Class: Alice Acheson - Bound-for-Success Book Proposal

09/21/2014 1:00 pm
Sun., Sept. 21 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $60
 
 
 
 
 
"I have never heard anyone give so much great information as Alice Acheson." 
-- Kate Wright, who found an agent.

Avoid Book Proposal Agita!  It's time for the first edit of your book -- and time to begin collecting information for your book proposal.  What kind of information?  In class we will discuss what makes a selling proposal and which elements of your book should be highlighted.  Here you will learn how to convince an agent or editor to read your book proposal, how to craft that all-important marketing paragraph, how to avoid pitfalls that stop the reading, the difference between the query letter and the synopsis, and other insights into impressing the reader. 
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

CANCELLED Class: Monica Wesolowska - Lost & Found

09/21/2014 4:00 pm
Please note that this class is cancelled. Feel free to contact the Classes department with any questions at 415-927-0960 ext 1.  
 
Sun., Sept. 21 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105
 
 
 
 
Whatever you have lost—your first taste of ice cream, your desire to climb Mount Everest, your marriage, parents, or empathy in the face of loss—find it again in words. In this class, we’ll explore how memory works, reading excerpts from fabulous writers and learning techniques to coax out even our shyest memories. Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life which was named a “Best Book” of 2013 by both The Boston Globe and Library Journal. She has taught creative writing for over a decade. 
 
 
 
 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Alan Rinzler - How to Write & Get Published

09/27/2014 12:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 27 • 10:00-12:00pm • $55
 
 
 
 
What’s the difference between a page turner and a clunker that disappears without a trace? It’s the story, characters, pacing, literary style, dialogue, sensory description, and narrative voice. Learn specific techniques for improving your writing, then navigating the turbulent waters of today’s book business. Alan Rinzler has edited and published Toni Morrison, Tom Robbins, Hunter S. Thompson, Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum, Shirley MacLaine, Jerzy Kosinski, Bob Dylan, and Andy Warhol in executive positions at Simon & Schuster, Bantam, Grove Press, Rolling Stone, and Straight Arrow Books.
 
 
 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Conflict

09/27/2014 4:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 27 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105

 
 
How do you create tension on every page? As literary agent Donald Maass says, a constant stream of tension engages readers. Using published works as a jumping off point, we will spend the day making conflict happen by playing with diction, reader and character expectations, suspense, delay, and characters' conflicting emotion. The class is suitable for nonfiction and fiction writers. 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.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Book Group: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author

09/29/2014 9:00 pm
Four Mondays • Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 24, and Dec. 15 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $95
 
 
 
 
We’ll have an intimate conversation with the authors of…insightful, resonant stories by “a true craftsman” (New York Times); a Chechen War-set first novel whose author hoped to “combine the tension of a character-driven thriller with the richness of a historical epic” and succeeded; the tale of a Japanese novelist, the tortured actor who inspired his work, and the translator who “sabotaged” it; and sensitive fact-based fiction in which a young Argentine woman who knows her father played a part in her country’s recent, terrible past learns more from a mysterious stranger.
 
 
 
Sept: Stay Up with Me, Tom Barbash
Oct: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
Nov: The Translator, Nina Schuyler
Dec: Perla, Carolina De Robertis


Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780062258137
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Ecco Press, 5/2014

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780770436421
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Hogarth, 2/2014

The Translator (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781605985855
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Pegasus Books, 8/2014

Perla (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307744173
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage, 2/2013

CANCELLED: Class: Eli Brown - The Story Happens Here

10/04/2014 4:00 pm
This class has been cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact the Classes dept. at 415-927-0960 ext. 1 
 
Sat., Oct. 4 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105
 

The body dragged down the hallway. The urgent assignation in the janitor’s closet. The bitter argument in the pick-up truck. While plot and character tend to get most of the credit, setting carries much of a story’s weight. Exploring setting is a surprisingly effective way to develop emotional depth and tension. In this course we’ll make maps, dissect landscapes, and find clues to the heart of our narrative: loose floorboards; the odor of disinfectant; dandelions wilting on the dashboard. Eli Brown is the author of Cinnamon & Gunpowder. 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925


View Calendar of Events & Classes

Shopping cart

View your shopping cart.

Upcoming Programs