Start: 4:00 pm
John R. Gillis discusses The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History ($27.50). In his new book, historian John R. Gillis explores the deep history of seacoasts, the original home of humankind. Beginning with the moment that Africans came down to the shore, he follows the coastal migrations which ultimately populated the entire globe. Gillis shows how we have shaped coasts, and how they have shaped us. John R. Gillis is the author of Islands of the Mind, A World of their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values, and Commemorations. He is Professor History Emeritus at Rutgers University and now divides his time between two coasts: Northern California and Maine.
Start: 5:00 pm
2nd Sunday of Every Month, 5:00 - 8:00pm$40 per sessionCritique Circle for Developing and Revising your Children's Book is a monthly workshop led by Andrea Alban for children's writers to deepen the craft of fiction, from initial concept through finished manuscript. Included is plotting a page-turning story structure, developing quintessential characters, creating vivid story worlds, and practicing the art of revision. Writers learn how to give and receive feedback in the spirit of generosity. The mission of this university-level workshop is to guide writers to publish their work. Included is research into publishing houses and literary agencies, and the art of writing cover/query letters, synopses and sample chapters that stand out from the crowd.Testimonials:What I most appreciate about Andrea is her optimism and support--a self-described "cheerleader." She has been like a college professor giving me valuable lessons in picture book creation. Her honesty and writing exercises helped me find my voice. It's been an incredible journey with Andrea as my story midwife! --Allison FragakisAndrea Alban is the author of nine books, including the YA novel, Anya's War, (shortlisted for China's 2012 Panda Awards and an ALA honor book), and the bestseller, The Happiness Tree. She is a dynamic speaker at schools, writing conferences, and literary festivals. Andrea edits manuscripts and coaches writers in manuscript development and revision as well as how to prepare submissions to editors and agents.
Start: 7:00 pm
When Women's Voices come together, a powerful song is born. Join Pam Houston (Waltzing the Cat, A Little More About Me), Zoe Fitzgerald Carter (Imperfect Endings), Mara Purl (Where the Heart Lives), Allison Bartlett (The Man Who Loved Books Too Much), Barbara Graham (Eye of My Heart), and Victoria Zackheim (Exit Laughing) as they read from their fiction and nonfiction work: novels, memoirs, essays, writing that resonates with the powerful voices of women everywhere.