Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers

01/06/2015 8:30 pm

Six Tuesdays, Jan. 6 - Feb. 10 • 6:30-8:30pm• $240

 

 

 

Use the support of fellow writers and well-timed feedback to move through resistance and finish your work.

Restricted registration–call for information.

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

Class: Don George - Travel Writing Intensive

01/13/2015 8:45 pm
6 Tues., Jan. 13-Feb. 24 (no class Feb. 17) • 6:15-8:45pm • $350
 
 
 
 
 
Don George’s six-week intensive travel writing class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop. The emphasis is on the craft of travel writing. Weekly assignments progress from a few paragraphs to full-length articles, with the goal of writing publishable pieces. Students learn to research stories, write query letters, work with editors, and market their articles. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories, including many tales in the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Cynthia Pepper- From Short Story to Short Film

01/17/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 17 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60
 
 
 
 
Advance registration required.

Cynthia Pepper’s short films have won Emmy Awards and are distributed worldwide. She has worked on over 90 films with budgets of every size. This class reviews all the elements of translating a short personal story into a film. Topics include creating a simple treatment or script, drawing shooting boards, casting, location scouting, simple directing techniques, producing, editing, and scoring a short film. Students are encouraged to send a three sentence synopsis prior to the class (instructions available upon registration).
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Writing Sexy Stuff

01/24/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 24 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $120
 
 
 
 
If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time.
 
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: Nina Schuyler: Writing Extraordinary Prose

01/24/2015 4:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 24 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

 

 

You know those favorite sentences? The ones you wish you wrote? In this class, we’ll learn how to craft sentences that flow, jar, create suspense, or lead your reader to an unexpected place.


We’ll draw upon published work, including Faulkner, Conrad, Fitzgerald, and Woolf, and focus on syntax, rhythm, sound, diction, voice, schemes, tropes, and imagery. By the end, you’ll know the power of anaphora, asyndeton, and synecdoche.

 

 

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

Class: Rusty Morrison- For Poets: Courting the Emergent

02/04/2015 8:00 pm

Wed. Feb. 4 • 6:00-8:00 pm • $40 

 

Most writing classes focus on praxis— teachable techniques currently in vogue. Yet, it’s a common tenet of creativity that a poet must break with conventions if an impulse of emergent possibility, of poiesis, arises that calls the writer beyond what is currently popular, beyond the current norms of one’s own writing style. How to teach the art of attuning to one’s own unique unveiling of the previously unseen and bring it into presence?

In this class, we will observe that a strict division between poiesis and praxis isn’t necessary: we’ll try catalysts that ask poiesis, thrilling, unexpected directions, to spring from astute attention to what is waiting, nascent, in one’s praxis. Current studies in neuroscience support this: unexpected insights can arrive when old ideas galvanize in new ways. The right brain trolls the left and recombines what it finds. Though we are usually unconscious to the process, we can train ourselves to become more alert to its potential occurrence. This class is appropriate for new poets and for poets who are very proficient in their craft.

**Pre-class assignment instructions upon registration.

Rusty Morrison is co-publisher of Omnidawn, author of five books, and winner of many awards including "The True Keeps Calm Biding Its Story" which won The James Laughlin Award and "After Urgency" which won The Dorset Prize. Her most recent book is "Beyond the Chainlink" from Ahsahta Press. 

 

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


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