CANCELED Class: Brenda Peterson- Your Life is a Book

11/02/2014 3:00 pm
Please Note: This class is canceled. Contact the Classes Dept. if you have any questions at 415-927-0960 ext. 1 
 
 
Sun., Nov. 2 • 1:00-3:00 pm • $50
 

 
The class fee includes a copy of Your Life is a Book. Everyone has a life story to tell; and blogs, journals, and autobiographies are all starting places for excellent memoirs. Explore the unique elements of crafting a memoir—story arc, point of view, dialogue, where to start (not necessarily the beginning!)—with an accomplished memoirist and writing teacher. With warmth and wit, Brenda Peterson teaches the craft of memoir, while also sharing proven writing exercises and ideas for indie publishing.
 
 
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Jasmin Darznik - Memoir Workshop

11/03/2014 8:00 pm

4 Mon.: Nov. 3 -24 • 6:00-8:00pm • $120

 

 

Jasmin Darznik offers inspiration and practical advice, including tips on interviewing family members and managing the emotional and ethical challenges of writing a memoir. An award-winning writer and teacher, Jasmin received her Ph.D. in English from Princeton. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Good Daughter.


Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780446534970
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Grand Central Publishing, 1/2011

Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Compelling Characters

11/06/2014 6:00 pm

Four Thursdays: November 6, 13, 20 & December 4 • 4:00-6:00pm • $200

 

 

 

Character is at the center of all fiction. Your fiction is only as compelling as the characters who populate it. In this series, we’ll discuss craft and theory. You'll read excerpts from published work and use these excerpts as a springboard to create your own work. I want to consider emotional engagement, internal conflict, voice, multidimensionality, and personal stakes, among other things. By the end of the series, you will have deepened your characters, turning them into characters who linger with your readers long after the story's last line. 

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

Class: David Corbett - Character Spines & Story Lines

11/09/2014 3:30 pm

Sun. Nov. 9, 9:30-3:30 pm • $150
Register by October 28 in order to submit your 10-page writing sample for feedback

 

 

Aristotle believed that plot was the most important and difficult challenge the writer faced. But by plot he meant the architecture of change in the hero’s fortunes. Character and structure are inextricably linked, and it is through structure that most of a story’s meaning is imparted.

In this one-day class and workshop, David Corbett will demonstrate how the architecture of story, when properly understood, deepens our understanding of character, and how integrating character with story helps the writer avoid both formulaic plotting and episodic meandering. Special attention will be paid to individual student projects (10-page limit) for their strengths in establishing character and launching the story.

 

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

Class: Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe

11/09/2014 6:00 pm

Single Session: Sunday Nov. 9th • 4:00-6:00pm • $50

 

 

Writer's Tribe™ 

A Feedback Forum for Children’s Writers 

$180 for 4 sessions or $50 per class drop-in

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, clarity and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Andrea Alban guides the group through a powerful revision process. Writers cultivate self-editing mastery. The group is highly interactive. The mission of this university-level workshop is to inspire and deepen craft. Each member receives a Manuscript Feedback Form featuring revision strategies and literary vocabulary.

 

PRAISE FOR ANDREA’S REVISION WORKSHOPS:

 

Your class is terrific -- not just your knowledge and rich understanding of how good writing works, but how you draw people along growing their own skills, and your deep presence and welcoming kindness. 

— Ann Gronvold

 

Your edits are remarkable.  The flow and crispness of the sentences are much improved (even with the little changes). You are magical.  — Bob Healey

 

Great class! I learn something valuable at every meeting. (From all the discussions, not just mine.) I really love the way you put out your thoughts, but also bounce off and expand on our thoughts. You have created more than a class. You have created a community. — Travis Darcy

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

11/15/2014 2:00 pm
Sat., Nov. 15 • 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


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