18 posts in category Workshops

Affordable workshops related to the craft and business of writing. See the Workshops page for more info.

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Writing Punchy Dialogue: a Workshop with Terry Tierney

Crisp dialogue makes a story come alive. In the best fiction, what characters say is often what we remember the most. Writing dialogue is more than recording the casual comments your characters might share. Through their words, characters reveal their emotions and move the story forward. To be effective, dialogue should be well honed and carry the impact of poetry or drama, while still feeling realistic to the reader. This workshop led by Terry Tierney will focus on methods of writing dialogue ...

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How to Pitch to a Literary Agent and Have Fun Doing It

Tuesday, April 25 · 12 - 1p.m. In this brown-bag one hour presentation, there will be demos from the organizers of Pitch-o-Rama, the annual literary pitch event in San Francisco. Have you ever wanted to pitch your novel to a literary agent, but were afraid you would not know what to say? This special event hosted by CWC-Berkeley members gives an up-close look at how to pitch your book in person or by Zoom and have fun doing it! Drawing on years of experience from organizing the ...

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The Creative Side of Research — A Workshop with Amy Shea — 4/22/23

In The Creative Side of Research: The Anatomy of a Creative Essay, essayist and writing teacher Amy Shea shares the power of incorporating research into your narrative nonfiction, longform essay, and creative nonfiction.  April 22, 2023, 10-12am on Zoom How does a writer decide when, how, and how much research to include in a creative essay? In this workshop, discussion will focus on the reasons for including research, how research can improve an essay, considerations on how to ...

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2/27 WORKSHOP – “The Narrative Gateway: Poems That Tell Stories” with Paul Corman Roberts

Whether the narrative poem is situated in the classical omniscient third person or the lyrical “I,” it has always served as one of the most popular and accessible forms of verse that opens the windows of the world up to more readers than perhaps any other form of poetry. In this workshop we will compare and contrast modern and postmodern narrative stylings that border on flash fiction, and we will generate writing through close reading prompts and editing prompts that take “poetry” to ...

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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 as you don't have to know how to code to write an email in Gmail, WordPress is an interface that you ...

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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 calls. At the end of the workshop, a poet will have a thorough understanding of how they can send their ...

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Cracking Open The Poetic Voice: a Workshop with Paul Corman-Roberts

Join us January 28th at 7 p.m. for a Narrative Journey that Will Help Fiction and Non-fiction Writers Alike Find Your Poetic Voice with Paul Corman-Roberts This 2+ hour workshop led by Paul Corman-Roberts is a series of close narrative readings and generative exercises designed to help not just poets but also prose and fiction writers the opportunity to expand the voices within their own imaginations. Find your authentic voice without appropriating or using language that sounds ...

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3/15 WORKSHOP—"Journalology" with Terry Tierney

SPECIAL EVENT: Journalology: Submitting Your Work to Literary Journals 3-5p.m. at our meeting location in Preservation Park. At our next monthly meeting, we have a unique offering in lieu of our 4pm CRAFT GROUP. Craft group leader Terry Tierney will be offering a 2-hour, hands-on workshop on the literary submission process to kick-start our club's new identified goals of supporting writers in this crucial task. PRICE: Included with meeting: $10 public/$5 members More info here. Lit...

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FREE Audiobooks Workshop Nov 14th, Featuring Becky Parker Geist

Becky Parker Geist has produced over 200 audiobooks and she shares her expertise in our November workshop. Learn key aspects of the audiobook production process so you can make the right choices when it comes to publishing an audiobook.

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9/23/19 – Mini-WORKSHOP with Kathy Meis of Bublish

Help Your Audience Find You Tips for Writers on Book PositioningA Dessert Discussion with Bublish Founder + CEO Kathy Meis Monday, September 23, 20197:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Lungomare Restaurant, Jack London Square (map) Join us for a casual conversation with a leading light in the new book industry. Kathy Meis is passionate about helping authors break through the noise. Come hear her advice for creating a  strong marketing foundation at any stage of writing your book—from first draft to ...

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