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Writing Classes

I've taught writing classes for both children and adults since 1998. (I also occasionally teach courses in Children's Literature and Adolescent Literature.) See below for a listing of classes for adults. For children's classes, see the right sidebar.


Scroll down below the class descriptions to read feedback from some of my adult students.

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Adult Writing Classes


Six-Week Hands-On Workshop: Finding Your Writer's Voice

What is voice? How do you develop yours? Author Carmela Martino helps you explore the answers to these questions in this six-week workshop. Through reading assignments, writing exercises, class discussions, and instructor feedback, you'll learn the power of voice and how to sharpen yours so that it draws readers in and keeps them turning the pages. 

Required text: Finding Your Writer's Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction by Thaisa Frank and Dorothy Wall. Please bring the text to the first class meeting on Oct. 2.

Note: class is limited to 15 students, so register early!


Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. 

Oct. 2-Nov. 13 (no class Oct. 30)

Course ID: HUMNT-0002-0010

Fee $159, Lifelong Learning $119.

To register online, click the College of DuPage link below. Please register at least TWO weeks before the class start date.

College of DuPage is located at:
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

For Continuing Education information, call (630) 942-2208.

Watch this space for updates when new classes for adults are scheduled, or, to receive updates via email, sign up for Carmela's newsletter in the right sidebar.

Mayslake Peabody Estate is located at:
1717 W. 31st Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523

To register for the class, call Mayslake at (630) 206-9566.

For information about the Mayslake Peabody Estate, click the following link. You can also register online--see the link below.

Feedback from Adult Students

"Carmela's class was outstanding. I have a list of revisions to make from all that I learned. If you ever have a chance to take any of her classes I can assure your money and time will be well spent.”

—Mary Sandford
Lisle, IL

"I would like to sing the praises of Carmela Martino, teacher extraordinaire. . . . Attendees at all experience levels got valuable ideas and insights from the exercises she shared, as well as the experiences she described in working through the writing of Rosa, Sola.”

—Lisa Bierman
Oak Park, IL

"I just wanted to celebrate Carmela Martino. . . . The exercises she offered were extremely helpful. Her emotions poured out as she described the writing process she went through with her novel Rosa, Sola. Thank you, Carmela, for inspiring me to dig deep into my soul to write compelling (let's hope) children's literature.”

—Trina Sotira
Roselle, IL