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.
If for any reason you cannot attend a class you have signed up for, we require 24 hour notice of your cancelation in order to receive a refund. Refunds will NOT be issued on the same day of class or after the class has already occured.
Discovering Your Story: A Writing Workshop
(This is an ongoing workshop, with dates constantly being added.
New participants welcome. You can sign up for one or mulitple!)
February 22, 2020 (NOW FULL)
March 21, 2020 (NOW FULL)
April 18, 2020
May 16, 2020
June 13, 2020
9:00am – 12:30pm
Cost: $70.00 per class
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.
About the 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.
Be Your Own Life Coach:
Memoir Writing to Trust Your Inner Wisdom
(This is a two day workshop and you will be signing up for both class meetings)
Saturdays, February 22, & February 29
1:30pm – 5:00pm
Cost: $95.00 per person
(Plus a $30 materials fee to be paid directly to Ann the day of the class)
Do you cling to your past wishing it was better than it was? Do you think about your future, but have trouble organizing your thoughts and figuring out next steps? In this memoir writing workshop you will learn to trust your inner wisdom and listen to your heart as you move away from wishful thinking toward a more positive and proactive approach to your future.
Memoir writing is both a creative and cathartic process. As we write the stories of our life, we can find comfort and peace. We cannot change our past, but we can change our perception of the past. When we are at peace with ourselves, we are able to heal and discover our personal truths. Over the course of two Saturdays, in this workshop you will use your memoir writing skills to tap into your inner wisdom as you clarify your thoughts and plan for your future.
As you respond to the in-class writing prompts, you will begin to articulate your goals, define your values, and start developing the skills you need to be your own Life Coach. We will do several memoir writing exercises to help you learn from the lessons of your past while planning for your future. In a very short time you will find yourself bonding and sharing with other class members in this rewarding workshop.
With your $30 materials fee, you will get numerous handouts plus your own copy of Writing Your Life: The Ultimate Guide to Telling Your Story with over five hundred writing prompts, dozens of Helpful Hints, and numerous tools to keep you writing and healing after the workshop is over.
Abour the Instructor:
Ann Hamer is the award winning author of Writing Your Life: The Ultimate Guide to Telling Your Story, a Bronze Medal winner in the 2019 Living Now Book Awards. As a writer, teacher, and mentor, Ann is an excellent resource for all writers, no matter where they are in their creative journey. Ann earned degrees from Oregon State University and the University of Oxford.
Find Freedom from Distraction:
Learn to Thrive in Our Modern World with Mindfulness
(This is a 4 week workshop and you will be signing up for all 4 class meetings)
Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 24, 31 (Skipping 3/17)
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Cost: $260.00 per person
The world is changing rapidly. The presence of technology and social media places ever increasing demands on our attention. You may be finding it difficult to keep up with the abundance of information and the expectations of working in this fast-paced modern world. You may be feeling disconnected and your relationships are suffering.
Yet, what if you could meet stress gracefully and address challenges with openness and creativity?
What if you were more focused and present in all areas of your life?
Join Elizabeth for a four week series on developing mindfulness, a scientifically validated and practical way to bring more focus, calm, and happiness into your life. In this series, we will practice various meditation techniques that develop this quality of mindfulness, and you will receive instructions and be supported in doing a short daily meditation practice for the duration of the program. All levels of meditation experience are welcome.
Each session will be 90 minutes and incorporate information from neuroscience, positive psychology and wisdom teachings, to enhance the interactive learning experience.
In this series, we will cover:
Session 1: The Art of Paying Attention. We will look at the research around attention, emotion and behavior, and gain an understanding of how stress negatively affects both our mental and physical health. Participants will come away with ways to mindfully improve attention and reduce stress.
Session 2: Finding Sanity in a Digital World. We will look at mindful ways to enhance our use of technology (which may include reducing some of it) as a way to find balance between personal connection and the digital world. Many suggestions will be offered.
Session 3: Positive Relationships and Compassion. In this session, we will explore the importance of presence and deep listening in communication as a means to improve relationships both at work and with loved ones. Understanding compassion, including kindness and compassion for ourselves, can be powerful tools for connection and personal growth.
Session 4: Staying Cool Under Pressure. Though we would like it otherwise, stresses and challenges are a part of being human. Yet, we have the choice on how we react and cope with these situations. In this session we will look at how mindful resilience can help promote well-being and the ability to bounce back from the stresses of work and life more easily.
Each session will include a guided meditation together. The objective of the multi-session program will be for you to have a solid understanding of a few meditation practices that you will feel confident to continue on your own after the program is over.
In addition, sessions will be filled with tips and tools to bring mindfulness into your daily life immediately.
Note: As the sessions and practices will build on each other, we ask that you attend all sessions in the series. Registration will not be taken for an individual session. Specific content is subject to change.
About the Instructor:
Elizabeth has been training and practicing mindfulness and meditation for the past 20 years. She is a certified mindfulness trainer and leads workshops and programs for the public and businesses. She has used mindfulness to help her in her former corporate career and taught meditation at various community centers. Elizabeth is passionate about helping people find tools and practices to help navigate this fast paced, technological world in which we are living.
Improvisation, Imagination, Inspiration:
A Writing Workshop
with Kathryn Kay and Jo McGinley
Saturday, March 28
9:30am – 1:30pm
Cost: $70.00 per person
Along with an array of powerful writing activities and prompts that focus on the craft of writing and connecting you with your creative flow, we will incorporate dynamic improvisational exercises to enhance the creative process and take your stories to the next level. Through becoming curious (rather than critical) about your ideas, inspirations, and blocks, you’ll discover and embrace your own unique vision that will inspire you all the way to the page.
This class is perfect if you’re thinking about writing and don’t know where to start or if you’ve been writing for years and need to kick-start your creative engine. There will be in-class writing so make sure you bring pen and paper.
About the Instructors:
Kathryn Kay is the founder of A Writer Within offering writing retreats for women in Tuscany. Kathryn believes there is a writer within each of us, and has yet to have a student who wasn’t surprised by the writing they produced in her workshops. Kathryn fell in love with Italy many years ago when she lived in Florence for 5 years while studying restoration. It’s where her daughter was born, where she set her novel, The Gilder, and where she returns to every chance she gets. Kathryn has an MFA in writing. For over 25 years,
Jo McGinley has inspired seasoned and emerging business leaders in finding their authentic voice, own their personal presence and embrace confidence. Jo has coached peak performers such as Fortune 500 CEOs, Olympic athletes and coaches, musicians, and Oscar nominees to improve performance and confidence and strengthen teams for enhanced performance under pressure. Jo combines her theatrical training, voice and speech coaching, and improvisational exercises in creating a unique and powerful experience for every client that engages her. You can visit her website here.