Class: Alan Rinzler - How to Write & Get Published

09/27/2014 12:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 27 • 10:00-12:00pm • $55
 
 
 
 
What’s the difference between a page turner and a clunker that disappears without a trace? It’s the story, characters, pacing, literary style, dialogue, sensory description, and narrative voice. Learn specific techniques for improving your writing, then navigating the turbulent waters of today’s book business. Alan Rinzler has edited and published Toni Morrison, Tom Robbins, Hunter S. Thompson, Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum, Shirley MacLaine, Jerzy Kosinski, Bob Dylan, and Andy Warhol in executive positions at Simon & Schuster, Bantam, Grove Press, Rolling Stone, and Straight Arrow Books.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Book Group: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author

09/29/2014 9:00 pm
Four Mondays • Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 24, and Dec. 15 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $95
 
 
 
 
Two of the authors we’ll be talking with are Tom Barbash and Carolina de Robertis. Barbash, whose acclaimed story collection, Stay Up With Me, made NPR’s Guide to 2013’s Great Reads, is “a true craftsman” (N.Y.Times). In de Robertis’s novel Perla, “a sensitive exploration of love, loyalty, and hope in the wake of atrocity” (New Yorker), a young Argentine woman who knows her father must have played a part in displacing the thousands who “disappeared” during a previous regime learns more from a mysterious stranger. Others TBA

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780062258137
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Ecco Press, 5/2014

Perla (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307744173
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage, 2/2013

Class: Eli Brown - The Story Happens Here

10/04/2014 4:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 4 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105
 
 
 
 
 
The body dragged down the hallway. The urgent assignation in the janitor’s closet. The bitter argument in the pick-up truck. While plot and character tend to get most of the credit, setting carries much of a story’s weight. Exploring setting is a surprisingly effective way to develop emotional depth and tension. In this course we’ll make maps, dissect landscapes, and find clues to the heart of our narrative: loose floorboards; the odor of disinfectant; dandelions wilting on the dashboard. Eli Brown is the author of Cinnamon & Gunpowder. 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Class: Brooke Warner - Your Outline

10/05/2014 1:00 pm
Sun., Oct. 5  • 10:00-1:00pm •  $50
 
 
 
Countless writers dismiss the outlining process as something far too left-brained and linear, as something that interrupts their creative flow or puts boundaries on their characters or story. In this workshop, Brooke Warner offers a new way of thinking about outlining, and structure in general. Whether you're writing a prescriptive book, memoir, or novel, outlining will (a) provide support; (b) keep you on track; and (c) help you see the forest through the trees when you're in that murky middle place. Brooke is a champion of the outlining process, and helps writers who think that structure is their enemy understand why it must be treated more like a wise sage, with something important to give. Reframing our relationship with outlining not only contains the writing process in ways that can and do feel like a warm embrace, but it also serves writers down the road when they're ready to pitch their book to agents and editors because the work of the chapter summaries---and by extension the overview and the pitch---is largely complete. If you've ever felt stuck in your writing, outlining as a way of roadmapping your book, is one of the first things that can help you break free.
 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Children's Writing Workshop

10/18/2014 2:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 18 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60
 
48-hour advance registration • Limit of six
 
 
 
You’ve written a brilliant children’s story and can’t wait to hear what others think, or you’re stuck and need a critique. Bring your manuscript or idea to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Building Character

10/25/2014 4:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 25 • 10:00-4:00 • $105
 
 
 
 
Character-driven: it’s one way to ensure that your writing is compelling. But how do you create characters that captivate a reader? Digging up all you’ll need to create characters that jump from the page can be as complicated as a covert operation. This workshop included plenty of in-class exercises and amusing tips on craft.
 
Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925


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