Individuals who dream of writing a screenplay, novel or memoir can get started by attending classes offered in Mesa by Wilkes University. Two, 10-week courses will be offered in March. Classes will be held at Wilkes University, 20 West First Street in downtown Mesa.
Classes are open to the public and appropriate for adults at any educational level. Classes are sponsored by the University’s master of arts/master of fine arts degree program in creative writing. Cost of attendance is $350. Students wishing to take the courses to earn graduate credit will pay $1,902. Registration is limited to 10 students in each course.
Each course is taught by Bonnie Culver, director and co-founder of Wilkes University’s creative writing program. Culver is also a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. The screenwriting workshop is team-taught by Culver and Wilkes alum, William Howe.
The classes being offered are:
Write That Novel Or Memoir
Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m.
March 13 to May 15
This class will teach participants how to identify and build the story they want to tell. Students will complete the first draft of their novel or memoir.
Write That Screenplay
Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m.
March 14 to May 16
This class will teach participants the nuts and bolts of developing, writing and formatting a screenplay. Students will write the first draft of their film.
Registration ends on March 13. Participants can register online at wilkes.augusoft.net and by clicking "courses". For more information, contact Bonnie Culver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Wilkes University’s Creative Writing Program:
Wilkes University’s Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing is one of the largest in the nation. The program offers tracks in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting and creative non-fiction. It is offered in a low-residency format, allowing students to work primarily online, with two annual, week-long residencies. Students can attend their kick off residency in Mesa, Arizona. The program trains individuals to be professional creative writers by examining the personal life of a writer; the craft, technique, and analysis of creative writing; and the art delivery method for one's work. Co-founder Bonnie Culver serves as the program director and is assisted by Dawn Leas.