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Winter Write-In with Kate Busatto
7:00-8:30pm PT
Community Event - Celebrate Alta's Issue 27 at City Lights
7:00-8:00pm PT
Winter Classes Virtual Open House
7:00-8:00pm PT
Spring 2024 Classes Virtual Open House
6:30-9:00pm
Build a World, Seduce the World: How to Hook Your Film or TV Audience with Xandra Castleton
6:30-8:30pm PT
Storytelling: A Yearlong Intensive
6:30-8:30pm PT
Storytelling: Revise and Refine: You're Almost There! With Audrey Ferber
6:30-8:30pm
Plan Your Author Event with Elizabeth Forsyth
6:00-8:30pm PT
Write Gripping Stories and Create Unforgettable Characters with Maury Zeff
6:00-8:30pm PT
Playing with Point of View: A Generative Workshop with Rachel Howard
6:00-8:00pm PT
Storytelling: A Deeper Dive: Style, Structure, and Design with Doug Henderson
6:00-8:00pm PT
Plotting Your Novel with Anoop Judge
6:00-8:00pm PT
Flash Fiction: Little Stories with a Big Kick with Jenny Bitner Spring 2024
6:00-8:00pm PT
Reading & Writing the Personal Essay with Mark Wallace
6:00-7:00pm
Spring Write-In with Rowena Leong Singer
6:00-7:00pm
First Page Feedback: Short Story with Rowena Leong Singer
6:00-7:00pm
First Page Feedback: Short Story with Rowena Leong Singer
5:30-8:00pm PT
Fund Your Writing Project with Lyzette Wanzer
5:30-7:30pm PT
The Business of Freelancing with Carly Stern
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: September 20th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: November 15th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: August 16th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: June 28th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: May 17th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting and New Member Welcome: April 19th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: March 15th, 2024
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading + Meeting: February 16th, 2024: Carol Edgarian in Conversation with Bridget Quinn
5:00-7:00pm PT
Private Event: Arts Happy Hour
5:00-7:00pm PT
Private Event: Arts Happy Hour
5:00-6:30pm
Poetry About Mothers with Jenny Qi
5:00-6:30pm
Explore the Poetry of Science with Jenny Qi
5:00-6:30pm
Explore the Poetry of Science with Jenny Qi
5:00-6:30pm
Explore the Poetry of Science with Jenny Qi
5:00-6:00pm PT
Winter Write-In with Jenny Qi
5:00-6:00pm PT
Winter Write-In with Jenny Qi
5:00-6:00pm PT
Winter Write-In with Doug Henderson
5:00-6:00pm PT
Winter Write-In with Doug Henderson
5:00-6:00pm PT
*Postponed* The Writers Grotto Salesforce Words & Stories Series, Feb. 1st
5:00-6:00pm PT
The Writers Grotto Salesforce Words & Stories Series, Feb. 8th
5:00-6:00pm PT
The Writers Grotto Salesforce Words & Stories Series, Feb. 15th
5:00-6:00pm PT
The Writers Grotto Salesforce Words & Stories Series, Feb. 22nd
5:00-6:00pm PT
The Writers Grotto Salesforce Words & Stories Series, Feb. 29th *Postponed*
5:00-6:00pm
Spring Write-In with Rowena Leong Singer
4:30pm
Members Only: Book Club - "A Council of Dolls" by Mona Susan Power
4:30-6:00pm PT
Members Only: January Book Club
4:00pm-5:00pm PT
First Page Feedback with Lisa Lerner
4:00-6:00pm PT
Community Event - Moving Breast Cancer Memoirs by Wildfire Magazine
3:30-5:30pm PT
Members Only: Celebration of Books Published by The Writers Grotto Members
3:00-4:30 p.m. PT
Members Only: Essay/Memoir Workshop Group
3:00-4:30 p.m. PT
Members Only: Essay/Memoir Workshop Group
3:00-4:30 p.m. PT
Members Only: Essay/Memoir Workshop Group
3:00-4:30 p.m. PT
Members Only: Essay/Memoir Workshop Group
3:00-4:30 p.m. PT
Members Only: Essay/Memoir Workshop Group
3:00-4:30 p.m. PT
Members Only: Essay/Memoir Workshop Group
2:00-5:00pm
Writing in Pictures - A Screenwriting Primer with Xandra Castleton
2:00-4:30pm PT
Refresh and Reset Your Writing with Elizabeth Forsyth
2:00-3:00pm PT
Craft & Career: Investing in an MFA: Reflections from during and after the MFA experience with Lee Ann Prescott and Doug Henderson
2:00-3:00pm PT
Craft & Career: Build Immersive Worlds in Fiction and Nonfiction with Laird Harrison
2:00-3:00pm PT
Craft & Career: A Beginner's Guide to Reading and Writing the Personal Essay with Mark Wallace
1:00-4:30pm PT
Title Toolkit with T.K. Rex
1:00-2:00pm
Spring Write-In with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
1:00-2:00pm
Spring Write-In with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
12:45pm PT
Members only: Future Events/Projects Brainstorming
12:30-1:30pm
Spring Write-In with Xandra Castleton
12:30-1:30pm
Spring Write-In with Xandra Castleton
12:00-1:00pm PT
Winter Write-In with Lisa Lerner
12:00-1:00pm PT
Winter Write-In with Lisa Lerner
12:00-1:00pm
Spring Write-In with Celeste Chan
12:00-1:00pm
Spring Write-In with Celeste Chan
12:00-1:00pm
Spring Write-In with Lisa Lerner
12:00-1:00pm
Spring Write-In with Lisa Lerner
11:00am-12:00pm
First Page Feedback: Short Story with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
11:00am-12:00pm
First Page Feedback: Short Story with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
11:00am-12:00pm
First Page Feedback: Personal Essay with Audrey Ferber
11:00am-12:00pm
First Page Feedback: Personal Essay with Audrey Ferber
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Revise Your Novel with Scrivener with Janine Kovac
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Members Only: Remote Coworking Session
10:00-11:00am
Spring Write-In with Doug Henderson
10:00-11:00am
Spring Write-In with Doug Henderson
1 - 3pm PT
Create Queries That Get You Noticed with Rowena Leong Singer
8:00-9:00am
First Page Feedback: Novel with Lisa Lerner
8:00-9:00am
First Page Feedback: Novel with Lisa Lerner

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Spring 2024 Write-In Season Pass

Take some time for your writing this spring with a series of virtual write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students.


Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule.


Cost: $25/session or $99 for a season pass!

Sessions:

  • Wednesday, April 3rd, at 1pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Monday, April 8th, at 1pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Wednesday, April 17th, at 6pm with Rowena Leong Singer
  • Saturday, April 27th, at 10am with Doug Henderson
  • Wednesday, May 1st, at 12:30pm with Xandra Castleton
  • Wednesday, May 8th, at 12:30pm with Xandra Castleton
  • Wednesday, May 15th, at 6pm with Rowena Leong Singer
  • Saturday, May 25th, at 10am with Doug Henderson
  • Friday, May 31st, at 12pm with Celeste Chan
  • Friday, June 7th, at 12pm with Celeste Chan
  • Thursday, June 13th, at 12pm with Lisa Lerner
  • Thursday, June 20th, at 12pm with Lisa Lerner

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Reading & Writing the Personal Essay with Mark Wallace

Mondays, April 15th - June 3rd* | One of the best ways to improve your writing is through close readings of great work. We'll unlock the secrets of great personal essays in this 7-week class, and apply those lessons as students workshop projects of their own.

The class combines focused, constructive workshopping of student writing with an examination of outstanding published essays past and present. We'll split our time each week between providing feedback on students' essays, and performing a close read of one or more published pieces. We'll talk about techniques that can be used to "get inside" a piece, and students will put those techniques to work not just in understanding their own work but in learning to provide useful feedback for their fellow writers as well.

We'll read essayists like Alexander Chee, Joan Didion, Gloria Anzaldúa, Mary Ruefle, and more. Along the way, we'll get at the heart of what makes a great personal essay tick. Workshopping will focus on what each writer wants to accomplish, with constructive feedback provided to help move them closer to their goals. By the end of the class, you'll have gained new insights and made important progress with your own work, and will have learned a new set of tools through the close study of how great writers approach the personal essay.

*Note: there is no class on April 22nd.

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Dates:
Mondays, April 15th - June 3rd from 6:00 - 8:00 PM PDT
Fee:
$
549 or register by April 8th to receive a 10% discount!
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Flash Fiction: Little Stories with a Big Kick with Jenny Bitner Spring 2024

MONDAYS, April 15th - May 20th | Do you want to write the Great American Novel but find it hard to finish a short story? Maybe you need to ease into writing with something you can write a first draft of in a few hours. I believe that before we can tackle a longer piece of writing, it’s important to learn the elements of what make good writing, and the perfect practice ground for this is short fiction.

This class will focus on learning these elements by writing flash fiction (stories under 1500 words). We will discuss different aspects of craft and read some of the best examples of flash by authors like Lydia Davis, George Saunders, Sherman Alexie and Carmen Maria Machado.

I will give you weekly writing prompts, and each week the class will give you feedback on a new story. At the end of the class I will encourage you to send your finished work out into the world. Many stories from past classes have been published!

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Dates:
Mondays, April 15th - May 20th, from 6:00 - 8:00pm
Fee:
$
450 or register before April 8th to receive 10% off your registration!
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Spring Write-In: Wednesday, April 17th with Rowena Leong Singer

Take some time for your writing this spring with a series of virtual write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students.

Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule.

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Dates:
Wednesday, April 17th at 6pm
Fee:
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25 or $99 for a season pass!
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Storytelling: Revise and Refine: You’re Almost There! with Audrey Ferber

“Revision is a kind of ripening, intensified by close attention.” Jane Hirshfield

In this third section of the yearlong Storytelling Intensive, we will revisit the story, essay or chapter you’ve been working on. First, we will read aloud to each other, to see where the prose slips. Revision exercises from our text, “The Making of a Story” by Alice LaPlante, and other teaching luminaries, will break down elements of revision and offer practical exercises to address technique. We will write the story to expand and deepen character and motivation. Expect reading and writing homework tailored to address the issues that arise as we revise. And we will talk about the art of patience. Revision demands both the time to let your work speak to you and a belief in your creative process.You will leave the class with another draft of your piece and ideas about how to take it further.

Each participant will be workshopped and receive feedback from the instructor and your peers.

This class is also open to students not part of the Intensive but you must bring a draft of a story, essay or chapter to focus on.


This is the final quarter of Storytelling: A Yearlong Intensive. Students are welcome to register for this class regardless if they attended the first two quarters.

Books required: The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing by Alice La Plante.

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Dates:
Wednesdays, April 17th - June 5th, from 6:30 - 8:30pm PDT
Fee:
$
595; register by April 10th to receive a 10% discount!
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First Page Feedback: Novel with Lisa Lerner on April 18th

Your first page makes all the difference; it grabs your reader's attention and can be the difference between a "yes" and a no" when it comes to agents and editors. More and more, with attention spans pulled in every direction, publishers are eager to see conflict and stakes from the beginning, yet so many writers fail to show this early enough in a story to hook readers.

In these one-hour sessions (with a max of four students), teachers will give feedback on up to 350 words. We ask that students submit their first page one week in advance of the session; each session's instructor contact details can be found in the confirmation email. Please note that your work will be shared with the other students in the session. We offer first page feedback sessions for novels, short stories, and personal essays. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up early to secure your spot.

Novel:

  • Thursday, April 4th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner
  • Thursday, April 18th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner

Short Story:

  • Tuesday, May 7th, from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer
  • Thursday, May 9th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Thursday, May 16th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Wednesday, May 22nd from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer

Personal Essay:

  • Saturday, June 1st, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber
  • Saturday, June 15th, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber

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Dates:
Thursday, April 18th, from 8-9am
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Reading + Meeting and New Member Welcome: April 19th, 2024

Join us for an evening of readings by The Writers Grotto Members. All are welcome.

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Dates:
Friday, April 19th, from 5 - 7pm PT
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Free; suggested donation of $10
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The Business of Freelancing with Carly Stern

Thursdays, April 25th - May 23rd | Thinking about going freelance but don’t know where to start? Are you looking to pivot careers? Do you love to write but struggle to actually sell your work so it sees the light of day? No idea what a W9 form is or why you’re asked to pay taxes four times a year? This workshop is geared toward freelance creatives of all types — journalists, memoirists, videographers, essayists and the likes — and will lay the groundwork for how to run your creative enterprise like a business. Whether you chose to go independent or fell into freelancing as an interim measure after a layoff, this class will equip you with the basics of what you need to know.

In this course, we will cover pragmatic strategies for how to make a living from freelancing in the changing media landscape. We’ll cover how freelancing can be used to break into a creative field, supplement a part-time or full-time job in another industry, rebound from a layoff and cultivate a network of clients. Through class discussions and short prep worksheets, students will learn specific strategies for: marketing their services, diversifying income streams, monetizing different writing-related skills, negotiating rates and contracts, finding grants, building a portfolio website and managing a variable income. We’ll also cover nuts and bolts like filing quarterly taxes, calculating the value of your time and understanding liability as a freelancer.

This will be an interactive course that involves regular discussion and personal reflection. Students will be asked to complete prep materials consisting of a few short readings or podcasts, along with brief worksheets and prompts, before class. This is primarily a course focused on developing business skills related to freelancing, not craft.

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Dates:
Thurdays, April 25th - May 23rd from 5:30 - 7:30pm
Fee:
$
420, or $375 if you register before April 11th!
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Spring Write-In: Saturday, April 27th with Doug Henderson

Take some time for your writing this spring with a series of virtual write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students.

Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule.

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Dates:
Saturday, April 27th at 10am
Fee:
$
25 or $99 for a season pass!
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Craft & Career: A Beginner's Guide to Reading and Writing the Personal Essay with Mark Wallace

Join essayist and journalist Mark Wallace for a whirlwind tour through the history of the personal essay. We'll engage in a close reading of two knockout essays by two world-class writers (distributed before the beginning of class), we'll touch on essays and essayists from Michel de Montaigne to Joan Didion to Alexander Chee to Rachel Cusk and more, and we'll get into the nuts and bolts of drafting and polishing personal writing, so that you leave class newly energized and with a fresh set of tools for exploring personal stories, whether your own or those of the great writers of yesterday and today.

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Dates:
Sunday, April 28th, from 2-3pm
Fee:
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35 or $99 for a season pass
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Writing in Pictures — A Screenwriting Primer with Xandra Castleton

Sunday, April 28th | Those interested in screenwriting often begin with the same questions (and some misconceptions) about how and why screenwriting for film and television is different from other forms of writing. What’s different about writing with collaborators (such as directors and actors) in mind? What’s the relationship of the screenwriter to the audience? What, in practical terms, does it mean to “write in pictures”? We’ll tackle these topics and more through a fast-paced mix of lecture, group “table reads” of script excerpts, clips, discussion, and writing exercises in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Some of the topics we’ll study and practice include:

  • Creating unforgettable characters.
  • Writing crisp and believable dialogue.
  • Writing cinematically.
  • Strategies for testing a viable screenplay concept.

This class is for writers of all levels and genres new to screenwriting or seeking a refresher and community. All are welcome. Students will receive suggested screenplays and links to useful resources for continued learning and career development.

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Dates:
Sunday, April 28th, from 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Fee:
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135 or register before April 21st to save 10%!
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Spring Write-In: Wednesday, May 1st with Xandra Castleton

Take some time for your writing this spring with a series of virtual write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students.

Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule.

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Dates:
Wednesday, May 1st at 12:30pm
Fee:
$
25 or $99 for a season pass!
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Revise Your Book with Scrivener with Janine Kovac

Saturdays, May 4th - 18th | Stuck in the murky middle? Revise Your Book with Scrivener is a great jump start to get your book through its next revision. Perfect for novels, memoirs, and narrative nonfiction drafts that have stalled at their sticky places. Familiarity with Scrivener strongly suggested.

Class 1: Whatcha Got?
In this first class, we look at what's already on the page. I'll cover compilation formats and exporting to Word/Pages/Google Doc, etc. plus a review of composition mode and binder options. In our craft talk, we'll discuss how to determine what's already working in your ms and where to go from there.

Class 2: Revision Tools
Sometimes revision means cutting a new path and sometimes it means getting lost in the woods (and in your metaphors). How do you explore new possibilities and still keep track of the old ones? Strategies covered in this class include: bookmarks, snapshots, revision mode and a review of the Inspector.



Class 3: Hidden Gems
What happens when your revision needs more than a line edit? Not to worry! Scrivener to the rescue with an organizational overhaul. Think of it like California Closets for your novel. I’ll cover character templates, timeline hacks, labels, statuses, and keywords plus a review of the corkboard view and the outliner view.

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Dates:
Saturdays, May 4th - May 18th, from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Fee:
$
255 or register by April 27th to receive a 10% discount!
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First Page Feedback: Short Story with Rowena Leong Singer on May 7th

Your first page makes all the difference; it grabs your reader's attention and can be the difference between a "yes" and a no" when it comes to agents and editors. More and more, with attention spans pulled in every direction, publishers are eager to see conflict and stakes from the beginning, yet so many writers fail to show this early enough in a story to hook readers.

In these one-hour sessions (with a max of four students), teachers will give feedback on up to 350 words. We ask that students submit their first page one week in advance of the session; each session's instructor contact details can be found in the confirmation email. Please note that your work will be shared with the other students in the session. We offer first page feedback sessions for novels, short stories, and personal essays. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up early to secure your spot.

Novel:

  • Thursday, April 4th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner
  • Thursday, April 18th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner

Short Story:

  • Tuesday, May 7th, from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer
  • Thursday, May 9th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Thursday, May 16th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Wednesday, May 22nd from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer

Personal Essay:

  • Saturday, June 1st, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber
  • Saturday, June 15th, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber

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Dates:
Tuesday, May 7th, from 6-7pm
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29.99
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Spring Write-In: Wednesday, May 8th with Xandra Castleton

Take some time for your writing this spring with a series of virtual write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students.

Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule.

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Dates:
Wednesday, May 8th at 12:30pm
Fee:
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25 or $99 for a season pass!
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First Page Feedback: Short Story with Sabina Khan-Ibarra on May 9th

Your first page makes all the difference; it grabs your reader's attention and can be the difference between a "yes" and a no" when it comes to agents and editors. More and more, with attention spans pulled in every direction, publishers are eager to see conflict and stakes from the beginning, yet so many writers fail to show this early enough in a story to hook readers.

In these one-hour sessions (with a max of four students), teachers will give feedback on up to 350 words. We ask that students submit their first page one week in advance of the session; each session's instructor contact details can be found in the confirmation email. Please note that your work will be shared with the other students in the session. We offer first page feedback sessions for novels, short stories, and personal essays. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up early to secure your spot.

Novel:

  • Thursday, April 4th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner
  • Thursday, April 18th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner

Short Story:

  • Tuesday, May 7th, from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer
  • Thursday, May 9th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Thursday, May 16th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Wednesday, May 22nd from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer

Personal Essay:

  • Saturday, June 1st, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber
  • Saturday, June 15th, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber

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Dates:
Thursday, May 9th, from 11am-12pm
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Build a World, Seduce the World: How to Hook Your Film or TV Audience with Xandra Castleton

Tuesdays, May 14th - June 11th | The gatekeepers of the film and television industries make up their minds about a script in its very first pages. Those pages must not only charm and surprise, they must convince the reader that they are the foundation for a deeply imagined world and the compelling characters within it.

Whether you’re new to screenwriting, have a script under way or are revising, this course will help you achieve a great screenplay’s key objectives in an open and supportive workshop atmosphere. Through weekly writing exercises, table reads and script analysis you’ll learn how to introduce compelling characters, set a distinct tone, establish the rules of your fictional world, and hook your audience. We’ll dissect and discuss the scripts for American Fiction and the pilot script for Beef, along with interviews with screenwriters and excerpts from The TV Writer’s Workbook and The Screenwriter’s Bible. Students will complete the course with the opening pages of a screenplay, a one-line summary, and a toolbox of exercises, materials and resources to help them complete a unique script.

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Dates:
Tuesdays, May 14th - June 11th from 6:30 PM - 9:00pm
Fee:
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450 or register before May 7th to save 10%!
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Poetry About Mothers with Jenny Qi

Tuesday, May 14th | Mother’s Day can be difficult for many people. In this 90-minute generative workshop, we will read and briefly discuss poems about mothers—motherhood, mother loss, difficult mothers—and we will use this as inspiration for our own writing. Prose writers are also welcome.

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Dates:
Tuesday, May 14th from 5:00 - 6:30pm
Fee:
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60; register by May 8th to receive a 10% discount!
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Spring Write-In: Wednesday, May 15th with Rowena Leong Singer

Take some time for your writing this spring with a series of virtual write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students.

Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule.

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Dates:
Wednesday, May 15th at 6pm
Fee:
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25 or $99 for a season pass!
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First Page Feedback: Short Story with Sabina Khan-Ibarra on May 16

Your first page makes all the difference; it grabs your reader's attention and can be the difference between a "yes" and a no" when it comes to agents and editors. More and more, with attention spans pulled in every direction, publishers are eager to see conflict and stakes from the beginning, yet so many writers fail to show this early enough in a story to hook readers.

In these one-hour sessions (with a max of four students), teachers will give feedback on up to 350 words. We ask that students submit their first page one week in advance of the session; each session's instructor contact details can be found in the confirmation email. Please note that your work will be shared with the other students in the session. We offer first page feedback sessions for novels, short stories, and personal essays. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up early to secure your spot.

Novel:

  • Thursday, April 4th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner
  • Thursday, April 18th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner

Short Story:

  • Tuesday, May 7th, from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer
  • Thursday, May 9th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Thursday, May 16th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Wednesday, May 22nd from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer

Personal Essay:

  • Saturday, June 1st, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber
  • Saturday, June 15th, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber

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Dates:
Thursday, May 16th, from 11am-12pm
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Reading + Meeting: May 17th, 2024

Join us for an evening of readings by The Writers Grotto Members. All are welcome.

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Friday, May 17th, from 5 - 7pm PT
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Plan Your Author Event with Elizabeth Forsyth

Tuesday, May 21st |Are you looking for a way to share your work with the world but have no idea where to start? Does the thought of reading your work in front of strangers terrify you? Are you a self published author looking for ways to promote your book? This class gives an overview of how to plan your perfect author event. In this class we will cover: How to plan your author event

  • How to market your author event
  • Traditional and non-traditional ideas for where to host your author event
  • How to identify potential venues (and how to avoid the bad ones!)
  • Practical suggestions for the night of your event
  • ...and much more!

This class is for writers of all levels, including unpublished writers.

The price of this class includes:

  • one 15 minute consultation with Elizabeth Forsyth after the class to discuss their potential author event (scheduled at the teacher’s discretion)
  • A copy of Elizabeth Forsyth’s ‘DIY Author Events’ resource guide which covers class topics in more detail, and includes checklists and resources

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Dates:
Tuesday, May 21st from 6:30 - 8:30pm
Fee:
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75 or register by May 14th to receive a 10% discount!
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First Page Feedback: Short Story with Rowena Leong Singer on May 22nd

Your first page makes all the difference; it grabs your reader's attention and can be the difference between a "yes" and a no" when it comes to agents and editors. More and more, with attention spans pulled in every direction, publishers are eager to see conflict and stakes from the beginning, yet so many writers fail to show this early enough in a story to hook readers.

In these one-hour sessions (with a max of four students), teachers will give feedback on up to 350 words. We ask that students submit their first page one week in advance of the session; each session's instructor contact details can be found in the confirmation email. Please note that your work will be shared with the other students in the session. We offer first page feedback sessions for novels, short stories, and personal essays. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up early to secure your spot.

Novel:

  • Thursday, April 4th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner
  • Thursday, April 18th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner

Short Story:

  • Tuesday, May 7th, from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer
  • Thursday, May 9th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Thursday, May 16th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Wednesday, May 22nd from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer

Personal Essay:

  • Saturday, June 1st, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber
  • Saturday, June 15th, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber

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Dates:
Wednesday, May 22nd, from 6-7pm
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Spring Write-In: Saturday, May 25th with Doug Henderson

Take some time for your writing this spring with a series of virtual write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students.

Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule.

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Dates:
Saturday, May 25th, at 10am
Fee:
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25 or $99 for a season pass!
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Spring Write-In: Friday, May 31st with Celeste Chan

Take some time for your writing this spring with a series of virtual write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students.

Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule.

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Dates:
Friday, May 31st, at 12pm
Fee:
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25 or $99 for a season pass!
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First Page Feedback: Personal Essay with Audrey Ferber June 1st

Your first page makes all the difference; it grabs your reader's attention and can be the difference between a "yes" and a no" when it comes to agents and editors. More and more, with attention spans pulled in every direction, publishers are eager to see conflict and stakes from the beginning, yet so many writers fail to show this early enough in a story to hook readers.

In these one-hour sessions (with a max of four students), teachers will give feedback on up to 350 words. We ask that students submit their first page one week in advance of the session; each session's instructor contact details can be found in the confirmation email. Please note that your work will be shared with the other students in the session. We offer first page feedback sessions for novels, short stories, and personal essays. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up early to secure your spot.

Novel:

  • Thursday, April 4th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner
  • Thursday, April 18th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner

Short Story:

  • Tuesday, May 7th, from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer
  • Thursday, May 9th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Thursday, May 16th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Wednesday, May 22nd from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer

Personal Essay:

  • Saturday, June 1st, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber
  • Saturday, June 15th, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber

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Dates:
Saturday, June 1st, from 11am-12pm
Fee:
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29.99
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Explore the Poetry of Science with Jenny Qi - June 4th

June 4th, 11th, and 18th* |At the heart of poetry and science is a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. In this series of three 90-minute generative workshops, we will read and discuss poems about science, including medicine, ecology, and more. We will use this as inspiration for our own writing. Although our reading will consist of poems, prose writers are certainly welcome.

* Students are encouraged but not required to sign up for all three sessions. Students will have the option to purchase a discounted three-session bundle for $150 at checkout.

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Dates:
Tuesday, June 4th from 5:00 - 6:30pm
Fee:
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60 or $150 for all three sessions
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Spring Write-In: Friday, June 7th with Celeste Chan

Take some time for your writing this spring with a series of virtual write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students.

Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule.

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Dates:
Friday, June 7th at 12pm
Fee:
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25 or $99 for a season pass!
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Refresh and Reset Your Writing with Elizabeth Forsyth

SUNDAY, JUNE 9th | Check in on your 2024 writing goals and amp up your writing with this fun-filled rapid-fire writing prompt session.

In this class we’ll:

  • Briefly discuss ways to combat your writer’s block
  • Respond to 10-12 writing prompts
  • Check-in and reset your 2024 writing goals

This class is for writers of all levels and all genres.

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Dates:
Sunday, June 9th from 2:00 - 4:30pm
Fee:
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75 or register by June 2nd to receive a 10% discount!
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Explore the Poetry of Science with Jenny Qi - June 11th

June 4th, 11th, and 18th* |At the heart of poetry and science is a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. In this series of three 90-minute generative workshops, we will read and discuss poems about science, including medicine, ecology, and more. We will use this as inspiration for our own writing. Although our reading will consist of poems, prose writers are certainly welcome.

* Students are encouraged but not required to sign up for all three sessions. Students will have the option to purchase a discounted three-session bundle for $150 at checkout.

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Dates:
Tuesday, June 11th from 5:00 - 6:30pm
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Spring Write-In: Thursday, June 13th with Lisa Lerner

Take some time for your writing this spring with a series of virtual write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students.

Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule.

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Dates:
Friday, June 13th at 12pm
Fee:
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25 or $99 for a season pass!
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First Page Feedback: Personal Essay with Audrey Ferber June 15th

Your first page makes all the difference; it grabs your reader's attention and can be the difference between a "yes" and a no" when it comes to agents and editors. More and more, with attention spans pulled in every direction, publishers are eager to see conflict and stakes from the beginning, yet so many writers fail to show this early enough in a story to hook readers.

In these one-hour sessions (with a max of four students), teachers will give feedback on up to 350 words. We ask that students submit their first page one week in advance of the session; each session's instructor contact details can be found in the confirmation email. Please note that your work will be shared with the other students in the session. We offer first page feedback sessions for novels, short stories, and personal essays. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up early to secure your spot.

Novel:

  • Thursday, April 4th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner
  • Thursday, April 18th, from 8-9am with Lisa Lerner

Short Story:

  • Tuesday, May 7th, from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer
  • Thursday, May 9th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Thursday, May 16th, from 11am-12pm with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
  • Wednesday, May 22nd from 6-7pm with Rowena Leong Singer

Personal Essay:

  • Saturday, June 1st, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber
  • Saturday, June 15th, from 11am-12pm with Audrey Ferber

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Dates:
Saturday, June 15th, from 11am-12pm
Fee:
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29.99
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Explore the Poetry of Science with Jenny Qi - June 18th

June 4th, 11th, and 18th* |At the heart of poetry and science is a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. In this series of three 90-minute generative workshops, we will read and discuss poems about science, including medicine, ecology, and more. We will use this as inspiration for our own writing. Although our reading will consist of poems, prose writers are certainly welcome.

* Students are encouraged but not required to sign up for all three sessions. Students will have the option to purchase a discounted three-session bundle for $150 at checkout.

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Dates:
Tuesday, June 18th from 5:00 - 6:30pm
Fee:
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Spring Write-In: Thursday, June 20th with Lisa Lerner

Take some time for your writing this spring with a series of virtual write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students.

Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule.

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Dates:
Friday, June 20th at 12pm
Fee:
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Reading + Meeting: June 28th, 2024

Join us for an evening of readings by The Writers Grotto Members. All are welcome.

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Dates:
Friday, June 28th, from 5 - 7pm PT
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Fund Your Writing Project with Lyzette Wanzer

This workshop is open to writers who are considering applications for—or wish to learn about—creative writing grants, fellowships, and residencies.This six-week workshop will cover:

• The best places to locate opportunities. You'll visit and conduct on several trustworthy websites offering the most lucrative funding.

• The dreaded Project Statement, Work Plan, or Goals and Objectives question. Finish the workshop with a revised draft.

• How to demonstrate a rising trajectory, remembering that most people who are awarded grants are on their way up, not already there.

• How to craft clear, concise personal or artist statements. Leave this class with a completed draft in hand!

• Why the marketing angle is so important.

• Creating an effective literary resume. You’ll have a new professionally formatted one at the end of class!

Open to writers of all genres. Students registering for this workshop should be seeking financial support for a period of two weeks to six months to focus on writing projects. This is a hands-on workshop: students must be computer savvy and bring their laptop or tablet to every class.

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Dates:
Wednesdays, Aug. 14th - Sept. 18th from 5:30 - 8:00pm
Fee:
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600 or register by August 7th for a 10% discount!
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Reading + Meeting: August 16th, 2024

Join us for an evening of readings by The Writers Grotto Members. All are welcome.

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Friday, August 16, from 5 - 7pm PT
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Reading + Meeting: September 20th, 2024

Join us for an evening of readings by The Writers Grotto Members. All are welcome.

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Friday, September 20th, from 5 - 7pm PT
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Reading + Meeting: November 15th, 2024

Join us for an evening of readings by The Writers Grotto Members. All are welcome.

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Friday, November 15th, from 5 - 7pm PT
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Writing Coaching and Editing with Maw Shein Win - Bespoke Consultation

Initial bespoke services consultation to determine the fee. Maw is a writing coach and editor for poets. Maw has many years of experience as an educator, author, and editor. She teaches in the MFA Program at the University of San Francisco and is the inaugural poet laureate of El Cerrito, CA. You can learn more about her at mawsheinwin.com.

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Magazine Pitch Feedback with Katia Savchuk - Bespoke Consultation

Not available at this time Initial bespoke services consultation by email to determine the fee. Katia will draw on her expertise as an award-winning longform journalist to provide written feedback on magazine pitches. Katia has written for The New Yorker,  Forbes, Mother Jones, Marie Claire, The Atavist Magazine and many other publications.

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Hypnotic Coaching with Jenny Bitner

Unleash your writing potential with Jenny Bitner. As a trained hypnotherapist, coach, and writing teacher, she'll help you overcome fear and tap into your creativity. Experience a transformative hypnotic session to release barriers and claim your full potential as a writer. Take the first step today.

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150
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Three-Session Creativity Boost with Jenny Bitner

In this three-session package of Creativity Hypnosis, experienced hypnotherapist and writing coach Jenny Bitner will help you delve into the depths of your subconscious mind to awaken your imagination and overcome creative blocks. This can be customized to deal with whatever issues around writing you are experiencing. Start this journey today!

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400
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How to Write a Children's Book with Lisa Lerner

Got an idea for a children’s book? As the brilliant Madeleine L'Engle said, "You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grownups, then you write it for children.” In this 30-minute private Zoom consult, Lisa will give feedback on your idea to help you realize your vision and elevate your story to reach multiple audiences in today’s market. And if you don’t know what “multiple audiences” means in the kid-lit genre, that’s okay; she will tell you! Lisa’s YA crossover novel JUST LIKE BEAUTY was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and is in pre-production as a movie. She has decades of experience writing children’s books for major publishers and regularly teaches workshops to kids and adults who want to write for kids. In her free time, she enjoys petting rabbits and eating cake. Curious cats can find out more at www.lisalerner.com

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40
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Chapbook Consultation with Preeti Vangani

Chapbooks consultation (16-40 pages in length).

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250
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Folio Consultation with Preeti Vangani

Folios consultation, up to 7 pages in length, with no more than 5 poems.

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55
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Individual Poem Consultation with Preeti Vangani

Individual Poems up to 2 pages in length.

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25
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Full-Length Poetry Collection Consultation with Preeti Vangani

Full-length poetry collections (45-80 pages in length).

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400
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Improve Your Writing with Laird Harrison - Bespoke Consultation

Initial bespoke services consultation to determine the fee. Laird Harrison will work with you one-on-one to improve your written communication. Laird has experience with both creative and business writing and can assist with all levels of writing.

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Novel Feedback with Laird Harrison - Bespoke Consultation

Initial bespoke services consultation to determine the fee. Laird Harrison, author of the novel Fallen Lake, provides editing and consultation services on all aspects of novel writing.

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Building Complete Novels and Short Stories with Thaisa Frank - Bespoke Consultation

We will build your fictional work in a collaborative process for as long as it takes to create a whole and satisfying story. Thaisa Frank, a Pushcart Fellow, has published a novel and three collection of short stories. Her original approach, developed through teaching, addresses fiction from all cultures.

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FIlm Consultation with David Munro

Industry veteran writer-director-producer provides consulting for documentary and narrative film projects of any length and at any stage, from concept to pitch deck to rough cut to screenplay draft. Production services also available through Bay Area-based The Unscripted Company.

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Expert Report Writing and Editing by Award-Winning Writer Christopher D. Cook - Bespoke Consultation

As an award-winning journalist, author, and consultant with decades of experience, I offer expert editorial consulting services at competitive rates. I write reports, policy briefs, articles, op-eds, blogs, and other materials for major national institutions and individual clients. As a veteran reporter, I also help writers develop and tell their stories for articles and book projects. First, we discuss your project and needs and how I can meet them, then I provide you with an estimate and we move forward with a simple straightforward contract. I look forward to talking with you, learning more about your project, and working together. Estimates are based on $100/hour fee. You can check out my work at www.christopherdcook.com.

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Science Content Editing with Jenny Qi - Bespoke Consultation

Initial bespoke services consultation to determine the fee.

Are you struggling to finalize a piece of science writing, whether it's an academic manuscript, article, or marketing blog? Need editorial help to make sure your message is clear and concise without losing accuracy? Jenny can help you improve your scientific content, using her unique combination of scientific and creative expertise.

Jenny Qi has a PhD in Cancer Biology from UC San Francisco and over a decade of experience in science communication spanning a range of industries, including biopharma, tech, and journalism.

This listing is for a 20-minute consultation to determine the scope of the project.

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Developmental Editing with Kate Busatto - Bespoke Consultation

Kate offers comprehensive developmental editing services tailored for both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. With a keen eye for storytelling and a deep understanding of narrative techniques, Kate collaborates closely with authors to elevate their work to its highest potential.

For fiction projects, Kate provide detailed feedback on plot structure, character development, pacing, dialogue, and overall narrative coherence. She helps authors refine their storytelling techniques, ensuring that their readers are fully engaged and immersed in the world they've created.

In the realm of nonfiction, Kate specializes in organizing ideas, clarifying arguments, and refining the overall structure of the manuscript. She offer guidance on crafting compelling introductions and conclusions, maintaining a consistent tone, and ensuring that the content is engaging and accessible to the intended audience.

As every manuscript is unique, she provide bespoke services tailored to the specific needs of each author and project. Fees are determined based on the complexity, length, and scope of the work. With a commitment to professionalism and a passion for bringing out the best in every manuscript, Kate strive to help authors achieve their writing goals and create works that resonate with readers.

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Manuscript Editing with Julia Scheeres - Bespoke Consultation

Initial bespoke services consultation to determine the fee. Polish your prose with New York Times best-selling author Julia Scheeres.

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