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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

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. 

Memoir Writing Class with Debra Ginsberg

Cost: $275 per person
11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

(With 11/25 off for the thanksgiving holiday)

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.

Self-Published On Purpose

Saturday November 11, 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Cost: $90 per person

Think self-publishing might be the way to go for your book but you're not sure about the ins and outs? 

In this workshop, C.B. will explore when it is time to publish, motivation and expectations for publication, and how to know when your manuscript is finished. He will discuss self-publishing options including the 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. Whether your manuscript is fiction or non-fiction, this workshop may have you deciding to Self-Publish on Purpose.

C.B. Shiepe will also 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.

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