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OASIS LogoThe San Diego County OASIS catalog for courses scheduled for January through April is out, but may not be so easy to find. The list of courses is available on-line, but the registration period will not open until January 4, 2016. In the meantime, it is possible to create a wish list of the courses you with to take to make registering for them easier once registration opens. OASIS courses are open to anyone who is 50 years old or older. Here’s a preview of courses I think Guild members may find interesting.

Introduction to Creative Writing (course 315), taught by Lola Sparrowhawk and David Feldman (SDW/EG member)

Fridays, Jan 15-Feb 12, 10:15-12:30 at Mission Valley Macy’s. 5 sessions for $40.00
Join author Lola Sparrowhawk and editor David Feldman and learn how to begin your best-selling novel, family memoir, travel adventure, short story collection, poetry, or any creative writing project. Class includes lectures, handouts, and student participation. Read what you write, read optional homework assignments, or just come for fun! Instructors will also provide marketing and publishing tips. This is a beginning to intermediate level class.

Creative Writing (course 315), taught by Caroline McCullagh (SDW/EG member) and Lola Sparrowhawk.

Fridays, Feb 19-Apr 15, 10:15-12:30 at Mission Valley Macy’s. 9 sessions for $72.00
Classes will consist of lecture, handouts, reading and critiquing student work. The writing will be done outside of class – biography, fiction, poetry…you choose your genre. The instructors will also provide instruction on manuscript preparation and marketing tips and will be happy to personally critique your work between classes.

Intermediate Poetry Workshop (course 316), taught by Mary Harker

Tuesdays, Feb 9-Apr 12, 10:15-12:15 at Mission Valley Macy’s. 10 sessions for $25.00
This class is for people with some prior experience writing poetry. Class begins with 15-20 minutes of instruction, with the rest of the time being spent reading your poetry to the class, while receiving helpful feedback from the teacher and the group. Bring your poetry and at least 20 copies to share to the first class. Please make copies before coming to class.

The OASIS “Whodunit” Book Club (course 317), facilitated by Lisa Benton

Fridays, Jan 15-Apr 22, 1:00-3:00 at Mission Valley Macy’s. 8 sessions for $24.00
Do you enjoy reading a really good mystery? Do you like to match wits with the detective and figure out who committed the crime before the ending is revealed? Join us for a bi-monthly discussion of this intriguing literary genre. We’ll discuss the various types of mystery books available to readers, and we’ll pick a different author each meeting to read and evaluate. Let your inner “sleuth” come out and join us as we engage in lively and stimulating debates about what constitutes a tantalizing tale.
Meeting dates: 1/15, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, and 4/22.

OASIS Book Club (course 318), facilitated by Heather Chisholm-Chait

Fridays, Jan 22-Apr 22, 10:15-12:00 at Mission Valley Macy’s. 4 sessions for $8.00
Our discussions are stimulating and fun. Everyone has a chance to share, but no one is pressured to do so. Books for January: Fiction – Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott; Non-Fiction – H is for Hawk by Hellen Macdonald.
Meeting dates: 1/22, 2/26, 3/25, 4/22.

Rendezvous with Books (course 319), led by Dale Spector

Wednesday, Feb 17, 1:00-2:15 (course 319.1) and Wednesday, Apr 6, 1:00-2:15 (course 319.2), both at Mission Valley Macy’s, 1 session for $8.00
Join Dale for an afternoon of book talks. She will share new titles and older titles that you may have previously missed! A wide range of books will be shared with different titles. Whether you read voraciously or only while on vacation, you will leave with a list of possible books for you to read and share with others.

Creative Writing (course 729), taught by Chloe Edge (SDW/EG member)

Fridays, Jan 15-Feb 19, 10:00-12:00 at Escondido Sr Ctr. 6 sessions for $30.00 (course 729.1) and Fridays, Mar 11-Apr 15, 10:00-12:00 at Escondido Sr Ctr. 6 sessions for $30.00 (course 729.2)
Are you a writer looking for a support group? Have you ever wanted to write a memoir? Do you write for excitement or for curiosity? Have you wanted to publish your work or learn a new form? Come write with us and enjoy exciting, creative, mind-expanding experiences as we explore free writing, fiction, non-fiction, memoir and poetry. The presenter is a book author and has been published multiple times. These will be the best hours of your week!

Other courses, outside of the field of writing or editing, are also among those offered through OASIS. Look for one-day offerings by Carolyn Jaynes, Richard Lederer, Tom Leech, and Phil Pryde.