Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Expanding Travel Writing to Fiction

02/07/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Feb. 7 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $140 (includes a copy of Dead Love)
 
 
 
 
If you love writing about place, you might want to stret-t-t-tch your horizons. In an age where navigating the globe has never been more important, fabulous settings—along with great dialog— have become one of the keys to the best fiction. Join award winning travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin will show you how to take your writing about place to a whole new dimension that is out of this world in a workshop with an emphasis on craft, exercises, and work on your individual projects.
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Elizabeth Stark Powers- Launch Your Novel or Memoir: Dynamic Openings that Hook Readers, Agents and Editors.

02/15/2015 12:00 pm
 
Sun. Feb. 15 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $45
 
 

 
Come write (or re-write) the opening of your novel or memoir. We’ll dig into stellar examples of compelling openings, and use them to spur our own stories into fine form. Write, receive insightful response and direction, and get that page-turning, couldn’t-put-it-down opening ready for the world.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Plot Thickens

02/21/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Feb. 21 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $120 
 
 
 
 
Aristotle called plot “the most important element of storytelling.” But to plot properly, you must have a plan, and the plan must give rise to emotion. Does the plot always seem to elude you? Spend a day planning and plotting and find out what you’re missing. Bring your flat-lining fiction and nonfiction and fix it.
 
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

Class: Amy Novesky- On-The-Spot Children's Writing

02/21/2015 2:00 pm
Sat. Feb. 21 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $80 
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: Alice Acheson - Greatest Marketing Tool

02/27/2015 1:00 pm
Fri., Feb. 27 • 10:00-1:00pm • $60 


 
 
Would your verbal book description gain the same success?  True story:  A New York City editor on the subway overheard two women talking, before turning their conversation to the book one of the women was writing.  The editor, still listening, was intrigued, asked for the manuscript to be submitted, and PUBLISHED the book!  This story could have occurred in the cafe at Book Passage or in the check-out line in your local super market.  

A writer's first step to market a book is to talk to "everyone."  You never know who the listener might be: an agent, publisher, bookseller, future reader.  Learn what works, what doesn't -- and why.  Don't blow your golden opportunity!

The pre-class assignment (instructions upon registration) is to write that 30-second pitch, practice it out loud -- many times -- and memorize it so it sounds like conversation.

"[The class] gave me an easy way to talk to my friends, booksellers, the media and new readers.  But I also use what I learned as a way to shape everything I'm writing.  Chances are, if I can't describe my story idea concisely (even to myself) then I need to keep thinking.  I need to make sure I'm clear about what I'm writing.  For me, it's the starting, not ending point of publishing a book.  It's been the most valuable bit of wisdom I've learned."
    --     Jennifer Solow, bestselling author of THE ARISTOBRATS and THE BOOSTER
 
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Alice Acheson - Publishing Choices

02/27/2015 5:00 pm
Fri., Feb. 27 • 2:00-5:00pm • $60 
 
 
 
 
What is POD?  How does it differ from self-publishing?  Will either be easier, faster, better than the route to a traditional publisher?

All authors need to investigate the most appropriate method of publication before finishing their books.  You owe it to yourself -- and your pocketbook -- to learn the advantages and pitfalls of each type.  Using decades of working with all three publishing choices, the instructor shares that no method is appropriate for all books and all authors.

For some publishing routes the services provided are quite different; for others the author might pay all the expenses.  Can your book be reviewed and sold in bookstores and will you earn more money with one procedure over the others?  The answers to these crucial questions -- and others -- will determine the appropriate publishing route.

"[Alice Acheson's] knowledge about and reflection upon the reality of the publishing business makes her absolutely credible."
    --     Catherine Conway Honig, Book Passage student
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925


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