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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.

If for any reason you cannot attend a class you have signed up for, please give 24 hour notice of your cancelation in order to receive a refund.

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!)

Saturday February 23, 2019 (THE FEB. CLASS IS NOW FULL)
Saturday March 23, 2019
Saturday May 11, 2019
June 15, 2019

9am – noon

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.

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: Using Your Story to Heal 
With Ann Hamer


Sunday, February 24th

Cost: $70 per person
Plus a $30 materials fee to be paid directly to Ann the day of the class

Writing your life story is both a creative and cathartic process. As we write the stories of our past, we find comfort and peace from the memoir writing process. We cannot change the past, but we can change our perception of the past, and memoir writing can help us to do so. When we are at peace with ourselves, we heal and are at peace with others. This one day workshop will help you learn to heal through memoir writing.

We will do several in-class writing exercises, each dealing with parts of life that hold deeply emotional memories. This class is not therapy, and we will not be exploring psychological issues. Instead, you will be introduced to the power of memoir writing as a tool to examine your memories, and through that examination, begin to find catharsis and healing.

Previous participants in Ann's writing classes have been able to discover for themselves peace and acceptance under Ann's gentle and supportive guidance. In a very short time you will find yourself bonding and sharing with other class members.

Join us for a fun and heart-warming experience.

 With your $30 materials fee, you 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 help you keep writing after the workshop is over. 

About the Instructor:  Ann Hamer is the author of Writing Your Life: The Ultimate Guide to Telling Your Story. As a writer, teacher, mentor and editor, Ann is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to write their memoir. Ann leads support groups for writers and teaches classes in memoir writing and self-publishing. She earned degrees at Oregon State University, Loyola Law School and the University of Oxford. Visit Ann on Facebook.