Writing Classes

Class: Alice Acheson - Write A Book Proposal That Sells

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Sun., Mar. 2 • 10:00-1:00 pm • $60

Writers spend years preparing their manuscript, only to follow it up with a hastily-written proposal that often proves unsuccessful. As a marketing specialist and former editor of a major New York publisher, Alice Acheson can spot the "no go" elements of a project and guide you to a bound-for-success book proposal. Enhanced with extensive handouts, the class will discuss how to move beyond the "gate keepers", what agents and editors look for in proposals, what will stop the reader from requesting more material, and how the cover letter and synopsis differ. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

Class: Phil Cousineau - The Writer's Journey

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Fri. Jan. 17, 6:00-7:30 pm • $40

Join us for an evening of creativity as legendary wordsmith Phil Cousineau guides us through the writer's journey, starting with the first spark of inspiration. Cousineau looks at how to find mentors, struggle with critics, and collaborate with designers, editors, and marketing professionals. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

Class: Andy Ross - Query Letter Workshop

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Sat., Apr. 5 • 10:30-12:00 pm • $65

Agents get lots of query letters, so yours needs to grab their attention quickly. Please prepare a draft query for your book project that we can discuss in class. Andy Ross will provide notes and edits for all of the queries that he receives. Ross is a literary agent in Oakland and former owner of Cody’s Books in Berkeley.

Class: Jon Carroll - Creative Nonfiction Essay

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Sat., Mar. 29 • 10:00-3:00 pm • $85

S.F. Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll shares his wit, wisdom, and essay-writing talents. Learn this skill from one of the best. One student said, “Carroll is witty, patient, knowledgeable, inspiring. He anticipates people’s concerns in their questions and problems they can’t express. Gives tons of examples...”

POSTPONED - Class: Eli Brown - Criticism: A Generous Exchange

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat., Mar. 22 & Sun., Mar. 23 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $100

Class is postponed until further notice - please call (415) 927-0960 for further information

In this class you learn how to give and receive criticism. The class explores terms such as stiff, melodramatic, or cliché, turning a critical eye on classic works to show that even the greats had room for improvement. Participants learn strategies for offering criticism gently and for receiving it with grace. Eli Brown is the author of Cinnamon & Gunpowder.

Class: Cynthia Pepper - From Short Story to Short Film

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Sat., Mar. 15 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60

Cynthia Pepper’s short films have won Emmy Awards and are distributed worldwide. She has worked on over 90 films with budgets of every size. This class reviews all the elements of translating a short personal story into a film. Topics include creating a simple treatment or script, drawing shooting boards, casting, location scouting, simple directing techniques, producing, editing, and scoring a short film. Students are encouraged to send a three-sentence synopsis prior to the class (instructions available upon registration). Advance registration required.

Class: Barbara Abercrombie - Writing Your Life Into Story

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Sat., Mar. 1 • 9:30-12:30 pm • $40

This workshop offers what every writer needs—inspiration and encouragement. Exercises will help you dig deeper into your material. Taught by veteran writer and UCLA Extension teacher, Barbara Abercrombie, whose book A Year of Writing Dangerously was chosen as one of the “Best Books for Writers” by Poets & Writers magazine.

Class: Jasmin Darznik - Micro MFA

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 3:15pm to 5:15pm

Eight Wednesdays, Jan. 29-Mar. 26 (no class Feb. 26) • 3:15-5:15 pm • $295

For nonfiction and fiction writers looking for a focused, individualized course of study, this eight-week class mimics the experience of working closely with a faculty advisor in a low-residency MFA program. Includes ongoing workshops of your writing project(s), assigned readings and discussion, and Jasmin’s written comments on up to 20 pages of creative work every four weeks. The process provides plentiful feedback and clear next steps for each writer to break new ground and advance in his or her work. Darznik is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter. She earned her PhD from Princeton and has received an Outstanding Faculty Award for her teaching.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

Class: Jasmin Darznik - Writing Memoir

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Eight Wednesdays, Jan. 29-Mar. 26 (no class 2/26) • 6:00-8:00 pm • $295

This eight-week workshop will help you transform your personal life stories into the stuff of rich memoirs. Jasmin Darznik is the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. She offers inspiration and practical advice, including tips on how to get started, interview family members, and manage the emotional and ethical challenges of writing a memoir. Darznik is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter. She earned her PhD from Princeton and has received an Outstanding Faculty Award for her teaching.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Children's Writing Workshop

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sat., Apr. 19 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60

48-hour advance registration • Limit of six 

Please note the date change 

You’ve written a story and you can’t wait to hear what others think. Or you’re stuck and need help. Bring your story to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and workshop leader.


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