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Writer's Program

For late spring/summer 2014, in Writer's Program category, we offer our Creative Writing Workshop.
Other spring/summer courses are in: Bookkeeping, Business, Creative Outlets, Dance, Fine Arts, Fitness,
Home/Garden, Languages, Photography, Senior Adult; click category at left.
Look for full array of courses for fall 2014, to be announced in mid-summer.

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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 Thursdays
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Feb 20 - May 1, 2014
(no class April 17)
Boys & Girls Club
1980 E. Avenida de las Flores
Thousand Oaks 91360
Cost: $145 plus optional $16 book fee to instructor
#4035-1

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The Write Attitude

Talent and technique are certainly necessary for a writer. Also essential though, is the correct approach and outlook on the writing profession. The ideas presented in this class are common sense approaches to creativity, your writing and promoting and selling your product.

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.

8 Wednesdays
9:30 - 11:30 am
Feb 19 - April 9, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7
Cost: $110
#4677-1

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Writing the Short Story

What are the top 5 things your short story needs? How do you get a short story published? Bring a short story of less than 1500 words to work on in class.

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
March 15 & 22, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7
Cost: $65 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#4682-1
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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: 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, Feb 8, 2014
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 5A
Cost: $45 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#4039-2
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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

2 Saturdays
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
March 15 & 22, 2014

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

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Screenwriting Secrets
Ever wonder 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, 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.

8 Tuesdays
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Feb 11 - April 8, 2014
(no class March 18)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 5A
Cost: $110 plus $20 material fee to instructor
#4657-2
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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
Feb 24 & March 3, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7
Cost: $65
#4678-1
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Creative Writing Workshop
Learn to use a variety of techniques to find your voice. The class offers exercises in creative expression, improvisation, visualization, and spontaneous writing. Story structure,
character and grammar are topics that will be covered also. Journal writing, class assignments, and at-home writing projects launch you on a journey of discovery. No previous experience required. Students may write essays, short stories, a novel, a play, stand-up comedy or a one person show. The most fascinating stories can often come from daily life. Bring pen and paper to class.

Instructor: Kathleen Galloway Rogan is a writer, standup comedienne and creator of one-person shows.

8 Wednesdays
7:30 - 9:30 pm
June 4 - July 23, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7
Cost: $110 plus $15 material fee to instructor
#4150-5
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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
Feb 12 - April 23, 2014
(no class April 16)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room C
Cost: $135 plus $5 material fee to instructor
#4673-2
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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
March 19 - April 23, 2014
(no class April 16)
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room C
Cost: $85 plus $5 material fee to instructor
#4676-1
 
 

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 four 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/

4 Fridays
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Feb 28 - March 21, 2014
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 7

For under age 62, use:
#4037-1
Cost: $75 plus $5 material fee to instructor

For seniors 62 & above, use:
#837-1
Cost: $45 plus $5 material fee to instructor
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