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Center for Professional and Continuing Education
800.959.5376 or 209.946.2424
Office Location: 1776 W. March Lane Ste. 290, Stockton, CA 95207
Mailing Address: 3601 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95211

Conference Agenda


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Held at University of the Pacific, Benerd School of Education (map)


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 CREATIVE WRITING: A Practical Guide - From Concept to Publication

Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26, 2014

6:00-9:00 p.m., 1776 W. March Lane, #290C, Stockton, CA


CREATIVE WRITING: A Practical Guide - From Concept to Publication (1 units)
Instructor: R. Scott Evans, M.A. (530) 902-0026 / sevans@pacific.edu
Fee:  $210 for 1 unit of credit / $90 for non-credit

To register CLICK HERE: Choose the blue button and Course Code: XENG 036 UO1 (credit) or UN1 (non-credit)


Course Description

This course, offered for extension credit through the University of the Pacific's Center for Professional and Continuing Education, is designed as a workshop for people interested in developing writing skills in any genre: serious prose fiction, adventure, detective, fantasy, murder mystery, science fiction, thriller, western.  We will explore the elements of literature, such as plot, character, setting, symbolism, dialogue, and attempt to apply what we study to our own writing.  Participants will be encouraged to produce manuscripts of any length, from short stories to full-length novels, and bring copies of the pages they are working on to read in the workshop, where we will offer suggestions for revision. 

Participants will not be required to bring writing to every workshop, but they should attempt to bring at least a few pages to five or six meetings.  In order to receive credit, participants will be required to produce a minimum of 20 revised pages.  Submitting manuscripts for publication will be encouraged, and the process explained, but attempting to publish will not be required.  The objectives of this workshop are to gain an understanding of the craft of fiction, to gain discipline in setting and meeting goals for one's writing, and to learn how to edit and revise to produce coherent, polished, and stimulating, meaningful prose.

Required Text 

Orson Scott Card's Elements of Fiction: Characters & Viewpoint.  Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer's Digest Books, 1988.


Instructor Biography
Scott Evans, who earned an M.A. in English from U.C. Davis in 1980, has taught writing at the University of the Pacific for twenty years, after having started the Creative Writing courses offered through the Davis Art Center in the early 1980s.  In addition, he has served as the University's Director of Writing Assessment for approximately 15 years.  He also taught at Louisiana State University in the mid-1980s.  He has published numerous newspaper articles, poems, and short prose pieces, but for the past four years, he has also been writing a series of literary murder mysteries.  In 1985, he was the recipient of a Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Lectureship in Southern Literature.  In 2006, he was nominated for the Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar Award at the University of the Pacific.  Scott's murder mystery Tragic Flaws was published by Xlibris Press in 2008, followed by First Folio: A Literary Mystery, The Complex: A Coming-of-Age Story, Green Seasons, and Sylvia's Secret published by Port Yonder Press in 2013.  Learn more by visiting the website at www.scottevansauthor.com.