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Creative writing among adult learning courses

Trish Hoskin resolved this year to help more Fort Macleod residents put their thoughts on paper.
A professional writer, Hoskin will lead a creative writing class that is part of the new round of courses offered by the Willow Creek Community Adult Learning Society.
“Writing is so dear to me and I want to encourage others to use writing as a form of self expression,” Hoskin said.
Hoskin, who has an education degree, has published two children’s stories, writes her Slice of Life column for The Macleod Gazette and contributes to other publications.
Last year Hoskin co-ordinated a short story contest for Fort Macleod Project Read as a Family Literacy Day activity that drew 120 entries.
“Last year’s Family Literacy Day event proved that there are a lot of very talented and thoughtful writers in this little town,” Hoskin said. “A lot of people were a bit shy to share their stories, but they told me how good it felt to enter the contest.”
The creative writing course, which begins Jan. 14 and runs for six Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lethbridge College satellite campus in Fort Macleod, will appeal to a diverse group of people.
Hoskin said people who enjoy reading, who are looking to develop a story, who want to share their stories and get positive feedback will benefit from the course.
“This is not a serious writing course,” Hoskin said. “I want it to be fun, enjoyable, relaxed and a safe place for people to experiment.”
The course will cover short story writing, life writing (journalling) and poetry, including haiku.
“This is a beginners course, one that is meant to promote the enjoyment of writing for the sake of the activity,” Hoskin said.
Creative writing is one of a diverse number of courses offered in 2012 by the Willow Creek Community Adult Learning Society.
Girls With Tools
On Saturday, Feb. 4 Scougall Motors service manager Mark Meech will lead a one-day course on mechanics for women.
Meech will provide instruction on checking a vehicle’s oil and tire pressure, changing tires and air filters, jump-starting a vehicle, refilling fluids, buying and installing windshield wipers and changing fuses and light bulbs.
Meech will also discuss emergency road kits.
Firearms safety
Don Lee will lead a non-restricted firearms safety course on Saturday, March 4 at the Lethbridge College satellite campus.
The course includes the manual, exam and government application form.
New driver education
Colin Patterson will teach new driver education on Mondays from 5-7:30 p.m. from April 16 to May 28.
The course includes 18 hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of in-car lessons.
Tackling debt
People looking to spend less and save more should consider the one-hour “Tackling Debt” class April 17 at the Lethbridge College satellite campus.
First aid
Linda Smiley will lead a 16-hour course in standard child care first aid for parents and care-givers.
The course runs Mondays and Tuesday from 6-9:30 p.m. beginning April 23 at the Lethbridge College satellite campus.
Fitness courses
Willow Creek Community Adult Learning Society will offer a variety of fitness courses, including:

  • The dance fitness program Zumba on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church beginning Jan. 10.
  • Cut to the Core Mondays from 6:15-7 a.m. at Trinity United Church beginning Jan. 30.
  • The cardio-based fitness program Power Play Tuesdays from 6:15-7 a.m. at Trinity United Church.
  • The weight-training class Sculpt Wednesdays from 6:15-7 a.m. at Trinity United Church beginning Feb. 1.
  • The gentle exercise program ‘Fun’ctional Fitness from 8-8:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Trinity United Church beginning Jan. 31.

Arts and crafts
Chelsie Wolff will lead a course on three types of seed bead weaving Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. from Jan. 18 to Feb. 8 at the Lethbridge College satellite campus.
Wolff will also teach seed bead weaving on a loom from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 29 to March 21, also at the satellite campus.
Jim Jones will teach the basics of wood-turning Mondays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 12 and March 19 at his shop in Granum.
Working Well Workshop
A one-day workshop from 6-9:30 p.m. March 7 offers information and tools to properly care for a well.
To register for any course call 403-553-4106 or visit www.willowcreeklearning,ca.