Create Your Own Stories

Learn the secrets of writing, publishing and design from successful authors & artists.  Whether you've been dreaming about writing a novel or screenplay, or you have a project underway that could use polishing, choose the course that's right for you.  Workshops include both video lessons and printable content, and are designed for all ages unless otherwise specified. 

Getting Ready to Write Your Novel: What's Your Spark?

Before you sit down to write that novel you've been thinking about, learn how to approach your writing process from a successful, published author. Identify your "spark," create your outline and learn the secrets of successful plot structure.
Instructor: Dawn Metcalf
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Writing the Short Story

Join award-winning mystery author Steve Liskow for a fascinating inside look at how to write a publishable short story.  Learn insider tips and tricks about writing compelling characters, developing the conflict that propels your narrative, raising the stakes to keep your reader enthralled, and more.
Instructor: Steve Liskow
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Self Editing: Making Your Writing the Best It Can Be

Are you working on a novel, short story, or memoir? Learn from a professional author how to edit your own work with a critical eye before you send it off to potential agents and publishers.
Instructor: Penny Goetjen
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Cinematic Storytelling for Film, Video & TV

Learn how to write a screenplay that will get noticed! Award-winning screenwriter Pamela Perry-Goulardt shares her professional secrets, including how to write a logline, engaging your audience, developing interesting characters, developing plot and structure, adding interest to your story, and much more. This course is designed for students aged 9 - 12. 
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Story Writing for Kids

In this 3-part series, kids in 4th-8th grade will develop a step-by-step plan to draft their own creative short story. Instruction will focus on the elements of a strong plot, developing characters, and the creative writing process.
Instructor: Erin Dotson-Kelly
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Creating Your Own Cartoon: Part 1

BUILDING A FANTASTIC CHARACTER:  Learn from a professional artist how to create your own cartoon character from scratch.

Instructor: Robin Towle-Fecso
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Creating Your Own Cartoon: Part 2

FILLING IN CHARACTER DETAILS: After you've mastered the basics of cartoon character design in part 1 of this 3-part course, move on to creating personalized details to make your character seem real.
Instructor: Robin Towle-Fecso
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Creating Your Own Cartoon: Part 3

BRINGING YOUR CARTOON TO LIFE: In the final part of this 3-part series, learn how to make your character come to life with expressions and personality!
Instructor: Robin Towle-Fecso
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