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Vroman's Education Classes

For more information or to register for any one of our writing workshops and/or arts & crafts classes, please call Customer Service at (626) 449-5320. All classes will take place in the Vroman's Meeting Room, Suite 120 located next door to Vroman's Main Store
in the Atrium at 709 E. Colorado Blvd. Suite 120.


Discovering Your Story: A Writing Workshop

Saturday, July 15
9am – noon

$75.00 per session or $195.00 for all 3 sessions

 Whether you have a manuscript in progress or simply a vague idea of a story you’d like to write, you’re invited to join this ongoing, once a month three hour workshop to discover the possibilities of your story. Writing exercises from Barbara’s book, 'Kicking in the Wall’ will help silence your inner critic and get you writing immediately, and you'll also have the opportunity to read your work aloud for feedback. Fiction as well as memoir and personal essay will be explored. Enrollment is limited.

Instructor:  Barbara Abercrombie has published novels, children’s picture books, including the award winning Charlie Anderson, and books of non-fiction. Her personal essays have appeared in national publications as well as in many anthologies. Her most recent books are Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They’ve Loved & Lost and A Year of Writing Dangerously, which was chosen by Poets & Writers Magazine as one of the best books for writers. (http://www.pw.org/best-books-for-writers. ) and her fifteenth book, Kicking In The Wall published by New World Library.  She received the Outstanding Instructor award and the Distinguished Instructor Award at
UCLA Extension where she teaches creative writing.
She also conducts private writing retreats and writes two weekly blogs: at www.BarbaraAbercrombie.com and www.TheIntimidatedCook.com  

She lives in Los Angeles and Lake Arrowhead, California. 


Memoir Writing Class with Debra Ginsberg

WE APOLOGIZE BUT THIS CLASS IS FULL


Thursdays,
July 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, and 24

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Cost: $275 per person

This is a 6 week course and you will be enrolling in all 6 classes. Enrollment is limited. 

Every life is a story waiting to be told. The only question is how best to tell that story. In this course, students will learn how to start, structure, and complete a memoir. We will discuss turning specific personal narratives into stories that have a beginning, middle, and end and learn how to avoid common writing mistakes. We will explore the elements of successful memoirs, including theme, narrative, and dialogue, and how to develop those elements. Students will also receive writing prompts and exercises, handouts, and critiques. By the end of the course, students will have all the tools they need to channel the creative process into writing their memoirs.

Instructor: Debra Ginsberg is the author of the award-winning and bestselling memoirs, Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress, Raising Blaze: A Mother and Son’s Long, Strange Journey Into Autism, and About My Sisters. She is also the author of the novels Blind Submission, New York Times Notable and SCIBA Mystery Award winner The Grift, The Neighbors Are Watching, and SCIBA Mystery Award winner, What the Heart Remembers. Debra's work has been translated into fourteen languages. A book reviewer, workshop leader, and contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Debra has been a professional freelance editor for over twenty years.

Website:
www.debraginsberg.com


Writing TV Drama: The Basics

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SEPT. 17

Saturday, July 8, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Cost: $90.00 per person

TV is ubiquitous, and yet what makes for good, bingeable TV is still mysterious. Whether you’re a TV watcher or an aspiring TV writer, if you’re interested in that mystery, then this workshop is for you. In the first half of the session, students will discover together the building blocks of great television scenes by analyzing the work of several master craftsmen (and women). Then they’ll workshop — and edit — their own scenes. In the second half, they’ll look at the bigger picture: how scenes build to sequences, how sequences become acts. Together they’ll compile a list of questions to use when diagnosing what isn’t working in a script.  Students will come away the tools to approach problems in their own TV writing. 

Instructor: Known for telling emotional and wryly humorous stories in a variety of different forms, Esta Spalding has written for dozens of television series including, most recently, Masters of Sex and The Bridge. She is in the process of adapting JoJo Moyes’s novel, Last Letter from Your Lover, for director Miguel Arteta.  A poet and novelist, Spalding is also the author of the middle-grade novels, Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts and Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts, which Lemony Snicket called “Glorious.”


Youth Job Readiness Workshop

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Saturday, July 22, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Cost: $90.00 per person

This is an experiential job readiness workshop. Bring your resume and be ready for a mock interview with detailed feedback.
We will cover the skills and characteristics needed to get a part-time job or internship as well as employer expectations in order to
keep your job. 

Instructor: Amy Foell is the Workforce Development Director at the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Her primary responsibility is overseeing the work-based learning partnership between Pasadena Unified School District and the local business community. Amy has a Master’s in Teaching and worked for over seven years as an executive coach and consultant in higher education. In her free time she gives back to the community as a local elected official for the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council co-chairing the Environmental Affairs Committee.


Discovering Your Story: A Writing Workshop

Saturdays,
August 26,
September 23
and
October 28,
9am – noon

$75.00 per session or $195.00 for all 3 fall sessions

 Whether you have a manuscript in progress or simply a vague idea of a story you’d like to write, you’re invited to join this ongoing, once a month three hour workshop to discover the possibilities of your story.  Writing exercises from Barbara’s book, 'Kicking in the Wall’ will help silence your inner critic and get you writing immediately, and you'll also have the opportunity to read your work aloud for feedback.  Fiction as well as memoir and personal essay will be explored. Enrollment is limited.

Instructor:  Barbara Abercrombie has published novels, children’s picture books, including the award winning Charlie Anderson, and books of non-fiction. Her personal essays have appeared in national publications as well as in many anthologies.  Her most recent books are Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They’ve Loved & Lost and A Year of Writing Dangerously, which was chosen by Poets & Writers Magazine as one of the best books for writers. (http://www.pw.org/best-books-for-writers. ) and her fifteenth book, Kicking In The Wall published by New World Library.  She received the Outstanding Instructor award and the Distinguished Instructor Award at UCLA Extension where she teaches creative writing. She also conducts private writing retreats and writes two weekly blogs: at www.BarbaraAbercrombie.com and www.TheIntimidatedCook.com  

She lives in Los Angeles and Lake Arrowhead, California. 


Intro to Watercolor

Sunday August 6, 1:30pm - 4:30pm 

Cost: $90 Per Person + a $10 materials fee to be brought to class

In this class we will dive into the basics of paper, paint, brushes and painting techniques. The instructor will then walk you through a painting utilizing some of the techniques. We will be doing a simple painting of a greens bouquet in a mason jar. Ages 10+
 

Instructor: Shelley Couvillion is a kidslit illustrator with Lupine Grove Creative and has been featured as a Vroman's On the Stairwell Artist. She has shown in galleries around Los Angeles and has done work for Disney. She works mostly in watercolors and loves painting family portraits in her spare time. She lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, husband and houseplants. 

 


From Stuck to Unstuck: Moving Beyond Roadblocks.

Saturday August 12, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Cost: $90 Per Person

Writers get stuck. Projects stall and years can pass. Whatever stage your manuscript is in, this workshop will help you get to the next level with your project.  We will explore self-editing: what to cut, when to share your work, and with whom, as well as the dangers of negative comments and gratuitous praise. Breaking through: recording your chapters and hearing the score. Having a goal: making and setting a goal for what you are going to do with your writing and who is your intended audience/market. What is the purpose of your writing and for the finished project? Asking CB Shiepe’s essential question: What would be the tragedy if your manuscript is never completed or shared? Move beyond roadblocks. Take that manuscript out of the drawer, dust it off and discover how to get writing again. Students will share roadblocks and practical strategies to move past them.

Instructor: CB Shiepe’s award-winning novel – CLIFF FALLS – reaches a broad audience and resonates with readers who have gone over the falls in their own lives. Shiepe has garnered much media attention, appearing on NBC, PBS, TBN, The Hour of Power, in Guideposts Magazine, at the LA Times Festival of Books, and speaking engagements across the country, including the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA where actors performed scenes from his novel.

C.B. Shiepe graduated from the University of Southern California and started his career in production for the Walt Disney Company. Founder and Creative Director of Cliff Falls Media, Inc., C. B. Shiepe develops creative content that explores who we are and how we are connected to each other. Understanding that “at one time or another we all go over the falls,” he writes and speaks to an intergenerational audience about the CLIFF FALLS experience. He lives in Southern California. His website is www.CliffFalls.com 


Illustrated Shadowboxes

August 13, 1:30 - 4:30pm 

Cost: $90 Per Person + a $10 materials fee to be brought to class

Paint, cut and assemble an illustrated shadowbox! Chose from two pre-drawn scenes that you will watercolor with guidance from the instructor. The piece we will be painting and assembling will be a forest scene with a fox cub. Your piece will be framed and ready to take home at the end of class. Ages 12+ (We will be working with sharp cutting instruments)

Instructor: Shelley Couvillion is a kidslit illustrator with Lupine Grove Creative and has been featured as a Vroman's On the Stairwell Artist. She has shown in galleries around Los Angeles and has done work for Disney. She works mostly in watercolors and loves painting family portraits in her spare time. She lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, husband and houseplants. 


Self-Published On Purpose

Saturday August 19, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Cost: $90 per person

C.B. Shiepe will share his remarkable story of publishing his first novel CLIFF FALLS, valuable lessons learned, and why self-publishing might be the right choice for you. Workshop will explore when it is time to publish, motivation and expectations for publication, and how to know when your manuscript is finished. Self-publishing options: pros and cons, the editing process, endorsements, choosing and working with a printer and graphic designer, and essential elements in cover design. This workshop will also touch on promotion, websites and social media. Fiction or non-fiction, this workshop may have you deciding to Self-Publish on Purpose.

Instructor: C.B. Shiepe’s award-winning novel – CLIFF FALLS – reaches a broad audience and resonates with readers who have gone over the falls in their own lives. Shiepe has garnered much media attention, appearing on NBC, PBS, TBN, The Hour of Power, in Guideposts Magazine, at the LA Times Festival of Books, and speaking engagements across the country, including the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA where actors performed scenes from his novel.

C.B. Shiepe graduated from the University of Southern California and started his career in production for the Walt Disney Company. Founder and Creative Director of Cliff Falls Media, Inc., C. B. Shiepe develops creative content that explores who we are and how we are connected to each other. Understanding that “at one time or another we all go over the falls,” he writes and speaks to an intergenerational audience about the CLIFF FALLS experience. He lives in Southern California. His website is www.CliffFalls.com