35 posts by Karma Bennett

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Writing Dialogue that Sings with Jane K. Cleland

Sunday, January 16th We Level up Our Dialogue Skills Dialogue is one of three narrative tools to move the plot along and reveal character (in addition to description and action). Each character must speak with a unique voice—an amalgam of style, tone, intonation, and word choices. (And it must be formatted and punctuated properly). This Sunday, Jane K. Cleland will show you what you ...

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Making Podcasts Work For Writers [SPEAKER SERIES Sunday Nov. 21st]

Join Us Sunday November 21st on Zoom to Learn What Podcasting Can Do for Writers Podcasts are for people who would rather listen than read, right? Not necessarily. Every writer should know the three powerful ways that podcasting can boost their literary life: as a listener, as a guest, and as a podcast creator. Award-winning podcast host (The Midlife Mixtape Podcast) and author (The Thank-You ...

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Researching a Historical Figure: Bringing Charmian Kittredge London to the Page

  October 17th as Iris Jamahl Dunkle Takes us Into the Life of a Trailblazer, Author, and Adventurer At our Sunday, October 17th meeting, award-winning literary biographer Iris Jamahl Dunkle will take us on the adventure of Charmian Kittredge London's life. We'll learn about her time living in Oakland and Berkeley, working in San Francisco, and her career as a writer. Dunkle will ...

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Interview with Annalisa Parent, author of Storytelling for Pantsers

Our speaker for Sunday September 19th Annalisa Parent helps writers to finish, publish and sell their novels. She owns and operates Date with the Muse, LLC, which helps storytellers to publish traditionally at the highest level possible. A Teacher of the Year nominee for her use of neuroscience principles, she applies these same principles to her work with writers to create confidence, ...

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5 Insider Secrets to Show-Stopping Novel Beginnings

Join Us on Zoom September 19th to Learn Annalisa's Parent's Insider Tips to Get Readers Hooked on your Novel You know you’ve got a great story idea, but how do you make it so great that it rises from slush pile to publication? Author and Writing Coach Annalisa Parent has helped hundreds of writers to improve their craft and to become published authors. She knows the inside tricks to get ...

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Interview with our Race as Context Panelists

We're so excited to wrap up our 2020-2021 speaker series with a unique conversation between Alex Sato, Gabriel Campbell, Jhon Valdes Klinger, and Kim Shuck, moderated by member Ellen McBarnette. This diverse and talented group of writers and poets will share their perspectives on race as context, and inspire discussion and exploration for others. We sent them some questions and their answers were so fantastic we really would rather bind them up and publish them as a book. Below are just a few of the highlights.

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Learn WordPress: a Workshop with Karma Bennett

At last month's meeting we gave you tips on improving your website, now we'll teach the skills to do it, in a hands-on workshop on WordPress. The workshop will be held over Zoom, so you can beautify your website from the comfort of your own computer. What Is WordPress? What is WordPress? WordPress is a way for you to run a website without having to know a single line of code. Just ...

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April 18th Join Emily Cotler on Author Websites that Really Work

Your website is the only place online where YOU control the narrative. It’s the definitive word on your career, and this month’s speaker will help you make it the best it can be. Emily Cotler, founder and creative director of Waxcreative Designs, which boasts over 100 acclaimed author websites, shares best practices of a high-end author website service that can help any author. Emily will ...

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How to Submit Your Poetry—a Workshop with Keith Mark Gaboury

On April 25th, poet Keith Mark Gaboury will lead us in a workshop that will focus on the step-by-step process of how a poet can submit their poetry to a wide range of literary journals along with presses that accept chapbooks and full-length manuscripts. You'll gain access to a Google Doc with links to online databases of literary journals, presses and websites that feature active submission ...

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Grantwriting for Writers

More and More Funders Are Giving Support to Individuals Experienced Grant Strategist Denise Pate Shares Insider Tips on Winning Funding March 21st at 1 p.m. Historically-most grant support was given to nonprofit organizations. Denise Pate manages the Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, one of the few places where INDIVIDUALS can find support for their work. She is part of the growing ...

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