Making a Scene: In Print and On Screen at the Mendocino Art Center 🗓

Online Writing Workshop with Linda Watanabe McFerrin [virtual event]

March 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

From Mendocino Art Center:

Open to all levels, Making a Scene: In Print and On Screen is a fast-moving introduction to that most crucial of elements in the creation of great stories: the scene. Whether you are working on the page, on the stage or on screen, scenes are the means to bring the excitement and the drama to your tales… and they are what modern readers demand.

You’ll spend a morning reviewing the key components of scenes and how to format them for literary works and for film. Then, in the afternoon, you’ll get experience in penning and performing a dynamite scene.

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March 27
10:00 am – 4:00 pm


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Hawaii Book & Music Festival and 5th Annual Mokule’ia Writers Retreat 🗓

Linda Watanabe McFerrin

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. (more…)

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Workshop: Writing Sexy Stuff with Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Laurie McAndish King

Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Laurie McAndish King
Laurie McAndish King

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 || 10am-4pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||

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 ( 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 (more…)

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Workshop: Out of This World! Travel to Other Worlds Writing Fiction, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

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

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 ( is (more…)

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Coming up on September 23rd and 24th are four workshops at Book Passage in Corte Madera with Alice Acheson.


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