Writing Classes

Dorothy Spirus, Instructor

Spirus, a former magazine editor, has been teaching writing classes through the City of Irvine  for over a decade. Two years 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” 6-week session just added in Irvine starting in November!

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

See course descriptions below.

Two locations: Irvine and Huntington Beach.

Irvine: “Creative Writing” (starts November 5, fall and January 22, winter), “Creative Writing Jumpstart” (January 15 & February 1), “Writing Your College Essay” (summer & fall 2020).

Huntington Beach: “Creative Writing” (January 21,  2020), “Creative Writing Jumpstart” (January 14, 2020), “Writing Your College Essay” (summer  & fall 2020).

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!    Second Fall Session just added!  Nov.  5- Dec. 10.  Registration below. 

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. Winter classes will be held  starting mid-January 2020. Registration opens soon.

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 15 and up.  (Summer 2020)


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   — SECOND SESSION JUST ADDED FOR NOVEMBER! 

Fall Session #2: Course #24443,  Nov. 5 – Dec. 10, 2019 (six meetings)

Tuesday 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 #24443. Please allow at least two business days to process. Registration now open!
Visit www.YourIrvine.org
(949) 724-6610

“Creative Writing” Winter 2020 Session: January 22 – February 26. Registration opens November 15, 2019.

“Creative Writing Jumpstart” — Irvine, CA
(Registration opens Nov. 15)
Two choices in 2020: January 15 (7-9 pm) Course #22064;
February 1 (10-noon) Course #22065

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 #22064. Please allow at least two business days to process.  Registration opens Nov. 15.
Visit www.YourIrvine.org
(949) 724-6610

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

Writing your college admissions essays can be a challenge. Help is here! Ages 15+. Class size limited to 10.

Class offered in summer and fall.  $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 #TBD. Please allow at least two business days to process.  Summer session registration opens in the spring.
Visit www.YourIrvine.org
(949) 724-6610

HUNTINGTON BEACH LOCATION

“Creative Writing” — Huntington Beach, CA
Course #TBD
Winter 2020 Session: Jan. 21 – Feb. 25 (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.  Winter registration opens soon. “Creative Writing,” Course #TBD  www.HBsands.org

“Creative Writing Jumpstart” — Huntington Beach, CA   Course #TBD
Two choices in 2020: Wednesday, January 14, 2020 — 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  and Saturday, February 8, 2:00-4:00 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. Winter registration opens soon.   “Creative Writing Jumpstart,” Course #TBD   www.HBsands.org

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

Writing your college admissions essays can be a challenge. Help is here! Ages 15+. Class size limited to 10. Class offered in summer and fall. Registration opens in spring 2020.

$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 opens in spring. “Writing Your College Essay,” Course #TBD  www.HBsands.org

 

WINTER SESSION for Creative Writing begins January 14, 2020.