Warren Personal Enrichment Programs

Celebrating Nature

Build Your Own Bat Box

Saturday, August 2, 10 a.m.-noon
Chapman State Park, Cost: $15

Learn about the decline of Pennsylvania's bats and how putting up bat boxes can be beneficial. Bat boxes can be expensive to purchase and finding them in stores can be even more challenging. Join us to build your own bat box during this hands on class. Class meets at the Environmental Learning Center.

DIY Writing & Publishing Summer Workshop Series

All workshops held on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Vanessa Sweeney, M.S. Information Design and Technology
$25/class or $65/series [download flier]

Ghostwriting “How-To”: July 16

Do you love to write? If so, have you ever considered helping other authors on their projects by working as a ghost writer? In this class, participants will learn all about what a ghost writer is, how to get started in the field, where to find work and the ins and outs of this profession.

Self-Publishing: July 23

If you’ve written a book that needs to be published or even if you’re only thinking about writing a book, this course will show you the different self-publishing options available. Find out if self-publishing your written work is right for you, the costs associated with doing it yourself, and how to sell your book as a self-published author.

Marketing Self Publications: July 30

If you’ve decided that self-publishing a book you’ve written is right for you, what happens once the book is published? In this class, participants will learn how to market self-publications using free web based tools and services. Learn how to spread the word and get noticed as a self-published author!


Exploring Poetry

July 15 and 17, 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $29 [download flier]

Poetry doesn’t have to rhyme! Working with imagery, sound, and the poetic line, this class will explore both formal poetic form (such as the villanelle, sestina, and pantoum) as well as the art of free verse. Using contemporary poetry as models and writing prompts to get us started, we will investigate poetry in its many forms. Both beginners and more advanced writers are welcome. As time permits, students will be asked to read their poems for critique.

An assistant professor of English at Jamestown Community College, Karen Weyant's work has been published in numerous journals and newspapers. Her first chapbook of poetry, Stealing Dust, was required reading at both Clarion University and Bloomsburg University. Her second chapbook, Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt, was the winner of Main Street Rag's 2011 Chapbook Contest. She has been honored a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts as well as with the President's Award for Excellence and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Call the JCC Warren Center at 814.723.3577 for information and registration.