Are you a writer or someone who wants to start writing and live in Orange County, California?
Do you want to take a writing class to brush up on your existing skills, or to learn about the basics of professional writing and get some practice doing so?
Below we’re featured 16 top writing classes in Orange County for you to take a look at.
For more than a decade now, Dorothy Spirus has been teaching writing classes in the city of Irvine. Since January, she has added more classes in Huntington Beach. Dorothy has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities in English at USC. The classes offered include Creative Writing and Writing Jumpstart.
Dorothy Spirus offers writing classes in poetry, non-fiction, books, short stories and scripts. The creative writing course on offer allows you to work on your own project whether its fiction or non-fiction. You have they opportunity to develop a book idea you may have, start writing a short story, children’s book, a screenplay, or a novel that you’re part way through writing. In this class, you’ll also get a thorough evaluation of your work.
The location for the creative writing course in Irvine is held at Rancho Center, 3 Ethel Coplen Way * Irvine, CA 92604 near the 405 Fwy and Culver. To register, contact the City of Irvine “Creative Writing” Course #6259 or visit www.YourIrvine.org to register online or call (949) 724-6610. Charges are $170 for six meetings. Those living outside the city of Irvine are charged $10 more. Summer session starts from June 12 to July 17. Hunting beach summer session is from July 11 to August 15 at the historic City Gym & Pool building, 1600 Palm Ave. To enroll, contact the City of Huntington Beach or visit www.HBsands.org. Fall classes will begin in September.
Participants of this workshop will learn the techniques of style in writing their stories. The course provides the opportunity to create an invaluable record of history, and through putting a story on paper, you’ll be able to make sense your life, your family and its origins.
The course will be conducted by Ms. Ardell. She has a honors degree in English from the University of California at Irvine and a Master of Professional Writing from the Southern California University. Since 1989, Ms. Ardell has worked as a freelancer in Orange County. For more information, contact Ardell at email@example.com or call her on 949.717.3818.
Classes cost $250.
North Orange County Community College District – School of Continuing Education is in partnership with ed2go to offer training alternatives through online courses. They offer various instructor led writing courses, including beginner’s courses, fiction writing, young adult fiction and much more. The courses help learners to develop story structuring skills and techniques used to build scenes. Each assignment in the course will help to develop the learner’s novel or story.
Steve Alcorn will take learners through the course and help them write fiction like pros. He is a published author of fiction and non-fiction pieces and he has helped over 30,000 students to turn their ideas into reality. Some of his novels include Theme Park Design and Everything in Its Path. Steve Alcorn is the CEO of a leading design company. For more details, please visit https://www.ed2go.com/noce/online-courses/write-fiction-like-a-pro?tab=detail.
Courses take six weeks starting from May 16 at a cost of $115 USD.
Orange County Chapter Romance Writers of America was established in 1981 to promote excellence in romantic fiction and advance professional interests of romance writers. The organization helps career-focused romance writers through professional education, networking and advocacy, publications, dissemination of information and providing continuing support.
They offer a four week course using email and Yahoo groups. To join the class, you will have to create a Yahoo ID. Classes are open to any one at a cost of $30 per person. Members of OCCRWA pay $20 per person.
The Santa Ana-based school was founded in 1987 by Dr. Ralph Opacic. It is an innovative public charter school that encourages and embraces artistic creativity and academic excellence. The school is donation dependent and tuition free, making it accessible to all students. Creative writing students are tutored in literary biography, non-fiction, screenplays and plays. The Creative Writing Conservatory offers students MFA-modeled courses with writing opportunities in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and dramatic writing.
Core classes include four classes within two years. They include Core Poetry, Core Non-Fiction, Core Screenwriting and Core Screenwriting and Core Short Story. Application ends on May 30, 2018 at 5.00 pm. More details on course overview please visit their page here.
Barrio Writers in collaboration with Nicholas Academic Center and Grand Central Art Center are offering two separate writing workshops for Summer 2018. Barrio Writers and NAC will be hosting a free 1-week summer writing program every year for the youth. The program will be led by the BW Program Director and NAC Director of Academic Services, Diana Tercero to teach youth on poetry, short stories, spoken word, essay and hip-hop. The GCAC, Resilience OC and Barrio Writers will host another free 1-week program from July 16 – 21 this year for college level learners led by BW Program Coordinator Joel L. Medina. Joel is an MAT candidate at the California University at Irvine School of Education. Barrio Writers in Santa Ana is supported by CSUF Grand Central Art Center, Nicholas Academic Center and Resilience OC.
For more information or free registration, call Barrio Writers at 714-98YOUTH or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irvine Valley College is offering writing classes for both beginners and successful writers to help them explore new opportunities and markets for their work. The writers will be able to explore children’s literature and understand various formats such as chapter books, picture books, middle grade or young adult novels. They’ll also acquire tips on creating manuscripts and writing queries.
The course instructor is Steve Alcorn, a published author of fiction and non-fiction works. Steve is the CEO of a leading theme park design company known as Alcorn McBride Inc. He has for the past decade helped over 30,000 students to publish novels they developed in his classes. Some of his novels include Everything in its Path, How to Fix Your Novel and more.
Classes start on May 16 at a cost of $105.
Concordia University provides creative writing minor courses that introduce creative writers to literary tools for poetry, screenplays, creative non-fiction and fiction. The students are able to compose and revise a collection of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. The University provides small classes with personalized attention from instructors to develop skill and knowledge of creative writing.
The creative writing program is a section of the English department, with dedicated faculty members who hold M.F.A degrees in Creative Writing. Each course comprises of three units. For more information, please visit https://www.cui.edu/academicprograms/undergraduate/minors/creative-writing.
Santa Ana College equips new and existing writers with expert advice, challenging exercises and direct support and encouragement in creative fiction and non-fiction. The course emphasizes on developing skills through practice to help writers master important concepts by completing assignments and exercises. They will also be able to discover strategies and techniques to develop characters, build interest through dialogue, create compelling point of views and add meaning to their stories.
Ann Linquist is the instructor of the course. She is a continuing education instructor at corporations, college campuses and non-profit organizations. She is also a novel, newsletter, poetry, ad copy and proposal writer.
The classes are provided at $100 USD.
The CSSSA Creative Writing Program offers interactive and personalized workshops for seventy talented young writers. The learners will be instructed on poetry, fiction, dramatic writing and memoir. CSSSA offers free and creative environments for young artists. The course takes four weeks.
The core class is a foundational writing workshop that will take four mornings each week. Students will be taken through the course by faculty members on poetry, prose fiction, memoir and dramatic writing. The courses will give students an opportunity to go deep into particular genres. The CSSSA creative writers will have the opportunity to participate in engaging discussions of creative strategies and lives of renowned writers.
Tuition for four weeks is $1,850 for California State residents and $5,700 for non-California residents. Visit https://www.csssa.ca.gov/academic-programs/creative-writing/creative-writing-requirements/ for more information on requirements.
Fairmont was founded in 1953 to inspire and empower students in writing. Fairmont has an ACA-accredited camp, a summer school and enrichment courses for children. The camp is meant for strengthening the social skills of the children. The writing workshop will take place at Anaheim Hills for children of grades two to five.
The children, both writers and non-writers will engage in a two-week process to plan, conceptualize, draft, illustrate and publish works of literary art. They will learn about different writing styles, engage in critical thinking, perspective shifts, problem solving, and research skills. More information can be obtained at http://www.fairmontsummerprograms.com/type-enrichment/
Classes cost $325.
Nancy Peacock Books is owned by Nancy Peacock and her partner, Ben. She loves stories and how they connect human beings. She is always curious to see what will happen next. When not writing, Nancy teaches writing. Nancy has ongoing classes for a special workshop every second Saturday from 10.00 to 12.00. She encourages playful writing. Her classes are free and open to the public.
On Monday mornings from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm, Nancy organizes a workshop for women writers in her studio in Orange County. She keeps the class sizes small to facilitate support and build a close community. It also allows much attention to each writer’s work. The course costs $145 per month.
On Thursday evenings from 6.00 – 8.00 pm there are classes for beginners. Learners write in a group from prompts such as pictures, music, phrases, ideas, poems and excerpts from essays, stories and novels. The workshop is held in her studio in Orange County at $110 per month. The same workshop is offered on Fridays from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm at the same venue for the same cost.
Orange Coast College and Irvine Valley College Department of Community Education offer a not-for-credit practical screenwriting course from Mark Sevi. Students will learn scriptwriting techniques and are evaluated in a dynamic workshop. The courses are guided by Mark Sevi.
Mark Sevi is a professional screenwriter and has been teaching for more than 15 years. He is the president and founder of the Orange County Screenwriters Association, a non-profit organization that sets up film events. His classes are offered through Irvine Valley’s Continuing Education department. Go to www.123getsmart.com or call 949/451-5100 for more about the course which will take eight weeks.
Think Write Academy has core-aligned programs that teach students to think critically and write with clarity and in depth imagination. The programs are meant for children from third grade to middle school, and are taught by Cheryl Yoon
Cheryl Yoon has several degrees from different universities with 15 years of teaching experience and five years as a corporate and securities attorney. She is also a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling & Western Association for College Admissions Counseling, among other accreditations. For more information call or text Cheryl Yoon at (949) 910-3640 or email email@example.com to register. Her address is 18 Truman #201 Irvine, CA 92620.
All the courses cost $280 USD.
The creative writing workshop meets every Tuesdays from 7.30 – 9.30 pm at Fountain Avenue. It is open to writers at any stage for a book-length work, creative non-fiction or fiction. The workshop is under the tutelage of Terry Wolverton. Writers are made to learn writing books by writing them.
Writers are engaged in learning how to structure a book and the strategies of getting the work in print. Terry Wolverton gives honest and caring feedback and responds to the work and questions. She is familiar with all types of writing and styles and takes learners through all writing processes.
To register, one is required to apply here. The workshop costs $150 per month.
16. Tin House
Tin House workshops comprise of one-on-one meetings with faculty, morning workshops and afternoon craft discussions accompanied with generative exercises. The workshops will take place at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, OR. Writers with completed books of stories or poems, novels or memoir can apply for mentorship with the faculty and editors.
Acceptance at Tin House workshops is based on the strength and promise of the writer’s sample.
The workshop will award a full scholarship for each of the winter workshop sessions in 2018.
The application fee for this workshop is $40 while the whole program plus the room and board at the Sylvia Beach Hotel and transportation goes for $1,300. The deadline for application is September 2, 2018.
Are you aware of any other creative writing classes in Orange County? Please tell us about them in the comments box below!
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