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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. Refunds will not be issued 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!)


Saturday May 11, 2019 (THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL)
June 15, 2019
July 13, 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.

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.


Poetry of Place Poetry Workshop Pasadena
With Jodie Hollander

Saturday, April 27th
9:30am-12:30pm

Cost: $70 per person

This 3 hour workshop will focus on the significance of place in poetry. Place may be defined as a geographical location, an internal state, or perhaps a poetic meeting of the two. In addition, the class will center around how to structure and develop poems and the creative process that is involved. It will also look at meter and line breaks, and consider how sound works as a gateway to the senses and how musicality creates its own kind of meaning within a poem. No experience necessary.

About the Instructor: Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England, and her work has been published in journals such as The Poetry Review, The Yale Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The New Criterion, Australia’s Best Poems of 2011, and Australia’s Best Poems of 2015. Her debut full-length collection, My Dark Horses, is published with Liverpool University Press in the UK and Oxford University Press in the US. Hollander is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, a Hawthornden Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in Italy, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She currently lives in Colorado.



Novel vs. Screenplay: Exploring Your Options Laurie Viera Rigler Writing Workshop
With Laurie Viera Rigler

Saturday, May 25th
1:30pm-4:30pm

Cost: $70 per person

Ever thought of turning one of your screenplays into a novel? Or simply working in the novel form? In this one time 3 hour workshop for screenwriters who love novels (and novelists who love movies), discover how the two forms diverge and intersect and why a novel is an option worth considering. You’ll discover ways to make your story come alive and how to choose a point of view. You’ll also learn the basics of submitting your finished work for publication. There will be writing exercises as well as the opportunity to have the instructor read and comment on your pieces, privately or in class.

About the Instructor: Laurie Viera Rigler is a best-selling novelist and nonfiction author whose novels and short fiction have been translated into four languages. Having spent several years writing her first novel and enduring “helpful” warnings about how aspiring novelists were more likely to win the lottery than ever get published, Laurie is passionate about being of service to authors and helping them realize their dreams. She channels that passion into her work as an independent book editor and writing coach and is thrilled about teaching at Vroman’s again. Having re-secured the film and TV rights to her Jane Austen Addict series of novels, Laurie has also adapted three of her novels into a TV pilot and show bible, which has resulted in partnerships with award-winning producers. The process of bringing these works to the screen continues to unfold.  If you have any advance questions about her classes, please feel free to get in touch via her sites,   janeaustenaddict.com or freelancebookeditor.com.



Storytelling Techniques Laurie Viera Rigler Writing Workshop
With Laurie Viera Rigler

Thursdays: May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11 (skipping July 4th)
6:30pm-8:30pm

Cost: $275 per person
(This is a 6 week course, and you will be enrolling in all six weeks.)

Writing a compelling story is about revealing the world of your protagonist in a way that keeps the reader engaged and eager to know what happens next. In this class, we will explore how to “show, don’t tell” and breathe life into the page. Open to writers whose work is in an early stage as well as those who are working on more advanced drafts. Principles and techniques to be covered include:

• Establishing character goals and desires.
• Revealing internal and external conflict (obstacles to achieving those goals).
• Choosing a point of view (first-person, third-person, or omniscient) that best serves your story.
• Unfolding events in immediate scene and narrative summary.
• Maintaining suspense and tension.
• Engaging the senses.
• Evoking emotions.
• Using metaphors and similes judiciously.
• Writing effective and engaging dialogue.
• Getting into and out of flashbacks.

There will be writing exercises as well as the opportunity to have the instructor read and comment on your pieces, privately or in class.

About the Instructor: Laurie Viera Rigler is a best-selling novelist and nonfiction author whose novels and short fiction have been translated into four languages. Having spent several years writing her first novel and enduring “helpful” warnings about how aspiring novelists were more likely to win the lottery than ever get published, Laurie is passionate about being of service to authors and helping them realize their dreams. She channels that passion into her work as an independent book editor and writing coach and is thrilled about teaching at Vroman’s again. Having re-secured the film and TV rights to her Jane Austen Addict series of novels, Laurie has also adapted three of her novels into a TV pilot and show bible, which has resulted in partnerships with award-winning producers. The process of bringing these works to the screen continues to unfold.  If you have any advance questions about her classes, please feel free to get in touch via her sites,   janeaustenaddict.com or freelancebookeditor.com.