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Writer's Program
Register now for Spring 2016 classes. Hurry! Many classes fill quickly.

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 Wednesdays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
March 16 – April 27, 2016
(no class March 30)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7B
Cost: $95
Seniors: $65 Plus $5 material fee to instructor
#8955.102
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Writing and Publishing a 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
March 12 & 19, 2016
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7B
Cost: $65 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#8950.202
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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.

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10 Thursdays
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Feb 25 – May 5
(no class March 31)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 3
Cost: $135 plus $3 material fee to instructor
#8915.302
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Workshopping Your Words

Emerging writers can share their wordsmithing talent with other effluent scribes. An award-winning instructor will facilitate this 2-hour weekly writing critique class. Students are encouraged to experiment with style and content while acquiring formatting and editing skills. Students will also learn about dialog, telling details and literary devices. Genre and literary writers are welcome.

Instructor: Shelli Ellsworth, MA, is the author of 3 books and a book reviewer. She has studied writing at the University of Iowa and freelances for newspapers and magazines.

8 Thursdays
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
March 3 – April 28
(no class March 31)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7B
Cost: $115 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#8975.101
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Living the Dream: Writing Picture Books for Children

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Discover elements that make children want to read a picture book over and over again and learn how to apply these elements to your own works-in-progress. Through hands-on exercises, you will learn how to employ vibrant language, research publishing markets, and prepare a manuscript for submission to children’s book publishers.

Instructor: Alexis O'Neill, PhD, is the author of award-wining picture books including THE RECESS QUEEN (Scholastic), THE KITE THAT BRIDGED TWO NATIONS (Boys Mills Press/Calkins Creek), LOUD EMILY (Simon and Schuster), and ESTELA’S SWAP (Lee & Low). She has also written fiction and nonfiction for children’s magazines. www.alexisoneill.com

4 Mondays
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
April 4 – 25, 2016
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7B
Cost: $95 plus $15 material fee to instructor
#8960.101
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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 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
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
March 12 and 19, 2016
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7B
Cost: $65 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#8943.102
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For more information, call 805-497-2761 ext. 1201, 1202 or 1203, or e-mail Anne Bartholomew at AnneB@ConejoAdultEd.org
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