Creative Writing for Older Adults

September 20 – November 29; no class November 1 (10 weeks) 

10:30 am – 12:30 pm


Instructor: Lesley Peterson

Bringing Characters to Life

Creative writing for older adults returns to RVCC this fall with a ten-week course that will continue to welcome all forms of creative writing (short stories, personal essays, and poetry) and continue to teach and practice fundamentals of the writing process—this time with a focus on character. Have you known people who were inspiring, aggravating, puzzling, relatable, frightening, lovable, or strange? Maybe even all at once? Have you wondered about how to use the tools of the writers’ craft to bring such interesting people to life on the page? Are you tired of stereotypes and clichés?

Sometimes we write to convey our insights into human nature; sometimes we write to unlock mysteries that puzzle us. Sometimes the most puzzling character in your life story can be yourself. What are the writing strategies that can help us bring human nature to life on the page? Come and find out!

Meeting weekly for two hours, this class combines a wide range of short writing exercises with time for members to share their work and receive constructive feedback in a supportive space. It is suitable for people who write a lot and those who aren’t sure where to start, for people who have taken this or other classes before and for those who have never taken a creative writing class. 


“Here’s to all the poets and the writers! And here’s to the coaches and instructors (that
would be you Lesley) who create the spaces for our voices to be heard! Thank you for
bringing such a joyful attitude to your work with our group.”

– Donna Marion (participant in the spring 2019 creative writing class for mature adults at RVCC)


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