Writing Classes

Class: Adair Lara - How to Write Memoir

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., Feb. 15 • 10:00 - 4:00pm • $105

Class Credit: Participants in this class may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit

Adair Lara shows all the elements of the memoir: the arc, reflective voice, scene vs. narrative, fact vs. truth, and writing about family members. She shows what it takes to get published. There will be in-class exercises. Writers of fiction and essays are welcome. A former San Francisco Chronicle columnist, Lara is the author of twelve books, including Naked, Drunk and Writing, her guide to essay and memoir.

 

 

 

 

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Building Character

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sat. Feb. 22 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105
 
Character-driven—it’s one way to ensure that your writing is compelling. But how do you create characters that captivate a reader? Digging up all you’ll need to create characters that jump from the page can be as complicated as a covert operation. This workshop includes plenty of in-class exercises and amusing tips on craft.
 
Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, a global supernatural thriller, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.
 
Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit
 
 

Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - The Plot Thickens

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sat. Jan. 25 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105
 
Aristotle called plot “the most important element of storytelling.” But to plot properly, you must have a plan, and the plan must give rise to emotion. Does the plot always seem to elude you? Spend a day planning and plotting and find out what you’re missing. Bring your flat-lining fiction and nonfiction and fix it.
 
Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, a global supernatural thriller, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.
 
Class Credit: Participants in these classes may receive credit at Dominican University: bookpassage.com/dominican-credit
 
 
 

Class: Brooke Warner - Get In Front of Your Idea

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat., Feb. 1 1:00-4:00pm • $60

Whether you’re traditionally published or selfpublished, a platform matters more today than it ever has. Brooke Warner explores why this is the case; the nuts and bolts of starting and/or building a platform; and why, as an author, you must get out in front of your idea long before your book is published. She is founder of Warner Coaching Inc., publisher of She Writes Press, and author of What’s Your Book?

 

 

 

 

 

Class: Laura Deutsch - Mapping Out Your Memoir

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Four Thursdays Feb. 6-27 3:00-5:00pm • $160

This session is designed for those who are writing or close to finishing their memoirs. Find the “flow” in your story and discover the secrets of transforming life experiences into memoir. You’ll learn to uncover your essential material and craft it into engaging, compelling pieces. Includes instruction, in-class writing, and an opportunity to bring writing for feedback.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class: Monica Wesolowska - Lost and Found

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 9:30am to 1:30pm

Sat., Jan. 18. 9:30-1:30pm • $65

Whatever you have lost—keys, single socks, your empathy for a nasty neighbor, your marriage, your parents, your sense of optimism in the face of loss–you can bring it back to life with words. In this class, you will read excerpts from fabulous writers working with memories, learn techniques for delving into our own, and find ways to keep working with this rich material at home.

Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life. With an introduction by Erica Jong, Holding Silvan explores motherhood, modern medicine, and grief. She has taught at UC Berkeley Extension and elsewhere for over a decade.

 

 

 

 

Class: Nina Schuyler - Extraordinary Prose

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Six Mondays Jan. 13 - Feb. 17 6:00-8:00pm • $220

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.

Nina Schuyler is the author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. She teaches creative writing in the graduate program at USF.

 

 

 

 

Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Dynamic, Vivid Characters

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sat., Jan. 4 10:00-4:00pm • $105

 

Character is in the foreground of all fiction. This class shows how to create dynamic characters that will emotionally engage the reader. Writing exercises are designed to fold into a work in progress, whether it’s a novel, short story, or nonfiction work.

Nina Schuyler is the author of the novels The Translator and The Painting, and many short stories. She teaches creative writing in the graduate program at USF.

 

 

 

Class: David Corbett - Staging the Conflict

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 10:00pm

Sat. Feb. 1, 10:00-4:00pm & Sun., Feb. 2, 10:00-1:00pm, $165

In this two-day weekend course, David Corbett, prize-winning author of The Art Of Character, will guide students through an in-depth examination of how to frame a story’s conflict through compelling, essential characters. Through a deep analysis of the major dramatic roles—protagonist, opponent, and a variety of secondary characters—the class will explore both the “Unity of Opposites” and “Four-Corner Conflict,” learning how to create moral and emotional complexity, heightened suspense, and dramatic tension. The class will also tackle specific story structure problems with unique conflict issues: the love story, the mystery, stories lacking an opponent, and more.

 

 

 

Class: Victoria Zackheim - Mining for Gold in the Personal Essay

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Sat., Jan. 25 • 9:30-3:30pm • $105

In this workshop, students will study the components of personal essay through lecture and writing exercises and will learn how to structure and craft creative nonfiction in a way that is both joyful and rewarding. Victoria Zackheim wrote The Bone Weaver and has edited five anthologies. She wrote the documentary "Where Birds Never Sang," which aired on PBS.

 

 

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