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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 28th, August 25, October 27th
9am – noon

Cost: $70.00 per session

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.

***The October Class is now full***
(Give us a call to be put on the waitlist.)


Short Story Writing Vromans EdShort Story Writing
With Tom Macher

Thursdays, 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 10/4, 10/11
(There will be no class on Sept. 27)
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Cost: $275 per person
This is a 6 week course and you will be enrolling in all 6 classes. Space is limited.

Through prompts, workshopping, and line-by-line readings, we will focus on textual analysis of our own work; hone our skills in developing and refining a story; and find solutions to common writing problems: where to begin, edit oneself, and look when something isn’t working. Each student will have the opportunity to present one story for workshop. Each week, we will examine different aspects of a story, always with an eye towards emotional truth, structure, and the beginning, middle, and end.

Instructor: Tom Macher is the author of Halfway (Scribner, 2018), a memoir about living in boys' homes and halfway houses as a teenager. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was a teaching-writing fellow, and has received fellowships from the University of Iowa, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. His short fiction has appeared in Day-One, Gulf Coast Review, Hobart, Slice, Bull, and Mississippi Review. He has served on the jury for the Fine Arts Work Center, read applications for the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and taught creative writing at the University of Iowa.

 

Saturday December 8th
9am – noon

Cost: $70.00 per session

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.