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Writing
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Starting Your First Picture Book

If you’ve always wanted to write a picture book but didn’t know where to begin, this class is for you. Join us to learn the basics, and walk away with the confidence to face a blank screen and start writing. Please bring note-taking materials, as well as a favorite picture book.

Instructor: Dr. Karen Gorback is an award winning author. Her memoir titled “The Jackpot” appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul - My Amazing Mom, and her novel, Freshman Mom, was a finalist in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Her debut picture book, Nathan and Nana Cassandra - Superheroes, tells the story of a little boy who learns that we can all be superheroes when we help others. Contact Karen through her website at www.karengorback.com.

Monday, Sept 16, 2019
1:00 - 3:00pm
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room B

Cost: $35
#8961.201
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Memoir Writing

Dr. Karen Gorback, Instructor
If you’ve always wanted to write a memoir, now is the time! Not an autobiography, a memoir is a slice of life you want to record for family and friends. This class will walk you through the process - you can do it! Bring paper and pen or a fully-charged computer, and join us for some fun.

Instructor: Dr. Karen Gorback is an award winning author. Her memoir titled “The Jackpot” appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul - My Amazing Mom, and her novel, Freshman Mom, was a finalist in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Her debut picture book, Nathan and Nana Cassandra - Superheroes, tells the story of a little boy who learns that we can all be superheroes when we help others. Contact Karen through her website at www. karengorback.com.

3 Thursdays
1:00 - 3:00pm
Oct 3 - 17, 2019
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 3

Cost: $65
Cost for Seniors: $55
#8955.201
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E-Book Publishing — Beginner's Guide
The publishing industry is transforming and e-books are on the forefront of this transformation. Learn basic skills and knowledge needed to publish an e-book on Amazon, including obtaining ISBN, formatting for upload, designing book covers, and marketing strategies. Get in on this publishing revolution!

Instructor: Paula Young-Libby, writer and producer, is an award winning novelist and screenwriter. Her produced credits include work-for-hire rewrites as well as optioned original works. She attended the exclusive UCLA Graduate Producer’s program and was one of nine finalists (out of 4,000 entries) in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

5 Tuesdays
2:45 – 4:15pm
Oct 15 – Nov 12, 2019
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room B

Cost: $65 plus $20 material fee to instructor
#8950.201
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Become a Community Enrichment Instructor
Creative Writing Workshop
E-Book Publishing:Beginner's Guide
Fundamentals of Fiction: Forty Lines
Get Started Blogging
Getting Your Novel Unstuck
Memoir Writing
Screenwriting Secrets Revealed!
Starting Your First Picture Book
 
Fundamentals of Fiction: Forty Lines
Have you thought to yourself: “That would make a great story!” but struggled with the daunting task of writing it down? Learn how forty simple lines can get the fire that’s in your head into your fiction. These secrets of structure are the keys to creating powerful, enduring and award-wining stories. Avoid the most common pitfalls writers make, banish writer’s block and make your fiction shine.

Instructor: Paula Young-Libby, is an award winning author, editor, and produced screenwriter. Her latest futuristic thriller, Playing Faith, is available via Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, or directly from the author at younglibby.com

8 Tuesdays
12:30 - 2:30pm
Oct 1 - Nov 19, 2019
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room B

Cost: $125 plus $20 material fee to instructor
#8972.201
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Screenwriting Secrets Revealed!
Ever wondered how to get that idea out of your head onto the page? How TV writers manage to produce good stories so quickly? Learn the secrets of foundational structure, character dynamics, and obligatory scenes. Whether you are a rank beginner or a seasoned writer, this course will help you understand visual storytelling in a whole new way and take your writing to a professional level.

Instructor: Paula Young-Libby, writer and producer, is an award winning novelist and screenwriter. Her produced credits include work-for-hire rewrites as well as optioned original works. She attended the exclusive UCLA Graduate Producer’s program and was one of nine finalists (out of 4,000 entries) in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

10 Mondays
7:30 – 9:00pm
Sept 9 – Nov 18, 2019
(no class Nov 11)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 5

Cost: $110 plus $20 material fee to instructor
#8918.301
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Get Started Blogging
If you’ve ever wanted to start a blog, but are not sure how to do it, then join us for this informative class that will give you some of the tools you need. We’ll focus on your content, determining your target audience, available blogging platforms, and how your blog can support your professional goals. Please bring a pen and a notebook.

Instructor: Molly Duncan has been blogging for personal and professional pleasure since 2008. She shares her passion for healthy living on her blog at www.MollyBDuncan. com/blog.

Friday, Sept 20, 2019
9:00 – 11:00am
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room B

Cost: $40
#8038.101
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Kathleen Galloway Rogan, Instructor
Creative Writing Workshop
This class offers exercises in creative expression, improvisation, visualization, and spontaneous writing based on your personal experiences, or not. 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, stand-up comedienne, and creator of one-person shows.

10 Thursdays
7:30 – 9:00pm
Sept 19 – Nov 21, 2019
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room C

Cost: $110 plus $15 material fee to instructor
#8930.301
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Getting Your Novel Unstuck
Writers usually know how their novel begins and perhaps how it ends. But often times, they get stuck in the middle. This course will include discussions on audience and genre, point-of-view and tone, pacing and plotting, characterization and dialogue -- everything you need to help you get from “once upon a time” to your “happily ever after.” Students will have the opportunity to discuss stumbling blocks occurring in their current projects and receive support and guidance on how to move forward.

Instructor: Margery Walshaw, principal of Evatopia, works as a book packager and is responsible for all areas of writer support from guiding creative efforts to publication, including editorial content, cover art, digital formatting, and marketing/ distribution.

8 Thursdays
12:30-2:00pm
Sept 26 – Nov 14, 2019
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room A

Cost: $90 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#8971.201
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Become a Community Enrichment Instructor
Do you have a hobby, talent or knowledge of a foreign language that you would love to share with others? Come to this informative seminar and learn how classes are developed. No teaching credential is required although experience is a plus. Ideas will be discussed and course proposal forms provided.

Instructor: Anne Bartholomew is Coordinator of the Community Enrichment Program.

Saturday, Sept 21, 2019
9:30 – 11:00 am
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 5
Cost: FREE
(Pre-registration required)
#8068.101
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