Classes

Class: Alice Acheson - Publishing Choices

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Fri., Sept. 20 • 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 your book.  You owe it to yourself -- and your pocketbook -- to learn the advantages and pitfalls of each type.  No method is appropriate for all books and all authors.

For some methods the services provided are quite different, and the author might pay all the expenses.  Is it important that your book be eligible for review and sold in bookstores?  In the final analysis, will you earn more money with one procedure over the others?  The instructor has worked with all three publishing choices and will guide you in making this crucial decision.

Alice Acheson, a Marketing Specialist and Publishing Consultant with decades of experience, works with authors, illustrators and photographers plus large and small publishers.  She has edited books, negotiated contracts, and sold subsidiary rights. Her publicity work has been recognized with many New York Times bestsellers (four simultaneously) and a Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. Her knowledge and handouts are the key to your publishing success.

Class: Alice Acheson - Greatest Marketing Tool

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Fri., Sept. 20 • 10:00-1:00pm • $60

 

 

As a writer, your first step to market your book is to talk to "everyone."  You never know who the listener might be: an agent, publisher, bookseller, future reader.  They ask about your book, you respond "Uh, well, it's about so many things...."  Stop!  You've already blown it!

Acheson shares what works, what doesn't -- and why.  The pre-class assignment is to write that 30-second pitch, practice it out loud -- many times -- and memorize it so it sounds like conversation.  (Instructions provided upon registration.)

Learn the tools to create a well-honed, ever-useful, selling description.  You'll leave the workshop with some essential sentences that can be expanded after you've won the audience's attention.

Alice Acheson, a Marketing Specialist and Publishing Consultant with decades of experience, works with authors, illustrators and photographers plus large and small publishers.  She has edited books, negotiated contracts, and sold subsidiary rights. Her publicity work has been recognized with many New York Times bestsellers (four simultaneously) and a Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. Her knowledge and handouts are the key to your publishing success.
 

Class: Andy Ross - Finding & Working With An Agent

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:30pm

Sat., Oct. 19 • 10:00-12:30pm • $50

 

 

If you want to get published, you'll need an agent. This class discusses the agent's role in trade publishing, finding the right agent, your agent's expectations from you, and your expectations from your agent. One student said, "I liked Andy's style -- timely, on task, focused, direct, funny..." Andy Ross is a literary agent in Oakland. Before that, he was owner of Cody's Books in Berkeley.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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Class: Alan Rinzler - Traditional vs. Self-Publishing

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Sat., Oct. 12 • 10:30-1:00pm • $55

 

 

Which is better for you? Veteran insider Alan Rinzler lays out the advantages and disadvantages between the traditional method of agents and publishers, as opposed to the potential independence and control of self-publishing. He's held executive positions at Simon & Schuster, Bantam, Macmillan, and Rolling Stone, editing and publishing Toni Morrison, Hunter Thompson, Clive Cussler, and others.  

CANCELLED Class: Barbara Abercrombie - Writing Your Life Into Story

Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled. For more information, contact bpclasses@bookpassage.com

Sat., Oct. 5 • 9:30-12:30pm • $40

This workshop offers what writers need most -- inspiration and encouragement. Writing exercises help yo uto get started and dig deeper into your material. Veteran writer and teacher Barbara Abercrombie is the author of A Year of Writing Dangerously, which received an award from Poets & Writers Magazine. Class fee includes a copy of her latest book Kicking in the Wall.  

 

Class: Tanya Egan Gibson - Beginning Creative Writing

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

4 Wed., Oct. 16-Nov. 6 • 6:00-8:00pm • $175

This class has been cancelled - please call (415) 927-0960 for further information

Are you excited about putting stories onto paper but intimidated by the blank computer screen? Whether you're just starting or have some writing experience, learn structures and techniques that will bring your fiction or nonfiction to life. This class will include handouts, take-home assignments, and in-class writing. Tanya Egan Gibson is the author of the novel How to Buy a Love of Reading. 

Class: Roger Housden - Writing Wild

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Sat., Sept. 28 • 2:00-5:00pm • $65

 

 

True meaning and purpose are found in the deep current of your life. Using poetry for our prompts, we wil use writing exercises to orient ourselves towards our deeper values and aspirations. You will learn to be more aware of your original voice, come closer to the truth of your experience, and deepen your relationship with yourself.  

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
us

CANCELLED Class: Frances Lefkowitz - Recasting Family Stories

Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

3 Sun., Nov. 3, 10, & 17 • 6:00-8:00pm • $150

Please note: this class has been cancelled. For information on possible rescheduling, please contact Esme Rabin at erabin@bookpassage.com

This workshop focuses on re-interpreting stories you've always been told about who you are and where you came from. We'll add layers of context and reflection to turn those stories into literature. Bring a notebook or laptop, and be ready to rewrite history. 

 

For examples of Frances Lefkowitz's writing, check out "Watching Sandra Be Loved By God" and two of her pieces of flash fiction here.  

Class: Frances Lefkowitz - Micro Memoir

Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

This class has been changed - please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 230 for more information

Sun., Oct. 20 • 6:00-8:00pm • $50

 

 

Writing a one-page memoir jump-starts the writing process and explores the shape that the memoir is taking. The class looks at memoirs focusing on one key character, event, or relationship; memoirs of lists; and memoirs summarizing a life. Then we'll write short exercises and learn self-editing tips.  

 

For examples of Frances Lefkowitz's writing, check out "Watching Sandra Be Loved By God" and two of her pieces of flash fiction here

Class: Jasmin Darznik - Writing Memoir

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

5 Wed., Sept. 11-Oct. 9 • 6:00-8:00pm • $195

 

 

This five-week workshop will help you transform your personal life stories into the stuff of rich memoirs. Jasmin Darznik is the award-winning author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life. She offers inspiration and practical tips, including ways to get started, interviewing family members, and handling the emotional and ethical challenges of writing memoir. You will also learn how and where to market your work. Darznik received her Ph.D. from Princeton and has taught widely.

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