• Merrillville Adult Education - Community Education
    Writer's Palette

    This category covers classes for the beginning writer who is ready to publish their work. The following is available writing classes for the 2011 Fall semester.
    Oak Leaf
    FALL 2011
    The Writers' Workshop - WRP-1

    This workshop is open to anyone with a sincere desire to write and publish their works. No previous classes are necessary. This ten week workshop guides students through motivational techniques and time management, as well as writing plot, description, dialogue, setting, as well as creating realistic and interesting characters. The workshop structure will incorporate various literacy devices to enhance short stories, novels, scripts, and poetry. This will be accomplished by using a combination of lecture, forum, reading and writing activities. While this class focuses on giving the beginning writer a working knowledge of the fundamentals of various types of writing, it also offers the more advanced writer a review of the basics, and an opportunity to hone his or her own work. By the end of this workshop students will be prepared to submit one of their works for publication. In addition, for the last class, students will compile a class magazine consisting of their best writing. The instructor, Sharon Palmeri, has a B.S. degree in Education (English, journalism). She has taught creative writing classes for 21 years, and has worked as a book publicist and editor. As a freelance writer, she has published over two hundred articles in magazines and newspapers. In addition, many of her past students have successfully published articles and books.

    *Word processing skills are needed for this class.  

    10 Mondays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    February 7 - April 18 (no class 4/4)
    Fee: $109      Textbooks:  $32
    Merrillville High School, Room D-103
    Entrance F


    Publishing in the 21st Century - WRP-2

    Getting published is about more than being a great writer; it’s learning how to convince someone to publish your work — or publish it yourself. Any writer who wants to know about the business part of writing and what is involved in creating your own publishing company may benefit from this class. Things are changing quickly in the publishing business – e-readers have gained popularity, causing less demand for print books. A few years ago the "Print on Demand" and self-publishing process was deemed as a drastic last resort measures to get your book published – but not anymore. Class topics will include: submission protocol, agents and editors, contracts, and deciphering rejections for traditional publishers. You will also learn the business basics of self-publishing, print on demand and how to promote your book. Instructor: Sharon Palmeri   Sign up early, class size strictly limited to 14 students.

    *Word processing skills are needed for this class.  

    8 Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. March 22 - May 17 (no class 4/5)
    Fee: $89       Textbooks:  $30
    Merrillville High School, Room D-103
    Entrance F