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Author and Hancock Professor Offers Free Lecture on the Art of Publishing a Book

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Faculty Lecture SeriesFEBRUARY 6, 2019--Allan Hancock College is hosting a free lecture on Friday, Feb. 8 to help anyone interested in writing and publishing a book. The lecture, titled “So You Want to be an Author,” will be given by Hancock speech professor and author Diane Auten from 6-8 p.m. in the forum (Room C-40) on the Santa Maria campus.

“Publishing a book was always a goal of mine, but I was so lost in the process,” said Auten. “In the lecture we’re going to discuss the steps you need to take in order to get your book out and into the world - everything from overcoming the fear of telling your story, to trying to get your book traditionally published or self-published.”

Auten will draw on her own experiences of recently publishing an award-nominated book, “The Joy of Raising Boys: The Good, the Bad, and the Hilarious,” an amusing “momoir” about the trials and tribulations of raising boys.

“After many years of sharing funny stories and quotes from my sons on social media, people would always say I should write a book. So, I did,” said Auten. “If I can do it, others can do it as well, and I hope my lecture can inspire others to get out there and get published!”

“So You Want to be an Author” is open to the public and will be the first lecture is a series of Friday night films and lectures sponsored by the college’s Community Education program during the spring semester. There is no fee to attend the lecture, but registration is required. Registration assistance is available in-person in the Community Education building (bldg. S) on Hancock’s Santa Maria campus. To register online:

  1. Enroll at Hancock by going to and completing the CCCApply application.
  2. Register for the course by going to myHancock from the Allan Hancock College website (, and click on Admissions & Registration, then “Register for Classes.” Register for OLDR 7102A Current Topics (CRN 42137).

Registration will not be available onsite the day of the lecture. However, upon registering for a lecture series course, registrants can attend any of the other lectures or film screenings taking place during the spring semester without having to register again.

Other topics in the series offered this spring semester will include: “Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective and Fictional Superstar” on Feb. 22; a three-part series of German films on March 1, 8 and 15; “American Horror, Fiction and Film” on April 5; “Exploring Mindfulness in Today’s World” on March 29 and “Walter Benjamin’s ‘The Storyteller’ – Where Does America Go Next?” on April 19.  More information on these topics can be found at All lectures and film screenings will take place 6-8 p.m. in Room C-40 on the Santa Maria campus.

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Caption: Diane Auten, pictured at one of her book signings, will be giving a free lecture, called “So You Want to be an Author,” at Allan Hancock College on Feb. 8.

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