Creative Writing - 18+
About the Course
What does it mean to have a voice as a writer? This creative writing class explores a wide variety of writing styles in multiple mediums and offers a variety of writing assignments with the objective of inspiring and guiding students to find their most authentic form of self-expression in their preferred medium. Students will learn about different forms and styles of writing, including essays, opinion pieces, character study, scene work, environmental/political activism, social justice writing, observational reporting, travel writing, poetry, comedy and dramatic scene work, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, sci-fi, science-fantasy and mystery-thriller.
Jon Bernstein is the Head Wildcatter at Wildcat, an event, entertainment and educational arts complex he founded in Franklin, Pennsylvania (wildcatmansion.com). He wrote the screenplay for Disney's MEET THE ROBINSONS, which received a Heartland Award and was named a Truly Moving Picture. He also wrote the screenplays BEAUTIFUL (starring Minnie Driver, directed by Sally Field) and RINGMASTER (starring Jerry Springer). His screenplay TRAVELING WITHOUT BAGGAGE is currently set-up with The Wolper Organization. He wrote and directed the stage musicals McCREADY, THE BLUNDERS and SHOWCASE. Jon teaches Screenwriting and Creative Writing with the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, and was named the 2017 Outstanding Instructor of the Year. He has also taught at the Creative Writing conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts, and River Oaks Charter School. He passionately believes in the value of taking a fun, nurturing and creative approach to education.