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  • How to Write Your Life Story 
  • Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark
    Class Number: 19959
    Dates: 3/4/2023 - 3/4/2023
    Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    Room: Virtual
    Days: Sa
    Sessions: 1
    Fee: $25.00
     
  • You don’t need to be famous to have a legacy to leave behind. Create an inspirational autobiography for family, friends, and others. Learn how to recall vivid memories, analyze events and people that shaped who you are, and bring your story to life. Your handout, included in the class fee, will have an outline to help you organize and write your memoir step-by-step. Printing/publishing options will also be discussed. The instructor LeeAnne Krusemark is a former journalist, current author and editor, and a nationwide Professor of Publishing at higher learning institutions, including Harvard Adult Education. Please provide your preferred email address at time of registration. *Webinar link will be sent at least 24 hrs before the class.

    Missing zoom link procedures: Check your spam folder! If you still can't find the zoom link within 24 hours of the class, please contact our office at (360) 623-8940 immediately! If you fail to contact our office requesting the missing zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided. 

     

 
 

  • How to Outline & Write an Irresistible Romance 
  • Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark
    Class Number: 20155
    Dates: 3/4/2023 - 3/4/2023
    Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Room: Virtual
    Days: Sa
    Sessions: 1
    Fee: $25.00
     
  • Romance is the #1 selling fiction genre. Whether you're a new or experienced writer, this comprehensive session will help you sharpen your skills with practical step-by-step advice. You will discover the different romance sub-genres and understand the proven romance formula. You will also learn to create a unique setting, introduce your protagonist (lead character), percolate friction, and write relatable dialogue as well as intimate scenes. Publishing options will also be discussed. Informative handouts for future use are included in class fee. The instructor LeeAnne Krusemark is a former journalist, current author and editor, and a nationwide Professor of Publishing at higher learning institutions, including Harvard Adult Education. Please provide your preferred email address at time of registration. *Webinar link will be sent at least 24 hrs before the class.

    Missing zoom link procedures: Check your spam folder! If you still can't find the zoom link within 24 hours of the class, please contact our office at (360) 623-8940 immediately! If you fail to contact our office requesting the missing zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided.

     

 
 

  • Write a Riveting Mystery, Suspense, or Crime Story 
  • Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark
    Class Number: 20156
    Dates: 3/4/2023 - 3/4/2023
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Room: Virtual
    Days: Sa
    Sessions: 1
    Fee: $25.00
     
  • Become a mystery writer for fun or profit! You will discover the different sub-genres and three-act story structure of mystery writing and create an intriguing cast of characters. Learn how to research and pick your setting, make sure your opening grabs readers’ attention, use “red herrings” to misdirect your readers and create suspense until you’re ready for the final reveal. Publishing options will also be discussed. Informative handouts for future use are included in class fee. The instructor LeeAnne Krusemark is a former journalist, current author and editor, and a nationwide Professor of Publishing at higher learning institutions, including Harvard Adult Education. Please provide your preferred email address at time of registration. *Webinar link will be sent at least 24 hrs before the class.

    Missing zoom link procedures: Check your spam folder! If you still can't find the zoom link within 24 hours of the class, please contact our office at (360) 623-8940 immediately! If you fail to contact our office requesting the missing zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided.

     

 
 

  • Explore the World as a Travel Writer 
  • Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark
    Class Number: 20157
    Dates: 3/4/2023 - 3/4/2023
    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Room: Virtual
    Days: Sa
    Sessions: 1
    Fee: $25.00
     
  • If you love to travel and love to write, this is for you! We will discuss how to use all your senses in a new destination to create more detailed and in-depth descriptions that capture and maintain readers’ interest, and whether or not you need to include photos with your work. You will also learn how to find and submit your finished product to print and online markets, the business side of travel writing (how to take travel tax deductions), and how to avoid worn-out travel writing cliches. Informative handouts for future use are included in class fee. The instructor LeeAnne Krusemark is a former journalist, current author and editor, and a nationwide Professor of Publishing at higher learning institutions, including Harvard Adult Education. Please provide your preferred email address at time of registration. *Webinar link will be sent at least 24 hrs before the class.

    Missing zoom link procedures: Check your spam folder! If you still can't find the zoom link within 24 hours of the class, please contact our office at (360) 623-8940 immediately! If you fail to contact our office requesting the missing zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided.

     

 
 

  • Comedy Writing: How to be Funny on Paper and Stage 
  • Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark
    Class Number: 36000
    Dates: 3/4/2023 - 3/4/2023
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Room: Virtual
    Days: Sa
    Sessions: 1
    Fee: $25.00
     
  • Whether you need to make a dull work presentation more lively, mix laughter with learning in the classroom, or ultimately want to write for print/production or perform your own stand up routine, this fast-paced session will show you how to apply humor to all aspects of your life. You will learn the anatomy a joke, how to use your powers of observation to sharpen your wit, write different types of jokes, and use humor to entertain and influence people. Informative handouts for future use are included in class fee. The instructor LeeAnne Krusemark is a former stand-up comedian at places like The Laugh Factory in Hollywood, current author and editor, and a nationwide Professor of Publishing at higher learning institutions, including Harvard Adult Education. Please provide your preferred email address at time of registration. *Webinar link will be sent at least 24 hrs before the class.

    Missing zoom link procedures: Check your spam folder! If you still can't find the zoom link within 24 hours of the class, please contact our office at (360) 623-8940 immediately! If you fail to contact our office requesting the missing zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided.

     

 
 

  • Meet the Publisher/Agent 
  • Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark
    Class Number: 36003
    Dates: 3/4/2023 - 3/4/2023
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Room: Virtual
    Days: Sa
    Sessions: 1
    Fee: $25.00
     
  • Have you ever wanted to talk to a real agent or publisher? Are you tired of having your manuscripts critiqued by non-professionals or paying an editor too much money to change your writing to their voice? Email one page of your in-progress manuscript for an in-class critique of one page of your poetry, article, short story, screenplay, novel, non-fiction book, or children’s book. (Optional: You can then send your manuscript for a professional critique (for a critique fee of $50 for up to 25 double-spaced pages + $1/page thereafter, and a list of publishers/agents who are interested in your type of work.) Informative handouts for future use are included in class fee. The instructor LeeAnne Krusemark is a former journalist, current author and editor, and a nationwide Professor of Publishing at higher learning institutions, including Harvard Adult Education. Please provide your preferred email address at time of registration. *Webinar link will be sent at least 24 hrs before the class.

    Missing zoom link procedures: Check your spam folder! If you still can't find the zoom link within 24 hours of the class, please contact our office at (360) 623-8940 immediately! If you fail to contact our office requesting the missing zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided.

     

 
 

  • Guide to Getting Published 
  • Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark
    Class Number: 36005
    Dates: 3/7/2023 - 3/7/2023
    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Room: Virtual
    Days: Tu
    Sessions: 1
    Fee: $35.00
     
  • If your goal is to become a published freelance writer by selling a magazine article, short story, poem, or even a novel to a traditional publisher, this comprehensive workshop will guide you to, then past the editor’s desk. You will discover how to: become a “published” writer overnight, submit manuscripts the correct way, find the right publisher for your work, write irresistible query letters, determine when and how to get an agent, and 100 ways to make money as a freelance writer. If you really want to succeed, this step-by-step workshop is a must! The instructor LeeAnne Krusemark is a former journalist, current author and editor, and a nationwide Professor of Publishing at higher learning institutions, including Harvard Adult Education. Please provide your preferred email address at time of registration. *Webinar link will be sent at least 24 hrs before the class.

    Missing zoom link procedures: Check your spam folder! If you still can't find the zoom link within 24 hours of the class, please contact our office at (360) 623-8940 immediately! If you fail to contact our office requesting the missing zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided.

     

 
 

  • Screenwriting for TV & Movies 
  • Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark
    Class Number: 36014
    Dates: 3/11/2023 - 3/11/2023
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Room: Virtual
    Days: Sa
    Sessions: 1
    Fee: $25.00
     
  • In this comprehensive session, you will learn about special screenwriting terms and formats for television and the big screen. You will also learn how to plot a story, develop characters, and execute your work in the proper screenwriting format. You will discover the difference between a Treatment, a Spec Script and a Shooting Script and when to do each. And, you’ll get an inside look into the business of selling your script to agents and producers. Informative handouts for future use are included in class fee. The instructor LeeAnne Krusemark is a former journalist, current author and editor, and a nationwide Professor of Publishing at higher learning institutions, including Harvard Adult Education. Please provide your preferred email address at time of registration. *Webinar link and materials will be sent at least 24 hrs before the class.

    Missing zoom link procedures: Check your spam folder! If you still can't find the zoom link within 24 hours of the class, please contact our office at (360) 623-8940 immediately! If you fail to contact our office requesting the missing zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided.

     

 
 

  • Writing for Online Blogs, Magazines & Websites 
  • Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark
    Class Number: 36024
    Dates: 3/11/2023 - 3/11/2023
    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Room: Virtual
    Days: Sa
    Sessions: 1
    Fee: $25.00
     
  • You don’t need a journalism degree or previously published articles to write for anyone’s online blog, magazine, or website. Some opportunities offer exposure, while many pay well -- $1 a word and more. In this fast-paced session, you will learn how to: find ideas, sources, and more than 1,000 opportunities that pay, conduct interviews and create interesting content, protect your copyright, write query letters, and then use this credibility to sell other articles or even your self published novel. Informative handouts for future use are included in class fee. The instructor LeeAnne Krusemark is a former journalist, current author and editor, and a nationwide Professor of Publishing at higher learning institutions, including Harvard Adult Education. Please provide your preferred email address at time of registration. *Webinar link and materials will be sent at least 24 hrs before the class.

    Missing zoom link procedures: Check your spam folder! If you still can't find the zoom link within 24 hours of the class, please contact our office at (360) 623-8940 immediately! If you fail to contact our office requesting the missing zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided.

     

 
 

  • Be a Better Writer: 10 Easy Tips to Improve your Writing NOW 
  • Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark
    Class Number: 36027
    Dates: 3/11/2023 - 3/11/2023
    Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Room: Virtual
    Days: Sa
    Sessions: 1
    Fee: $35.00
     
  • We write everyday: emails, social media posts, work projects, and even non-fiction or creative writing. Improving is just a matter of knowing some simple tricks to make your writing more impactful and readable, and may help get you a promotion at work or avoid rejection from a publisher. In this hands-on session, there will be writing/editing examples and exercises so you can see in real time how to make sentences flow properly while still maintaining reader interest, and you will leave with a workbook full of writing tips and tricks, which is included in the class fee. The instructor LeeAnne Krusemark is a former journalist, current author and editor, and a nationwide Professor of Publishing at higher learning institutions, including Harvard Adult Education. Please provide your preferred email address at time of registration. *Webinar link will be sent at least 24 hrs before the class.

    Missing zoom link procedures: Check your spam folder! If you still can't find the zoom link within 24 hours of the class, please contact our office at (360) 623-8940 immediately! If you fail to contact our office requesting the missing zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided.

     

 
 

  • Beginner's Guide to Starting a Free Blog 
  • Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark
    Class Number: 20154
    Dates: 3/9/2023 - 3/9/2023
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Room: Virtual
    Days: Th
    Sessions: 1
    Fee: $35.00
     
  • Online blogging is a great way to get the word out about you, your service, your product, or information you want to share! You will learn step-by-step how to: start a FREE blog with WordPress, choose a blog template, emphasize your blog content with a creative name, use your unique voice to share expertise, and connect your domain/website. You will also learn how to earn an income with your blog, including links to other websites and advertising on your blog, as well as increase your internet ranking. The instructor LeeAnne Krusemark is a former journalist, current author and editor, and a nationwide Professor of Publishing at higher learning institutions, including Harvard Adult Education. Please provide your preferred email address at time of registration. *Webinar link and materials will be sent at least 24 hrs before the class.

    Missing zoom link procedures: Check your spam folder! If you still can't find the zoom link within 24 hours of the class, please contact our office at (360) 623-8940 immediately! If you fail to contact our office requesting the missing zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided.

     

 
 

  • Using Amazon’s Kindle Direct to Self-Publish your Book for FREE 
  • Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark
    Class Number: 36050
    Dates: 3/11/2023 - 3/11/2023
    Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Room: Virtual
    Days: Sa
    Sessions: 1
    Fee: $25.00
     
  • Whether you’re looking to publish a paperback novel or short ebook now or in the future, this detailed tutorial will teach you step-by-step how to create an Amazon KDP account, format your manuscript and upload it to the platform, easily create a book cover from available templates, determine pricing and royalties, develop a sales pitch for your Amazon page, and write an Amazon author bio. Informative handouts for future use are included in class fee. The instructor LeeAnne Krusemark is a former journalist, current author and editor, and a nationwide Professor of Publishing at higher learning institutions, including Harvard Adult Education. Please provide your preferred email address at time of registration. *Webinar link and materials will be sent at least 24 hrs before the class.

    Missing zoom link procedures: Check your spam folder! If you still can't find the zoom link within 24 hours of the class, please contact our office at (360) 623-8940 immediately! If you fail to contact our office requesting the missing zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided.

     

 
 

  • 50 Self-Publishing Options 
  • Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark
    Class Number: 36009
    Dates: 1/3/2023 - 3/7/2023
    Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Room: Virtual
    Days: Tu
    Fee: $25.00
     
  • Self-publishing is all the rage, but is it the best option for YOU? (participants must also attend “Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published”) And, can you do both? You will discover the pros and cons of all the self publishing options, including print-on-demand and e-book publishing, as well as Amazon options, and see how they compare to traditional publishing. Informative handouts, including a rated descrip tion of 50 self publishing companies for future use are included in class fee. Please provide your preferred email address at time of registration. *Webinar link will be sent at least 24 hrs before the class.

    Missing zoom link procedures: Check your spam folder! If you still can't find the zoom link within 24 hours of the class, please contact our office at (360) 623-8940 immediately! If you fail to contact our office requesting the missing zoom link before the class starts, a refund will not be provided.

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