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Literature, Writing and Personal Growth

So, You Want to Write a Novel?


Have you always wanted to write a novel, but don't know where to start? Has your idea has been running through your head for a while now, but you’re not sure where to start? How do you turn your brilliant idea into a completed manuscript? Maybe you have started, and it’s not quite what you want it to be, or you’re not sure how to finish it. This workshop is designed to give participants the tools they need to plot out and complete the first draft of their novel.

During this workshop we’ll review popular and familiar stories from movies and books, then break down the components of the story into its essential elements, so students can see how the story is put together, piece by piece. We'll cover character development, plot, the three-act structure, point-of-view, scene building, and dialog. We'll discuss the point of view (POV) you choose for your novel, how to write characters readers will fall in love with, the do’s and don’ts of dialog, and the plot, pacing, and structure that will have your readers turning the pages.

2 Sat., July 20 & 27
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Room: 432
Register before May 30: $78
Register after May 30: $85

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Shelly King left a career in the high tech world to write short stories and novels. After publishing many short stories in literary journals, her novel, The Moment of Everything, was published by Grand Central Publishing (Hachette) and has been translated to 15 languages around the world.


Shakespeare for the Elizabethan Impaired – Santa Cruz Shakespeare 2019 Summer Performances




Would you like to see a Shakespeare play — and actually know what’s going on?

Just in time for Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s 2019 season, this workshop is designed to help you do just that! We’ll focus on this year's SCS choices, The Comedy of Errors and The Winter's Tale. Whether the Bard was your BFF, or you’ve always hated Hamlet and loathed Lear, you’ll find lots to like in this interactive workshop designed to help you better understand Shakespeare’s humor, subtle messages, characters and the stories he tells through his plays.

We’ll discuss how to “translate” Elizabethan verse and prose and discover the three levels of society Shakespeare wrote for. Imagine yourself as a rowdy “groundling” and your experience in the Globe’s own “mosh pit”! We’ll share “Shakespeare News of the Week,” in which students bring in references to Will they’ve unearthed. Once you start to look for these, they’re everywhere—in the news, on the sports page and in the comics. Students will be invited to read aloud if they choose, as we investigate how Shakespeare’s words were intended to be spoken.

Students may bring Folger Shakespeare Library paperback versions, readily available for order online or in bookstores, but any versions are acceptable. See you anon!

All students are eligible to receive a 20% discount on SCS tickets for one of their 2019 performances. Please call the Extension office for details.

Sat. & Sun., June 22 & 23
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 1605

Register before May 30: $80
Register after May 30: $88
Register two or more:
$75 each

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Lauren Mari-Navarro, is a trained facilitator of the Soul Collage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. She has a private practice in the Santa Cruz community.

Memoir Writing: Exploring Memories & Meaning




Everyone has a story to tell, whether it’s inspiring, tragic, funny or sad. Memoir is one of the most popular and compelling kinds of writing today, focusing on times in your life where you bring all that you feel and have learned to your recollection. With innovative exercises for eliciting memories and writing memoirs, you’ll discover stories that intrigue and even surprise you with their power for self-discovery. It all begins with your own rich life, refreshing memories and writing about them using tried and true writing prompts that help bring these stories to life.

Lauren has been offering this workshop to Cabrillo Extension students for over a dozen years and students have come back again and again to kindle new stories and re-visit ones they wish to further develop.

The course is geared to all levels of writing and open to everyone.

Sat., May 18
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register before March 25: $78
Register after March 25: $85
Register two or more:
$75 each
Plus a $5 materials fee payable in class

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Lauren Mari-Navarro, is a trained facilitator of the Soul Collage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. She has a private practice in the Santa Cruz community.

Ignited Women: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom


In the second half of life there are new frontiers that come with unique and complex challenges. From age fifty onward long held beliefs or ideas about identity, relationships, creativity and satisfaction, are often seen through a whole new lens. This course will help you expand your life skills and provide a framework to enact practice and rites of passage that help with these new chapters. They will prepare you to embody the wisdom of your life experience, and find meaning during the challenges you face.

Inspired by the book The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom by Angeles Arrien, you will be guided through eight metaphorical gates to deepen your wisdom and help shift your perspective about what is available as you move into the third phase of your life. You will develop a deeper knowledge and awareness of what challenges hold you back in each gate, and develop a plan of action to move forward. With tools to help you master your lessons and gifts, you will be more deeply aligned with your purpose, discover your untended creative talents, and feel more fulfilled in midlife and beyond.

Two metaphorical gates will be presented in each of the Saturday sessions, followed with discussion, written reflections, art work, or rituals that explore and reflect the meaning of each gate in our lives. Using the practices covered in this class, you will find the courage to enact your highest values as midlife women, and experience deeper freedom and fulfillment.

Your material fee covers the cost of the book, The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom by Angeles Arrien, your Ignited Women workbook journal, and all of your art supplies for projects we complete in class.

Wed., April 24 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
4 Sat., April 27 - May 18 from 9:00 - 1:00 pm
Room: 2100B
Register before Jan. 28: $148
Register after Jan. 28: $158
Register two or more: $145

Plus a$25 materials fee payable at registration

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Beth Nelson is a registered yoga instructor who is passionate about inspiring bold-souled midlife women to reclaim their own vitality in order to lead a deeply fulfilling life. She leads yoga classes, workshops and retreats throughout Santa Cruz County, and has worked at Cabrillo in the Academy for College Excellence.

How to Use Your Skill and Talent to Travel Free!


If you are working a 9-5 job and want more time & money to travel or are one of the 75-million baby boomers retiring & pursuing their travel dream, this class will show you how to use your talents & life experience to travel for free! Your instructor, Gina Henry will show you how she has afforded to travel for free for the past 25 years to 93 countries and all 50 states. If you are near retirement, retired, re-tooling or changing careers, a student, or anyone who likes the idea of making additional income to support their travel dream and keep their retirement money in the bank, this class is for you.

You will learn over 200 ways to travel free, earn FREE airline tickets, hotel nights, cruises, tours, car rentals, vacation meals, and more in the USA and worldwide! Maximize your reward miles and points. Mystery shop, teach English, become a tour guide, or organize your own trips for family and friends, write articles, shoot photos, volunteer or get paid to drive. Learn about remote work, fun work vacations, paid travel opportunities, the best travel websites, packing tips, solo travel, safety, health, culture, negotiations, and the 50 most important words in any language that will empower you to travel anywhere.

Your materials fee will cover the 100-page book, Retire Early & Travel Free, which helps you plan a trip, make it free, and achieve your travel goals!

Tue., May 21
6:00 – 9:30 pm
Room: 609
Register before March 25: $58
Register after March 25: $65
Plus a $15 materials fee paid in class

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Wed., May 22
6:00 – 9:30 pm
Room: 608
Register before March 25: $58
Register after March 25: $65
Plus a $15 materials fee paid in class

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Gina Henry holds master’s in International Management, is a travel expert, writer, and professional speaker, and owner of Go Global, Inc., a company she founded to help people find affordable ways to support their travel habit. She has been traveling for free for over twenty-five years and has traveled to 93 countries & all 50 states.

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