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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, June 10
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. 

Fiction As Experiment: A Writing Course

June 8, 15, 22, 29, and
July 6, 13,
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. 

In this course, we’ll examine the basics of fiction technique through readings of short fiction, such as Joy Williams, Lucia Berlin, and Donald Barthelme, and through our own writing exercises. We’ll keep an eye towards experimentation, the spirit of which will allow us to understand craft better and to develop our distinctive voices and styles as writers. Assuming the mere act of writing fiction is an experiment for many of us, we’ll also discuss how we may enter into and sustainably exist in that practice. Each student will have the opportunity to workshop a short manuscript by course’s end.

Instructor: Marion Bright has an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in such places as DigBoston, Slushpile Magazine, and Pine Magazine. She’s taught creative writing, literature, and composition at various colleges and universities.