Classes

Our classes offer rigorous university level instruction.

As a licensed and accredited college, we developed a full complement of classes designed to meet the requirements for the Master of Arts degree and the major requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. In our new incarnation,  having given up the accreditation for reasons explained on our History page, we are able to offer these valuable classes at a much lower cost.

Classes in bold are currently available as single classes, as are those in the Writing and the Spirit curriculum.

Grammar for Writers (Writing 101) is an in-depth, nitty-gritty, study and practice of grammar rules that apply to writing today. Students dig into The Elements of Style by Strunk & White and laugh their way through today’s grammar world with Grammar Girl’ s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty. Says Professor Nicole, “The best way to learn is to do. So we do a lot of writing, editing, and revising our own work and some of our (or just my) favorite published authors.”

Story Basics (Writing 501) asks students to read seminal books on creating stories and to submit assignments that relate to the texts as well as to a story or stories of their own. They are required to write and submit for critique around 7500 words of original fiction or dramatic non-fiction, and to revise following the critique. They will gain the skills and confidence to begin writing and revising stories. They will learn to describe the structure of dramatic stories, to summarize stories by giving the action-idea, to define the purposes and goals they intend for their writing to achieve, and to demonstrate in their writing the principles of clear, concise and compelling prose. A valuablel class for writers at all levels of skill and experience.

Poetry Basics  (Writing 502) approaches poetry emphasizing ways to use the language more effectively in all modes of writing. The course includes readings from exemplary poetic and critical works and the writing and revising of poems. By the end of the course, students will demonstrate, through their poetry and by analysis of their own work as well as that of established poets, their familiarity with a variety of poetic forms and techniques. In addition, they will exhibit competence in writing concise, rhythmically sound poems that surprise and perhaps delight.

Writing Essays (Writing 503) offers an introduction to the art and craft of essay and speech writing. Students will gain the skills, confidence and motivation to begin writing essays and speeches of various styles and intents. They will exhibit the ability to describe structural elements of compelling essays and speeches and to demonstrate in their writing the principles of clear, concise and fluent prose.

Writing as a Journalist (Writing 504) serves as an introduction to the practice of journalism. Students will learn to see the world through the eyes of a journalist, to gather information and analyze the news value of the information. They will demonstrate these skills by writing and submitting clear, concise, yet informative and compelling news stories.

Magazine Article Writing (Writing 505) introduces modern journalism. Students outline articles, interview sources and research background information. Required reading includes examples of both traditional news features and literary journalism. Required writing includes a journal of responses to the readings and assigned articles. By the end of the course, students will have at least one article suitable for sale to a magazine.

Writing Criticism and Reviews (Writing 506) tackles the craft of writing of literary criticism and reviews of books and other media through the study of exemplary works and the practice of writing a variety of critical essays and reviews. Students will gain the skills and confidence to begin writing literary criticism and reviews of the books they read, the films they watch, the plays or dance productions they attend. They will demonstrate the ability to describe structural elements of compelling criticism and reviews and to write clear, concise and fluent prose.

Book Selling (Writing 507) address the fact that the business of book authorship has changed radically. Now, all but the very highest paid authors are expected by publishers to vigorously promote their books. Meanwhile, the avenues of book publication have widened so far that established publishers are no longer the gatekeepers. Options for writers are many. Navigating this landscape can be grueling and precarious. The Perelandra College Book Selling class is designed as a guide for the traveller on his or her way to success as a writer.

Screenwriting (Writing 508) acquaints students with the key elements in writing a feature-length screenplay: screenplay structure, plot development, scene development, characterization, and dialog.  Books on craft, the professor’s guidance, and several writing assignments require that students demonstrate their mastery of the basics and their ability to conceptualize their feature-length script. They submit a short film script, a beat sheet or treatment for their full-length screenplay, and the first act of their screenplay.

Bible As Stories (Writing 510) approaches the stories of the Old and New Testaments as archetypal models for contemporary fiction and asks students to write one short, short story and one longer short story using these models. Students show understanding and use of archetypes as well as organizational and editing skills by creating stories with complex characters and interesting conflicts and plot lines.

Advanced Story Writing (Writing 511) requires that students refine both their craft and their attitudes toward their work. Reading assignments explore the structure of dramatic fiction and encourage students to find, refine, or expand their artistic vision. Writing assignments require them to examine what they discovered and to put their discoveries to use.  By the end of the course, students will express with clarity why they write and who their target audience is. They will also prove in both the final exam and through their stories that they have grasped the structure of dramatic fiction.  Prerequisite: Story Basics  (Writing 501)

The Novel (Writing 512) is an in-depth study of the structural and other elements of novels of various types.  Required reading includes two novels and two critical works on the form. Required writing includes outlines, a synopsis, and 10,000 words of a novel’s beginning. Students gain the theoretical skills required to structure a compelling novel. They learn that different genres present different expectations and that a variety of different methods of structuring the novel can be equally viable. Through the structural analysis of two novels by masters of the form, they learn to outline in at least two ways. They write the beginning of a novel using one of the outlines. Their grasp of the knowledge the course offers will be proven by exercises and their novel beginning. Prerequisite: Story Basics  (Writing 501)

Genres  (Writing 514) provides insights into a particular genre, stressing the differences and similarities between that genre and general fiction. Students read excellent work in the genre as well as at least one instructional text, and submit for critiques original stories or parts of books they are creating. The genres in which we currently offer classes are: Memoir. Young Adult Fiction, Mystery

Independent Study in Writing (Writing 515) allows the opportunity to work under the supervision of an established writer while creating and revising a project such as a novel, a memoir, or a collection of stories or poems.

Independent Study in Literature (Writing 516) is a student/faculty designed course in which the student, advised by a faculty member, designs a reading list in a genre in which the student’s interest lies or in which the faculty member determines the student can benefit from reading. After reading each of the works assigned, students analyze from a writer’s point of view and in doing so determine elements they can apply to their own work.  Evaluation of student work in the course is based upon the depth and clarity of the student’s analysis.

Masterpieces of Fiction (Writing 517) is study of great novels and short stories with an emphasis on reading as a writer, analyzing structures, scenes, character development and the exposition of theme. Students will learn to read like a writer, and demonstrate competence in this skill through analysis of the literature read, and through the essays and stories they submit.

In Masterpieces of Drama (Writing 518) students will discover the grand reasons for the appreciation of drama and comedy. They will explore the wide-ranging themes introduced over a variety of historical eras; study research methods for approaching drama; learn the relationships between historical contexts and the expression of ideas theatrically; acquaint themselves with theatres in their community; and demonstrate their increased understanding and skills through writing projects and a final exam.

Masterpieces of Poetry (Writing 519) considers poetry masterpieces from various cultures and eras, emphasizing: works concerned with matters of the spirit; uses of language available to writers of all kinds; elements of great poems that can inspire and inform students’ writing in poetry and other genres; and the craft of poetry.

Writing Devotionals (Writing 558) is a guided study concerning what devotionals are and the practical ways in which to write devotionals. The aim of this course is to help each student write and share unique devotionals that bring both writer and reader closer to God in engaging and entertaining ways.

 

COST AND PAYMENT OPTIONS: The current cost (2017) of Perelandra College classes is $60 per credit for classes other than Independent Study in Writing, tuition for which is $100 per 10,000 words submitted, to allow for the professor’s compensation for time spent in critiques and/or edits.

Our preferred payment method is prepayment for each class using the paypal donate button below. Another option is by setting up recurring monthly payments using the recurring payment portal below. A $50 monthly payment allows a student to participate in our classes. 

Please send enquiries about the current availability of classes to: ken@perelandra.edu