BurbankAdultSchoolThis month, as I finish studies in Leonard Peikoff’s writing course, in addition to my media and productivity workshops, I’m teaching a new course on social media for general adult education in the San Fernando Valley.

The 9-week course, “All About Social Media”, expands on my series of summer workshops for Career Camp at College of the Canyons which were essentialized and expanded into free classes sponsored by Mood Fabrics. The new course at Burbank Adult School (pictured), “All About Social Media”, offers a lesson in communicating for a general audience through social media with an emphasis on productiveness and on the premise that selfishness is a virtue. Among remaining free workshops in Mood’s series are classes on writing, sales and event planning. The all-new course and workshops are also available in private telephone sessions or conferences in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego (contact me if you’re interested).

This fall, I’m also helping L.A.’s business organization, the Valley Economic Alliance, promote trade in the San Fernando Valley region and I am working with Grammy-winning Melissa Manchester to tell the story of her forthcoming new album, which is due in 2015. Besides new reviews, such as an album review of this summer’s breakout pop singer, Sam Smith, my report and review of the excellent new PBS series The Roosevelts by Ken Burns and a review of TV’s first season of Frasier (1993-2004), I’m writing stories and working on an exclusive interview with TV legend Phil Donahue (a short version is this month’s cover story for a Chicagoland magazine).