301.624.2888 31 NEW ENG239 The Art of Worldbuilding in Fiction 6 sessions, 12 hours | 16 + | A reader enters the world of the story the moment they open a book and begin reading. The novelist’s job is to entice them to stay by plunging them into a world so immersive that it becomes as real to them as the world in which they live. This course will look at the essential elements for creating a believable world that offers the reader an experience as well as a story. We will discuss the use of these worldbuilding elements using examples from familiar stories from both literature and television/film such as Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Hunger Games, and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Only a well-built world can convince a reader to believe in it, stay in it, want to learn more about it, and, hopefully, return to it again and again. The goal of this course is to arm writers with tools for building immersive worlds, no matter where (or when) their stories take place. Note: This Structured Remote Course (SR) is entirely online. Instructor: Tiffany Jansen 5-Digit Number: 24520 | Tue, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1/17 - 2/21 Location: Online Tuition: $30 | Fee: $99 | Total: $129 | MD residents age 60+ pay fee only NEW ENG240 Amherst Writers and Artists Workshop 8 sessions, 16 hours | 16 + This workshop follows the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) format, meaning each participant is recognized as a writer with a unique voice. The facilitator offers the group writing prompts, participants write for a specific period of time and then share their writing. Group feedback focuses only on what is strong, memorable and working in the piece shared. Participants have the option to choose an alternate topic if the prompt offered does not appeal. The AWA method requires deep listening and the ability to enter the writer’s world. Note: Course will meet on campus in an in-person environment. Instructor: Sherri Philpott 5-Digit Number: 24679 | Tue, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., 3/28 - 5/16 Location: Conference Center/E125 Tuition: $30 | Fee: $129 | Total: $159 | MD residents age 60+ pay fee only FREE Spring Courses ILR is proud to present seven free courses this spring. Join us for engaging classes focusing on history, literature, and religion. Registration information is located on page 44. NEW LIR198 The African American History Lecture Series 1 session, 1.5 hours | 55+ The African American History lecture series, which was organized for FCC and is presented by instructors from the African American Resources-Cultural and Heritage (AARCH) Society, offer opportunities to expand the knowledge and understanding of the students about present-day Frederick by learning about the history of African Americans in Frederick County. They Came Across South Mountain A uniquely Maryland work in progress, learn about one writer’s journey from family genealogist to published author of a love story, a novel based on four generations of a family of free people of color, who migrated from Washington County to Frederick County and beyond in search of a better life for themselves and their future generations. Note: Course will meet on campus, in-person. Instructor: Elayne Bond Hyman 5-Digit Number: 24711 | Tue, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., 1/24 Location: Conference Center/E136 Catoctin’s Enslaved This is the story of the enslaved Africans who were brought to the Catoctin Iron Furnace to work for the early Europeans who owned them and the furnace. Participants will be invited to interact with the texts, to discuss archeological findings and explore how this legacy continues to impact the present day. Recommended Reading: Catoctin SlaveSpeak. All students will be offered a free copy of this book prior to the start of the course. Please stop by the Conference Center/E101 on campus to pick up your copy. Note: Course will meet on campus, in-person. Instructor: Elayne Bond Hyman 5-Digit Number: 24712 | Tue, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., 1/31 Location: Conference Center/E138 THE WRITER’S INSTITUTE Additional free courses on page 32