“Creative Writing,” offered through the FUMC-Denton Fine Arts Academy, is a way of helping people express themselves through the written word. As image-bearers of a Creator God, we can use our creativity to explore the human experience and bring glory to the ultimate Creator. Through writing, we get our thoughts out onto a computer screen or paper, exploring our spiritual and emotional thoughts and feelings.
Life on Paper
Geared toward older adults wanting to have a written memory of significant events in their lives, Life on Paper focuses on memoir writing. Writing about one’s past can be a great pastime, and a wonderful treasure to share with children, grandchildren or any family members. We will examine ways to start our story, focus on details, and other means of exploring one’s past in writing. Several different writing books will be utilized, including The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr and Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg. Included in the course will be an examination of some excellent memoirs, including those by Rick Bragg, Frank McCourt, John Grogan and Mary Karr. Classes meet twice each week for one hour.
Life on Paper
Tues/Thurs, 10:00-11:00 am
Life on Paper 2
Wednesday 10:30 am-noon
Class length is one semester (15 weeks).
$50.00 fee for new students
About the Teacher
Betty Roberts retired in May 2017 after 27 years as a public high school journalism and English teacher. For the past nine years, Betty taught Creative Writing and journalism at Northwest High School. She also has taught at The Colony High School, Copperas Cove High School and Allen High School. She also has sponsored literary magazines and the school newspaper at those high schools. Betty is a member of Denton Poets Assembly and she has a passion for finding new poets, as well as studying the forms used by established poets like FUMC’s own Karla K. Morton and former Poet Laureate Billy Collins. She attends and participates in UNT’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference each July. Betty is married to John Roberts, has a grown stepson and is the legal guardian of her sister, Carol Johnson. She and Carol can be seen most Sunday mornings at FUMC, where Betty has been a member since the late 1980s when she moved here from Waco.
For details, please contact Jett Cheek, Fine Arts Director at or Betty Roberts at email@example.com. To register click here.