What is “leisure learning?”
Non-credit courses for adults offered on a wide variety of subjects.
We're excited to announce two Leisure Learning opportunities during the Fall 2021 semester. Classes begin in October. Register today!
This course will be an 8-week Creative Writing Workshop led by 2011 Texas Poet Laureate Dave Parsons starting October 15. Classes will be every Friday from 1 PM to 4 PM (no class Thanksgiving week). Cost: $250. Scholarships for Veterans are available.
Telephone: 936.52465 (text)
A brief study of genres of poetry, essay, and short fiction. Practice in original composition. Designed as a humanities course for students interested in imaginative writing.
People use writing to create meaning for themselves and for others by attempting to get at the human experience. Often they find that fiction, poetry, autobiography, and creative nonfiction are means in which they best can understand their lives and best help others understand what it means to be alive. The purpose of this course is to enable you to use the autobiography, poetry, the short story, and a creative writing project as means for interpreting your world.
In completing this course, students will be able to:
- To use writing to be able to interpret their world in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
- Recognize the various backgrounds that they and other writers come from and learn from others' life experiences.
- Come to understand their own writing processes as they concern fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and as they help the writer understand how to get the writing done.
- Demonstrate a critical attitude toward their own writing and the writing of others.
- Produce, share, and revise a body of original work.
- Develop different techniques appropriate to the genre being studied, such as dialogue, point of
- Oates, Joyce Carol. Telling Stories. W.W. Norton, 1998
- Strand, Mark/Boland,Evan. The Making of a Poem. W.W. Norton
- Lopate, Phillip. The Art of the Personal Essay. Anchor Books.
- O’Brian, Tim. The Things They Carried. Houghton Mifflin.
- Hudder, Clifford. Splintersville. Texas Review Press.
- Klay, Phil. Redeployment. Perguin Press.
- Fountain, Ben. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Harper Collins.
- Fenton, Elyse. Clamor. Cleveland State University.
Computer Basics for Adult Learners with Dr. Benjamin Jules
Thursdays (Oct. 14 – Dec. 9)
6 – 9 p.m.
This 8-week Computer Literacy course is designed to help adult learners enhance their understanding of technology and improve their basic computer skills.
Participants will explore: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Social Media/LinkedIn, Zoom, Google, Email, etc.