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Internet & Technology Classes
[add] 101 Web Design 101 (HTML 1) $20.00
[add] 102 HTML 2: Enhance Your Website $20.00
[add] 115 Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets $16.00
[add] 1151  Introduction to Perl $16.00
[add] 160 Javascript 1 for Beginners $16.00
[add] 161 Javascript 2: Energize Your Website $16.00
[add] 1109  Building an Offline Home Page $16.00
[add] 111 Unleash the Power of Meta Tags $12.00
[add] 119 How to Build or Repair a Desktop PC $12.00
[add] 123 Writing Effective Email $12.00
[add] 335 Writing for the World Wide Web $15.00
Journalism & Writing Classes
[add] 3140 Writing for Fun and Profit $15.00
[add] 3175 Break the Block! (How to Write When...) $15.00
[add] 3116 Young Adult Novel Writing for Beginners $20.00
[add] 3112 The Art of Writing Horror $20.00
[add] 3108 Fantasy Writing Workshop $20.00
[add] 3170 Introduction to Personal Journaling $12.00
[add] 3171 Writing Memoirs: The Journey to Me $12.00
[add] 305 Your Screenwriting Career $48.00
[add] 3207 Grant Writing 101 $30.00
[add] 308 Writing A Press Release $15.00
[add] 311 Grammar Basics 1: Parts of Speech $12.00
[add] 312 Grammar Basics 2: Word Usage $12.00
[add] 313 Grammar Basics 3: Punctuation $12.00
[add] 315 Write Right - Grammar & Style for Writers $12.00
320Writing Argumentative Essays
321The Art of Persuasive Writing
[add] 335 Writing for the World Wide Web $15.00
[add] 123 Writing Effective Email $12.00
[add] 342 Writing A Romance Novel $20.00
352Express Yourself: 30 Days to Better Writing
[add] 360 Writing As A Healing Art $15.00
Business and Finance Classes
[add] 3207 Grant Writing 101 $30.00
[add] 4643 How to Brand Your Company or Product $20.00
[add] 4637 Principles of Strategic Management $18.00
[add] 450 How to Save and Invest Wisely $18.00
[add] 440 Introduction to Copyright Law $12.00
[add] 455 How to Write A Living Will $16.00
[add] 5962 Introduction to Hair Color Theory $15.00
[add] 5824 Recovery from Abuse $15.00
[add] 5951 How to Date in a Healthy Way $15.00
[add] 5908 How to Be Organized (...In Spite of Yourself!) $12.00
Body, Mind & Soul
[add] 7125 Introduction to the Tarot $20.00
[add] 360 Writing As A Healing Art $15.00
[add] 700 Change Your Life: The Best is Yet to Be! $15.00
[add] 706 Heal Your Life: Journey to Self-Discovery $15.00
[add] 707 Above Life's Turmoil $15.00
711Numerology: Key to Your Inner Self
715From Birth to Rebirth
720How to Develop Your Psychic Powers
[add] 725 Unlock the Power of Your Dreams $12.00
[add] 728 Introduction to Meditation $12.00
[add] 863 Introduction to Color Theory $12.00
[add] 611 Healing Herbs and Natural Remedies $12.00
[add] 621 Practical and Easy Nutrition $12.00
[add] 682 Vitamin Basics: Help Yourself to Health $12.00
[add] 745 Self-Help for Stress $12.00
Religion & Philosophy:
[add] 7855 Christology: Essence & Nature of Jesus Christ $20.00
Graphics and Photography
[add] 3911 Beginners' Guide to Digital Photography $20.00
[add] 863 Introduction to Color Theory $12.00
Academic Courses
[add] 901 How to Study and Pass Tests $12.00
[add] 5908 How to Be Organized (...In Spite of Yourself!) $12.00
[add] 961 Criminal Psychology 1: Demons and Madmen $15.00
[add] 962 Criminal Psychology 2: Criminal Profiling $15.00
[add] 970 Forensic Science 1: An Introduction $15.00
[add] 971 Forensic Science 2: Analyzing Evidence $15.00

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Featured Courses

Grant Writing 101

[add] This course gives a jump start to writers looking to develop their skills in the rewarding field of grant writing. Mentored by Dr. Linda Sapp-Cox, an expert with 50 years experience in grant writing and nonprofit management, students will learn how to research funding sources, understand the grant application and write a winning proposal. The course includes a short primer on how to create a nonprofit corporation and the forms required to apply for tax-exempt status.

Beginner's Guide to Digital Photography

[add] Jump into digital photography or polish the skills you already have. Learn how to use your digital camera and take better landscape, wildlife, people and close-up photos in this roll-up-your-sleeves class. Photographer and author Ron Kness shares tricks of the trade, walking students through the steps of how to shoot crisp images every time. From close-ups to panoramas, you'll get expert tips on how to set up your camera so you can't go wrong.

Introduction to Personal Journaling

[add] We all have stories to tell - a first kiss, long-guarded secrets, a life-changing moment. Learn how to write a personal journal about the people, places and events that have left an imprint on your life. Journaling is a powerful catalyst for working through problems, healing relationships and gaining new insights into present circumstances as well as choices that lie before you. It is also one of the best and least expensive ways to get to know yourself better! This class is mentored by London-based holistic instructor Callie Carling.

Your Screenwriting Career

[add] This in-depth course, taught by veteran screenwriter and multi-book author Skip Press, gives beginners an inside view of the screenwriting business. The course examines industry trends, historical perspectives and the basic structure of a screenplay. Skip Press has taught this course to thousands of writers through college extension programs for 20 years.

Christology: The Essence and Nature of Jesus Christ

[add] Enrich your understanding of the essence and nature of Jesus Christ in this wonderfully illuminating course. Join Brian Neese in a this short journey to gain thought-provoking insights into the single most important person who forever changed the world – Jesus Christ. Christology is the study of the person of Jesus, with a focus on His nature and essence. It seeks to understand not just what Jesus did, but who He was and is. The course examines the nature of Jesus Christ and accepted theories surrounding this as well as other relevant implications.

Writing for Fun and Profit

[add] Learn how to come up with great story ideas, write material that editors want to publish, and move your writing career forward on a fast track to success - while having fun doing it! This course, mentored by writing instructor Gloria Oren, focuses on nonfiction writing, a vast market where good writers are always in demand. Students will learn how to research and write interviews, news stories, and reviews; how to get organized and produce quality material efficiently; and how to know when a manuscript is in final draft form and ready to send. Coping with rejection slips – and avoiding them – will also be discussed, as well as a variety of useful books and tools that belong on every writer's desk. If you are ready to begin writing your own recipe for success, this course is your first step!

How to Brand Your Product or Company

[add] Why do consumers pay more for Apple's iPhone when they could buy a generic phone with similar features for a lower price? The answer to this intriguing question lies in the power of branding. In this new course, marketing expert Barry Silverstein reveals how a small business or entrepreneur can create, improve, and market their brand. Whether your business is large or small, global or local, you'll discover a wealth of new insights that you can use to create a winning image for your company and products.

Introduction to the Tarot

[add] Have you always been curious about Tarot cards? Have you read a few books on the subject that left you confused by vague and conflicting meanings? Indulge your curiosity with this course by expert Tarot practitioner and author Amy Tripp. Explore the basics of how to do a Tarot card reading and delve into the colorful symbolism of the Major and Minor Arcana. You don't need to be a psychic to use the Tarot; learning to read the cards will naturally awaken your intuitive abilities. Even if you have never held a Tarot deck before, you will learn everything you need to know in this class to start doing accurate readings and unlock the timeless wisdom of this fascinating oracle.

New Courses in Development...

410Basic Principles of Sales and Marketing
411How to Develop A Marketing Plan
451Personal Finance 101
810Art History of the Ancient World
941Languages of the World
761Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita
762Further Studies in the Bhagavad Gita
963Criminal Psychology 3: Patterns and Motives
964Criminal Psychology 4: A Study in Murder
965Criminal Psychology 5: Profiling Sexual Predators
966Criminal Psychology 6: Crime Across the life Span
967Criminal Psychology 7: Sexual Crimes & Homicide
968Criminal Psychology 8: Profiling Serial Killers
972Forensic Science 3: Unsolved Murders
973Forensic Science 4: Crime Profiles
More Recent Additions to our Course Catalog

Memoir Writing: The Journey to Me

[add] This short writing course offers practical ways to bring the story teller within you to life! The memoir is the most popular and expressive literary form of our time. A memoir, in the simplest of terms, is your story. Some have described it as a written scrapbook of memories. In this class, you will learn how to record the significant events in your life and turn your personal story into a captivating memoir. Instructor Catherine Lamberg will mentor the class. Although there are no prerequisites, students may find it helpful to take Introduction to Personal Journaling as a preparation for this course.

Introduction to Hair Color Theory

[add] This course is designed for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of how hair color works. Instructor Dawn Cressman presents easy-to-follow lessons exploring the history of hair color, the structure of hair, gray coverage, safety issues, and different types of color and techniques for applying color. There are no prerequisites and everyone is welcome to enroll in this class. This course will benefit anyone who is new to the salon industry, cosmetology students, color clients, and even experienced professionals as a refresher course.

Young Adult Novel Writing for Beginners

[add] Some of the hottest novels on the market today, such as the Twilight saga, and memorable classics like The Catcher in the Rye, are in the Young Adult genre. Learn how to write successfully in this genre with this short course led by Young Adult novelist and daily blogger Candace Ganger. This course is designed to help budding novelists create a submission-ready YA manuscript one step at a time. For the writer who still remembers what those butterflies, first kisses and high school memories were all about, this detailed course on Young Adult Novel Writing for Beginners is a fast-track to the creative process, from initial brainstorming to finding the perfect agent.

Recovery from Abuse

[add] This course examines the steps that can lead to recovery from abuse in its various forms, including physical, emotional and sexual. The course is not intended to provide a one-size-fits-all model with guaranteed results but rather a guide to help in the process of healing and recovery. Instructor Stephanie Romero examines significant things a person can do, changes in their thinking, and new perspectives that can be gained which will aid in this recovery process. The objective of the course is to reach a wide audience that includes victims of abuse who are seeking to recover; friends, family members and neighbors who find themselves in situations of trying to understand and help abuse victims; and professionals who currently work with abuse victims or may work with them in the future.

How to Date in a Healthy Way

[add] Explore the obstacles preventing you from enjoying romantic fulfillment in this short course packed with helpful tips on dating and assessing the health of your love relationships. Conduct your own personal inventory to discover who you are and what you want in a relationship; learn how to recognize why you are losing at love by clinging to people who won't commit themselves; how to make yourself more appealing to others, how to discard unhealthy relationship habits, and how to build your self-esteem in today's youth and beauty-obsessed culture. Dating maven and songwriter Melanie Clark wrote this course for KSURF and will lead the class.

Building an Offline Home Page

[add] Most HTML classes teach how to create web pages to publish online. This course takes a different approach: you'll learn how to apply basic HTML techniques to create an offline home page. More than just a Web page, an offline home page is a virtual workspace that resides on your personal computer and can only be viewed by you, which means you can include links that you would never put on a public webpage, such as shortcuts to online banking and shopping accounts. Richard De A'Morelli also explains how to create buttons that you can use to log in to your accounts on popular services such as Gmail, Yahoo Groups and Facebook with a single mouse click.

How to be Organized (...In Spite of Yourself!)

[add] More than just another class about time management and clutter control, this short workshop will help you to prioritize what is truly important in your life and liberate yourself from what is not. Learn how to break out of a lifetime of bad habits and time-wasting behavior. The course will reward you many times over as you find yourself once again able to enjoy the simple pleasures in life: family, friends, and more time to do the things you most enjoy.

Fantasy Writing Workshop

[add] In this hands-on writing workshop, you will learn the basic steps to writing a short fantasy story. Fantasy author Andrea Stanet will delve into issues unique to this genre such as creating worlds, creatures, and magic systems. The course begins with a brief overview of the different sub-categories of Fantasy genre and ends with the student completing a short fantasy story. By the end of this course, you will have the skills necessary to create an enchanting tale that will leave your readers spellbound!

The Art of Writing Horror

[add] In this new writing workshop, author and international educator Laurie Notch explores the art of writing horror fiction that will get published. The course presents detailed instructions on how to write horror fiction that will keep readers turning pages, eager for more. Learn how to structure your plot so that the story flows from beginning to end; create tension, conflict, and cliffhangers; use dialogue to reveal a character's evil motives, set a frightening mood, create fear, and heighten suspense. Whether you yearn to write about ghosts, creepy dolls, insane asylums, or terrifying maniacs, this writing workshop will help you discover the horror in everyday life and turn it into a potential bestseller.

Writing As A Healing Art

[add] Writing is more than just a way to communicate ideas to others: it is a tool we can use for healing, self-discovery and empowerment. In this 9-unit course, London-based Holistic teacher Callie Carling explores a variety of popular writing genre and techniques for using writing as a healing art. Each lesson provides insights into a useful technique, a writing prompt designed to promote self-healing, helpful tips to motivate you and get your creative juices flowing, and suggested inspirational readings.

Writing A Romance Novel That Will Get Published

[add] Learn the basic skills needed to write a romance novel in this hands-on course led by multi-published romance novelist Leigh Barbour. By the end of the course, students who complete the writing assignments will have laid the foundation to write their own category romance novel. Topics covered will include an overview of the romance publishing industry, types of romance novels, characterization and plots, settings, viewpoints, description, narrative and style, dialogue, sensuality, pacing, revision, available resources, and a look at marketing.

How to Save and Invest Wisely

[add] Over the past several years, the stock market has become an unpredictable and risky proposition. In this fact-filled course, financial planning expert Chuck Weinstein explores high and low-risk alternatives for saving and investing wisely. In- depth lessons delve into the pros and cons of conventional savings accounts, CDs, money market accounts, bonds, mutual funds, and other popular investment strategies. Take the first step to achieving financial security and independence in this intensive workshop.

Principles of Strategic Management

[add] How do we grow our business and please customers? What's the best way to increase gross income and sales? Who are our competitors and what strategic moves are business rivals likely to make next? Join financial guru Jason Willoughby in this short course for those who are seeking answers to these questions, those who want a winning strategy, and those who want to stay ahead of the competition. The course will provide a brief introduction to the evolution of strategic management, how to develop strategies, and the process of developing a strategic plan using the SWOT Analysis method. The course will also examine strategy analytical tools, as well as the process of crafting and executing company strategies.

Writing A Press Release

[add] This short but comprehensive course explores the basics of how to write a press release. Mentored by published nonfiction author Gloria Oren, the class will help students understand what a press release is, the role it can play for a business or a client and points to consider before sitting down to write a press release. The course also examines when and why to write a press release (and when not to bother), the nuts and bolts of structure and style, how to format a press release, and to whom the finished press release should be sent so your story will be told.