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Cal Poly Bestsellers & Storytellers Writer's Program

The Cal Poly Bestsellers & Storytellers Writer's Program is a series of courses and workshops designed to help you with your journey to become a more effective and captivating writer. Writers of all levels are welcome to participate in this program

Please view current class offerings at or call our office at (805) 756-2053 to register.

Information and Registration

Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enrollment Deadline Enroll Online
Children's Picture Book Writing I Cindy Neuschwander 4/13/17 - 5/11/17 Thursdays
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
$219 3/30/17 Enroll Now
Write Your Way Around the World Katya Cengel 4/22/17 Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
$99 4/7/17 Enroll Now
Get Published Now Brian Schwartz 4/29/17 Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$169 4/17/17 Enroll Now
Feature Writing Katya Cengel 5/2/17 - 5/23/17 Tuesdays
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
$239 4/17/17 Enroll Now
Children's Picture Book Writing II Cindy Neuschwander 5/18/17, 6/1/17 and 6/15/17 (3 sessions) Thursdays
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
$125 5/4/17 Enroll Now

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About the Instructors

Brian Schwartz is an award winning author and former president of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. In the past 12 months, Brian Schwartz and his marketing team have taken more than fifty titles to #1 status on Amazon. Some of Brian's notable clients include NY Times Bestseller Sara Davidson, Joe Cross (Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead), and Arlo Guthrie. Brian is the founder of, a site dedicated to bridging the gap between self-publishers and traditional publishing. He is a passionate speaker who enjoys sharing the proven strategies and techniques of successful indie authors. His YouTube channel has over 100,000 views. Brian has authored two books: 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs Thriving in Uncertain Times and Finding Speaking Success (Wise Media Group). He was featured in Wild Ink: Successful Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market (Prufrock Press). He is a past columnist for the Northern Colorado Business Report.

Cindy Neuschwander is the author of 17 published picture books for children. Her work includes the Sir Cumference series, Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream, Mummy Math, and Pastry School in Paris. Her books have been review by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the School Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly. Cindy began writing books in 1994. She had used math literature in her own elementary classes and wanted to use more of these books. There were not many available so she started writing some of her own. Cindy enrolled in a writing class at a nearby university and learned how to better communicate her ideas; this is where her writing career was born. Now, her books are published by Charlesbridge, Henry Holt, and Scholastic.

Katya Cengel has written for New York Times Magazine, Esquire and Marie Claire among other publications. She was a 2014 International Center for Journalists Mozambique fellow, a 2015 International Reporting Project Guatemala fellow and a 2016 International Women’s Media Foundation African Great Lakes fellow. Her University of Nebraska Press book “Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life” was a 2013 Kentucky Literary Award finalist and her series “Lost Boys, Torn Families” received a second place Green Eyeshade award for feature writing in 2006. Cengel teaches journalism at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and U.C. Berkley Extension.

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