Start: 10:00 am
End: 2:00 pm
Sat., Nov. 23 • 10:00-2:00pm • $55 The concept is simple: no essay works if the opening paragraph is weak. In this course, we’ll work on that introductory paragraph until it’s compelling, and only then will we move on to the body of the piece. There’s always resistance to this process—students hate going back over and over to revise one paragraph—but the ones who complain loudest are always the ones who say it changes their entire writing process.
Start: 10:00 am
End: 4:00 pm
Sat. Nov. 23, 10:00-4:00pm & Sun., Nov. 24, 10:00-1:00pm, $165 Aristotle believed that plot was the most important and difficult challenge the writer faced. But by plot he meant the architecture of change in the hero’s fortunes. Character and structure are inextricably linked, and it is through structure that most of a story’s meaning is imparted. In this two-day class and workshop, David Corbett will demonstrate how the architecture of story, when properly understood, deepens our understanding of character, and how integrating character with story helps the writer avoid both formulaic plotting and episodic meandering. Special attention will be paid to individual student projects, with the goal of fashioning a strong narrative arc for each student’s work-in-progress.
Start: 1:00 pm
The saga of the legendary Los Angeles band Little Feat is one of rock 'n' roll's great stories. Formed in 1969 by ex-members of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, Little Feat created groove-heavy music that was an irresistible mix of rock, blues, R&B, country, jazz, soul, and funk. Fronted by the charismatic but doomed vocalist and brilliant slide guitarist Lowell George, the band recorded such classic studio albums as Sailin' Shoes and Dixie Chicken, as well as Waiting for Columbus, which many consider to be one of the best live albums of all time. Acclaimed journalist Ben Fong-Torres-working with Little Feat's surviving members, their friends, and associates-wrote Willin': The Story of Little Feat ($26.99) based on hours of brand new interviews with the key players. The result? The first definitive biography of this beloved rock 'n' roll institution.Ben Fong-Torres is a journalist, author, and broadcaster, best known for his work in Rolling Stone and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the author of nine books and lives in San Francisco.
Start: 4:00 pm
War-Toys: Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip ($32.00) by Brian McCarty is a photo essay that uniquely explores the perspectives of children living in war zones using principles of play and art therapy. Girls and boys who have been affected by conflict become art directors for McCarty's narrative photographs of locally available toys, placed and posed against war-torn locations to recreate witnessed events and shared fears. Using proceeds from the sale of his book, McCarty will be exanding the War-Toys project to include the perspectives of children living in additional areas of conflict, including Southwest Asia, Africa, and South America.The first volume of War-Toys chronicles McCarty's collaborations over the course of two years with Israeli and Palestinian children. Working with humanitarian organizations including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and the Israel Trauma Coalition, McCarty gathered children’s firsthand accounts in classrooms, clinical settings, and even bomb shelters.Brian McCarty is an internationally exhibited artist and toy industry veteran based in West Hollywood, California. McCarty is featured in several books including Vinyl Will Kill, Dot Dot Dash, and Toys: New Designs from the Art-Toy Revolution. His first monograph, titled Art-Toys, was released in 2010 by Los Angeles based Baby Tattoo Books. His work has earned notable praise from such places as CNN.com, the New York Times, L’Uomo Vogue, the Telegraph UK, ABC World News, and XLR8R Magazine. His commercial photography roster includes pop-culture clients such as Disney, Hasbro, MTV, Kidrobot, Rockstar Games, and Cartoon Network. In 2007, McCarty’s work was featured in the first museum exhibition to focus solely on toys as a purposeful means of artistic expression.