April 21st— "Plan Your Novel Like a Pro" with Beth Barany
At our April meeting Beth Barany will help you brainstorm the steps to create your novel—from character development to plot structure to story themes and world building—so you can start writing your novel with clarity and confidence.We’ll do bite-sized exercises step-by-step to help you stretch your imagination and get excited about the writing process.If you have never written a novel, still feel lost on how to go from brilliant idea to The End, or always hit that sagging middle and lose focus, this event will help you dream up exciting ways to torture—er, challenge—your characters all the way to the resolution of the story.
Interview with Victoria Zackheim, Author of The Bone Weaver and This Sunday's Guest Speaker
This Sunday's keynote speaker Victoria Zackheim wrote The Bone Weaver, and edited six anthologies, including the bestselling The Other Woman. She teaches creative nonfiction in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and is a frequent speaker and instructor at writers’ conferences and organizational events in the US, France, Mexico and Canada. Many of her works have been adapted for stage and screen, so we've asked her a few questions about that in preparation for her presentation on the topic: “From Print to Performance: Adapting Books to Film and Theater” Clickthrough to read our interview with Victoria Zackheim.
A Few Words about Haiku Poet Leena Prasad
Leena Prasad writes to find comfort in her foibles and her triumphs, to take snapshots of her thoughts and emotions, to explore the beauty and the ugliness of the world, to leave a legacy… and, most of all, to connect by finding resonance with her readers. Leena will be our featured reader on Sunday before Keynote speaker Victoria Zackheim. Here's a little bit about her: Born in India, Leena ...
4/3 WORKSHOP: "Setting that Works" with author John Byrne Barry
The best setting is more than a pretty, or gritty description. It’s lean and strong, because it’s working two or more jobs—pushing your story along, helping us get to know your protagonist better. Join us for Setting That Works on April 3rd at WeWork (2201 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612). In this hands-on workshop, John Byrne Barry, author of Wasted: Murder in the Recycle Berkeley Yard, and Bones in the Wash: Politics is Tough. Family is Tougher, will review the different ways setting can strengthen your story, and lead a writing exercise putting what we learn into action.