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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Cyberhouse: UCLA Writers' Program Free Online Open House

My two favorite schools are cross-town rivals. I was graduated from USC and so was my son. Though not a sports fan, I love that school. I am an instructor for UCLA's Extension Writers' Program and my daughter is studhing for her Ph.D. there. I don't find that the least bit of a conflict. They are both wonderful institutions. I am able to fly both flage, put stickers in my car windows for both schools and not feel like a traitor to either. It's about education. Great educations.

Though I teach only on-campus classes, I am especially enthused about the freebie Cyberhouse UCLA sponsors. That's because so many of my readers can't come to me for classes. This blog is--obviously--a great place to let them know about this opportunity to learn online from Writers' Program instructors because these classes are available to writers no matter where they live. Those who attend receive a 10% reduction in the cost of a course they choose (no pressure, though!) and they get the benefit of rubbing virtual elbows with topflight instructors for the day whether they take a class or not.

Here's what the department planners say:

"Cyberhouse is held June 1 -4, this free event features more than 35 summer instructors engaged in spirited discussions about their courses. We also provide live chats, direct links to instructors' biographies and statements, and a Cyberhouse writing contest for screenwriters, fiction writers and nonfiction writers. A 10% discount will be available for students who enroll in a selected Writers' Program online course during this four-day event.

"The Cyberhouse is free, but you must be register to participate. Call (310) 825-9971 and ask for V5504. We'll see you in Cyberspace!

This is what writers say about it:

"Thank you, this was an extraordinary event. I was able to have a dialogue with several of the instructor-participants and got answers to all of my questions. One thing that often eludes us is determining which class to take from among so many wonderful choices. I was able to get the answers I needed and enroll in the best class for me based upon my goals and experiences...thanks! I intend to try and implement this program at my college." ~ Charles "Buck" Stapleton, Professor-chair, Behavioral Social Sciences division, West Los Angeles College

If you should live in Southern California or find it an exciting (and doable) idea to combine my one-day seminar on marketing books the frugal way (online and off) on August 7, please consider enrolling at http://www.uclaextension.edu. Those of you who don't, might want to combine a work and play. UCLA's campus is not so far from the Will Rogers State Beach and Disneyland! And the campus is just gorgeous.

The Writers’ Program hosts or attends several events throughout the year that are free and open to the public. For specific information about each of these events, please click on the links to the right at this Web site page: http://www2.uclaextension.edu/writers/events.php

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and two how to books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Her FRUGAL book for retailers is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor . If your followers at Twitter would benefit from this blog post, please use the little Green widget to let them know about it: