Writing Classes

Class: Christine O'Brien - Macro-Micro Memoir: Using Structure and Specifics to Shape Your Nonfiction (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 10:00am

Sunday January 6th, 2019 • 10am - 4pm • $140

Micro Macro Memoir, Using Structure and Specifics to Shape your Nonfiction: Students focus on specifics (“micro”) such as scene, exposition, and detail, as well as structural elements, (“macro”), including premise, limiting belief and the 7 steps of story archetype, to generate useable material for their memoirs.

Christine O’Brien grew up in New York and Beverly Hills and teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California. Her work has appeared in The Seneca Review and The Slush Pile. Her memoir Crave, a Memoir of Food and Longing, which Booklist calls “compelling” and a “page turner,” and Lit Hub lists as one of ten memoirs to look for in 2018, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on November 13, 2018.

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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 13th, 2018

“Do you mind that I’m going to be writing a book about the fact that I was hungry?” I asked my mother. “Just tell a good story,” she replied.


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Class: Jackie Ashton - Fast-Track Your Writing Career (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 11:00am

Saturday January 12, 2019 • 11am-4pm • $110

Learn from a seasoned writer (The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon) how to fast-track your writing career. We will kick off 2019 by developing an action plan for financial success. You will learn: how to differentiate yourself from other writers, how to write a pitch that editors can't resist, and how to get regular writing gigs (that don't require pitching). Join us for a day of writing, community, and career growth.

Jackie Ashton is a seasoned freelance writer based in San Francisco. Her writing on health, lifestyle, and education—as well as parenting in the digital age—has appeared in publications like The New York TimesThe Washington Post, Salon and Redbook, among other outlets.

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Class: Barbara Rose Brooker - Boomer Bestseller One Day Workshop (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 10:00am

Sunday, January 13, 2019 • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm • $100

You’re 40, suddenly 60, 80, and you have an idea for a book, but you don’t know how to shape it into a publishable book, and how to submit it to Hollywood. Barbara Rose Brooker’s Boomer Bestseller Workshop, and her Writing Aerobics, will guide you from concept to writing a table of contents, synopsis, storyboard, how to write a scene, develop your characters, storyline, and all elements of craft. Come with a dream and leave with an outline and a draft!

Barbara Rose Brooker has published eleven books, with Morrow, Simon & Schuster, Crossing, and other venues.  Her latest novel will be published in 2019 with a major mainstream publisher. Her novel The Viagra Diaries is still in development for a TV series.  She teaches writing workshops at SFSU/OLLI.  She believes that anyone at every age can write and publish a book.

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Class: Andrea Alban - Writers Tribe (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 4:30pm

Four Sundays: Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 10, & 24, 2019 • 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm • $260

**Winter session full, Spring session now open for registration**

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

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Class: Nina Schuyler - Stunning Sentences (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, January 19, 2019  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm • $120

You’ve got a great story, but do you have great sentences? In this class, you’ll learn about right-branching, mid-branching, and left-branching sentences. You’ll learn how to write suspenseful sentences, and sentences with rhythm and sound, which can be hard-hitting or as soft as a spring-scented wind. You’ll learn how to write a long sentence and one with precise imprecision. The class is applicable to all genres, fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Nina Schuyler's novel, The Translator, won the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize. Her first novel, The Painting, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco.

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Class: Don George - Travel Writing Intensive (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:30pm

Seven Wednesdays: Jan. 23 - Mar. 13 (no class Mar. 6), 2019 • 6:30 - 9:00 pm • $425

Don George’s seven-week intensive travel writing class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop. The emphasis is on the craft of travel writing. Weekly assignments progress from a few paragraphs to full-length articles, with the goal of writing publishable pieces. Students learn to research stories, write query letters, work with editors, and market their articles. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories, including many tales in the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

**Space Limited**

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Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Writing and Publishing (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday January 26, 2019 • 10:00 - 2:00 pm • $120 

 This workshop will teach you how to get your book published and into the hands of readers. The world of publishing is changing rapidly, and each change brings new challenges.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is almost uniquely qualified to help writers get through these issues, because she has successfully written and published books through several channels—from major publishers to self-publishing. She is a poet, travel writer, a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. She is the founder and leader of Left Coast Writers.

 

 

 

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Class: David Mura - Lessons from a Stranger's Journey: Race, Identity & Narrative Craft in Writing (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm • $75

In the first half-hour of this class, we’ll briefly explore the issues, skills and knowledge involved with writing about race, and the need for such instruction with all students, regardless of their race. In the last two and a half hours, we’ll explore the basics of narrative construction in fiction and memoir. Topics will include the irreconcilable conflicts, the use of lies, the structures of myth and the three-act play, and the author as the Devil tempting her characters. Students will be given pre-class assignments and readings.

David Mura is a memoirist, novelist, poet, and literary critic. He is long recognized as a master teacher at writing programs like VONA, the Loft, and the Stonecoast MFA. He has written the novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire and two memoirs: Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Where the Body Meets Memory: An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality, and Identity.
 

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Class: Janet Stickmon - Writing Your Untold Story (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:00am

Saturday, February 9, 2019  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm • $75

Ever feel like there's a story inside of you that's dying to come out?  During this workshop, you will learn ways of wrapping words around experiences so they can come to life and be a story you can share with others.  The story you tell could become a tool for liberation...for yourself as well as for others. 

Janet Stickmon is a professor of Humanities at Napa Valley College and the author of Crushing Soft Rubies—A Memoir and Midnight Peaches, Two O’clock Patience. Essays from Stickmon’s forthcoming book To Black Parents Visiting Earth:  Raising Black Children in the 21st Century have been featured in Mutha Magazine and The Huffington Post and will be released in paperback December 2018.

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Class: Connie Josefs - The Shape of Time in Memoir (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 2:30pm

Saturday, February 9, 2019  • 2:30-5:30 pm • $95

Time can be one of the most challenging aspects of memoir. We view events from two vantage points: then and now. How do writers accommodate this shifting narrative stance? How do we effectively utilize hindsight to gain access to narratives of the past? This workshop will explore how memoirists organize time, voice and point of view to structure scenes and create coherence. Format includes readings, discussion and writing exercises. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome. 

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher and writing coach. She has led workshops in fiction and creative non-fiction writing for 25 years and has worked extensively with writers over 50 to write and publish their memoirs. She has taught writing at the University of New Mexico, The Taos Writers Conference and Santa Monica College, and has been a writer and story analyst for film and television. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, New Millenium Writings, Chokecherries and The Whole Life Times. Connie holds an MFA in fiction writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern New Mexico and provides coaching and developmental editing for new and experienced writers.

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