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Intro to Poetry Writing Sept 11
Comedy Writing Sept 11
Write & Publish an E-Book Sept 13
Writing Picture Books Sept 15
Start/Complete That Book Sept 17
Creative Writing Workshop Sept 17
Screenwriting 101 Sept 17
Screenwriting Nuts & Bolts Oct 2
Publishing 101 Oct 4
Bring Your Story to Life Oct 4
Memoir Writing Oct 10
Screenwriting: The Sequel Oct 22
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Writer's Program

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Gene Perret
Starting & Completing
That Book

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 Wednesdays
12:30 - 2:30 pm
Sept 17 - Nov 19, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7

For under age 62:
Cost: $135
Plus optional $16 book fee to instructor
Use: #4035-1

For seniors, age 62 or over:
Cost : $75
Plus optional $16 book fee to instructor
Use: #4035-2


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Comedy Writing
Step by Step

Comedy writing can be a fun hobby, a parttime income, or a high-paying career. This class is geared for all levels of comedy writers including beginners who would like to give it a try. Using a “step by step” plan that has helped many to become productive television comedy writers, the students will learn to start with the blank page and produce one-liners, stand-up routines, sketches, sitcom scripts, greeting cards, cartoon captions and all sort of entertaining humor. Learn to find the “funny” in any situation. The classes will consist of lectures and hands-on writing assignments.

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 Thursdays
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Sept 11 - Nov 13, 2014
Boys & Girls Club
1980 E. Avenida de las Flores
Thousand Oaks 91360
Cost: $145 plus optional $16 book fee to instructor
#4136-1

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Bring Your Story to Life!

Do you understand and know when to use metaphors, inference or descriptions? Do you write so that your readers see the characters interacting within their world? If your story contains too much telling, too many internal thoughts and emotions, this is the workshop for you. You will also learn about character development.

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 - 4:00 pm
Oct 4 & 11, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7
Cost: $65 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#4667-1
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Writing & Publishing an E-Book
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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: Paula Young-Libby, a writer-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. 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.

Saturday, Sept 13, 2014
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7
Cost: $45 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#4039-1
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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
Oct 4 & 11, 2014

Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7
Cost: $65 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#4679-1
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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.

6 Thursdays
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Oct 2 - Nov 6, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 5A
Cost: $85 plus $3 material fee to instructor
#4668-1
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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.

8 Thursdays
9:30 - 11:30 am
Sept 11 - Oct 30, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7

For under age 62:
Cost: $110
Plus $3 book fee to instructor
Use: #4669-1

For seniors, age 62 or over:
Cost : $60
Plus $3 book fee to instructor
Use: #4669-2
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Writing
Picture Books
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Explore a century of award winning children’s picture books and analyze the essential elements that have made them successful. Utilize these fundamental elements in your own work as a writer and discover the best books to bring to the children in your own life.

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
Sept 15 & 22, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7
Cost: $65
#4675-1
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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 Wednesdays
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Sept 17 - Nov 19, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 3
Cost: $135 plus $15 material fee to instructor
#4150-1
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Screenwriting 101
Got a story idea that you think belongs on the big screen instead of in a book or on stage? Learn the basics: loglines, formatting, story elements, screenplay structure, beat sheets up to a final script with guidance from a survivor of film school and 30 years in the entertainment business.

Instructor: Robert Bielak received his MFA in Film and Television Production from UCLA, where he has also taught screen writing.

10 Wednesdays
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Sept 17 - Nov 19, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room C
Cost: $135 plus $5 material fee to instructor
#4673-1
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Screenwriting — The Sequel

Come to class with that script you’ve started or that completed outline and turn it into a finished screen play! A seasoned pro with over 30 years experience in the film and TV business will offer guidance and professional feedback.

Instructor: Robert Bielak received his MFA in Film and Television Production from UCLA, where he has also taught screen writing.

5 Wednesdays
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Oct 22 - Nov 19, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room C
Cost: $75 plus $5 material fee to instructor
#4676-1
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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 10 - Nov 14, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7

For under age 62:
Cost: $85
Plus $5 book fee to instructor
Use: #4037-1

For seniors, age 62 or over:
Cost : $55
Plus $5 book fee to instructor
Use: #4037-2
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