All Writing Classes

Virtual Class: Don George - Fine-Tune Your Travel Tale: Advanced Writing Workshop (via Zoom)

Friday, September 25, 2020 - 12:00pm

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: September 25-27 • 12:00-3:00pm PT • $395 • Hosted via Zoom • Class limited to 9 attendees.

This workshop is designed for writers who have an already finished travel story of up to 3,000 words that they would like to workshop and refine. Participants will be asked to send their story to Don George and all the workshop participants before the first class. In each workshop, we will closely discuss and critique three pieces. In addition to individual critiques, we will also discuss the art of great travel writing — how to lead into a piece, how to structure a story arc, how to bring a place and scene to life, and how to create a compelling close.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.

Two Virtual Classes: Julia McNeal - Ways Two and Three (October 3rd) & Ways Four and Five (October 17th) of the Five Ways In to Character (via Zoom)

Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 1:30pm

Two Saturdays: October 3 & 17 • 1:30-4:00pm PT • $75 (individual class); $125 (for both) • Hosted via Zoom
Ways Two and Three: October 3 • Ways Four and Five: October 17
Format: Presentation, short interactive exercise, writing time, question & answer • Class size limited to 16
It is not necessary to have taken Way One first

 

Five Ways In to Character is a unique, five-part technique for creating characters on the page and in performance. Synthesized by Julia McNeal, and honed over the last 15 years, this technique has never failed to deepen, clarify, and improve the character creation of all who apply it. Following the sold-out Way One class, Julia brings the next Four Ways of the technique to Book Passage in 2, two-and-a-half-hour classes.

1. Ways Two and Three of the Five Ways In to Character (Saturday, October 3rd)

Way Two completes the “Outside-In” work of the technique—focusing on gender; and Way Three is the deep core of the technique: the Inside-Out work that opens the door to any character’s truest being and unique nature.

Bring to Class: a short paragraph (1–5 sentences) that describes or is in the voice of a character you are working on or thinking about.

2. Ways Four and Five of the Five Ways In to Character (Saturday, October 17th)

Ways Four and Five are both Inside-Out work (starting with the inner world of a character, and discovering how that manifests outwardly). Way Four gives you Julia’s Artist’s/Writer’s Authentic Self meditation (totally valuable on its own, with or without characters to write!), and shows you how to apply it to creating distinct characters. Way Five is the simplest Inside-Out piece of the technique—almost a no-brainer—and always worth applying last.

In each class, you will learn useful practices to apply every time you want to get clear, compelling, recognizable and specific characters on the page.

If you need something to shake up your writing routine, invite deeper truth, energy and new ways of seeing the character(s) you are writing (even if that character is You), come play and learn on two Saturdays: October 3rd and 17th.  You’ll come away with a whole new way of looking at characters, and a concrete method of approach you can use, going forward.

 

What Students Are Saying about Julia McNeal

“Julia’s Ways In is a brilliant and original set of techniques for exploring and deepening characters which go way beyond what writers usually learn and practice. A wonderful opportunity to learn from an accomplished actress how to access the often elusive essence of characters and what makes them tick."

"Julia is a passionate and stimulating teacher and her classes crack open new insights and perspectives for writers committed to creating characters that are fully alive.”

"Julia's techniques help keep me excited about my writing projects rather than overwhelmed. Her classes offer a useful conceptual framework, actionable practices, and compassionate support."

“Thank you Julia. This was exactly what I needed to reconnect with my writing project after losing focus amid this whole pandemic situation.”

 

Virtual Class: Don George - Write Your Best Travel Story (via Zoom)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 4:00pm

Six Wednesdays: October 7, 14, 21, 28 & November 4, 11 • 4:00-7:00pm PT • $495 • Hosted via Zoom • Class limited to 9 attendees.

This class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop, with emphasis on the craft of writing a publishable travel story. In this workshop, participants will conceive, pitch, and write an original travel piece of up to 2,500 words. This may be based on a recent close-to-home travel experience or on a memory of a past trip. In the workshop, we'll begin by closely reading, discussing, and critiquing examples of excellent travel writing. Then each participant will present their story idea for discussion and revision, and then write an original travel piece of up to 2,500 words. Each piece will be closely read and discussed in class. Subsequent classes will allow for revision, discussion, and further refinement of each piece. During the course of the workshop, in addition to individual critiques, we'll talk about the fine points of structure, pacing, and making your point. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories in widely known venues such as the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.

Two Virtual Classes: Julia McNeal - Ways Two and Three (October 3rd) & Ways Four and Five (October 17th) of the Five Ways In to Character (via Zoom)

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 1:30pm

Two Saturdays: October 3 & 17 • 1:30-4:00pm PT • $75 (individual class); $125 (for both) • Hosted via Zoom
Ways Two and Three: October 3 • Ways Four and Five: October 17
Format: Presentation, short interactive exercise, writing time, question & answer • Class size limited to 16
It is not necessary to have taken Way One first

 

Five Ways In to Character is a unique, five-part technique for creating characters on the page and in performance. Synthesized by Julia McNeal, and honed over the last 15 years, this technique has never failed to deepen, clarify, and improve the character creation of all who apply it. Following the sold-out Way One class, Julia brings the next Four Ways of the technique to Book Passage in 2, two-and-a-half-hour classes.

1. Ways Two and Three of the Five Ways In to Character (Saturday, October 3rd)

Way Two completes the “Outside-In” work of the technique—focusing on gender; and Way Three is the deep core of the technique: the Inside-Out work that opens the door to any character’s truest being and unique nature.

Bring to Class: a short paragraph (1–5 sentences) that describes or is in the voice of a character you are working on or thinking about.

2. Ways Four and Five of the Five Ways In to Character (Saturday, October 17th)

Ways Four and Five are both Inside-Out work (starting with the inner world of a character, and discovering how that manifests outwardly). Way Four gives you Julia’s Artist’s/Writer’s Authentic Self meditation (totally valuable on its own, with or without characters to write!), and shows you how to apply it to creating distinct characters. Way Five is the simplest Inside-Out piece of the technique—almost a no-brainer—and always worth applying last.

In each class, you will learn useful practices to apply every time you want to get clear, compelling, recognizable and specific characters on the page.

If you need something to shake up your writing routine, invite deeper truth, energy and new ways of seeing the character(s) you are writing (even if that character is You), come play and learn on two Saturdays: October 3rd and 17th.  You’ll come away with a whole new way of looking at characters, and a concrete method of approach you can use, going forward.

 

What Students Are Saying about Julia McNeal

“Julia’s Ways In is a brilliant and original set of techniques for exploring and deepening characters which go way beyond what writers usually learn and practice. A wonderful opportunity to learn from an accomplished actress how to access the often elusive essence of characters and what makes them tick."

"Julia is a passionate and stimulating teacher and her classes crack open new insights and perspectives for writers committed to creating characters that are fully alive.”

"Julia's techniques help keep me excited about my writing projects rather than overwhelmed. Her classes offer a useful conceptual framework, actionable practices, and compassionate support."

“Thank you Julia. This was exactly what I needed to reconnect with my writing project after losing focus amid this whole pandemic situation.”