Pauline Bartel announces the following upcoming classes:

  • Learn How to Write Your Life Story / A course for those interested in writing a life story or family history will be held on Tuesdays, September 20, 27, October 4 and 11, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Hudson Valley Community College. “Writing Your Life Story” is offered through the Office of Community and Professional Education. Course fee is $71, which includes a coursebook. To register, telephone (518) 629-7339. Instructor Pauline Bartel will discuss the step-by-step process that transforms memories into memoirs, including techniques for stimulating memories, conducting personal and family history research and writing the story of your life. One-on-one consulting with the instructor and reader feedback about works in progress will help you preserve precious stories for future generations.
  • Learn How to Write Personal Essays / Transform the ordinary events of your life into extraordinary personal essays. Learn the step-by-step process in “Writing from Your Heart: The Art of Personal Essays,”  a course that will be held on Wednesdays, September 21, 28 and October 5, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at SUNY Adirondack’s Wilton campus, 696 US 9, Wilton, NY 12831. Course fee is $59, which includes a coursebook. To register, telephone (518) 743-2238. Instructor Pauline Bartel will discuss the process of using writing games to unlock your experiences; choosing the most-effective essay style; shaping your experiences into a first draft; and allowing reader reaction to refine your draft into a polished essay.
  • Learn How to Write a Memoir o Family History / A course for those interested in writing a memoir or family history, “Writing Your Life Story,” will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, NY. Course fee is $59. A required coursebook ($15) is available from the instructor the day of the class. Register online (www.sunysccc.edu/wfdce) or in person. Instructor Pauline Bartel will introduce the step-by-step process that transforms memories into memoirs, including techniques for stimulating memories, conducting personal and family history research and writing the story of your life or your family.
  • Learn How to Write and Sell Fiction for Kids / If you’re a budding Beatrix Potter or a struggling Dr. Seuss, discover the secrets of writing and selling books for kids of all ages. “Writing and Selling Fiction for Kids” will be held on Thursdays, September 29, October 6, 13 and 20, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College. Course fee is $71, which includes a coursebook. To register, telephone (518) 629-7339. Instructor Pauline Bartel will discuss how to develop a compelling plot, create characters that come alive on the page, write believable dialogue and how to market stories to publishers. One-on-one consulting with the instructor and reader feedback about works in progress will help students move confidently along the path to publication.

Bartel is an award-winning writer and the author of seven published books. In addition, she has been widely published in more than 100 juvenile, teenage and adult periodicals. She is a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors. Visit her website (www.paulinebartel.com) for further information.

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