Hawaii Book & Music Festival: May 6-7, 2017 The Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat: May 7-12, 2017 Join me this month for two terrific events for writers events in Hawaii. The Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat is an annual gathering that brings three dozen writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoir to the North Shore of O‘ahu for a week of intimate workshops and coaching. The retreat is high-level and professional — but also low-key and tuned in to the beauty of the surroundings. It fosters an exchange in two directions — between islanders and mainlanders, published writers and budding writers, Native Hawaiian artistry and mainland publishing. With the Waianae Mountains as a backdrop and the open ocean in front, participants break bread with colleagues, gather in daily workshops, salute the morning sun in yoga, write privately in the shade of ironwood trees, and wander along the beach. They even dance some hula. The theme, nā wahi ho‘oulu, acknowledges that a sacred spot like this will inspire the assembled to explore other places — whether in the heart, in memory, or in the moment.
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 || 10am-4pm Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com If you have trouble steaming up the page or even your life, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work and your days. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time. A careful investigation will also reveal that you can receive Dominican College credit for this workshop. The workshop will be held on Saturday, January 21st, from 10am-4pm at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA, 94925. Sign up here. Poet, travel writer, novelist and Left Coast Writers® founder Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is a contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of two poetry collections, past editor of a popular Northern California guidebook and a winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Namako: Sea Cucumber, was named Best Book for the Teen-Age by the New York Public Library. In addition to authoring an award-winning short story collection, The Hand of Buddha, she has co-edited several anthologies, including the Hot Flashes: sexy little stories & poems series. Her latest novel, Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2009), was short-listed as a finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Competition and was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel in 2009. Linda has judged the San Francisco Literary Awards, the Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and the Kiriyama Prize, served as a visiting mentor for the Loft Mentor Series and been guest faculty at the Oklahoma Arts Institute. A past NEA Panelist and juror for the Marin Literary Arts Council, she has led workshops in Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Central America, Indonesia and the United States and has mentored a long list of accomplished writers and best-selling authors toward publication. Laurie McAndish King grew up in rural Iowa, studied science and philosophy at Cornell College, and has
Since I’m not a creative writer, I can’t dispense writing tips with any authority. As a literary agent though, I have to take beginnings seriously. For me the first line is the most important sentence in the book. Editors are very busy people and receive stacks of manuscripts every day. If they get turned off by a clumsy first line, they are likely to cast a cold eye on the rest of the manuscript. So here are a few of my random thoughts on this subject focusing on some illustrious examples. “Call me Ishmael.” – Moby Dick by Herman Melville This first line is always at the top of the list. The most famous first line in all of literature. So what’s so great about it, anyway? I thought about that today and decided that it was overrated, that it is one of those things that people think is great
Message from Bradt: The reluctant solo traveller We are looking for inspirational stories about travelling alone to include in a new collection of true-life tales publishing in 2017. Solo travellers now make up one third of all those embarking on fixed-departure holidays. Many, but not all, are older people who are widowed or divorced and facing the prospect of travelling alone for the first time. Some are planning a seriously adventurous trip lasting several months which, by necessity, they will have to do alone. What they all have in common is anxiety: it takes courage to travel alone, especially if you are used to the companionship of a partner or friend. Have you been a reluctant solo traveller? Did it take courage to overcome your
Workshop: Out of This World! Travel to Other Worlds Writing Fiction, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi with Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Out of This World! Travel to Other Worlds Writing Fiction, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi with Linda Watanabe McFerrin Saturday, October 29th 10am-4pm at Corte Madera Book Passage $120 It’s a far-out, jet-propelled day of creativity and imagination. Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin well-known travel writer, editor and author of award-winning novels in a day of world building, plotting and adventure into new literary realms. Bring manuscript and project ideas to troubleshoot, discuss and dissect. Poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) is
Coming up on September 23rd and 24th are four workshops at Book Passage in Corte Madera with Alice Acheson. September 23rd from 10am-1pm is Publishing Choices, a workshop on choosing the right publishing method for you. September 23rd from 2pm-5pm is BIte The Bullet, a workshop on crafting the perfect query letter for an agent and/or editor. September 24th from 10am-1pm is 13 Steps to Finding an Agent or Publisher, a workshop on all the little secrets and tricks to finding a good agent or publisher. September 24th from 2pm-5pm is Boot Camp for Writers’ Conferences, a workshop on how to prepare for writers’ conferences