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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. 

Writing/Illustrating Your Own Book

Saturdays, September 23, September 30, October 7, and October 21.
9:30am - 11:30am

Cost per person $185 for all four sessions (Plus a $5 materials fee to be brought the first day of class).

We all have our favorite books.  Why are they our favorites?  Maybe it was the story or perhaps the wonderful art work.  Sometimes we are first drawn to a book just by the look of its cover.  In this class the student will be the author and illustrator, creating their own unique story.  Let’s write the book you want to read.  Prepare to have a great time and complete a wonderful keepsake.  Get ready to Create A Book(Grades 2 – 5)

(All supplies will be provided)

Instructor: Lisa Saint is a longtime friend of Vromans. This past year, Lisa had a successful showing of her wood painted series, Jazz:  Flying Home, when it was featured in Vromans Art On the Stairwell. She is a writer, artist, educator and advocate for the arts.  After earning her degree in Fine Arts, Lisa continued her education at Otis Art Institute, UCLA, and Art Center College of Design. Lisa has worked in oil, acrylic, water color and mixed media. Lisa has spent the last seventeen years teaching book making and graphic novel classes for the South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF).  Lisa is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) as well as the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC).   

Self-Published On Purpose

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

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