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Novel and Creative Nonfiction Workshops

Ongoing, intensive workshop meets for three hours every other Monday in Marin. Writers bring ten pages to each session. Limited to 5 writers. Contact Clive at (510)654-6495/ (510)508-5149 for next sessions.
Fee: $400 for ten sessions

The Novel’s Arc

In this workshop we’ll address the main issue that eludes us in our weekly classes: How well does your novel work as a whole? We’ll read one of our novels, meet for two hours and track how the essential components are developed throughout the novel. So far, in our other group, we’ve been able to give a comprehensive picture both of how well the novel is working and what it needs to arrive at a higher level, all in a single meeting. The next month we’ll do the same with another novel.

Some of the questions we’ll ask: Does your theme grab the reader’s attention from the start? Is the voice consistent, and do the visuals create a powerful movie? Does the plot keep the reader turning the pages? Do your characters develop in a compelling manner? Does dialogue move the plot forward and deepen your characters, while it’s both engaging and seems real? Does the pacing work in concert with the plot? Is the resolution satisfying?

Notice we won’t make any marketing decisions about the book (as, more sex, or more violence, or less of either) but only say honestly how we, as conscious, sentient beings, respond to the book.

Contact Clive at (510)654-6495/ (510)508-5149 for current series.

Fee: $500

Prerequisites:

  1. You have at least draft number one of a novel complete, with line editing already done.
  2. You can print out five copies of your novel.
  3. You subscribe to the notion that reading and discussing three peers’ novels will aid your understanding of your own novel.
  4. You commit to reading a novel once a month.

 

Short Story Workshops

We’ll examine elements of the short story and see how they are employed in examples of very short stories. These three to four page stories cover six minutes to six months of time. The various strategies used are fascinating. We’ll do a draft of at least one story on the first day of this two day workshop (two consecutive Saturdays). On the following Saturday, we’ll see how well the story elements are working in your draft. After these two days, you should take off with your short story writing skills.

We are careful to establish a warm and inviting atmosphere where even the rawest and shyest of writers can flourish and feel proud of what they accomplish. I expect, as usual, eight or ten people (including some of brave beginners), much exciting writing, and fun to boot.

Cost: $150.00

Contact Clive if you want to join or set one up.

 

One-Act Plays Workshop

We’ll examine elements and structure of writing a one-act play and see how they are employed in examples. The various strategies used are fascinating. We’ll do a draft of at least one play on the first day of this two day workshop (two consecutive Saturdays). On the following Saturday, we’ll see how well the elements of the play are working in your draft as we all take part in reading it. After these two days, you should take off with your play writing skills.

We are careful to establish a warm and inviting atmosphere where even the rawest and shyest of writers can flourish and feel proud of what they accomplish. I expect, as usual, eight or ten people (including some of brave beginners), much exciting writing, and fun to boot.

Cost: $150.00

Contact Clive to join this class.