Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Poetry: The Long & Short of It

07/19/2014 10:00 pm

Sat., July 19 • 10:00-4:00 • $105

 

 

Ever wondered where the poetry is today? We’ve never needed it more. Let’s take a look at how to push the envelope and integrate poetry into our lives and work. We’ll spend a day filled with poetic prompts. Come prepared to write and read your work.

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

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - Beyond Good & Evil

07/24/2014 3:30 pm
Thursday, July 24 • 1:00 - 3:30pm • $90 (Mystery Writers Conference Participants) or $125 (General Public) 
 
 
 
 
 
Beyond Good and Evil:
Using Moral Argument to Develop Plot & Character
Far too often writers revert to the easiest, simplest, and least compelling form of moral argument to structure their stories: Good versus Evil. In this pre-conference seminar and workshop, award-winning novelist David Corbett will guide students through a deeper understanding of the possibilities of this moral contest by exploring ways to add texture, nuance and complexity to the depiction of opposing values, with additional instruction on other forms of moral argument, such as Tragedy, Drama, Pathos, Satire/Irony and Black Comedy.
 
David Corbett is a skilled private investigator, having worked 15 years for the famed private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland. He is also a highly-talented writer of crime fiction. His novels including Do They Know I’m Running?, Blood of Paradise, Done for a Dime, and The Devil’s Redhead
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Stuart Horwitz - The First Draft is the Easy Part

07/28/2014 8:30 pm
Mon. July 28 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $18 (includes copy of the book)
 
 
 
 
This workshop introduces writers to the Book Architecture Method, a process for organization and revision of fiction and narrative nonfiction that has helped bestselling writers transform their messy manuscripts into polished books. Class will include in-depth exercises; new and experienced writers welcome. A previous long-time Marin resident, Stuart Horwitz’s Blueprint Your Bestseller was named one of 2013’s best books about writing by The Writer magazine.

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

Class: Tressa Berman - Life Is A Story

08/02/2014 4:00 pm

Sat., Aug. 2 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

 

 

 

Everyone has a life story, but how do we shape that story to make it compelling? Through inclass exercises, we will consider the art of the interview, life history methods, performance, and writing techniques to bring your life story alive. Please bring samples of interviews or works-in-progress to class. Tressa Berman, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and writer who has collected life histories and interviews as a fieldworker and oral historian for more than 25 years.

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

Class: Karen Benke - Rip & Leap

08/03/2014 1:00 pm

Sun. Aug. 3 • 10:30-1:00 pm • $60

 

 

 

A summer creative-writing workshop for adult kids who want to loosen the grip of the critic and have some fun. With the tried and true methods that Karen Benke has used for decades writing with children, the secrets of playing on the page will be revealed to you too. We’ll experiment accessing the imagination you had as a child (yes, you still have it) and leave with a piece of writing you’ll be eager to share.


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

Class: Natalie Serber - That's What She Said!

08/03/2014 4:00 pm

Sun., Aug. 3 • 11:00-4:00 pm • $105

 

 

We have multiple ways of building our characters— their appearance, their actions, their thoughts, and of course their words. The writer Robert Boswell once said that dialogue “is like neon: too much of it and you end up seeing none of it—it is all flash and no content.” How do we write dialogue that appears realistic but is uncluttered, that conceals and reveals, seduces, protects, and rejects? Come explore what a powerful tool and weapon dialogue can be. Natalie Serber’s short story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, was named one of 100 Notable Books of 2012 by the New York Times. She has taught writing in several universities.


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


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