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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

February 18, March 11 and April 8,
9am – noon

$75.00 per session
or $195.00 for all 3 spring 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. 

Characterizing Characters: Building Them Up and Breaking Them Down

Saturday, February 25, 9am – noon

$90.00 for session

In this workshop, Robin will talk about all aspects of writing the YA novel, with a focus on characterization and dialogue. From discovering your characters (no insta-love, please!) to how to break through that dreaded "middle part" novel slog, she'll help you discover what you and your story need most to make it
your best novel yet!"

Instructor: Robin Benway is the acclaimed author of Emmy & Oliver; the Also Known As series; Audrey, Wait!; and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June. Benway’s books have been published in sixteen languages, won international awards, and been bestsellers in several countries. Formerly a bookseller and book publicist, she lives in Los Angeles. You can visit her at www.robinbenway.com.



Awaken and Ignite the Poet Within

Saturday, March 18th

$90.00 for session

This lively, fun and informative poetry workshop taught by Kim Dower, City Poet Laureate of West Hollywood and author of three collections of poetry, offers an intimate writing experience filled with exercises, ideas, fever writing to prompts, dreams and memories, and will inspire and jumpstart poets at all levels -- from total beginners to published poets.  Come awaken your poet within and leave with the tools and creative excitement to continue writing!

Instructor: Kim Dower, City Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, has published three collections of poetry, all from Red Hen Press: Air Kissing on Mars, (2010) described by the Los Angeles Times as, “sensual and evocative . . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache,” Slice of Moon, (2013) “unexpected and sublime,” -- “O” magazine, and Last Train to the Missing Planet, (2016), “full of worldly, humorous insights into life as it is,” says Janet Fitch. Kim’s work has been featured in Garrison Keillor's, "The Writer's Almanac," in Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Rattle and Eclipse, as well as in several anthologies, including, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. She teaches Poetry and Dreaming and Poetry and Memory in the B.A. Program of Antioch University. Kim Dower is also known throughout the publishing world as Kim-from-L.A., the national book publicity and media coaching company she founded over
30 years ago.