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Personal Development Classes

Continuing Education provides a series of classes designed for self-improvement and personal growth. Our Personal Development classes offer flexibility and a variety of class times to choose from. Enhance your career skills and improve your life.

If you are interested in any of the classes below, please call Lara Herter.

guide to buying fixer-uppers

Many first-time home buyers today are facing brutally competitive markets that favor sellers. That means buyers need to bring their A game. Especially if you're a newbie. The prospect of buying a home can be exciting, but at the same time, it is a high-stakes investment that would make anyone feel anxious. Even if you have a dream home in mind, sometimes your budget won’t allow it, or perhaps your local market is overcrowded and lacks inventory. These are just a few examples of stressors that can cast a shadow of doubt on what otherwise should be an exciting process. However, home buyers can minimize stress and anxiety by having a well-researched action plan. The home buying process can be quite pleasant, especially for those who know what to expect and prepare in advance. In this class you will meet a mortgage lender, title company representative, home inspector, and accountant. You can ask any question about the buying process for homes, condos, duplexes or town homes. Remember, "You are better to be prepared for an opportunity and it not appear, than to have an opportunity appear and not be prepared."  

Investing in Florida Real Estate 

This course is an introduction to Florida real estate investment for individuals interested in earning supplemental income through real estate. The course will discuss the benefits of real estate investment, how to determine potential return on investment, and how to manage rental properties. By the end of this course, participants will have the tools needed to make sound real estate investment decisions and achieve their financial goals.

Online Education

Not able to attend our on-campus classes? GCSC Continuing Education offers a variety of online classes to fit into your schedule. Customize your learning environment and schedule while boosting your career advancement opportunities!

Advanced fiction writing  REGISTER!

When you have a talent and a passion for writing, it's important to share it. This course will provide you with the formula for creating and polishing a successful fiction manuscript and getting it published.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 24 Course Hours | 6 weeks | Fee: $119
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Beginner's guide to getting published  REGISTER!

Get your writing directly into the hands of an editor and on the shelves of your favorite stores. This course, taught by a successful journalist and author, will help you understand every step of the publishing process and how to give yourself the credibility publishers notice.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 24 Course Hours | 6 weeks | Fee: $119
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beginning writer's workshop  REGISTER!

If you have a story that needs to be written, an online writing workshop is a great place to start. This course will help improve your writing skills and discover new ways to stretch your creative muscles. Some of the best works of fiction and nonfiction were crafted in a writer's workshop. This online course will help you write your own creative piece. Like a true writing workshop, you will learn literary techniques, peer review a classmate's work, and receive constructive criticism on your work.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 24 Course Hours | 6 weeks | Fee: $115
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creative writing value suite  REGISTER!

Spark your creativity and start writing with this online writing course bundle. You will learn the mechanics of writing and editing, and have your story workshopped by peers. Creative writing is more than just having a good idea for a story. To be a writer, you must know the mechanics of writing, have strong editing skills, and be able to give and receive constructive feedback in a writer’s workshop. If you have an idea for a story, these online writing courses will help you create a publishable piece of fiction or nonfiction.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 72 Course Hours | Fee: $353  $299
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explore fiction writing genres suite  REGISTER!

Learn how to write different genres in this comprehensive course bundle. Explore Fiction Writing covers fantasy, romance, mystery, and screenwriting to teach you the craft and technique used by success writers. By the time you finish, you will be ready to write, edit, and submit your work for publication.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 96 Course Hours | Fee: $476 $375
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explore non-fiction writing suite  REGISTER!

This suite of courses explores non-fiction writing. You will learn how to write, edit, and publish nonfiction across popular genres and mediums. You will also learn best practices for pitching and submitting your work in today's publishing landscape.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 96 Course Hours | Fee: $476 $375
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grammar refresher  REGISTER!

Develop English grammar skills and take your writing and speaking to the next level. This course explores the eight parts of speech, punctuation and mechanics, foundational sentence construction, phrases, clauses, problem words, common mistakes, and more with practical, hands-on exercises.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 24 Course Hours | 6 weeks | Fee: $119
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How to make money from your writing  REGISTER!

Learn the secrets, methods, and tips to help you generate money with your writing. Whether you want to create your own business, add to your income, supplement your retirement, or boost what you're earning as a writer, this class includes practical information that rarely gets taught in writing classes.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 24 Course Hours | 6 weeks | Fee: $119
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introduction to internet writing markets  REGISTER!

Learn the ins and outs of writing for the Internet from a professional writer. This course will help you discover the hundreds of choices you have when it comes to making money from your writing, and you'll leave with a publishing plan including next steps and markets that will help you achieve your goals.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 24 Course Hours | 6 weeks | Fee: $119
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introduction to journaling  REGISTER!

Learn exciting new ways to express yourself and develop your creativity through journaling. This course will help you discover how to use your journal to explore your thoughts, feelings, and values and support your emotional well-being in good time and through difficult changes.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 24 Course Hours | 6 weeks | Fee: $119
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introduction to screenwriting  REGISTER!

Learn everything you need to write a great script including structure, character creation, dialogue, and marketing and selling your screenplay. Whether you want to write micro-budget indie films or Hollywood blockbusters, this course will provide everything you need to know to write a script that sells.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 24 Course Hours | 6 weeks | Fee: $119
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mystery writing  REGISTER!

Discover techniques needed to become a successful mystery writer. This course combines the best advice of many writing professionals, tempered with the instructor's own experience as a mystery writer, to have you on your way to writing a best-selling mystery.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 24 Course Hours | 6 weeks | Fee: $119
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Research Methods for Writers  REGISTER!

Learn how to efficiently and effectively conduct research for any writing project: fiction, nonfiction, business, and even term papers and dissertations. This course will help you discover how to identify and access every information source imaginable.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 24 Course Hours | 6 weeks | Fee: $119
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Write Your life story  REGISTER!

Learn how to create and distribute an inspirational and professional autobiography for family, friends, and others. This course teaches you how to bring characters to life, recall vivid memories, engage readers, and manage your creative time so you can share a story only you can tell.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 24 Course Hours | 6 weeks | Fee: $119
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writeriffic:  creativity training for writers  REGISTER!

Banish writer's block forever with these techniques from the published writer's toolbox. This course will show you how to liberate the imaginative, inventive genius that is inside of you and transform your visions into the written word.

Start Dates* Apr 15 | May 13 | Jun 17
Instructor-Led | 24 Course Hours | 6 weeks | Fee: $119
*Choose start date in cart.

Interested in more online writing courses? Visit ed2go.com/gulfcoast/ for additional courses.

 

Lara Herter, Program Coordinator, Business & Community & Education
lherter@gulfcoast.edu
T  850.873.3583
 

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