Writing Classes

Class: David Corbett - The Final Polish (Corte Madera)

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10:00am

Sunday Nov. 12, 2017 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $150

You’ve finished and revised your manuscript and believe it’s ready to send it out. But in today’s competitive marketplace, you may get only one chance to impress agents and editors. In this workshop, David Corbett will review your first ten pages and a one-to-two page synopsis to determine: How unique isthe voice? How compelling are the story questions? How engaging are themain characters? How high are the stakes?

Note: Manuscript and synopsis submissions need to be sent to davidcorbettauthor@gmail.com by November 5th

David Corbett — contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, and author of The Art of Character (“a writer’s bible”) — will lead students in a one-day workshop, reviewing 10-page manuscript submissions (with one-page novel synopsis) from each student and reviewing them in detail to reveal how story guides the revision process.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Post-Conference Master Class: Craig Frazier - The Illustrated Voice (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

Craig Frazier presents the theories and processees behind “visual thinking” and how they are integrated into the nature of the assignments he produces for his clients and his own works. He illuminates the step-by-step process and rationales behind visual presentation decision making, from the doodle phase through the printed book. He will take time to discuss participants’ projects and portfolios.

Craig Frazier is a designer and illustrator. His work is recognized internationally for its wit, optimism and simplicity. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to name a few. Craig has created seven postage stamps for the USPS. He has published several children’s books including Stanley Goes for a Drive (Chronicle Books 2004), Trucks Roll! (Simon & Schuster 2007), Hank Finds Inspiration (Roaring Brook Press 2008). Craig is currently completing two books, Sitting and Going (Harper Collins Fall 2018). Craig runs the blog http://36pages.com reviewing his favorite picture books.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Post-Conference Master Class: Ying Compestine - Write an Award Winning Novel & Sell It (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

If you have the beginnings of a book and want to take it to the next level, Ying Compestine will share with you the journey of writing her award winning novel Revolution is Not a Dinner Party (which has been optioned for a feature film). She explains the different aspects of fiction writing, such as grabbing your reader with a strong hook, developing a dramatic storyline, and creating unforgettable characters that are beset by inner conflicts. She shares what she has learned about writing, while facing challenges such as shifting between cultures and writing in a second language. 

Ying Compestine is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, spokesperson and television host, Compestine is a sought-after speaker who has lectured all over the world. Named one of  the "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading" by the Author's Show,  she has authored over 20 books of multiple genres. Her keen interest in cuisine has led her to weave food into her writing — from cookbooks, novels, to picture books for young readers.  Her highly acclaimed novel about her life growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution, Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party, has received over 33 national awards and has been selected as required reading in schools around the world. Several of her works are currently being optioned for movie adaptations, television series, and video games.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Post-Conference Master Class: Mina Witterman - Fictionalize Your Memories (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

Letting readers experience your story as if they are walking in the shoes of the protagonist is one of the writer’s most difficult tasks. It requires you to pen the protagonist’s emotions down believable, heartfelt and true. An excellent way to learn this type of evocative writing is to bring your own memories to a story. But there is always the urge to stay too close to the truth, so you need to create a healthy distance between you and your memories. This class explores ways to use your own experiences and memories without getting caught in the ‘that’s not how it happened’ snare.

Mina Witteman is a children’s author of dark YA and adventurous MG, picture books and short stories, Witteman writes in both English and Dutch. Boreas en de vier windstreken/Boreas and the Four Winds, her latest MG, is the third book in the highly praised Boreas series (Boreas en de zeven zeeën/Boreas and the Seven Seas; Boreas en de duizend eilanden/Boreas and the Thousand Islands). She has a Dutch little golden book out: Mia’s Nest (Spanish edition: El nido de Mia), and over 40 short stories in magazines and read-aloud anthologies. Witteman is a university trained and seasoned freelance editor (Master Book Editing, University of Amsterdam), a coach to budding writers, and an accredited Creative Writing Teacher. She is the International Published Authors’ Coordinator for the SCBWI. Previously, she was the Regional Advisor for SCBWI The Netherlands and Chairman of the Working Group Children’s Books of the Dutch Authors Guild.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Post-Conference Master Class: Andrea Alban - RE-Vision: Tips for Self-Editing Mastery (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

How do professional editors turn a manuscript into a polished work? The process of editing begins with the writers. Andrea Alban shows writers how to apply techniques of the editing trade to their own children’s manuscript. Want a picture perfect manuscript to catch that agent’s eye? RE-Vision will show you the techniques of self-editing mastery.

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including her debut teen novel Anya's War (an ALA honor book and shortlisted for China’s Panda Award) and bestseller The Happiness Tree . She speaks at literary festivals, writer’s conferences, and schools. Andrea founded the Writer’s Tribe™ Feedback Forum for Children’s Writers at Book Passage.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Post-Conference Master Class: Natasha Yim - Writing Narrative Nonfiction (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

Whether you write picture books or middle-grade works, narrative non-fiction has fast become a popular genre! As Core Curriculum standards integrate children’s literary works into the classroom, narrative nonfiction is an expanding market. Natasha Yim shares her techniques for writing the stories of real people into books that keep children, teachers and librarians turning the pages.

Natasha Yim is a children's author, freelance writer, and playwright. Yim’s first picture book, Otto's Rainy Day, was a Kids' Pick of the Lists selection. She went onto to write two picture book biographies for elementary age children, Cixi, The Dragon Empress and Sacajawea of the Shoshone for local micro-publisher Goosebottom Books. After a nine-year publishing journey, Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, a multicultural re-telling of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story, was published by Charlesbridge Publishing and is a Junior Library Guild and Scholastic Book Club selection. Natasha’s latest book, The Rock Maiden, re-envisions a Chinese folk tale was released by Wisdom Tales Press this spring.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Post-Conference Class: Steven James - Story Trumps Structure (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

2017 Mystery Writers Post-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

When you focus on what lies at the heart of story—tension, desire, crisis, escalation, struggle, discovery—rather than plot templates and formulas, you’ll begin to break out of the box and write fiction that resonates with your readers. This workshop is filled with practical insights, dozens of ways to fix plot flaws, time-tested writing secrets and easy-to-implement ideas.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Amanda Conran - Write On! (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:30pm

2 Wednesdays; Oct. 11 & 25, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm • $125

We don’t have to write alone. Are you in the middle of your first novel or trying out a short story and would like to share your ideas? Are you struggling with a plot or a scene and want some help? Are you looking for some extra motivation to finish a project or are you interested in meeting like-minded young writers? This class will foster a small, friendly, supportive critique group in which participants will learn how to critique someone else’s work kindly and constructively and how to accept suggestions for their own work in progress. We’ll learn on the job about plot, dialogue, character development, scene structure etc. and support each other on our group journey to improve our stories and craft.

**Be prepared to submit up to 5 pages ahead of time. 6 person limit. 12-16 year-olds**

Amanda Conran is the author of The Lost Celt, Goosebottom Books, 2016. She's also a children's book specialist, booktalker and the Ink book club facilitator at Book Passage.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Joan Steidinger - Writing About Women (Corte Madera)

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 1:00pm

Sunday Oct. 15, 2017 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm • $60

In this class, you will learn how to apply women’s natural responses to your female characters in fiction or nonfiction. Using the teacher’s theory on female collaboration in competitive situations, you will learn to apply a unique female perspective and create authentic female representation in writing.

Dr. Joan Steidinger, CC-AASP, is a licensed psychologist who’s written about women since her master’s thesis. Her long-term focus has been on women’s issues in workshops, presentations, writing articles and columns, and with clients. Her book, “Sisterhood in Sports:  How female athletes collaborate and compete,” takes a close look at the emotional approach many women take toward relationships.  This book won five literary awards, including a Gold Medal in the Reader’s Favorite Women’s category.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alex McNeil & Andrew Vargas Delman - Personal Essay for College Admission (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:00am

2 Saturdays; Aug. 19 & 26, 2017 • 10:00am-12:00pm • $125

The college essay is a powerful tool for conveying a student’s personality while demonstrating capacities for introspection and maturity. Over two weekends, we explore the fundamentals of a great college essay—learning to recognize and avoid cliché, accessing stories that reconcile past experiences with future aspirations, and learning the art of self-evaluation and revision. The workshop is a chance for rising high school seniors to brainstorm and to begin writing their own college essays.

Alex McNeil and Andrew Vargas Delman are the founders of North Coast Prep, a tutoring and college counseling group that helps families navigate the process of applying to college with an emphasis on student health and mental wellbeing. They have extensive experience as tutors and teachers, application consultants, and writing advisors, and have written two short books—one about the “prestige trap” of college admissions, and another about their “whole person” approach to college applications.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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