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Dr. Karen Gorback, Instructor
Dazzling Dialogue
Readers love dialogue – one of the most intimate components of storytelling. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn and practice the basic elements of writing an engaging dialogue that will keep readers glued to your pages. Please bring paper and pens or a laptop with a fully-charged battery, and get ready to have some fun!

Instructor: Dr. Karen Gorback is an award winning author of numerous short stories and one-act plays. Her memoir titled “The Jackpot” appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul - My Amazing Mom. Her novel, Freshman Mom, won a USA Regional Excellence Book Award and was a finalist in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Her debut picture book, Nathan and Nana Cassandra - Superheroes will be published in November. Contact Karen through her website at www.karengorback. com.

Friday, Sept 21, 2018
9:30am – 11:30pm
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room B

Cost: $35
#8940.101
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Show,
Don't Tell

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, take your craft to the next level by learning how to incorporate the technique commonly known as “show, don’t tell” into your writing. Please bring paper and pen or a fully-charged laptop to practice several, practical writing devices that you will be able to integrate into your own projects.

Instructor: Dr. Karen Gorback is an award winning author of numerous short stories and one-act plays. Her memoir titled “The Jackpot” appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul - My Amazing Mom. Her novel, Freshman Mom, won a USA Regional Excellence Book Award and was a finalist in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Her debut picture book, Nathan and Nana Cassandra - Superheroes will be published in November. Contact Karen through her website at www.karengorback. com.

Thursday, Sept 13, 2018
12:30 – 2:30pm
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room B

Cost: $35
#8939.101
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Clean Writing, Poetic Writing
Creative Writing Workshop
Dazzling Dialogue
Getting Your Novel Unstuck
Learn the Craft of Humor Writing
Self-Publish Your Book for Peanuts
Show, Don't Tell
Workshopping Your Words
Learn the Craft of
Humor Writing

Misti Barnes, Instructor, Author
Humor writing is a skill you can learn, even if you’re not a comedy writer. The truth is, humor makes every story better, and it draws your audience in. This course will help you improve the quality of your writing, by introducing more humor. No matter your medium, YOU CAN learn to write funnier.

Instructor: Misti Barnes is a film writer, director, playwright, blogger and humorist. Her most recent book, "If You Leave Me, Can I Come With You?: Daily Meditations for Codependents With a Sense of Humor," was written to bring humor to those recovering from the harsh realities of life.

7 Wednesdays
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Oct 3 - Nov 14, 2018
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room C

Cost: $85 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#8910.301
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Clean Writing, Poetic Writing


Jodai Saremi, Instructor
Learn how to edit your sentences and cut straight to the heart of what you want to say in this workshop-style class. We will also be examining what makes a written piece sparkle and how to dive into poetic prose without getting flowery. Assignments to implement the lessons will be shared in class; please bring your laptop or pencil and paper.

Instructor: Jodai Saremi is an editor, freelance journalist and blogger with a special interest in health, fitness and literary fiction. She started her career as a podiatrist, and found greater personal satisfaction when she melded science with her desire to write.

6 Wednesdays
12:30 – 2:00pm
Oct 10 – Nov 14, 2018
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room C

Cost: $80 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#8958.201
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Kathleen Galloway Rogan, Instructor
Creative Writing Workshop
This class offers exercises in creative expression, improvisation, visualization, and spontaneous writing. Story structure, character and grammar will be covered also. Journal writing, class assignments, and at-home writing projects launch you on a journey of discovery. No previous experience required.

Instructor: Kathleen Galloway Rogan is a writer, stand-up comedienne, and creator of one-person shows.

10 Wednesdays
7:30 – 9:00pm
Sept 12 – Nov 14, 2018
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 5

Cost: $110 plus $15 material fee to instructor
#8930.301
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Workshopping
Your Words

Sheli Ellsworth, Instructor
Emerging writers can share their wordsmithing talent with other effluent scribes. An award-winning instructor will facilitate this 2-hour weekly writing critique class. Students are encouraged to experiment with style and content while acquiring formatting and editing skills. Students will also learn about dialog, telling details and literary devices. Genre and literary writers are welcome.

Instructor: Sheli Ellsworth,
MA, is the author of 5 books and a book reviewer. She has studied writing at the University of Iowa and freelances for newspapers and magazines.

8 Fridays
12:30 – 2:30pm
Sept 14 – Nov 2, 2018
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room D

Cost: $115 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#8975.201
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Getting Your
Novel Unstuck
Writers usually know how their novel begins and perhaps how it ends. But often times, they get stuck in the middle. This course will include discussions on audience and genre, point-of-view and tone, pacing and plotting, characterization and dialogue — everything you need to help you get from “once upon a time” to your “happily ever after.” Students will have the opportunity to discuss stumbling blocks occurring in their current projects and receive support and guidance on how to move forward.

Instructor: Margery Walshaw, owner of Evatopia, has worked as a literary manager for over 15 years. Her clients have sold scripts to major production companies and studios. Her company also publishes novelists and helps them promote their work for possible book to film adaptation.

8 Wednesdays
3:30 – 5:00pm
Sept 26 – Nov 14, 2018
Conejo Valley Adult School
Room 5

Cost: $90 plus $10 material fee to instructor
#8971.201
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