Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Write Stuff Program at the University of Missouri at St. Louis

Are you searching for the "write stuff?"

The University of Missouri at St. Louis is offering a "Write Stuff" program for students desiring to take courses and receive a Chancellor's Certificate in Writing.

The program requires completion of 50 contact hours, which includes two core courses (one fiction and one nonfiction) as well as choosing from seminars covering a wide range of writing-related topics.

I'm scheduled to give a seminar on "Write to Win: Writing Tips from a Contest Judge" at the J.C. Penney auditorium on the UMSL campus on Sep 14 from 1-4 p.m.

During the three-hour seminar I'll share tips and strategies I've learned over years of entering and judging writing competitions. I'll also conduct an exercise where participants judge contest entries to determine if their picks match those selected as winners in a national writing competition.

UMSL Write Stuff Program seminar topics given by other instructors -- including Margo Dill, Dianna Graveman, Bobbi Smith and others -- will cover: research, marketing, publishing and more.

Writers who aren't interested in completing the entire program for a certificate may take individual classes and seminars.

Cost for individual seminars is $65.

To register, phone 314-561-6590.

Here's a link to the UMSL Write Stuff Program site, where you can find more details.


  1. Wow. That contest seminar sounds useful AND interesting, and all for a fraction of most contest prizes, so it could really be called an investment, huh? Hmm....

    1. Hi Tammy,
      You're so sweet.
      With all your contest wins and publications, maybe I can get a few tips from you!

  2. Donna, so excited for your granddaughter and her adventure at Mizzou, but my heart is with you. Why it seems, when they hit high school, time speeds up to double time! Best wishes for a great school year for everyone.

  3. Wish it was closer to me. Sounds like something I would enjoy.

  4. I hope I can make it. The seminars sound terrific!

    Critter Alley

  5. Hi Sally,
    Thanks. And good luck to your son too!

    Hi Val,
    You are so sweet!

    Hi Pat,
    That would be great!

  6. Sounds like a great program. Got some great people on the roster too! Wow, three hours is a long time, but am sure you can do it. Wish I were closer....

  7. As usual, I'm on the wrong end of the country. LOL I'm sure you'll be fantastic, Donna.

  8. Donna--Thanks for the reminder/link. I'm not sure I can swing any of them--it's a rough school year, and it's not the kids--but I will try.

    However, I know your seminar will be marvelous. You're one of those down-to-earth "teachers" who oozes talent AND humility...

  9. Hi Claudia,
    Wish you were closer too.

    Hi Lisa,
    Thanks. I'm hoping all goes well.

    Hi Sioux,
    God bless you full-time teachers!

    You are always so kind and thoughtful.

  10. Thanks for the info, Donna. Congratulations on the seminar -- I know you will be fantastic!


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