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Hundreds and Hundreds of Book Shop Students Hired Over The Years?

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That’s The Book Shop. You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking to get a job on the creative side of advertising and win some awards on the way to doing it! We offer creative concept classes for those interested in becoming Copywriters and Art Directors, which will help you to build a portfolio (otherwise known as “your book”) of ads so that you can go out and get a job at an ad agency, big or small!  We’ve had thousands of students go through our program and have been guiding students to finished portfolios and great jobs for over 30 years.  In fact, there are hundreds of former Book Shop students working at some of the top agencies, in jobs that have taken them all the way up to Creative Director and Executive Creative Director levels. There is only one school here in LA that can say that!

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We offer classes in Los Angeles and also have online only courses with teacher feedback for anyone who lives outside of these areas. And currently, as we are conducting classes on Zoom, you can sign up to join these classes from wherever you live, a Book Shop first!

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The Book Shop has online workshops available for anyone, anywhere who wants to put a portfolio together and get a job in the ad biz or even just to learn how to create ads for your own business!  Our online courses are available with instructor feedback!  Go to to sign up there if you live out of the LA area or are in a time zone that doesn’t lend itself to PST time zone Zoom classes once a week.

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A Tremendous Loss For The Book Shop

We are so incredibly saddened by the loss of our Founder and Co-owner, Mike Whitlow. His patience and guidance through the years helped SO many students to get the creative jobs of their dreams. He will be dearly missed by all of The Book Shop Ad School teachers and students and his partner in Book Shop crime, Kimberley Craig. She will continue to keep the Book Shop afloat and strong and thriving. Mike will never be forgotten and his legacy will live on forever.

Courses During Covid

We are rolling onward, without missing a beat. All classes are operational during this time. We are conducting classes online/Zoom so don’t let the timing get in the way of getting a portfolio together. We have had an amazing number of hires even during this time (we have seriously lost count!) and have been contacted regarding internships too. In fact, this is the perfect time to get cracking on your portfolio so you will be done and ready to grab a job! Sign up now and you will get an email about our next semester! We are hoping to be back in person soon, but until then, don’t wait to get started on your portfolio because you may be the next junior to be hired!

The Book Shop 34 Year Anniversary!!

Wow, 34 years has gone by since our first class with The Book Shop. Many students have passed through our doors (literally thousands) over these years and so many are now working at top level agencies all over the US and out in other parts of the world! And a handful of those creatives now teach with us. We hope to be helping you get a hire-worthy book for another 30+ years!

Online Courses Available!

If you live outside of the LA area, you can still put a portfolio together! Just sign up for our online classes. You will be assigned your own individual instructor to look at your ad assignment each week via email and give you direct feedback. Many have done it and are in the process of doing it now! And if you are taking our classes “in person/Zoom” but need to miss one semester, you can also sign up to take it online that semester so that you can then jump back in to “live” classes the following semester. Go to our online site to sign up there at: