Continuing Connection: Writing Instructor Christine Dubois on Creating Community while Teaching Onli...

I taught my first online class, Publishing Your E-Book, on March 16. Like educators around the world, I spent the week before in crash trainings on using Zoom, Canvas, and other online resources.

Continuing Education and COVID-19 FAQs

Are spring classes going to be cancelled?
At this time, we are reviewing spring classes that will be impacted by the on-going COVID-19 situation. We will be working with the instructor to determine if the class can be moved to an online format or postponed to start at a later date. If neither of these options is possible, then we will need to make a decision to cancel the class for spring. We will make every effort, via phone and email, to update students as soon as we are aware of any changes to the status of a class.

Put Yourself Out There for a Reason: Social Media and Small Business

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It may come as a surprise that a successful instructor and small businessperson like Michele Sweeney was not always a fan of social media. In fact, during the dawning days of platforms like Facebook, Sweeney was reluctant to commit her energy to the social media sphere.


Authenticity, Integrity and Leadership for People of Color

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In a recent article in The Economist, Art Hopkins of executive advisory firm Russell Reynolds Associates identified how corporations invite failure by not seeking out People of Color (POC) to fill integral roles within their firms.


Discover the Ease of Self-Publishing Your e-Book

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A passion for DIY publishing is written into CE writing instructor Christine Dubois’ DNA. “I grew up around self-publishing,” she says. “My mom (now 94 and still writing) self-published several books on quilting. In those days, you had to pay for the printing and buy a huge number of books and store them in the garage.


Firing Together: Discussing Neuroplasticity and Neurosculpting

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According to international educator Vija Rogozina, our brains are not the rigid mechanisms we tell ourselves, in fact our minds are tremendously flexible—something she means to explore in her upcoming CE class, Neuropl


Taking the Mystery Out of Reading Music

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Unlike many professional musicians who were immersed in lessons from childhood, How to Read Music instructor Doug Zangar did not hear the call until early adulthood. “I was a late bloomer, prior to college I mostly played in a high school garage band and took some guitar lessons,” he says.


Making Etsy Your Marketplace

Getting Your Etsy Shop Up and Running

Established in 2005, Etsy is a unique online marketplace devoted to handmade and vintage items and, to a lesser extent, unique factory-made items. Over the years, Etsy has expanded to become a thriving online community comprised of over 1.7 million active artists, crafters and makers catering to at least 28 million customers.


Finding Your Voice as a Writer

Photo by Lisa Fotios

One of the biggest challenges that writers face early on is finding their own unique voice. Indeed, writing is a grueling process that will leave you feeling lost most of the time. Well, the good news is that this does get better. With a little time and effort, you'll find yourself getting more comfortable with writing.


Deciphering the Dynamics of Trauma

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The Dynamics of Trauma instructor Mark Sideman has spent his career at the leading edge of mental health advocacy, policy and procedure.  Sideman has been a registered and certified counselor in Washington since 1989 and is well-versed in multiple disciplines ranging from Soma


Discussing Gender and Social Identity Theories

Gender and Social Identity Theory

D’Andre Fisher, North Seattle College’s Associate Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is all about creating safe spaces for us to thrive in.


A Creative Explorer: Talking with Sarah Norsworthy

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From a young age Introduction to Drawing instructor Sarah Norsworthy loved to draw, paint and sew--creative outlets that have only continued to flower throughout her life and revealed themselves of benefit to her own creative self-expre


Cover the Basics of Beginning Fiction – Crash Course

Beginning Fiction Crash Course

Beginning Fiction – Crash Course instructor Leslie Adkins-Hall has always loved writing. Genre was seldom a concern; she simply loved making words come alive.


Lived Experience and Comics Memoir

Illustration by Kelly Froh

Comics are a far more versatile medium for creative self-expression than we have been led to believe. Once a space dominated by superheroes and male power fantasies, of late comics have become a sounding board for people of all walks of life.


Powering Nonprofits and Grantwriting 101

Grantwriting 101

There is an art to grant writing that goes far beyond immaculate paperwork with all I’s dotted and T’s crossed.


Making Safe Spaces: CE Classes Devoted to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Diversity is vital. We find strength in our differences because our contrasting qualities shine a light on those places we harbor room for growth. Growth and change can be both beautiful and terrifying and embracing the new requires great resilience and tremendous personal strength.


A Winter Reading List for the Lifelong Learner

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The cold winter months ahead offer many advantages to the lifelong learner. For example, rainy winter days are the perfect excuse for staying indoors, warm and dry in the companionship of a good book. It can’t rain all the time, but that never stopped the supremely curious from stocking their bookshelves in anticipation of a drizzly day.


Remaining True to Yourself: Gayle Johnson Discusses Leadership for Women

Leadership for Women

Leadership for Women instructor Gayle Johnson has led, taught and counseled people in ways to advocate for themselves in leadership roles for over 25 years.


Believe in Your Message: Conquering the Fear of Public Speaking

Introduction to Public Speaking

It is said the fear of public speaking is one of the most intense forms of social anxiety that anyone might suffer. Some people would rather endure bodily harm than speak in front of a group of people. Why is this, why is public speaking so terrifying and why does it not come naturally to more people?


Clarity of Thought and Writing Philosophy

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For as long as humans have been telling stories, audiences have asked writers, “Where do you get your ideas?” F. Scott Fitzgerald claimed the desire to write comes from a deep-seated need to impart one’s way of thinking to the world: “You don’t write because you want to say something; you write because you’ve got to say something.”  In short, writers seek to share their life lessons, experiences and world view through their words.


You Can Tell Stories!: How to Become a Pathfinder on the Journey Through Imagination

You Can Tell Stories!

Human beings are storytelling creatures, whether we are all comfortable with that idea or not. Storytelling is one of the most primal aspects of human nature. We use stories to make sense of our place in the world, our workplaces, our homes and our relationships. The stories we tell others and ourselves define who and what we are. But are we all natural storytellers?


The Humble Pie and Why We Love It

Eat Pie

The pie is a cornerstone of the civilized world.


Theatre and Social Change

Devised Theatre

Theatre is a tenacious thing, though we are constantly reminded it is an art form for which the bell reportedly tolled long ago.


A Love for Expression and Beginning Ballet for Adults

Beginning Ballet for Adults

By grown-up standards, children pursue creative risks like music, art or dance with tremendous bravery and abandon. The reality is kids take amazing leaps because it never occurs to them they should not. To be self-conscious over one’s efforts at creative self-expression is a learned trait and one we find very difficult to shed as we age.


Diversity is Our Strength

Diversity is Our Strength

Talking about race is challenging. Perhaps part of the reason is members of white, privileged American culture have difficulty recognizing the fact that our country was established through colonialism, slavery and institutionalized racism. Those toxic elements are fused into the DNA of our culture. Though we try to tell ourselves otherwise, those qualities have never gone away.