Coaching and Private Writing Classes Available

Busy schedule? Please contact me if you would like to schedule private coaching sessions or structured private classes. Whether you’re working on a novel, starting a blog, or just want to start writing, I can help you achieve your goals. Customized coaching packages make great gifts for the writers in your life! We can meet in…

Word Processing for Writers – Fall 2018

Wednesdays, 9/5-9/26, 7-9 p.m., LLA0007 Microsoft Word is the word processing software of choice for most published authors. But preparing your manuscript for publication involves using many Word features that authors need but most office workers don’t use. Styles, table of contents and index creation, font management and sophisticated layout controls are just a few….

LLI Legacy: Write Your Memoir – Fall 2018

Thursdays, 9/6-9/27, 6:30-8:30 p.m, LLI 0011 Create a legacy for your family by writing your life story. You may even consider publishing your memoir to share with the world. Laura Ehrke will help you get started with writing short stories about different times in your life. Learn self-reflection and writing techniques to tell your tales in full detail. By sharing your…

Fiction Writer’s Workshop – Fall 2018

Tuesdays, 9/18-10/23, 7-9 p.m., LLA0014 Designed for every level of writer seeking to develop the tools for short stories or novels, this workshop combines writing exercises and sharing your work. You will gain an understanding of how to shape a compelling story. Gain the tools to unlock the story that’s inside you. Expect to write…

Start Blogging! An Introduction to WordPress Blogs – Fall 2018

Wednesdays, 10/3-10/17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.,   LLA 0006 If you have ever wanted to venture into the exciting world of blogging, but didn’t know where to start, this is the course for you. Learn how to create a basic blog and web pages with WordPress.com. Hands-on exercises walk students through using the Dashboard, creating pages, posts, and…

Deconstructing the News – Fall 2018

Thursdays, 10/4-10/18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., LLI0025 Thursdays, 11/15-12/6, 1:30-3:30 p.m., LLI0025 In the Information Age, we are inundated with news—but how can we determine what is reliable? In today’s race to be the first to report a story, is accuracy sacrificed? In a world where “post-truth” was the Oxford English Dictionary’s 2016 Word of the Year,…

Introduction to Deconstructing the News – Fall 2018

NEW! Thursday, 10/11, 1:30-3:30 p.m., LLI0109 With the term “fake news” so prevalent, how can we determine what is reliable? With “post-truth” and “truthiness” in our vocabulary, is truth relevant in the news? This introductory one-day course provides an overview of news literacy and tools you need to make your own informed analysis of news…

Finish Your Novel Workshop – Fall 2018

Saturdays, 10/13-10/20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., LLA0011 Writers who have begun a novel are invited to present and get feedback from others in the same boat! Discuss elements of your novel, engage in group writing exercises, and experience the encouragement to get that unfinished masterpiece back on track! We will also briefly look at the process of…

LLI Reading Group: Poe’s Short Stories – Fall 2018

Thursdays, 10/18-11/1, 1:30-3:30 p.m., LLI0096 Readers gain a new perspective on Edgar Allan Poe and the short story genre by reading and discussing three of Poe’s classic short stories: The Fall of the House of Usher on 10/18/18; Berenice on 10/25/18; and The Cask of Amontillado on 11/1/18. These stories are included in “The Works…

Create Your Own Cookbook – Fall 2018

Wednesdays, 10/24-11/14, 7-9 p.m., LLA0008 Have you ever wanted to publish your own cookbook? This class will help you pair your recipes with interesting vignettes and images to create a cherished gift for friends and family, a group fundraiser, or a published book to sell. Starting with your recipes, you’ll look at techniques to gather…

Write a Novel in 30 Days Workshop: The NaNoWriMo Challenge 2018

Thursdays, 10/25-12/6, 6:30-9:30 p.m., LLA0011 Writing a novel is a momentous achievement that can take years of work. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges you to create your first draft in thirty days. Is this possible? Yes! Every year, authors meet the challenge. Many turn their NaNoWriMo drafts into published books. Take the express route to achieving your authoring dreams with this accelerated…

Short Story Writing Workshop – Fall 2018

Tuesdays, 10/30-12/4, 7-9 p.m., LLA0010 Short fiction has become hugely popular, from the standard short story to flash fiction. Whether you want to publish stories or just experiment with this fascinating genre, this workshop is for you. We’ll read and discuss a variety of short works for inspiration and explore the art and elements of…

Introduction to WordPress

Saturday, 11/3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., LCT0046 Learn how to create a basic blog and web pages with WordPress.com. Hands-on exercises walk students through using the Dashboard, creating pages, posts, and custom menus along with adding images, links, videos, and a photo gallery. Course also covers moderating comments, creating user accounts, and simple theme changes. Prerequisite:…

Fiction Writer’s Workshop (Online) – Fall 2018

Online 11/7-12/5, LLA0014 Designed for every level of writer seeking to develop the tools for short stories or novels, this workshop combines writing exercises and sharing your work. You will gain an understanding of how to shape a compelling story. Gain the tools to unlock the story that’s inside you. Expect to write and receive…

Holiday Writing – Private Class

Looking for the perfect gift for family and friends? Why not give something from the heart? With this private class, I’ll help you create written pieces, organize them and consider formats for sharing with your loved ones. You may want to put together a collection of short stories, family history or your own life stories….

Available for Public Speaking Engagements

Looking for an engaging program for your next convention, meeting or library program? My presentations have been featured at ComicCon, NaNoWriMo, Pop Culture Con and The University of Chicago Arts Panel, as well as local colleges and libraries. Topic include, but are not limited to: writing (general), blogging, novel writing, Pinterest for writers, creating your…