Class: Andrea Alban - Writer's Tribe

10/12/2014 6:00 pm

Single Session: Sunday Oct. 12th • 4:00-6:00pm • $50

 

 

Writer's Tribe™ 

A Feedback Forum for Children’s Writers 

$180 for 4 sessions or $50 per class drop-in

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect, clarity and honesty. The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Andrea Alban guides the group through a powerful revision process. Writers cultivate self-editing mastery. The group is highly interactive. The mission of this university-level workshop is to inspire and deepen craft. Each member receives a Manuscript Feedback Form featuring revision strategies and literary vocabulary.

 

PRAISE FOR ANDREA’S REVISION WORKSHOPS:

 

Your class is terrific -- not just your knowledge and rich understanding of how good writing works, but how you draw people along growing their own skills, and your deep presence and welcoming kindness. 

— Ann Gronvold

 

Your edits are remarkable.  The flow and crispness of the sentences are much improved (even with the little changes). You are magical.  — Bob Healey

 

Great class! I learn something valuable at every meeting. (From all the discussions, not just mine.) I really love the way you put out your thoughts, but also bounce off and expand on our thoughts. You have created more than a class. You have created a community. — Travis Darcy

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

Kristen Harnisch - The Vintner's Daughter

Loire Valley, 1895. When seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault's father is killed in a mudslide, her mother sells their vineyard to a rival family whose eldest son marries Sara's sister, Lydia. But a violent tragedy compels Sara and her sister to flee to New York, forcing Sara to put aside her dream to follow in her father's footsteps as a master winemaker. Meanwhile, Philippe Lemieux has arrived in California with the ambition of owning the largest vineyard in Napa by 1900. When he receives word of his brother's death in France, he resolves to bring the killer to justice. Sara has travelled to California in hopes of making her own way in the winemaking world. When she encounters Philippe in a Napa vineyard, they are instantly drawn to one another, but Sara knows he is the one man who could return her family's vineyard to her, or send her straight to the guillotine. This riveting tale of betrayal, retribution, love, and redemption, Kristen Harnisch's debut novel, The Vintner's Daughter ($16.95), immerses readers in the rich vineyard culture of both the Old and New Worlds, the burgeoning cities of late nineteenth-century America and a spirited heroine's fight to determine her destiny.
 
“One of the novel’s highlights is its rich history of the wine-making process through the eyes of a woman who is passionate and meticulous about each step.... In the beginning, [Sara] endures nonstop pain and loss, but these tragedies transform her from a smart, hardworking girl into an independent, resourceful woman. At its core, The Vintner’s Daughter is a story of perseverance and transcending one’s past.”—Booklist
 
Kristen Harnisch drew upon her extensive research and experiences living in the San Francisco Bay Area and visiting the Loire Valley to create the story for The Vintner's Daughter, her debut novel. The Vintner's Daughter is the first in a series about the changing world of vineyard life at the turn of the century. Ms. Harnisch has a degree in economics from Villanova University, and currently resides in Connecticut.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Vintner's Daughter (Paperback)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781631529290
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: She Writes Press, 8/2014

Left Coast Writers®: Shulamit Sofia - Climbing the Sacred Ladder

Climbing the Sacred Ladder: Your Path to Love, Joy, Peace and Purpose is a soul guide to building spiritual muscle, for gaining benefit and meaning for your life, as well as giving you tools for coping with life's unending challenges.  Learn to cope with the increasing tensions of contracting economies and growing political unrest by focusing your attention on your inner riches.  Gain a new point of view, develop skills and techniques for living a more satisfying life. Carefully designed anecdotes, exercises and meditations provide readily applicable techniques for implementing and integrating the book’s concepts.

Shulamit Sofia is the President of Soul Strength Seminars and The Sacred Ladder, which she founded to give spiritual seekers a practical way to build spiritual muscle for coping with life’s challenging circumstances. Her Psycho-Spiritual method based on the Kaballah allows participants to shed emotional and mental baggage as they build soul strength.

 

 

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780989366007
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Spirit Works Press, 6/2013

Julia Cooke - The Other Side of Paradise

The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba provides a vivid and unprecedented look into the daily lives and future prospects of young people in contemporary Cuba. Weaving together stories of those she encountered, Julia Cooke artfully illuminates the last generation of Cubans raised under Castro: waiting out hurricanes at rummy storm parties, asking ancestors for advice during living room Santería ceremonies, attending raucous drag cabarets, and reconciling an undefined future with the urgency of today.

Julia Cooke is a freelance journalist and teacher who has lived in and reported from Mexico City and Havana. She has received fellowships from the Norman Mailer Center and Columbia University, where she completed her master of fine arts in creative nonfiction writing. Her essays about Cuba have been published in Conde Nast Traveller, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing anthology, among numerous newspapers and magazines. She is fluent in Spanish.

 

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$17.00
ISBN-13: 9781580055314
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Seal Press, 4/2014

Jason Mott -The Wonder of All Things

The Wonder of All Things starts on an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators. After the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds disappear. Ava has an unusual gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Until the air show tragedy, her gift was a secret. Now the whole world knows, and suddenly people from all over the globe begin flocking to her small town, looking for healing and eager to catch a glimpse of The Miracle Child. But Ava's unique ability comes at a great cost, and as she grows weaker with each healing, she soon finds herself having to decide just how much she's willing to give up in order to save the ones she loves most.

Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various literary journals.  He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780778316527
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Mira Books, 9/2014

S.S. Taylor - The Expeditioners: The Secret of King Triton's Lair

Introduction by Dave Eggers

Kit, Zander, and M. K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous -- and presumed dead -- explorer Alexander West. Why did Alexander leave the maps behind, and why are government agents so determined to seize them? What is really going on in a mysterious and unknown stretch of the Caribbean, famous for its violent storms and shipwrecks? And what is the huge contraption M. K. is building in her workshop? As two world powers come to the brink of war, Kit must find a deadly hidden island and unlock its secrets, hoping he has the courage to follow the trail of maps, wherever it may lead.

S. S. Taylor has a strong interest in books, expeditions, old libraries, mysterious situations, long-hidden secrets, maps, and exploring known and unknown places. The author of O’ Artful Death, she lives in Hartland, VT.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$22.00
ISBN-13: 9781940450209
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: McSweeney's Books, 9/2014



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