    Room Virtual
    Time 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Fee $25.00
    Days W
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 50
 

  • Beginner's Guide to Publishing
  • If your goal is to become a published freelance writer by selling a magazine article, short story, poem, or even a novel to a traditional publisher, this comprehensive workshop will guide you to, then past the editor's desk. You will discover how to: become a "published" writer overnight, submit manuscripts the correct way, find the right publisher for your work, write irresistible query letters, determine when and how to get an agent, and 100 ways to make money as a freelance writer. If you really want to succeed, this step-by-step workshop is a must!
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/9/2024 - 7/9/2024
    Class 16132
    Room Virtual
    Time 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Fee $25.00
    Days Tu
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 50
 

  • Comedy Writing: Be Funny
  • Whether you need to make a dull work presentation more lively, mix laughter with learning in the classroom, or ultimately want to write for print/production or perform your own stand-up routine, this fast-paced session will show you how to apply humor to all aspects of your life. You will learn the anatomy of a joke, how to use your powers of observation to sharpen your wit, how to write different types of jokes, and how to use humor to entertain and influence people.
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/11/2024 - 7/11/2024
    Class 16133
    Room Virtual
    Time 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Fee $25.00
    Days Th
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 24
 

  • Crafting a Complete Story
  • A complete story has it all. A strong hook in the beginning, ongoing conflicts and questions to keep the reader interested, and an ending that is both satisfying and leaves the reader wanting more. In this four-part workshop series, participants will learn skills like identifying essential establishing information, writing scenes that continually flow between conflict and resolution, and setting up potential sequels while still crafting endings that are emotionally satisfying.
  • Instructor Lindsay Schopfer
    Dates 7/8/2024 - 7/29/2024
    Class 16111
    Room WAH 105
    Time 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Fee $65.00
    Days M
    Sessions 4
    Seats Available 50
 

  • Explore Self-Publishing Options
  • Self Publishing is all the rage, but is it the best option for YOU? (participants must also attend ¿Beginner¿s Guide to Getting Published¿) And, can you do both? You will discover the pros and cons of all the self publishing options, including print-on-demand and e-book publishing, as well as Amazon options, and see how they compare to traditional publishing.
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/9/2024 - 7/9/2024
    Class 16135
    Room Virtual
    Time 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Fee $15.00
    Days Tu
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 24
 

  • Explore the World as A Travel Writer
  • If you love to travel and love to write, this is for you! We will discuss how to use all your senses in a new destination to create more detailed and in-depth descriptions that capture and maintain readers¿ interest, and whether or not you need to include photos with your work. You will also learn how to find and submit your finished product to print and online markets, the business side of travel writing (how to take travel tax deductions), and how to avoid worn-out travel writing cliches.
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/15/2024 - 7/15/2024
    Class 16136
    Room Virtual
    Time 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Fee $25.00
    Days M
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 24
 

  • Free-Write & Critique Group
  • Come practice the craft of creative writing with an award-winning author! Every week, participants will be given time to work on their own original stories in a safe, supportive environment. Participants will also have the opportunity to give and receive positive, encouraging feedback on what they've been working on.
  • Instructor Lindsay Schopfer
    Dates 6/19/2024 - 8/21/2024
    Class 16108
    Room WAH 105
    Time 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Fee $85.00
    Days W
    Sessions 10
    Seats Available 24
 

  • How to Write Your Life Story
  • You don¿t need to be famous to have a legacy to leave behind. Create an inspirational autobiography for family, friends, and others. Learn how to recall vivid memories, analyze events and people that shaped who you are, and bring your story to life. Your handout, included in the class fee, will have an outline to help you organize and write your memoir step-by-step. Printing/publishing options will also discussed.
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/13/2024 - 7/13/2024
    Class 16139
    Room Virtual
    Time 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Fee $35.00
    Days Sa
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 24
 

  • Intro to ChatGPT for Writers
  • ChatGPT (AI) is here to stay and is the future for writers and content creators. Don't be left behind! No prior AI experience required. Do you want to learn how to incorporate the power of cutting-edge technology to gain ideas and inspiration, write web content, articles, and even novels or scripts? In this beginner-friendly course, you'll learn how to: register for a FREE ChatGPT account, input effective writing prompts to avoid nonsense responses, build creative content, from stories to marketing copy, determine its capabilities and limitations, and understand ethical/legal considerations using ChatGPT. There's no doubt ChatGPT and similar AI systems will force the job market to evolve. It's crucial for everyone to adapt, learn new skills, and be open to working in collaboration with AI, so start building your expertise in the world of ChatGPT now!
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/18/2024 - 7/18/2024
    Class 16141
    Room Virtual
    Time 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Fee $25.00
    Days Th
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 24
 

  • Intro to Screenwriting for TV
  • \In this comprehensive session, you will learn about special screenwriting terms and formats for television and the big screen. You will also learn how to plot a story, develop characters, and execute your work in the proper screenwriting format. You will discover the difference between a Treatment, a Spec Script and a Shooting Script and when to do each. And, you'll get an inside look into the business of selling your script to agents and producers.
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/13/2024 - 7/13/2024
    Class 16142
    Room Virtual
    Time 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Fee $25.00
    Days Sa
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 24
 

  • Kindle Direct to Self-Publishing
  • Whether you're looking to publish a paperback novel or short eBook now or in the future, this detailed tutorial will teach you step-by-step how to create an Amazon KDP account, format your manuscript and upload it to the platform, easily create a book cover from available templates, determine pricing and royalties, develop a sales pitch for your Amazon page, and write an Amazon author bio.
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/10/2024 - 7/10/2024
    Class 16149
    Room Virtual
    Time 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Fee $15.00
    Days W
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 24
 

  • Meet Publisher/Agent (Critique)
  • Have you ever wanted to talk to a real agent or publisher? Are you tired of having your manuscripts critiqued by non-professionals or paying an editor too much money to change your writing to their voice? Email one page of your in-progress manuscript for an in-class critique of one page of your poetry, article, short story, screenplay, novel, non-fiction book, or children's book. (Optional: You can then send your manuscript for a professional critique for a fee of $50 for up to 25 double-spaced pages + $1/page thereafter, and a list of publishers/agents who are interested in your type of work.)
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/18/2024 - 7/18/2024
    Class 16150
    Room Virtual
    Time 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Fee $20.00
    Days Th
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 24
 

  • Write an Irresistible Romance
  • Romance is the #1 selling fiction genre. Whether you're a new or experienced writer, this comprehensive session will help you sharpen your skills with practical step-by-step advice. You will discover the different romance sub-genres and understand the proven romance formula. You will also learn to create a unique setting, introduce your protagonist (lead character), percolate friction, and write relatable dialogue as well as intimate scenes. Publishing options will also be discussed.
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/16/2024 - 7/16/2024
    Class 16151
    Room Virtual
    Time 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Fee $25.00
    Days Tu
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 24
 

  • Write First Novel in 90 Days
  • This intensive course provides a schedule of crafting a novel from start to finish, which you can finish in as little as 90 days! This class will also help you stay motivated throughout the journey. You will learn how to: select your novel genre and develop a compelling premise, create multidimensional characters and immersive settings, craft a detailed plot outline, manage your time to keep your writing flow consistent, combat common roadblocks, including writer's block. Master the art of self-editing: refining your plot, and fixing pacing, dialogue, and characterization problems. Receive constructive criticism from beta readers and explore publishing options. By the end of this class, you will know how to complete your novel and have the knowledge and confidence to move forward with the publishing process.
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/17/2024 - 7/17/2024
    Class 16219
    Room Virtual
    Time 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Fee $25.00
    Days W
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 24
 

  • Write Mystery, Suspense, Crime
  • Become a mystery writer for fun or profit! You will discover the different sub-genres and three-act story structure of mystery writing and create an intriguing cast of characters. Learn how to research and pick your setting, make sure your opening grabs readers' attention, use "red herrings" to misdirect your readers and create suspense until you're ready for the final reveal. Publishing options will also be discussed.
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/11/2024 - 7/11/2024
    Class 16220
    Room Virtual
    Time 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Fee $25.00
    Days Th
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 24
 

  • Writing for Blogs/Mags/Websites
  • You don't need a journalism degree or previously published articles to write for anyone's online blog, magazine, or website. Some opportunities offer exposure, while many pay well -- $1 a word and more. In this fast-paced session, you will learn how to: find ideas, sources, and more than 1,000 opportunities that pay, conduct interviews and create interesting content, protect your copyright, write query letters, and then use this credibility to sell other articles or even your self published novel.
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor LeeAnne Krusemark
    Dates 7/9/2024 - 7/9/2024
    Class 16221
    Room Virtual
    Time 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Fee $25.00
    Days Tu
    Sessions 1
    Seats Available 24
 

  • Business of Creative Writing
  • This course will introduce students to the world of business for creative writers. Participants will learn the basics of traditional and independent publishing, how to market and promote yourself, what kind of professionals are out there and when to hire them, and how to do author events and book signings.
  • Instructor Lindsay Schopfer
    Dates 6/4/2024 - 6/25/2024
    Class 12482
    Room WAH 105
    Time 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Fee $65.00
    Days Tu
    Sessions 4
    Seats Available 29
 

  • Grantwriting Secrets
  • Grantwriting is a topic gaining in popularity as more and more people try to find funds to help the causes they love - schools, nonprofits, or a personal volunteer project. It's also a handy career tool. Learn the inside rules of grantwriting including how to find funding opportunities, apply for funds, and make practical use of them. Leave with real ideas for tools, most of them free. Gale E. Hemmann is a seasoned grant writer with over 10 years writing experience including managing $15 million in nonprofit funding. Gale has also participated in a local grant writers board and has a passion of staying up to date on the industry.
     THIS COURSE IS ONLINE 
  • Meeting link(s) will be sent 24-48 hrs before class. Refer to the refund policy above. 
  • Instructor Gale Hemmann
    Dates 4/8/2024 - 6/21/2024
    Class 36857
    Room Virtual
    Time 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Fee $90.00
    Days
    Sessions 0
    Seats Available 19
 

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