Classes in writing, portrait photography and self-defense for women are part of the schedule of non-credit community education classes offered by the University of Arkansas at Monticello in October.

“Reading Like a Writer (to Become a Better Writer)” will meet October 1, 8 and 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room A of the Taylor Library and Technology Center.  The course will be taught by Mark Spencer, dean of the UAM School of Arts and Humanities and author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Haunted Love Story. Cost of the class is $75.

“Shooting Portraits with Artificial Lighting” will meet October 1, 4, 8 and 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room A101 of the Forest Resources Building.  The class is designed to teach portraiture, both indoors and out, and is for serious amateurs or aspiring professionals. Cost of the class is $80 plus a $20 model fee.

“Self-Defense for Women” will be offered October 9, 11, 16 and 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Capitol Room of the John F. Gibson University Center. Cost of the class is $25.

Creating Halloween treats is the subject of a class that will meet October 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Baptist Collegiate Ministries building adjacent to Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium. Fee for the class is $15 plus a $15 supply fee.

A second session of Zumba exercise dance will be offered beginning October 23 and running through November 27.  The class will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Caucus Room of the University Center.  The cost for six sessions is $30.

For more information about UAM’s community education classes, contact Memorie Dickson, coordinator of community education, at (870) 460-1327 or email [email protected].