Offered by the cities of Irvine and
Huntington Beach Community Classes


“Creative Writing” —a six-week course

“Creative Writing Jumpstart” —a one-evening intensive


Having trouble starting something? Having trouble finishing something?

Now is the time to make your desire to write a priority. What are you waiting for? Yeah, I’m talkin’ to you! If the pandemic experience taught us anything, there’s no good reason to delay pursuing our interests.

In class, we’ll cover structure, characters, description, dialog and more. Much more. Weekly writing exercises will help you build your skills, in-class prompts will stimulate ideas, class discussions will grow your awareness. Once your awareness increases, your writing improves. 

The classes are open to all levels of experience. Would this be your first writing class? Welcome! Did you earn an English degree? Welcome! Have you been procrastinating? Welcome!  

You may also work on your personal projects: fiction or non-fiction, short stories, novels, personal essays, memoir, children’s books, poetry, plays, and scripts.

For the time being, classes will continue to be held online via Zoom. Click on “Writing Classes” for course descriptions, dates, times, and registration information. 

Thanks for dropping in. Questions? Just ask! 

Dorothy Spirus | Writer, Instructor, Actress
Dorothy Spirus teaches Creative Writing to adults through Community Classes offered by the cities of Irvine (over a decade) and Huntington Beach (nearly four years), in addition to private sessions for all ages. She is a published writer, playwright, actress, and former magazine editor. She earned a BA degree in Humanities in English from USC. Her curriculum included journalism courses in the Annenberg School, screenwriting in the School of Cinematic Arts and creative writing under the tutelage of best-selling author T.C. Boyle.