Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Expanding Travel Writing into Fiction

09/13/2014 12:00 pm

Sat., July 19 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

 

 

You love writing beautifully about place, but as markets shrink, you might want to stretttttch your horizons. The great news is that, in an age where navigating the globe has never been more important, fabulous settings—along with super dialog—have become one of the keys to the best fiction, both speculative and reality-based. So leap into this bold new travel writing terrain. Join award-winning travel writer and novelist, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, in a workshop designed to show you how to take your writing about place to a whole new dimension that is out of this world. Exciting info on craft, exercises, and work on your individual projects are all part of this day-long adventure.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Poet, travel writer, novelist, and contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies and the Founder of Left Coast Writers®. A winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, her first novel, Namako:  Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. Her most recent novel, Dead Love, was short-listed as a William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition finalist and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel.

Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication.

 

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

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

09/13/2014 2:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 13 • 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: Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe

09/14/2014 6:00 pm

Single Session: Sunday Sept. 14th • 4:00-6:00pm • $50

 

 

All Sessions: 4 Sundays, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, and Dec. 14 • 4:00-6:00pm • $180

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Class: Monica Wesolowska - Lost & Found

09/21/2014 4:00 pm
Sun., Sept. 21 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105
 
 
 
 
Whatever you have lost—your first taste of ice cream, your desire to climb Mount Everest, your marriage, parents, or empathy in the face of loss—find it again in words. In this class, we’ll explore how memory works, reading excerpts from fabulous writers and learning techniques to coax out even our shyest memories. Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life which was named a “Best Book” of 2013 by both The Boston Globe and Library Journal. She has taught creative writing for over a decade. 
 
 
 
 

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

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

Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Conflict

09/27/2014 4:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 27 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105

 
 
How do you create tension on every page? As literary agent Donald Maass says, a constant stream of tension engages readers. Using published works as a jumping off point, we will spend the day making conflict happen by playing with diction, reader and character expectations, suspense, delay, and characters' conflicting emotion. The class is suitable for nonfiction and fiction writers. Nina Schuyler is the author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. She teaches creative writing in the graduate program at USF.

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


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