Workshop: Writing Sexy Stuff, 5/31/14

Hot Flashes 2 CoverEROTICA: WRITING SEXY STUFF
with Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Saturday, May 31st, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, CA 94925
$105

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If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you.

Spend a day with poet, travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin loosening up and learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes hilarious sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort zones to erogenous zones in no (more…)

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Workshop: Making a Scene with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Yes, this is your opportunity to make a scene! Do it on the page.

In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn to balance setting, character, and dialogue to create stellar scenes. Some of the exercises have given birth to award-winning work by past participants. Bring your laptop and/or paper and pen and discover how a good writer takes center stage on the page and holds it.

The workshop will be held on Saturday,March 22nd from 10:00am-4:00pm at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA, 94925.  This particular workshop is only $105, and you can register here.

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Workshop: Building Character with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin/Sleuth

Character-driven—it’s one way to ensure that your writing is compelling. But how do you create characters that captivate a reader? Digging up all you’ll need to know to create characters that jump from the page can be as complicated as a covert operation. So let’s put on our best sleuthing attire and gather the info on our protagonists, antagonists, confidantes, love interests and assorted supporting characters. This workshop includes plenty of in-class exercises and amusing tips on craft.

A careful investigation will also reveal that you can receive Dominican College credit for this workshop.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 22, from 10am-4pm at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA, 94925.  Sign up here.

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Wanderland Writers Win Top Honors from the 2013 London Book Festival

2013 LONDON BOOK FESTIVAL AWARDS

Bay Area Travel Writers Land International Anthology Prize In This Competition “Honoring the Best in International Publishing”

The winners, runner-ups and honorable mentions for the 2013 London Book Festival have been announced.

Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light, edited by Bay Area poet, novelist and travel writer, Linda Watanabe McFerrin (www.lwmcferrin.com) and Bay Area author and journalist, Joanna Biggar (www.joannabiggar.org), took top honors in the anthologies and collections category. The collection, which includes a foreword by noted Paris-based author and travel writer, David Downie and the work of talented known Bay Area writers, is the third in a series from the Wanderland Writers workshops (www.wanderlandwriters.com), which have produced collections of essays on Costa Rica and Bali. Writers in this anthology include: Unity Barry, Daphne Beyers, Sandra Bracken, Mary Brent Cantarutti, Antoinette Constable, Kitty Hughes, Laurie McAndish King, Ethel Mussen, Catherine Pyke, Cindy Rasicot, and Anne Sigmon.

Phil Cousineau, author of The Art of Pilgrimage and The Book of Roads, has this to say about the anthology: (more…)

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Workshop: Southern Sampler Artists Colony, A Musing Lowcountry Medley

Charleston, South Carolina. April 7-14, 2014.

Sample a new way of Being rooted in Gullah Geechee traditions set to African rhythms and slow Jazz beats. Meander down Creative Lane, bewitch the spirits, and open your heart to magic. Linda Watanabe McFerrin, award-winning author, and Ty Collins, playwright and educator, will be our musing guides. JACK’S HAT, a movable ritual “play” written and directed by Ty Collins, will be our performing stage.

 

  • One-on-one direction on your literary and creative projects
  • Professional guidance in literary presentation and performance
  • Soul nourishing Lowcountry cuisine prepared by local chefs
  • Creative interaction with the Charleston music and arts community
  • Daily prompts designed to foster life-enhancing experiences
  • Online publication of your stories, poems and photos inspired by the South

April 2014, Charleston here we come! Local friends: writers, artists, performers, chefs, and musicians will welcome us (more…)

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Gary Kamiya — A Fun Guy Sings a Love Song to San Francisco by Barbara Falconer Newhall

Left Coast Writer® Barbara Falconer Newhall has recently written a wonderful article about Gary Kamiya and his talk at the October Left Coast Writers® salon. You can find this story, along with many other great stories, articles and blog posts at Barbara’s website, http://barbarafalconernewhall.com.

Gary Kamiya

Due to a common writing misstep, Gary Kamiya, a highly experienced writer and editor, found himself with only six months to write a 385-page book.

The San Francisco author and co-founder of Salon.com described his predicament earlier this month to a roomful of authors and author wannabes gathered in the writers room at the back of Book Passage, Marin county’s powerhouse independent bookstore.

It was the first day of Kamiya’s brand new job as executive editor of San Francisco magazine, but he had taken time out to cross the Golden Gate Bridge to read from his new book and to share writing tips with members of the Left Coast Writers salon.

The book was Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, which is selling very nicely in the San Francisco Bay Area, thank you, and has received a New York Times review that promises to make his (more…)

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Left Coast Writers® Broadcasting Live

Melinda Adams, aka Lilycat

LEFT COAST WRITERS® ON THE AIR

These Bay Area writers are pushing the edge from the page to Internet radio in a new monthly series on FCCFREERADIO, San Francisco’s Alternative Radio

On Sunday, January 19, 2014 Left Coast Writers® take to the air with a monthly spot on FCCFREERADIO – San Francisco’s Alternative Radio Studio 1-A from 12-2PM with popular radio talk show host, Melinda Adams, aka Ms. Kitty, aka Lilycat.

The monthly two-hour call-in spot on FCCREERADIO’s long-running weekly talk show, Lilycat on Stuff, will feature stories and chat on topics that have these writers climbing out of their garrets and closets and congregating in a SOMA studio to hold forth on topics that move them to ire and ecstasy.

On Sunday, January 19, find out more about Undercover Love: Lust, Literature and Lingerie as Left Coast Writers and Hot Flashes: sexy little (more…)

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Event for California Society of Printmakers book, edited by Maryly Snow

Left Coast Writer® Maryly Snow has a great event coming up for California Society of Printmakers: 100 Years, 1913–2013, of which she recently was the editor.

The San Francisco Center for the Book will host, 100 Years in Print: California Society of Printmakers Centennial Celebration.  Attendees will have the opportunity to print their own 6-color print commemorating the event. The Center’s exhibition space will display CSP members’ artwork representing etching, woodcut, lithography, mezzotint, silkscreen, and hybrid prints. Thursday, November 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco.

The book, California Society of Printmakers: 100 Years, 1913–2013, will be available for purchase at the Oct. 21st Book Club of California event and at the Nov. 7th San Francisco Center for the Book. Essays in the book are by Karin Breuer, Curator in Charge of the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, on the relationship between the Achenbach and CSP; Daniel Lienau, owner of The Annex Galleries in Santa Rosa on dealing with early 20th c. fine art prints; Art Hazelwood, artist and curator, on the period of the WPA to the present.

In “Digging The Archives: The Documented Origins of CSP’s Origins,” Maryly Snow, artist and librarian emeritus, the University (more…)

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Workshop: Southern Sampler Artists Colony, A Musing Lowcountry Medley

Charleston, South Carolina. April 7-14, 2014.

Sample a new way of Being rooted in Gullah Geechee traditions set to African rhythms and slow Jazz beats. Meander down Creative Lane, bewitch the spirits, and open your heart to magic. Linda Watanabe McFerrin, award-winning author, and Ty Collins, playwright and educator, will be our musing guides. JACK’S HAT, a movable ritual “play” written and directed by Ty Collins, will be our performing stage.

 

  • One-on-one direction on your literary and creative projects
  • Professional guidance in literary presentation and performance
  • Soul nourishing Lowcountry cuisine prepared by local chefs
  • Creative interaction with the Charleston music and arts community
  • Daily prompts designed to foster life-enhancing experiences
  • Online publication of your stories, poems and photos inspired by the South (more…)
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