Classes are being offered online through Zoom at UNM Continuing Education.
To register, call 505-277-0077 or go to ce.unm.edu. For information about a class, call Carol at 505-235-9753.
From Inspiration to PublicationJune 7 through June 28, Tuesday, 4:00–6:00 PM You want to write a book—a novel, memoir, historical, self-help or inspirational book to share your knowledge. The first step is finding your vision. What is your message? Who are you speaking to? Find your passion and you’ve found the subject of your book. The next step is to organize and position your book to sell in today’s marketplace. You will learn how to research the market, decide where your book fits, and how to write it to appeal to your target audience. No writing experience necessary, only a desire to learn. Takeaways include resource lists, a plan of action, and organizational tools.
Editing for Writers
July 12 through Aug 2, 2023, Wednesdays. 4:00-6:00PM
You wrote the book. Your best friend loves it. A retired English teacher proofed it. Is it ready to go to an agent, editor, or publisher?
Avoid the rejection pile by editing out the common mistakes made by new writers. We’ll look at use of adjectives and adverbs, over-writing and under-writing, punctuation, effective dialogue, interior monologue, avoiding repetition and identifying personal “writing quirks.”
Drill down to the paragraph and sentence level to copyedit for clarity, meaning, and style. Develop a system for different levels of editing. Learn how to review your work from the perspective of the “big picture,” to include point of view, pacing, character development, scene and narration, setting, tone and voice. Learn to develop your hooks.
Self-Publishing: Getting your Work Out There!
Do you have a story to share? Are you looking for a wider audience for your previously published work? It is easier than ever to self-publish, both electronically and in paperback.
Whether you write novels, memoir, short stories, or self-help, you can self-publish without incurring the costs of a vanity press. With Amazon’s new Kindle Vella option, you can publish chapters of a book, a series of short stories, or anything that can be serialized. Fiction and nonfiction. How To. Poetry. Readers get the first three stories free, then must pay to continue. A great way to entice new readers.
You’ll have total control of promotion and content, and instant access to sales figures. Best of all, it’s free! Explore the ins-and-outs of self-publishing. After three classes, you could be ready to hit the ‘publish’ button on Amazon.
The Wisdom of the Heart: Science, the Human Heart and Creativity
September 6 through September 27, Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00PM
The heart as the seat of empathy and love is well-documented in literature. Medical science tells us how to keep our heart healthy and fit. New research reveals a picture of how the physical heart integrates mind and body, intellect and emotions. The heart’s “intelligence” affects our feelings, sense of well-being, and immune systems.
Heart intelligence is an important component of intuition, decision-making and creativity. When we make choices based on rapid, non-conscious associations, our intuitive intelligence is operating. Intuition finds creative solutions for life choices and is the stimulus for producing creative work.
We will discuss heart/brain communication, resilience, stress and emotions, the role of the heart in intuition, and how the heart affects all our organs and even the people (and pets!) in the environment. It turns out the heart has a mind of its own!
You will learn simple techniques to bring your physical, mental, and emotional systems into alignment with the heart’s intuitive guidance.
Journaling methods will show you how to explore more creative ways to meet life’s challenges and find and express your authentic voice.