Writing Classes

Dorothy Spirus, Instructor

Spirus, a former magazine editor, has been teaching writing classes through the City of Irvine  for over a decade. One year ago,  courses were added in Huntington Beach. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities in English at USC and studied creative writing under the tutelage of best-selling author T.C. Boyle.

Make your desire to write a high priority. The other stuff can wait!

Writing Classes in Orange County

“Creative Writing,” “Writing Jumpstart” and “Writing Your College Admission Essay”

See course descriptions below.

Two locations: Irvine and Huntington Beach.

Irvine: “Creative Writing” (September 18),  “Writing Your College Essay” (September 19), “Creative Writing Jumpstart” (September 21),

Huntington Beach: “Creative Writing” (September 17), “Creative Writing Jumpstart” (September 14), “Writing Your College Essay” (October 10).

CREATIVE WRITING — Course Description:  Explore and develop your creative side. Get started on a short story or book idea. Or maybe you have great family stories you want to pass down to future generations? A children’s book? A screenplay? Is there a half-written novel stashed in one of your piles? Work on your own project (fiction or non-fiction) or write an assigned exercise. It’s up to you. Perhaps you’re new at this and want to express yourself through writing, but don’t know how to start. This class will help you begin. Spirus will help you shape your ideas and evaluate your writing. She will be the only one to read and critique your work—not your fellow classmates. Interesting discussions motivate and weekly meetings battle procrastination.  A book of short stories will be assigned for reading and discussion, including character, theme, and writing technique. Once your awareness builds, your writing improves. Bring pen and spiral notebook for in-class writing exercises and note taking. Open to all levels of experience, ages 18 and up. Class size limited to 12. Questions? Send an email!    Fall classes begin mid-September. Registration now open!

CREATIVE WRITING JUMPSTART — Course Description:  You want to write, but don’t know where to start. Begin with a series of guided writing exercises and tips on how to put your ideas into motion for books, scripts, short stories, poetry and non-fiction. Struggling with what to write? This class will help you generate ideas.  We’ll discuss structure, technique, characters and conflict. This one-day intensive class will encourage both the novice and experienced writer. Bring pen and spiral notebook. For more information, send an email. Open to all levels of experience, ages 16 and up. Fall classes will be held mid-September 2019. Registration now open!

WRITING YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY — Course Description: Get a jump on college admissions essays and lessen the stress of meeting the deadlines. This course will help you begin essay writing through exercises to reveal what makes you unique, how to write about yourself without sounding boastful, and how to show admissions staff your finest qualities. Your essays will be reviewed for grammar, clarity and quality. Bring a pen and spiral notebook. Class size limited to 10 students. Three meetings. Ages 16 and up.  (September  & October 2019) Registration now open!


CLASS REGISTRATION INFORMATION

IRVINE LOCATION

Contact the City of Irvine to enroll: Register online  www.YourIrvine.org
or call: (949) 724-6610. Please allow at least two business days to process.

“Creative Writing” — Irvine, CA

Fall Session: Course #19583, Sept. 18 – Oct. 23, 2019 (six meetings)

Wednesday nights, 7:30 to 9:00

Reading, writing, and lively discussions!  Ages 18 and up
$175, six meetings. (A $10 additional fee is charged to those who live outside of the city of Irvine)

Class Location: Rancho Center, 3 Ethel Coplen Way • Irvine, CA 92604
(Near the 405 Fwy and Culver) • Free parking in lot.

To registerContact the City of Irvine to enroll.  “Creative Writing,” Course #19583. Please allow at least two business days to process. Registration now open.
Visit www.YourIrvine.org
(949) 724-6610

“Creative Writing Jumpstart” — Irvine, CA
Course #19584
Fall Session: September 21, 2019
Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon.

Just the thing to get you going! Ages 16 and up.

$75 one meeting (A $10 additional fee is charged to those who live outside the city of Irvine.)

Class Location:  Rancho Center, 3 Ethel Coplen Way • Irvine, CA 92604
(Near the 405 Fwy and Culver) • Free parking

To registerContact the City of Irvine to enroll.  “Writing Jumpstart,” Course #19584. Please allow at least two business days to process.  Registration now open.
Visit www.YourIrvine.org
(949) 724-6610

“Writing Your College Essay” — Irvine, CA  — Course #19585

Writing your college admissions essays can be a challenge. Help is here! Ages 16+. Class size limited to 10.

Fall Session: September 19-Oct. 3, Thursday Evenings, 7:30-9:00, registration opens  August 15.

$150, three meetings ($10 fee added for those who live outside the city of Irvine.)

Class Location:  Rancho Center, 3 Ethel Coplen Way • Irvine, CA 92604
(Near the 405 Fwy and Culver) • Free parking

To registerContact the City of Irvine to enroll.  “Writing Your College Essay,” Course #19585. Please allow at least two business days to process.  Registration now open.
Visit www.YourIrvine.org
(949) 724-6610

HUNTINGTON BEACH LOCATION

“Creative Writing” — Huntington Beach, CA
Course #450144-4A
Fall Session: Sept. 17 – Oct. 22, 2019 (six meetings)
Tuesday nig
hts, 6:30 to 8:00

Reading, writing, and lively discussions!  Ages 18 and up
$175, six meetings. (No additional fee for those who live outside the city of Huntington Beach)

Class Location:  Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA.  Free parking in lot and on street.

To register:  Contact the City of Huntington Beach to enroll.  Fall registration now open.  “Creative Writing,” Course #450144-4A  www.HBsands.org

“Creative Writing Jumpstart” — Huntington Beach, CA

Course #450198-4A
Saturday, September 14, 2019 — 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Just the thing to get you going!  Ages 16 and up

$75 one meeting (No additional fee is charged to those who live outside the city of Huntington Beach.)

Class Location:  Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA.  Free parking in lot and on street.

To register:  Contact the City of Huntington Beach to enroll. Fall registration now open.    “Creative Writing Jumpstart,” Course #450198-4A   www.HBsands.org

“Writing Your College Admissions Essay” — Huntington Beach, CA

Course #351137-4A

Writing your college admissions essays can be a challenge. Help is here! Ages 16+. Class size limited to 10. Registration now open.

Fall Session: October 10- October 24, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Registration now open.

$150, three meetings (No additional fee added for those who live outside the city of Huntington Beach.)

Class Location:  Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA.  Free parking in lot and street parking.

To register:  Contact the City of Huntington Beach to enroll. Registration now open.     “Writing Your College Essay,” Course #351137-4A   www.HBsands.org

 

WINTER SESSION for Creative Writing begins January 14, 2020.