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Canceled — Finish your Novel (or Memoir)

While we didn’t have enough participants for this class, we are keeping the names of those interested and will try again later.  If you are interested contact Donna Haddow (contact information is below) to get your name on the list when we try again.


Four Session Workshop Series

Session 1 – Introduction, Analyzing Your Novel — Why haven’t you finished your novel? We’ll explore the reasons and work toward steps to finish.
Session 2 – Prompts and Precarious Situations — Rewriting isn’t over until the book is to the printer or released online. These exercises will help you finish the rewriting process while expanding the breadth of your story.
Session 3 – “The Rule of Three” and other Climactic Considerations — Remember the five senses you learned in grade school science? Put them to work to improve the depth of your story.
Session 4 – The Final Conflict — Actually, there’s more than one ‘final conflict’: How does the story end? Are you truly finished with the work? Finished? Now what?

JAN. 17, JAN. 31, FEB. 21 AND FEB. 28, 2017
Tuesday evenings, 6-7:30 p.m., Berg 309 on the Campus of Trinidad State

$80, class is limited to 8 students Continuing Ed Only – not for college credit

Class Requirements
At least one of the following:
Notebook and pen/pencil, tablet or laptop
Three printed chapters from your nearly completed work – one chapter each from the beginning (Act 1), the middle (Act 2), and the end (Act 3). Choose those that you feel need the most work.

photo of Dorothy Best

Dorothy Best

Instructor, Dorothy J. Best, MA-Creative Writing, has taught, tutored, and coached writing as well as trained writing tutors.  She has written in the genres of journalism, business, creative nonfiction, fiction, script writing, and academia. And, yes, she has finished a novel.

For more information or to register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621-TSJC Ext 5724 or 719 846-5724.

Student irons her hat in hatmaking class

Hatmaking (Alamosa Campus)

$300 plus cost of hat materials
July 10 – July 14, 2017

Make your own hat in a week!  Students will learn to use the equipment and techniques to make a hat with products that most people have or can readily get from home. Students will learn how to shape the hat by hand, ironing of the brim, sizing and hand cutting of the brim, hand pouncing and hand finishing the crown. If time allows, the class may touch on hat binding and trim by hand. Students will leave class with a completed hat and the skills needed to practice what they learned at home and make additional hats with supplies they have on hand. Tom will provide a hat box with all the tools and materials needed for each student. This class has some down time while waiting for processes to complete. To fill this time, students may bring a hat in need of repair and/or plan to make a second hat as time permits.

Tom Hirt

Tom Hirt

Tom Hirt is old-fashioned guy who does things the old fashioned way. You might call him a throw-back to a bygone era-that time when h and cowboys and craftsmen took care of business with their hands. Hirt continues that tradition to this day as a hat maker who makes superior-quality beaver felt hats one at a time by hand. Known as the hat maker for the movies, he has designed hats for many famous clients including Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, and Sharon Stone. His credits include Tombstone, the Quick and the Dead, Conagher, and many others. After almost 20 years, he is considered one of the West’s most notable and most established hatters.

Cost is $300 for the week plus the cost of the hat materials. This class is not for college credit.  It will run from July 10 to 14, 2017, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at our San Luis Valley Campus at 1011 Main St. in Alamosa.

Students will need to register no later than May 30th in order for Tom to get the materials he will need for the class. Students should contact Tom at the number above to get a complete list of other supplies [at students expense] they need to bring and provide their hat size for ordering the block, etc. Students will reimburse Tom for the cost of supplies and should contact him for pricing and to provide hat size information.

To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621 TSJC Ext. 5724 or 719 846-5724 or

Holster from leather class

Canceled — Leather Holster Making (Valley Campus in Alamosa)

Leather Holster Making
May 22 – May 26, 2017

Students will learn how to construct quality gun leather using methods and techniques requiring a minimum number of leather tools. Since the work is by hand (no sewing machines, etc.) reasonable hand strength and dexterity is necessary for class participation.  This class will be held in Alamosa at Trinidad State’s Valley Campus at 1011 Main St. from May 22 – 26, 2017, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Students will learn the methods the instructor has used to design, layout, stitch, wet mold, edge, burnish, apply oil or antique finish, and basket stamp holsters. As the class progresses, each student will construct two holsters for guns of their choice. A pancake holster for a semi auto (model 1911’s are great) as well as a revolver holster of either a conventional or western design are suggested as the first projects. You will have the opportunity to basket stamp one of these holsters if you so desire. Students may wish to bring two personal handguns to use in constructing these holsters (no scoped handguns, please). NO AMMUNITION IS ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM. If time permits, we will discuss construction of gun belts, cartridge loop sewing, magazine cases, saddle scabbards, and knife sheaths.
$375 (price includes leather for the class). Continuing Education Only – not for college credit. Room 120 on the Valley Campus.  To register contact Donna Haddow, 800 621-TSJC (8752), Extension 5724 or
img_1307Instructor: Bob Calkins is an active shooter, hunter and firearms collector who has made gun leather for himself, friends, and customers for over 50 years. In 1990, he and his wife, LaVon, established 3 Cross Custom Gun leather as a part-time business. Upon retiring from the Department of the Interior in 1994, gun leather became a full-time occupation. Bob crafts gun rigs for cowboy competitors, hunters, outdoorsmen, casual shooters, and concealed-carry holders.
Leather Holster Making Tool List
Quality leather will be made available to students through the college bookstore. Costs will be based on projects to be developed. Needles, thread, oil, stamping tools, etc. will be furnished at no charge by the instructor.

• ¼” light weight electric drill
• Dremel tool with sanding drums
• Clear safety glasses
• Sponge and quart size water container (large butter tub is great)
• Straight edge ruler
• 16: x 20” piece of ¾” plywood with smooth side
• Exacto knife with blades
• Rawhide #4 Mallet (such as Tandy #3300-04)
• Craft Tool Leather Shears (such as Tandy #3050-00)
• Grooving tool (such as Tandy 8074-00)
• Edging tool (such as Tandy #8077-03 or Osborne #127-4 preferred)
• Craft tool Overstitcher #6 (such as Tandy 8079-06)
• #14 Punch (such as Tandy 3777-14)
• #9 Punch (such as Tandy 3777-9)
• 12” x 12” Granite piece (minimum 1” thick)