Boston’s Best Upcoming Educational Seminars

July 8, 2013 6:00 AM

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This summer, eager learners can learn something they have always wanted to know, something they never knew existed or something helpful to their everyday lives by attending a seminar. Boston’s hotels, schools and various lecture halls open their doors every summer to host a variety of seminars and workshops on subjects from home ownership to biological chemistry. Anyone who wants to learn has a chance. All they have to do is register.
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How to Taste Wine and Why!
Boston Wine School
1354 Commonwealth Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 784-7150

Date: July 11

Curious people who have always wondered why wine lovers go to so much fuss to sip a simple beverage can find the answer at this two-hour seminar and dinner presented by the Boston Wine School. The evening starts with the fundamentals of wine tasting and explanations of why it is so important. It fittingly ends with dinner and wine. This way, attendees do not just learn why it is important to understand wine to appreciate it, but they also get to experience the lesson first-hand.

Checks, Money, Payment, Loans

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Business Writing and Grammar Skills Made Easy and Fun!
Doubletree Hotel
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA 02134
(800) 873-7545

Dates: Aug. 28 through Aug. 29

When it comes to writing, there are various niches with different rules and ways to apply them. Creative writing skills will get writers through some basics of business writing, but there are many situations and compositions that business writers come across that no other writers experience. That is where this business writing seminar comes in for learners. Anyone who is in business, from entry-level employees to executives, can benefit from the many skills taught in this two-day, comprehensive course from SkillPath.

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Organizational Skills for the Overwhelmed!
Hampton Inn & Suites Crosstown
811 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
(800) 258-7246

Date: Aug. 30

Anyone who has ever felt that they are getting nowhere because they just cannot get organized can learn some strategies for organizing a chaotic life with this seminar. Whether a person is having trouble organizing things at work or keeping up with things at home, this is a relevant workshop. While most of the tips and tricks taught in this seminar focus on work habits and strategies, they can easily be applied elsewhere with equal success. Attendees will learn to tackle five key issues that all culminate in leading a happier life.

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Freelance Writing Essentials
Grub St.
162 Boylston St.,5th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 695-0075

Date: Aug. 23

Believe it or not, many major stories in magazines, newspapers and even blogs are often not written by full-time employees. The people behind these pieces may be freelance writers. Some sit quietly behind a desk at home while others jet set around the globe looking for big stories to sell or to fulfill existing obligations to publishers. This six-hour seminar/class covers how freelancers come up with stories that entice editors and publishers. It also helps attendees lay out a plan for success to implement after the seminar is complete.

Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
Hampton Inn & Suites Crosstown
811 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
(800) 258-7246

Date: Aug. 5

A little self-help can go a long way in the business world. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence is about taking people, communication and emotional skills and applying them in the workplace. It teaches attendees how to interact more successfully with others by identifying the types of emotions the people around them are feeling and responding appropriately to them. In turn, this should lead to a more productive workplace and more comfortable communication.

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Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at