Marketing & Publishing Classes

Class: Laurie Fox & Andy Ross - Literary Agent Intensive

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 9:30am

Sat., Oct. 24 • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm • $75

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alice Acheson - Bound-for-Success Book Proposal

Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 10:00am

Sunday, Sept. 27 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $60

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alice Acheson - Your Book; What's Next?

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 10:00am

Saturday, Sept. 26 • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm • $150

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alice Acheson - The Greatest Marketing Tool of All

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Fri., Sept. 25 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm • $60

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alice Acheson - Publishing Choices: Print-on-Demand, Self-Publishing, Traditional Publisher

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 2:00pm

Fri., Sept. 25 • 2:00 - 5:00 pm • $60

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ken Sherman - The Business of Writing for Screen, Television, and the Book Industries

Sunday, August 23, 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Sun., Aug. 23 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $75

We'll dissect who's who in a production company, a studio, and a publishing house, to hopefully demystify these very real people who you'll come in contact with as you sell your work. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ken Sherman - Moving Your Book to Film and Television

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Sat., Aug. 22 • 9:00-12:00 pm • $75

Once you've written your book or stageplay, there's always the chance it will transfer well to film and television. We'll discuss specific projects with this history and then discuss some of yours, with the idea of taking it out of the theoretical and into the real. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alan Rinzler - Top Ten Things: What every writer should do before submitting to an agent or self-publishing

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Sat., Aug. 1 * 9:00-11:30 am * $55


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Meghan Ward - Successful Blogging

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., June 6 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

Have you always wanted to start a blog? This is your chance! In one six-hour session you will set up a Wordpress blog, choose a focus and design, and learn how to write great blog posts. This class covers best blogging practices, how to build traffic, and time management.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Path to Publishing Workshop - The Path to Publishing Alternative and Self-Publishing Workshop

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 8:30am to 3:00pm
Sunday, March 29, 2015 • 8:30 - 3:00pm

$100 (Path to Publishing Members) or $150 (General Public)


Calling All Writers!

The changing book publishing landscape presents an exciting array of new and accessible publishing models. Learn what this mean for you from experts instrumental in the growth of alternative and self-publishing, as well as several Path to Publishing mentors and editors who will explain mentoring and how to prepare your manuscript for publication. The workshop fee includes lunch with the panelists and a mix-and-mingle at the close of the program.

8:30 – 9:00 am       
Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 10:15 am      
Self-Publishing Overview
•    Joel Friedlander, book designer and a leading expert on self-publishing, runs the popular blog at and is creator of the training course “Self-Publishing Road Map.”
•    Jim Shubin, Jim Shubin (also known as The Book Alchemist) is an award-winning book designer at

10:30 – 11:45 am       
Mentors on Mentoring
•    Phil Cousineau, writer, filmmaker, editor, lecturer, travel leader, and TV/radio host, has more than 30 nonfiction books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name.
•    Molly Giles, short story writer, novelist and editor, won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for her Rough Translations, which also was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
•    Nina Schuyler, author of two novels and whose poems, short stories and essays have appeared in major literary journals, teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco.

12:00 – 12:55 pm       
Lunch on the Patio with the Panelists

1:00 – 2:00 pm       
Working with an Editor
•    Pamela Feinsilber, a freelance book editor and writer, and formerly senior editor at San Francisco Magazine, edits both fiction and nonfiction.
•    Nan Wiener, a freelance editor and writer, and previously executive editor at San Francisco Magazine and senior editor at Parenting magazine.

2:00 – 3:00 pm      
Alternative Publishing Models
•    Lisa Abellera, creative director, Reputation Books.
•    Jay Hartman, founder and editor-in-chief of Untreed Reads Publishing.
•    Jan Johnson is founder and publisher emerita at Red Wheel/Weiser Books and founder of the author-driven imprint Turning Stone Press.
•    Brooke Warner, publisher at She Writes Press and SparkPress.

3:00 pm           
Mix and Mingle on the Patio


Mark Your Calendar!
Sunday, March 29, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

$100 for Path to Publishing members; $150 for non-members. Price includes lunch with the panelists and a networking get-together after the workshop.

For questions about the workshop, finding a publishing mentor, scheduling a meeting with Sam, or to learn more about the Path to Publishing program, contact Sam Barry at or call 415-927-0960, ext. 256.


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