I teach a variety of classes and make public appearances throughout Southern California. Periodically, my courses are also offered online via EventBrite.
Information on the courses below may be found via the Conejo Recreation and Parks District – Hillcrest Center for the Arts.
Many people have an idea for a book, and perhaps know how that story ends. But getting through that middle section is hard! Discuss characterization, plotting, pacing, point of view, tone, genre, and even the target age of the reader and how that affects the writing.
NOTES FROM A BOOK PACKAGER
Already written a book? Get your book ready for market. Editing, cover art, formatting (ie: for kindle or nook), ISBN registration, and digital uploading (including keywords that help it find an audience).
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR AUTHORS
So you have your book complete and it’s uploaded to Amazon. How do people find it? Discuss new and affordable marketing techniques, blog tours, cover reveals, Facebook & Twitter parties, Pinterest boards, and building a street team to generate buzz for your book.
Information on the courses below may be found via the Conejo Valley Adult School.
Got an idea for the next blockbuster film? Learn the specialized skill of screenwriting from an experienced industry veteran. This course focuses on essential elements of a well-structured, three act script including what is an inciting incident and how does it affect character development? The course will also explore character arc, dialogue, setting and guide students through the important distinction of the A and B story. Finally, how do you pitch your script once you’re finished? Attendees will have the opportunity to “workshop” their pitch and receive feedback.
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.