Writing & Literature



How to Self-Publish Your Own Book

Do you have a book, or the beginning of a book written? Do you have a book inside you that is waiting to come out? Have you ever dreamed about writing a modest memoir to leave for your loved ones? Have you heard that the only way to get your book published is through an agent or publisher? Be sure to attend this two-class series if you want to learn  what to do to assemble what you have written in a downloadable software book template and then actually get your book printed and sent to your home.

During class number one, the instructor will share with you the step by step process to turn your book into a PDF file, submit it to Amazon’s Create space and produce a 6x9 professional looking paperback that cost only a few dollars for each copy printed. In class number two, the instructor will share what he has learned about marketing a self-published book and how to create your writing and publishing “brand” including the use and creation of your own web site. Attendees need a reasonable proficiency with computers and will be performing editing, formatting and creative functions. The instructor operates on Microsoft equipment, but the information can be of value for MAC users. (2 sessions)

Instructor: Tom Struve lives with his awesome wife and dog in  Goodyear, AZ. Transplants from the Midwest, they love the AZ outdoors and one of their cars has the AZ Plate that says ON IN TWO.

Tom is excited to share about his recent entry-level book writing and self-publishing journey. In a span of only 8 months Tom has over seven-hundred copies of his first book in print and offered in fifty locations across America. Tom will share what he has learned about formatting, self-publishing, and marketing his book including the ins-and-outs of building a dynamic web-site for your book.

 

 

 

 



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PORA Adult Learning
Camino 2
Struve 4/5 - 4/12 Fr 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM $20.00

The Heart and Art of Writing

Writing is finding the words that are in our thoughts and translating them with clarity and focus. Together our writing lives through discussion, reflection, and research. Telling our story or sharing our ideas is an art form we can create together as workshop members. Six weeks of sharing and caring will culminate in a piece we can joyfully share with others. (6 sessions)

Instructor: Linda Chamley Johnson has been in education for 40+ years. As an educator she taught all grades, ending her career at university level. She celebrated a Distinguished Teaching Award for 2010 while teaching education, technology integration, and writing courses. She and her husband moved to Arizona when they determined they had “enough” of everything and chose to begin a simpler lifestyle. She began her blog in 2012 and has not stopped writing!



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PORA Adult Learning
Camino 2
Chamley Johnson 2/22 - 3/29 Fr 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM $30.00

Writing Your Autobiography: Chapter Two
This class will help people who have already taken an introductory course in writing their life story, or who have done a considerable amount of research and writing. It is aimed at those who have just not gotten around to finishing the story for whatever reason. The instructor will facilitate a systematic method of organizing your life story. This course assumes that you have completed a good bit of work on the story, but now need some help in organizing that work and getting focused on actually writing the story. The goal of this class will be to sufficiently motivate each participant to complete from 10 to 12 chapters by the last week. There will be considerable sharing of student's work throughout the course. (6 sessions) 

Instructor:  Dave Poling has completed and published his own autobiography and recently published his first political novel. Thirty-Four of his past students have successfully published their autobiographies. Dave is currently a member of the PORA Board of Directors and oversees PORA Adult Learning. He has a BS in American History and a MA in Secondary Education from Northwestern University. He has been a high school teacher, insurance executive, and spent over 25 years as a manager/executive in the airline/air express industry, followed by eight years as a principal in management and transportation issues with Arthur D. Little. 



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PORA Adult Learning
Camino 3
Poling 3/5 - 4/9 Tu 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM $30.00