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POSTPONED: Class: Peter Thabit Jones - Singing in Chains: Sound-texturing in Poetry

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 10:00am
photo of Peter Thabit Jones, poet, sound-texturing

Please note: This class has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. We will announce a new date once the class has been rescheduled. If you have already enrolled, we will be reaching out to you with further details.

Saturday, April 18 • 10:00 am–1:00 pm • $95

The sound-texturing of a poem connects with the iambic beat in us. Dylan Thomas believed in “the colour of saying,” suggesting it is not just what we say in a poem, but the way we say it. Peter’s talk will focus on the craft of cynghanedd, Welsh-language harmonizing devices, used by Thomas and others in English. The workshop will allow participants to experiment with the devices and poetic forms that lend themselves to creating poems that “sing.”  

Peter Thabit Jones has authored fourteen books, including Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village. A recipient of many awards including the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry (The Society of Authors, London) and the Homer: European Medal of Poetry and Art, Peter will be in America as a writer-in-residence in Big Sur. 

What People Are Saying about Peter Thabit Jones

"Peter Thabit Jones is poetry. He lives, creates and recites the alluring and mysterious. In Salem and in Cambridge MA, Peter’s readings, classes and workshops were magical. His is a dynamic voice and he invites us to explore the world with him. Such an adventure is pure delight as Peter can transform even the arduous job of stone-laying into verse.” – Kristine Doll, Ph.D., Professor, Department of World Cultures and Languages, Salem State University

"Peter Thabit Jones mesmerized a gathering of Boulder poets and novelists at my home, an event to be reprised this fall, to satisfy audience demand. Peter's poems and public appearances have captured the imagination of the Boulder community. To listen to him read is a rare treat, not to be missed in any venue." -- Paul M. Levitt, Professor emeritus, University of Colorado

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Anne Lamott - On Writing 2020

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 1:00pm
photo of author Anne Lamott

Saturday, May 9 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $175

Give the writer in your world (or yourself) a memorable and inspiring afternoon with Anne Lamott. Anne conducts this class the way she writes - openly and honestly, never shying away from difficult topics. Learn from, laugh with, and be motivated by this talented, humorous, and daring writer as she shares her insights on the process, techniques, challenges and joys of successful writing, followed by Q&A.

Anne Lamott is the author of 15 bestselling books including Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, Hard Laughter, and Operating Instructions. Her newest book is Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Compestine- AM How to Sell Children's Books/PM Edit Your Work Into a Bestselling Book

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, May 16 AM session: 10:00 am-12:30 pm & PM session: 1:30- 4:00 pm $135

Enroll in both of Ying's workshops for a discounted price. This listing is for both her AM and PM sessions. You may also register for each session individually. 

AM session: How to Sell Children's Books:

This workshop will introduce you to the different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.  You will learn the basic skill of writing and publishing books for children as well as how to find a good agent, creating a winning book proposal, selling your manuscript to a reputable publisher, and marketing your book.  

PM session: How to Edit your Work Into a Bestselling Book

Ying will share with you her processes of editing her own bestselling books. You will learn how to build a story arc, create memorable characters and vivid settings, and make every word count. She will also take you through the process of  how to get your book published, finding a good agent and a publisher.

Ying Compestine  is the award winning author of 20 books including the acclaimed The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Revolution has received over 30 international awards and is being adapted into an animated feature film. Her books are included in school syllabi globally.    

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Compestine- How to Write & Sell Children's Books

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am- 12:30 pm $75

This workshop will introduce you to the different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.  You will learn the basic skill of writing and publishing books for children as well as how to find a good agent, creating a winning book proposal, selling your manuscript to a reputable publisher, and marketing your book.  

Ying Compestine  is the award winning author of 20 books including the acclaimed The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Revolution has received over 30 international awards and is being adapted into an animated feature film. Her books are included in school syllabi globally.    

You may also register for this class combined with Ying's PM workshop "How to Edit Your Work Into a Bestselling Book" for a combined discounted price here.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Ying Compestine - How to Edit Your Work Into a Bestselling Book

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 1:30pm

Saturday, May 16, 1:30-4:00 pm $75

Ying will share with you her processes of editing her own bestselling books. You will learn how to build a story arc, create memorable characters and vivid settings, and make every word count. She will also take you through the process of  how to get your book published, finding a good agent and a publisher.

Ying Compestine  is the award winning author of 20 books including the acclaimed The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes and Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Revolution has received over 30 international awards and is being adapted into an animated feature film. Her books are included in school syllabi globally.    

You can also register for this class along with Ying's AM class "How to Sell Children's Books" for a combined discounted price here.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Nina Schuyler - Story Structure

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 1:00pm

May 30 • 1:00 - 4:30 pm • $80

You have an idea for a short story or novel or memoir, but how to structure it? What are the expectations of readers? What are your expectations? And what about that saggy middle section? This class will explore these questions by looking at the traditional Western story structure. We’ll also consider other possible patterns for structure, such as the spiral, branching, or explosive story. The concepts in this class are applicable to fiction and memoir. By the end of this class, you will have a map of a structure for your story.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Connie Josefs - Make a Scene: A Weekend Memoir Intensive

Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday June 6, 9:30am - 4:00 pm • Sunday June 7, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $285

"I find that scene making is my natural way of marking the past.”

                                                                                                —Virginia Woolf

We come to memoir because we have a life story to tell. But how do we write about our lives in a way that will engage a reader? Scene is the building block of narrative; it brings the reader into the moment-to-moment experience of what’s happening. When we write scene, we re-enter life experience with newfound curiosity and all of our senses. The story becomes a living, breathing thing.

This weekend intensive will offer a deep dive into the craft of writing scene in memoir. Topics include:
Flow of scene and exposition
Habitual scene vs. specific scene
Using place to create a container
Character and gesture
Effective use of dialogue

Workshop format includes readings, discussion, writing exercises, supportive feedback and critique. Writers are welcome to bring a short excerpt from a memoir-in-progress to work on in class, though this is not required.

Class size is limited to allow ample time for workshopping.

What Students Are Saying about Connie Josefs

"The class went above and beyond my expectations! Connie is gifted in approach, connection, and content. She has a beautiful way of corralling the group and keeping people on track in a caring way. In addition, she has to hear people share some of their worst moments and traumas and respond with feedback on the writing, instead of as a therapist or friend. She’s truly brilliant in how she manages these delicate, intricate dynamics.” – Erin P.

"Connie was very clear & specific as to each segment she taught, answered questions thoughtfully and well AND had us do writing exercises in each segment. She is an excellent teacher. I feel so much better equipped to work on my memoir now." – Ruth M.

"The class totally met my expectations – so rich in content and experience. I only took one class – I wish I had taken all four!" – Joan L.

"Connie’s class surpassed my expectations. The instructor is deeply knowledgeable and wove many helpful concepts and exercises together to great effect." – Athena K.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Julie Lythcott-Haims - Memoir Writing Masterclass

Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Saturday, June 20 • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm • $30

Have you been thinking about recording your life story? Have ideas for a memoir been bumping around your brain? Now is your chance to get these ideas on paper with the guidance of best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims. Julie’s memoir, Real American, is critically acclaimed and has been described as beautiful, necessary, brave, insightful and more.

 After the masterclass, you’ll leave with your own copy of Lit Starts: Writing Memoir, a book of writing prompts produced by the writer’s grotto (of which Julie is a member). Writing memoir offers pointers for crafting a compelling narrative from your own experiences, along with prompts and spaces to write so that the writing can continue long after the course gets you started.

Julie Lythcott-Haims roots for humans. Humans need agency in order to make their way forward; Julie is deeply interested in what impedes us. She is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, an anti-helicopter parenting manifesto which gave rise to one of the top TED Talks of 2016, and now has over 4 million views. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience with racism and her journey toward self-acceptance. A third book called How to BE an Adult, for young adults, is forthcoming. She is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, her mother, and her itinerant young adults.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925