Writing Classes

Post-Conference Master Class: Craig Frazier - The Illustrated Voice (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

Craig Frazier presents the theories and processees behind “visual thinking” and how they are integrated into the nature of the assignments he produces for his clients and his own works. He illuminates the step-by-step process and rationales behind visual presentation decision making, from the doodle phase through the printed book. He will take time to discuss participants’ projects and portfolios.

Craig Frazier is a designer and illustrator. His work is recognized internationally for its wit, optimism and simplicity. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to name a few. Craig has created seven postage stamps for the USPS. He has published several children’s books including Stanley Goes for a Drive (Chronicle Books 2004), Trucks Roll! (Simon & Schuster 2007), Hank Finds Inspiration (Roaring Brook Press 2008). Craig is currently completing two books, Sitting and Going (Harper Collins Fall 2018). Craig runs the blog http://36pages.com reviewing his favorite picture books.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Post-Conference Master Class: Mina Witterman - Fictionalize Your Memories (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

Letting readers experience your story as if they are walking in the shoes of the protagonist is one of the writer’s most difficult tasks. It requires you to pen the protagonist’s emotions down believable, heartfelt and true. An excellent way to learn this type of evocative writing is to bring your own memories to a story. But there is always the urge to stay too close to the truth, so you need to create a healthy distance between you and your memories. This class explores ways to use your own experiences and memories without getting caught in the ‘that’s not how it happened’ snare.

Mina Witteman is a children’s author of dark YA and adventurous MG, picture books and short stories, Witteman writes in both English and Dutch. Boreas en de vier windstreken/Boreas and the Four Winds, her latest MG, is the third book in the highly praised Boreas series (Boreas en de zeven zeeën/Boreas and the Seven Seas; Boreas en de duizend eilanden/Boreas and the Thousand Islands). She has a Dutch little golden book out: Mia’s Nest (Spanish edition: El nido de Mia), and over 40 short stories in magazines and read-aloud anthologies. Witteman is a university trained and seasoned freelance editor (Master Book Editing, University of Amsterdam), a coach to budding writers, and an accredited Creative Writing Teacher. She is the International Published Authors’ Coordinator for the SCBWI. Previously, she was the Regional Advisor for SCBWI The Netherlands and Chairman of the Working Group Children’s Books of the Dutch Authors Guild.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Post-Conference Master Class: Andrea Alban - RE-Vision: Tips for Self-Editing Mastery (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

How do professional editors turn a manuscript into a polished work? The process of editing begins with the writers. Andrea Alban shows writers how to apply techniques of the editing trade to their own children’s manuscript. Want a picture perfect manuscript to catch that agent’s eye? RE-Vision will show you the techniques of self-editing mastery.

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including her debut teen novel Anya's War (an ALA honor book and shortlisted for China’s Panda Award) and bestseller The Happiness Tree . She speaks at literary festivals, writer’s conferences, and schools. Andrea founded the Writer’s Tribe™ Feedback Forum for Children’s Writers at Book Passage.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Post-Conference Master Class: Natasha Yim - Writing Narrative Nonfiction (Corte Madera)

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

2017 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Post-Conference Master Class
$125 for Conference Participants, $160 for General Public

Whether you write picture books or middle-grade works, narrative non-fiction has fast become a popular genre! As Core Curriculum standards integrate children’s literary works into the classroom, narrative nonfiction is an expanding market. Natasha Yim shares her techniques for writing the stories of real people into books that keep children, teachers and librarians turning the pages.

Natasha Yim is a children's author, freelance writer, and playwright. Yim’s first picture book, Otto's Rainy Day, was a Kids' Pick of the Lists selection. She went onto to write two picture book biographies for elementary age children, Cixi, The Dragon Empress and Sacajawea of the Shoshone for local micro-publisher Goosebottom Books. After a nine-year publishing journey, Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, a multicultural re-telling of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story, was published by Charlesbridge Publishing and is a Junior Library Guild and Scholastic Book Club selection. Natasha’s latest book, The Rock Maiden, re-envisions a Chinese folk tale was released by Wisdom Tales Press this spring.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alex McNeil & Andrew Vargas Delman - Personal Essay for College Admission (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:00am

Two Sundays: Sep. 24 & Oct. 1 2017 • 10:00am-12:00pm • $125

The college essay is a powerful tool for conveying a student’s personality while demonstrating capacities for introspection and maturity. Over two weekends, we explore the fundamentals of a great college essay—learning to recognize and avoid cliché, accessing stories that reconcile past experiences with future aspirations, and learning the art of self-evaluation and revision. The workshop is a chance for rising high school seniors to brainstorm and to begin writing their own college essays.

Alex McNeil and Andrew Vargas Delman are the founders of North Coast Prep, a tutoring and college counseling group that helps families navigate the process of applying to college with an emphasis on student health and mental wellbeing. They have extensive experience as tutors and teachers, application consultants, and writing advisors, and have written two short books—one about the “prestige trap” of college admissions, and another about their “whole person” approach to college applications.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 4:00pm

4 Sundays: Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, & Oct. 29 • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm • $240

Polish your manuscript in a safe space built on respect and honesty.The focus is on rendering quintessential characters, vivid settings, page-turning plots, and snappy dialog. Andrea guides the group through a powerful revision process and self-editing mastery. Each writer receives a copy of Andrea’s popular mini-book: How to polish your words in 17 easy steps.

Andrea Alban is the author of nine books, including her debut teen novel ANYA’S WAR (an ALA honor book and shortlisted for China’s Panda Award), and bestseller THE HAPPINESS TREE. 

Andrea's Writer's Tribe is a safe and creative space to bring your work in progress. Andrea's skilled facilitation, keen literary eye, and delightful sense of humor make these Sunday afternoon gatherings the highlight of my week. Andrea is a writer's dream come true. Not only do you learn from the invaluable critiques of your own work, but her in-class critiques of your fellow writers' work are richly informative and insightful. I have queried, and had several interested responses for my novel and know that what I have learned in Andrea's Tribal circle has been in large part what I needed to get a foot in the door. 
—Nina Vincent

Thanks to Andrea and the Writer's Tribe, my story is polished and ready to go! Andrea's expertise and superb editing skills alone are worth the price of admission. Andrea guides the Tribe with profound wisdom and gentle humor. Class participants are supportive of one another, and we 'bonded" as a group. None of us wanted the class to end!
—Gailya Magdalena

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Melanie Vetter - Deepening Connections: Legacy Letter Writing Workshop (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 10:00am

Sat., February 3 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $75

**Class closed, please call 415 927-0960 with any questions**

Legacy Letters allow you to share wisdom, traditions, values, blessings and love with people special to you. They are tangible objects, things people can return to again and again—and they do. If you hear Legacy Letters and think of wills or estates, there’s more to it than that. Legacy Letters don’t have to be connected to wealth or even end of life. Legacy Letters are for any time you want to deepen a connection with someone special in your life. With Legacy Letters, you can pass on special family stories and traditions, recognize major milestones such as a wedding, a birthday or a graduation in a meaningful way, share the stories and reasons behind gifts to others, and know you have said what is important. In this workshop, I will show you how to write your own Legacy Letters in four easy steps and you will have the opportunity to write one your self.

Melanie Vetter is the founder of Wellfleet Circle. Melanie's life’s work is dedicated to teaching and empowering others to celebrate, document and share a purposeful life using fun and joyful tools and techniques.  She helps others preserve and share  their intangible wealth—traditions, wisdom, values, stories and love. Melanie is a Harvard Law School trained attorney and business professional and a certified Legacy Advisor. She holds a certificate in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, and is also a Certified Senior Advisor®.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Don George - Travel Writing in Point Reyes (Point Reyes)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

2017 Travel Writers & Photographers Pre-Conference Class
$120 for Conference Participants, $170 for General Public

Sold out. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 to inquire about waitlist availability. 

Join acclaimed National Geographic and Gadling.com travel writer and editor Don George for a day of exploration and travel writing in beautiful Point Reyes. George demonstrates the art of finding, researching, and note-taking in the field. Participants will explore the shops and sites of this seaside town, as well as the rolling hills and sweeping ocean views. The group gathers over a picnic lunch to talk about the writing experience and to discuss their work. Lunch and round-trip transportation provided.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust and of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing. He’s the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast and The Kindness of Strangers. Don George writes the monthly "Trip Lit" column for National Geographic Traveler, and edits the BBC Travel’s literary travel column, “Chance Encounters.”

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: Hallie Ephron - Writing the Wave (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

2017 Mystery Writers Pre-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

Writing the Wave: Investigation, Suspense, Action, Reflection

Typically, mystery novels unfurl in accelerating waves of establishing narrative (often investigation), building to suspense, building to action, resolving reflection, and then thrusting forward to the next wave. In this workshop we’ll examine each element of this “ISAR” wave, and learn how to construct scenes that end with a hook, grab readers, and move the story forward. Topics include: dissecting the waves in a mystery/thriller; strategies for writing investigation; strategies for writing suspense; strategies for writing action; strategies for writing reflection; hook and grab scene structure; writing the waves across a book length work, modulating the pace, building to a dramatic climax, and resolving in a final coda.

Hallie Ephron is a bestselling author of Never Tell a Lie; Come and Find Me; There Was an Old Woman; and most recently, You’ll Never Know, Dear. She is also the mystery reviewer for the Boston Globe. The daughter of screenwriters, she grew up with her famous writer sisters, Nora, Delia, and Amy.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Pre-Conference Class: David Corbett - The Deeper Mystery (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

2017 Mystery Writers Pre-Conference Class
$90 for Conference Participants, $125 for General Public

The crime-mystery-thriller genre is often thought of as principally a form of entertainment, but it is also a great deal more. In this pre-conference class, award-winning author and conference co-chair David Corbett guides students through a number of techniques and thematic considerations to reach deeper into the material of their stories. The goal is to reach the more meaningful and dramatically powerful elements within the genre. Topics will include moral argument and the Unity of Opposites, the will to justice vs. the will to power, realism (and its limits), the elusive nature of truth, what is a just society, individual freedom vs. social responsibility, Satanic Villains vs. Monsters, and (as Conrad put it) man’s “miserable ingenuity in error.”

David Corbett worked 15 years for the famed private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland. He is the author of several novels including Done for a Dime (A New York Times Notable Book), His latest is Thirteen Confessions: Stories. His writing text, The Art of Character, has been called “a writer’s bible.”

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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