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Writing
Register now for Spring 2019 classes.

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.

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019
10:00 – 12:00pm
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room C

Cost: $35
#8961.101
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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 Tuesdays
9:30 – 11:30am
Jan 8 - 22, 2019
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room C

Cost: $65
Cost for Seniors: $55
#8955.101
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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 Wednesdays
12:30 – 2:00pm
March 13 – April 10, 2019
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room C

Cost: $65 plus $20 material fee to instructor
#8950.201
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Classes on this page
Clean Writing, Poetic Writing
Creative Writing Workshop
E-Book Publishin:Beginner's Guide
Fundamentals of Fiction: Forty Lines
Memoir Writing
Screenwriting Secrets Revealed!
Show, Don't Tell.
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 Wednesdays
10:00am – 12:00pm
Feb 20 – April 10, 2019
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room C

Cost: $125 plus $20 material fee to instructor
#8972.101
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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
Feb 25 – May 13, 2019
(no class Apr 15, 22)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 5

Cost: $110 plus $20 material fee to instructor
#8918.301
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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 Wednesdays
7:30 - 9:00pm
Feb 20 - May 1, 2019
(no class April 17)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room C

Cost: $110 plus $15 material fee to instructor
#8930.303
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Show, Don't Tell.
Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, take your craft to the next level by learning how to incorporate the technique commonly known as “show, don’t tell” into your writing. Please bring paper and pen or a fully-charged laptop to practice several, practical writing devices that you will be able to integrate into your own projects.

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.

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019
10:00 – 12:00pm
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room C

Cost: $35
#8939.102
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