Writing Classes

Class: Jasmin Darznik - Memoir Workshop

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
4 Mon.: Jan. 26-Feb. 16 • 6:00-8:00pm • $120
 
 
 
 
 
Jasmin Darznik offers inspiration and practical advice, including tips on interviewing family members and managing the emotional and ethical challenges of writing a memoir. An award-winning writer and teacher, Jasmin received her Ph.D. in English from Princeton. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Good Daughter.
 
 

Class: Laura Deutsch - Writing from the Senses

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, May 16 • 11:00-4:00 pm • $125 (with copy of Writing from the Senses)
 
 
 
In this workshop, we'll use sensory prompts to help us tap into memory and story for vivid imagery and detail. With instruction and techniques from Laura's book, Writing from the Senses, you’ll never have to stare at a blank page or computer screen again. We'll practice awareness of the five senses, plus motion and intuition — and learn how to write about the senses in our authentic voice. This workshop includes creative writing exercises and feedback, along with meditation to awaken awareness, spark creativity and make our writing come alive.
For writers of all levels.
 
 
Laura Deutsch helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives. Her book, Writing from the Senses, was published by Shambhala and her work has appeared in the LA Times, SF Chronicle and PsychologyToday.com. Laura leads master classes from Tassajara to Tuscany, and has taught writing at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State.
 
 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Laura Deutsch - Discover Your Legacy

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, March 21 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $85
 
 
 
 
Explore creative ways to envision the next phase of your life. In this experiential workshop, we'll use writing, discussion, meditation and other techniques to help you uncover what brings you a sense of purpose. 

Laura Deutsch helps writers and others create meaningful legacies in their lives. Her book, Writing from the Senses, was published by Shambhala and her work has appeared in the LA Times, SF Chronicle and PsychologyToday.com. Laura leads master classes from Tassajara to Tuscany, and has taught writing at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State.
 
 
 

Class: Dianne Jacob - Writing Food Blogs & Cookbooks

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Four Wednesdays, Feb. 18-Mar. 11 • 6:00-8:00pm • $150

 
 
Have your friends been telling you to write a cookbook? Want to express your love of food and cooking in a blog? In this class, we’ll discuss how come up with a great cookbook idea, how the cookbook publishing industry works, and whether self-publishing is an option. You’ll also learn how to start a food blog and keep it going. Templates make it easier than ever to blog today, and give you a way to build great content and an audience. 

Dianne Jacob is a speaker and teacher on food writing, and author of the award-winning book Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir and More and co-author of Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas. She has blogged on food writing for six years at www.diannej.com/b.
 
 

Class: Marcia Naomi Berger - Staying on Track to Success

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Sunday, Jan. 25 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $40
*Please sign up by Jan. 22!*
 
 
 
 
Do you have a book, grant application, work assignment, or other project you want to complete that’s been getting sidelined? Conquer your inner demons and outer challenges, e.g., writer’s block, procrastination, anxiety, etc. Come ready to have fun in this solution focused workshop, with group brainstorming included. You will gain information, skills, and allies for staying on track. Expect to leave with a practical, step-by-step plan and schedule to make your dream come true.
 
Marcia Naomi Berger, LCSW, is the author of Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted. She has a private psychotherapy practice in San Rafael. She is methodical and goal-oriented.
 
 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - Master Writers

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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Class: Rusty Morrison- For Poets: Courting the Emergent

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Wed. Feb. 4 • 6:00-8:00 pm • $40 

To register, please call 415-927-0960 ext 230 to check availability. 

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. Read what Sink Review has to say about it here

Rusty's newest book, Beyond the Chainlink, is on Nomadic Press' Top 5 must-read titles of 2014

Three of Rusty's poems are featured in the newest issue of Talisman.  

 

Class: Amy Novesky- On-The-Spot Children's Writing

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sat. April 18 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $80 
48-hour advance registration • Limit of six

 
 
  
 
You’ve written a brilliant children’s story and can’t wait to hear what others think, or you’re stuck and need a critique. Bring your manuscript or idea to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.
 
 

Class: Amy Novesky- On-The-Spot Children's Writing

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sat. Mar. 21 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $80 
48-hour advance registration • Limit of six
 
 
 
  
 
You’ve written a brilliant children’s story and can’t wait to hear what others think, or you’re stuck and need a critique. Bring your manuscript or idea to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
94925 Corte Madera
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Class: Amy Novesky- On-The-Spot Children's Writing

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Sat. Feb. 21 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $80 
48-hour advance registration • Limit of six
 
 
  
 
You’ve written a brilliant children’s story and can’t wait to hear what others think, or you’re stuck and need a critique. Bring your manuscript or idea to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.
 
 

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