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Writer's Program
Coming up... Humorous Articles—In Demand, Poetry Writing, Write a Bestseller


Tammy Bleck, Instructor
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How to Make a Living as a Writer

Have you ever wanted to earn your living as a writer, pen a book and become an accomplished author, or aspire to be a blogger extraordinaire? From starting a writing career to advancing a marketing strategy for your book or project, get ready to learn tried and true formulas to help you make a living as writer.

Instructor: Tammy Bleck pens the award winning blog Witty Women Writing and is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post. Learn more on her website http://wittywomanwriting.com

Monday, Feb 9, 2015
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Conejo Valley Adult School Room 3
Cost: $35 plus $2 material fee to instructor
#4038-1
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Starting & Completing That Book
Gene Perret

Whether you’re writing for family and friends or to produce the next top seller, your book deserves to be written. This course will lead you step by step from your basic idea through the planning, to the Table of Contents and a chapter by chapter outline. It includes writing tips that will keep you dedicated to producing a completed manuscript.

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 40 books; his latest is Write Your Book Now! More about Gene Perret. Also see Ventura County Star article on a recent course.

10 Tuesdays
6:30 – 8:30
Feb 17 – April 28, 2015
(no class April 7)
Boys and Girls Club
1980 E. Avenida de las Flores
Thousand Oaks, 91360
Cost: $135 plus optional $16 book fee to instructor
#4035-3


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Humorous Articles —
In Demand

Magazine publishers and editors are clamoring for good humorous articles! If you can write funny, you can sell! This course will teach you how to search for humor and how to put your comic observations on paper. It will demonstrate the different types of humorous articles and the secrets to writing them. Learn how to market your writings as well.

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 40 books; his latest is Write Your Book Now! More about Gene Perret. Also see Ventura County Star article on a recent course.

10 Wednesdays
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Feb 11 – April 22, 2015
(no class April 8)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7

For under age 62:
Cost: $135
Optional fee $14.95 to instructor
Use: #4028-1

For seniors, age 62 or over:
Cost : $75
Optional fee $14.95 to instructor
Use: #4028-2

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He said...She said: A Guide to Writing Engaging Dialogue

 
 
Readers love dialogue – one of the most intimate components of storytelling. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn and practice the basic elements of writing an engaging dialogue that will keep readers glued to your pages. Please bring paper and pens or a laptop with a fully-charged battery, and get ready to have some fun!

Instructor: Dr. Karen Gorback is an award winning author of numerous short stories. Her novel, Freshman Mom, was a finalist in a National Book Award contest. Visit: www.karengorback.com

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7
Cost: $45
#4665-1
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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
March 7 & 14, 2015

Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7
Cost: $65 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#4679-2
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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 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


2 Saturdays
1:00 – 4:00pm
March 7 & 14, 2015
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7
Cost: $65 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#4039-2
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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
Feb 19 – April 30, 2015
(no class April 9)
Boys and Girls Club
1980 E. Avenida de las Flores
Thousand Oaks 91360
Cost: $135 plus $3 material fee to instructor
#4668-2
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Intro to Poetry Writing
Are you a poet and don’t know it? This course will explore the different styles of poetry and then help students write their own. Each class will be divided into two parts – reading and appreciating great works (from Byron to, yes, the Beatles) and then putting your own thoughts and feelings to paper.

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
9:30 – 11:30 am
Feb 19 – April 30, 2015
(no class April 9)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7

For under age 62:
Cost: $135
Plus $3 material fee to instructor
Use: #4669-3

For seniors, age 62 or over:
Cost : $75
Plus $3 book material fee to instructor
Use: #4669-4
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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 – 9:30pm
Feb 26 – May 7, 2015
(no class April 9)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 5A
Cost: $135 plus $15 material fee to instructor
#4150-3
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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 Wednesdays
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Feb 25 – April 22
(no class April 8)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 3
Cost: $95 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#4685-1
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The SPICE of Writing Picture Books

Discover the essential ingredients in successful picture books for children. Learn how to identify them and apply them to your own work in progress. There will be opportunity to share your writing.

Instructor: Jody Fickes Shapiro is the author of Up, Up, Up! It’s Apple Picking Time and Family Lullaby. She is a former bookseller and children’s librarian.

2 Mondays
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
April 13 & 20, 2015
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7
Cost: $65
#4675-2
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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
Feb 20 - March 27, 2015
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7

For under age 62:
Cost: $95
Plus $5 material fee to instructor
Use: #4037-5

For seniors, age 62 or over:
Cost : $55
Plus $5 material fee to instructor
Use: #4037-6
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