Karen Gorback, Author

Community Events


Please scroll to the end of the list to see Karen's latest and upcoming events.  Contact Karen on this site for a book-signing, presentation, or fundraiser for your group or organization.  

 

12/6/14

MEET THE AUTHOR

10:00 PM - 4:00 PM The Bookaneer Used Bookstore

3186 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA  91362


1/16/15

MEET THE AUTHOR

11:00 AM -- 1:00 PM  Bank of Books,  748 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA  93001


1/21/15

FUNDRAISER FOR CONEJO VALLEY SENIOR             VOLUNTEER PROGRAM -- WELLNESS FEST

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Goebel Adult Community Center 1385 E. Janss, Thousand Oaks, 91362TIME/LOCATION


3/07/15

MEET THE AUTHOR

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM   MRS. FIG'S BOOKWORM

93 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo  93030


5/14/15

MS SENIOR VENTURA COUNTY PAGEANT

Goebel Adut Community Center, Thousand Oaks, CA

NEWS FLASH:   I read an excerpt from Freshman Mom for the talent portion of the competition and won both "Best Talent" and then the "Ms Senior Ventura County" Pageant! 


6/14/15

MS SENIOR CALIFORNIA PAGEANT

1:30 pm  Joan Kroc Center for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego

Congratulations to Reina Bolles -- the new Ms. Senior California 2015!   


6/30/15

MEET THE AUTHOR

The Open Book Bookstore in the Oaks Mall, Thousand Oaks, 3 - 5 pm


7/09/15

WRITING DAZZLING DIALOGUE

California Writers Club - East Sierra Branch, Ridgecrest, CA

Special thanks to the CWC East Sierra branch for being such gracious hosts.  I really enjoyed your meeting.


08/13/15

HEADED FOR THE FUTURE - TIPS FOR ADULTS GOING BACK TO COLLEGE

6:30 - 7:30 PM  Thousand Oaks Library

Thanks to the Friends of the Thousand Oaks Library for hosting this terrific event.  I enjoyed meeting everyone who attended!

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09/26/15

ULTIMATE DINING EVENT - FUNDRAISER FOR SENIOR CONCERNS, Westlake Plaza Hotel, Thousand Oaks

As part of this spectacular event, Karen has donated several copies of Freshman Mom, which will be auctioned off with a case of wine as a "Book Club Package."   Karen will attend the last session of the book club to discuss the book.  What fun!


10/17/15

 

CenCal SCBWI CONFERENCE VOLUNTEER (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators)      

California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA


11/20/15

VOLUNTEER JUDGE for LITERATURE in Reflections Program

Hale Charter Middle School, Los Angeles Unified School District


02/21/16

MEET THE AUTHOR AT THE THOUSAND OAKS LIBRARY LOCAL AUTHORS' FAIR

1401 Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, Ca  91362     3 pm - 4:30 pm in the Community Room

Karen looks forward to chatting with you!  

Contact Karen at this webste for more information


07/09/16

AUTHORS AT THE LIBRARY - A PANEL DISCUSSION ON MEMOIR WRITING

EP Foster Library, Ventura, CA  651 Main Street, Ventura   2:00 - 3:30 PM

Panel discussion featuring authors Karen Gorback, Alice Rene & Robb Michael. Moderated by author Philip Brown.


11/13/16

LOCAL AUTHORS FAIR

Camarillo Library   10 am - 2 pm

Special thanks to the Camarillo Library for organizing this successful event.  I enjoyed meeting all of the readers and other authors. 


3/8/17

He Said. . . She Said -- A Guide to Writing Engaging Dialogue

Conejo Valley Adult Shool, Thousand Oaks, CA   9:00 am -- Noon

Readers love dialogue -- one of the most intimate components of storytelling.  In this hands-on workshop, you will learn and practice the basic elements of wrting an engaging dialogue that will keep readers glued to your pages.

Class cost: $45.  Register at www.ConejoAdultEd.org or call (805) 497-2761


3/13/17

Memoir Writing Class

Conejo Valley Adult School, Thousand Oaks, CA  Four sessions 10 am - noon

If you've always wanted to write a memoir, now is the time.  Not an autobiography, a memoir is a slice of life you want to record for family and friends.  Bring writing materials to work in class.

Class cost $75  Register at www.ConejoAdultEd.org or call (805) 497-2761


4/1/17

Writing Dazzling Dialogue

California Writers Club - San Fernando Valley Branch  1 pm meeting followed by presentation.

Hand-on workshop to discuss and practice writing dialogue.  Guests are welcomed.  $5.00 guest fee.

Motion Picture and Television Fund Center.  23388 Mulholland Dr. Woodland Hills, CA  www.cwc-sfv.org 


5/20/17

Writing Dazzling Dialogue 

Conejo Valley Writers Meet-Up at 12:00 at the Goebel Adult Community Center in Thousand Oaks.  

Join us for networking at noon and then a 1-hour writing workshop.  Bring a pen and paper or a fully-charged laptop to participate.   1385 E. Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA  91360

For more information, go to https://www.meetup.com/ConejoValleyWriters/


6/12/17

Memoir Writing

Conejo Valley Adult School for three, consecutive Mondays, 10 am -- noon.  1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360                       

If you’ve always wanted to write a memoir, now is the time! Not an autobiography, a memoir is a slice of life you want to record for family and friends. This class will walk you through the process - you can do it! Bring paper and pen or a fully-charged computer, and join us for some fun.

For more information, go to http://www.conejoadultschool.org/Generalclasses/personal-development.htm  or call 805-497-2761.


2/5/18

Show, Don't Tell 

Conejo Valley Adult School, Monday, 9:30 - 11:30 am.  1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks, CA  91360 

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, you can improve your writing by learning this valuable skill.  Bring a pad of paper and a pen or a fully-charged laptop to fully enjoy this interactive workship.

For more information, go to http://www.conejoadultschool.org or call 805-497-271


2/10/18

Westlake Village Reads

Westlake Village Civic Center, 11 am -- 3 pm.   31200 Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village, CA

Karen will be conducting a workshop from 11 am -- noon titled "Write a Memoir to Share Your Story."Not an autobiography, a memoir is a slice a life. It’s the view you frame through the lens of a camera rather than an entire landscape. Writing a memoir is fun and doable. Bring a pad of paper and pen to take notes and jot down the beginning of your own memoir."

For more information, call the City of Westlake Village at  818-706-1613.


2/12/18

He Said -- She Said: A Guide to Writing Engaging Dialogue

Conejo Valley Adult School, 9 am - noon.  1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Readers love dialogue – one of the most intimate components of storytelling. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn and practice the basic elements of writing an engaging dialogue that will keep readers glued to your pages. Please bring paper and pens or a laptop with a fully-charged battery, and get ready to have some fun

For more information, call 805-497-2761


4/14/18

Writing Dazzling Dialogue

California Writers Club, Long Beach, 3 pm - 5 pm.   Ruth Bach Neighborhood Library, 4055 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA  90808

Join Karen and the Long Beach branch of the California Writers Club for an afternoon presentation devoted to Dazzling Dialogue.  Please bring writing materials to fully participate in this hands-on workshop and be prepared for some serious fun!

For more information, contact Allene Symons at asymons@earthlink.net.


5/5/18

Book Signing for "The Jackpot" in Chicken Soup for the Soul - My Amazing Mom 

Barnes and Noble, Westlake Village Promenade, 1 - 3 pm 

Please join me at Barnes and Noble to pick up an autographed copy of this special book.  

Barnes and Noble, 160 S. Westlake Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 805-446-2820. 


5/6/18

Conejo Valley Village First Anniversary Party

As a member of this important nonprofit, I am delighted to donate a case of Chicken Soup for the Soul - My Amazing Mom as door prizes for their First Anniversary Party!  The Conejo Valley Village provides services for older adults to help them remain in their homes as long as possible.

For more information, go to www.cvv.org


5/10/18

Memoir Writing Class

Three Thursdays, May 10, 17 & 24 from 9:30 -- 11:30 am.   Conejo Valley Adult School, 1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

If you’ve always wanted to write a memoir, now is the time! Not an autobiography, a memoir is a slice of life you want to record for family and friends. This class will walk you through the process - you can do it! Bring paper and pen or a fully-charged computer, and join us for some fun.

For more information, call 805-497-2761


9/8/18

Writing Dazzling Dialogue

California Writers Club - Orange County Branch

I'm honored to have been invited to speak at the California Writers Club - Orange County Branch on one of my favorite topics: Writing Dazzling Dialogue.  My novel Freshman Mom is an excellent example of the power of dialogue to draw readers into a story.  Check it out on Amazon or BN online.

For more information, please go to http://www.calwritersorangecounty.org


9/13/18

Show, Don't Tell!

12:30 - 2:30 pm  Conejo Valley Adult School, 1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, you can improve your writing by learning this valuable skill. Bring a pad of paper and a pen or a fully-charged laptop to fully enjoy this interactive workship. $35

For more information, go to http://www.conejoadultschool.org or call 805-497-2761


9/21/18

Writing Dazzling Dialogue

9:30 - 11:30 am   Conejo Valley Adult School,  1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 

Readers love dialogue – one of the most intimate components of storytelling. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn and practice the basic elements of writing an engaging dialogue that will keep readers glued to your pages. Please bring paper and pens or a laptop with a fully-charged battery, and get ready to have some fun!   $35

For more information, go to http://www.conejoadultschool.org or call 805-497-2761


11/01/18

California Senior Legislature - Swearing In Ceremony

12:00 pm California State Capitol - Sacramento

Honored to have been selected to be one of two representatives from Ventura County!  Lots to learn about writing and submitting legislative proposals.  What an honor!

If you have questions, please contact me through this website.


11/13/18

Ventura County Writers Club

7:00 pm.   Pleasant Valley Community Center, Senior Center Room, 1605 Burnley Street
Camarillo, CA

Join me for the "Fresh Ink" portion of the meeting during which I will read/sign my new picture book Nathan and Nana Cassandra - Superheroes.  

For more information, go to www.venturacountywriters.com


11/18/18

Book Signing for Nathan and Nana Cassandra - Superheroes  

2 - 4 pm Chaucer's Books, 3321 State Street, Santa Barbara CA 93105

Please stop by to chat while I sign copies of Nathan and Nana Cassandra - Superheroes.  Please see the first page of this website for a summary and video trailer. 

For more information, call (805) 682-6787 or go to info@chaucersbooks.com


12/01/18

Reading Nathan and Nana Cassandra - Superheroes

1 pm San Fernando Valley Branch of the California Writers Club, 

Motion Picture Television Fund,Villa Katzenberg, 23388 Mulholland Drive
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

For more information, go to www.cwc-sfv.org


01/08/19

Memoir Writing

9:30 - 11:30 am Conejo Valley Adult School, 1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

If you’ve always wanted to write a memoir, now is the time! Not an autobiography, a memoir is a slice of life you want to record for family and friends. This class will walk you through the process - you can do it! Bring paper and pen or a fully-charged computer, and join us for some fun.  $65 or $55 for seniors

For more information, call 805-497-2761 or go to www.ConejoAdultEd.org


02/12/19

Show, Don't Tell

10 am - 12 pm Conejo Valley Adult School, 1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, you can improve your writing by learning this valuable skill. Bring a pad of paper and a pen or a fully-charged laptop to fully enjoy this interactive workship. $35

For more information, call 805-497-2761 or go to www.ConejoAdultEd.org


02/19/18

Starting Your First Picture Book

10 am - 12 pm.  Conejo Valley Adult School.  1025 Old Farm Road. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

 If you've always wanted to write a picture book but didn't know where to begin, this class is for you. Join us to learn the basics, and walk away with the confidence to face a blank screen and start writing. Please bring note-taking materials, as well as a favorite picture book.

For more information, call 805-497-2761 or go to www.ConejoAdultEd.org