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BARBARA ABERCROMBIE (photo: Brooke Abercrombie)

ANNE PERRY (photo: Diane Hinds)

VICTORIA ZACKHEIM (photo: Melissa Dodd)

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Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA (near Van Nuys)

BABARA ABERCROMBIE has published novels, children’s books, and non-fiction. Her personal essays have appeared in national publications and anthologies. Recent books are Courage & Craft: Writing Your Life Into Story, Cherished: 21 Writers on Animals They’ve Loved & Lost and A Year of Writing Dangerously, a Poets & Writers Magazine choice as a top book for writers, and Kicking In The Wall. She was Outstanding Instructor and given a Distinguished Instructor Award in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. Barbara conducts private writing retreats and writes a weekly blog. She lives in Santa Monica and Lake Arrowhead.
* If there is one secret to writing, it’s Barbara Abercombie. I've taken several classes with her, and in each one I wrote essays that were published.
* As a direct result of her thoughtful teaching, encouragement, and continuous support, I've fallen in love with the written word. My essays have been published in various anthologies and periodicals.
* Barbara is a brilliant teacher...encouraging, insightful, warm and articulate. She'll bring out the best you've got and then help you to be better.

ANNE PERRY is a New York Times and international bestselling author noted for her memorable characters and exploration of social and ethical issues. Two of her series—one featuring Thomas Pitt, one featuring William Monk—have been published worldwide. She has a third successful series based around World War One. Among her other novels is the Byzantium novel The Sheen on the Silk, and fantasies that reflect her spiritual convictions: Tathea and Come Armageddon. Anne has published nearly eighty-five novels, with more than twenty-eight million in print. None of her titles has ever been out of print. A recipient of the prestigious Edgar Award, she was selected by the London Times as one of the twentieth century’s 100 Masters of Crime. Both of her long-run series are being considered for television. Anne has recently moved to Los Angeles from the northeast highlands of Scotland.
*Anne Perry's course helped a lot. Now I know how to go on from here!
*Anne Perry is brilliant at getting to the psychology of characters.
*Personal highlight of the Surrey (Surrey International Writers) conference: Anne Perry’s workshop on theme, character, etc. It really helped solve a problem with my current work.

VICTORIA ZACKHEIM is the author of the novel, The Bone Weaver, and editor of six anthologies, including The Other Woman, The Face in the Mirror, Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death, and her most recent, Faith: Essays From Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists. Her screenplay, Maidstone, a feature film, is in development, as are her theater plays The Other Woman and Entangled. On November 9, 2015, The Other Woman will have simultaneous readings at dozens of theaters and libraries across the United States. Victoria writes documentary films and teaches creative nonfiction (Personal Essay) in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She is a 2010 San Francisco Library Laureate.
* Best workshop. So organized. Information packed.
*Took away some great pointers for problems I've experienced.
*Found Victoria's workshop useful and inspiring last year--and again this year.

WRITETEACHERS day-long program consists of two 3-hour writing sessions presented by each teacher. We've designed the program to help you discover insights into your writing, renew your joy of creating, and direct you toward compelling fiction and nonfiction.