The Storyteller’s Toolbox: Fiction Workshop (Berkeley)

Nine Weeks,  7-9:30 p.m. (this class is not currently scheduled)
$335 members/$365 others   Berkeley
Testimonials for Nick

“We are surrounded by stories,” says Nick Mamatas. “We tell them and we live them. In very real ways our personalities themselves are just stories we tell other people and ourselves. But how can these stories be made interesting on the page? I ask myself this question every time I sit down to write.”

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Jumpstart Your Blog

Saturday Aug. 10th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.    Berkeley
$95 members/$110 others

Do you want to clarify your blog’s purpose? Commit (or re-commit) to a more regular blogging practice? Has “write on my blog” been languishing on your to-do list for far too long?

If your blog is in need of rejuvenation or resuscitation, this workshop will give you fresh inspiration, help you explore new directions, and also dispense some brass tacks information.

“Three obstacles people encounter when they start to blog,” says Britt Bravp, “are time, traffic and topics. I can give you tools to help you overcome these obstacles, jumpstart your blog, and very possibly fall in love with it all over again!”

“We’ll talk about how to find more time to blog, how to create an editorial calendar, how to increase traffic and readership, and how to format your posts to better draw readers in.

“But more importantly, we’ll also discuss ways to rev up your enthusiasm by learning how to generate more fun topics, how to develop your own unique blogging “voice,” and how to write different types of posts (e.g. personal story, how-to, and guest posts).”

Please bring to class:

* Print-outs of 2-3 blog posts that make you say, “I wanna blog like that!”
* A photo of an experience, or event you’d like to write about on their blog
* 2-3 magazines you don’t mind cutting up

Britt Bravo is a blogger, podcaster, creative career coach, and social media consultant for artists, creative entrepreneurs and nonprofits. She began blogging in 2005 with the launch of her personal blog, Have Fun * Do Good. Since then, she has written for the Huffington Post, WEtv’s WE Volunteer blog, BlogHer, NetSquared, the Stanford Social Innovation Review Opinion Blog, WorldChanging, The Extraordinaries, and the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship blog. She also produces the Big Vision Podcast, and the Arts and Healing Podcast. In 2007, the East Bay Express named her the Best Podcaster/Blogger Most Dedicated to Social Change. Britt is a frequent speaker about blogging and social media, and has presented at events such as the Bioneers, BlogHer Conference, Ladies Who Launch, Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference, Writing for Change Conference, and San Francisco Writer’s Conference. For more information about her work, go to

Books to the Sky: Middle-Grade and Young Adult Novel Writing

Six Online Group Chats (Saturdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., plus online interaction and guidance between chats) Note: This class is not currently scheduled $435 members/$465 others

“Writing a novel for kids or teens is unique in that a writer must imagine the world from a young reader’s perspective,” says Lindsey Alexander. “But like any worthwhile writing project, getting it done takes discipline, focus, and an ability to stick with it.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jane Underwood: I Want to Write BUT – A Kick in the “But” Class for …YOU?

Saturday Oct. 26th, 10 am to 4 pm   CLOSED
$95 members/$110 others     San Francisco
Testimonials for Jane

You want to write but you can’t. You don’t. You won’t. Because?

“Don’t bother answering that question,” says Jane Underwood. “I’ve already heard your answer(s) a million times, from other writers and/or aspiring writers. I’ve heard the answer(s) from myself as well. We can all be wildly creative with our ‘why I can’t’ answers (excuses). So why not take that creativity and apply it to some actual writing? What a concept! Woohoo!

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