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Writer's Program
Register now for Fall 2015 classes. Hurry! Many classes fill quickly.

Gene Perret

Become a Richer Writer

Writing is an art, but it’s also a business. In this class you’ll learn tips and tricks to get your writing career moving faster and further. This course concentrates on 3 main areas to boost your writing success: attitudes and work habits, your actual writing and your marketing. Join us and get your writing career moving!

Instructor: Gene Perret worked as a television comedy writer and producer for over 30 years. He earned 3 Emmys for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, and was head-writer for Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller. He has also published more than 40 books; his latest is Write Your Book Now!

10
Wednesdays
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Sept 9 – Nov 18, 2015
(no class November 11)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7B
Cost: $135
Seniors: $95
Optional book fee of $11 to instructor
#8906.201

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Memoir Writing
You have a story to tell and a family waiting to read it. Open up your memories and those moments that define you in this six-session class. Through research, writing and reading you’ll begin the journey to your memoir. Bring a notebook and pen.

Instructor: Kateri Alexander, PhD, has credits as a newspaper, magazine and cookbook editor and associate producer for a local NPR Morning Edition, and as a college writing instructor. She teaches writing and journaling workshops through her business Small Retreats. Her journaling blog is: http:// smallretreats.com/

6 Fridays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oct 16 – Nov 20, 2015
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7B
Cost: $95
Seniors: $65
Plus $5 material fee to instructor
#8955.101
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Publishing 101

How do you know whether to go through a traditional publisher or to self-publish? What do you need to do to self-publish and how do you choose whether to do print or eBook? This class will cover the basics and the differences of publishing and help you to create a book business plan.

Instructor: Nancy Ellen Dodd is a professional writer and the author of The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages. For more information, see
http://thewriterscompass.com

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2 Saturdays
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Oct 3 & 10, 2015

Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7B
Cost: $65 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#8943.101
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Writing & Publishing an E-Book
E-Books have become the hottest and most profitable trend in the publishing world. Best of all creating an e-book is now possible for everyone – professionals and novices alike. Learn basics such as obtaining an ISBN, designing a cover, making your book available for Nook and Kindle and marketing your new publication. There’s a reason established authors are now choosing to publish their own e-books: get in on the secret!

Instructor: Nancy Ellen Dodd teaches screenwriting at Pepperdine University and is author of The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages. For more information, see
http://thewriterscompass.com


2 Saturdays
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Oct 3 & 10, 2015
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7B
Cost: $65 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#8950.201
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Screenwriting Nuts & Bolts

What separates an average screenplay from a great one? The story? The characters? The dialogue? All of the above and more. This course will teach beginning screenwriters what it takes to create a page-turning script, focusing on the essential elements of plot, theme, character, dialogue, format and tone.
Instructor: Ed Kamen has been a professional script consultant, or “script doctor,” for 17 years on more than 50 films and television. He has been a guest lecturer for the American Film Institute, the 168 Film Project and at Pierce College.

10 Thursdays
6:30 – 8:30pm
Sept 3 - Nov 12, 2015
(no class Oct 8)
Boys and Girls Club
1980 E. Avenida de las Flores
Thousand Oaks 91360
(Exception: Sept 17 class location TBA)
Cost: $135 plus $3 material fee to instructor
#8915.301
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Kathleen Galloway Rogan, Instructor
Creative Writing Workshop
This class offers exercises in creative expression, improvisation, visualization, and spontaneous writing. Story structure, character and grammar will be covered also. Journal writing, class assignments, and at-home writing projects launch you on a journey of discovery. No previous experience required.

Instructor: Kathleen Galloway Rogan is a writer, standup comedienne and creator of one-person shows.

10 Thursdays
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Sept 17 - Nov 19, 2015
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 5A
Cost: $135 plus $15 material fee to instructor
#8930.301
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Writing a Bestseller

Learn the components and structure of a bestseller. Study the bestsellers of the last decade selected from the NYT, People’s Choice and Oprah’s book lists. Compare elements like opening chapters, characters and writing styles to determine what they have in common. Literary terminology and publishing alternatives are also explored.

Instructor: Sheli Ellsworth, MA, is an award winning author. She currently writes for the Ventura Breeze and is a book reviewer for the City Book review and the Portland Book Review.

8 Thursdays
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Oct 1 – Nov 19, 2015
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7B
Cost: $95 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#8905.101
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Intro to Poetry / Songwriting

This course will explore the different styles of poetry and music lyrics and then help students write their own. Each class will concentrate on reading, listening to and appreciating great works (from Byron to the Beatles) and then putting your own thoughts and feelings to paper.

Instructor: Ed Kamen has had an extensive and varied career as an award-winning journalist, book editor and screenwriter.

8 Tuesdays
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Sept 15 – Nov 3, 2015
Conejo Valley Adult School Room 5A
Cost: $110 plus $3 material fee to instructor
#8911.301
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