Category Archive: Classes

Kalani TV Writing Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii

What: TV Writing Retreat
When: Apr 1 – 8, 2017
Where:  Kalani Retreat Center, 12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road, Pahoa HI

Why: Join Geoff Harris, former VP of Story & Writer Development at NBC, on this TV writing retreat to create a new TV pilot. Enjoy writers room sessions, story workshops, private consultations, cultural immersion and fresh meals.

 

  • Pitch and begin to write a new TV pilot
  • Build confidence under the guidance of a top TV writing mentor
  • Examine the stories you tell yourself & dissect your own process of story making
  • Identify your source of inspiration
  • Feel supported in a healthy, healing atmosphere
  • Enjoy Hawaii

Group Size:

8-10

Program Focus:

Nature, Screenwriting, Travel

Faculty and Facilitators:

Geoff Harris

Geoff Harris was Vice President of Story & Writer Development at NBC. Geoff has taught TV writing workshops sponsored by ABC and NBC. He judges for several writing contests, including the Warner Bros. Writers Program and the ABC Writing Program.

Stewart Blackburn, Hawaiian Shamanic teacher and practitioner, has studied shamanism for over twenty years, most recently with Serge Kahili King for the last ten years. In 2006, he was ordained as an Alaka’i in Dr. King’s Aloha International, making him a minister and teacher of Huna, the remarkable Hawaiian healing philosophy based on Aloha. He teaches classes and courses in self-empowerment, the Hawaiian Shamanism of Huna and various other classes in self-Love, Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves, and Psychic Skills. He also counsels and mentors people looking to increase the level of joy and pleasure in their lives from the perspective of self-empowerment and personal responsibility.

Diana Osberg is the owner and founder of Mia Terra Retreats. She produces extraordinary retreats to inspire writers, artists and creative souls. Diana is a screenwriter and has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years in production, creative development and administration. Traveler and adventurer.

www.miaterraretreats.com/kalani-tv-writing-retreat/

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Ann Wylie Master Classes: Master the Art of the Storyteller

Ann Wylie Master Classes

Ann Wylie works with communicators who want to reach more readers and with organizations that want to get the word out.

What: Writing workshop
When: Feb 23 – 24, 2017
Where: The Great Room, 100 N. Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo CA

Why:

Find tips for getting people to pay attention to your messages, understand them faster and remember them longer. Learn to each readers online, write copy that moves people to act, master the art of the corporate storyteller and make your writing easier to read and understand.

Faculty:

Ann Wylie, owner Wylie Communications, is the author of over a dozen learning tools. Previously Ann was editor of Hallmark Cards’ employee magazine, CROWN. She has won more than 60 communication awards, including a WIC Clarion and two IABC Gold Quills.

 

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Feb 05 2017

2017 San Francisco Writers Conference & Classes

What: Well-established conference
When: February 16-19, 2017
Where: Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Fransisco

Why:

Meet over one hundred literary agents, editors, publishers and bestselling authors. Explore the best ways to publish and promote your work. Hear about new trends in the industry. Boost your social media reach. Build your writing career.

Selected presenters:

  • Heather Graham, Flawless
  • John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
  • William Bernhardt, The Game Master
  • Jon Agee, Terrific
  • Rusty Shelton
  • Steven Spatz, president of BookBaby

Activities:

  • “A-Pro session”
  • consult with an editor
  • pitch & open mic sessions
  • one-on-one networking with presenters
  • talk to representatives of both self-publishing and traditional publishing
  • Speed Dating with Agents (extra)

Topics covered:               

  • Autobiography/Memoir
  • Business/Technical
  • Children’s
  • Fiction
  • Humor
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Mystery
  • Nature
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Publishing
  • Religion
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Screenwriting
  • Travel
  • Young Adult

SFWC also offers Pre and Post Event classes on February 16th and 20th open to all writers. You will also find free sessions during the conference. See the website for details.

sfwriters.org

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Free-Write Fling: Get Rid of Writer’s block

What: Month-long writing course, mostly about how to get rid of writer’s block
When: February, May and October, all month
Where: Online

Why:

Take part in a course designed to get rid of writer’s block forever. Learn how to avoid procrastination and use the free-writing method. Organizers claim to turn wannabe writers into real writers in a month-long online course.

Facilitated by:

Writer’s coach and author Cynthia Morris

Certified coach & author Cynthia Morris (Create Your Writer’s Life: A Guide to Writing with Joy and Ease and the Paris historical novel Chasing Sylvia Beach), has been coaching creatives since 1999.

Tagline: Liberate your creative genius

 

www.originalimpulse.com/free-write-fling/

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35th Key West Literary Seminar: Revealing Power – The Literature of Politics

What: Seminar
When: January 12 – 15, 2017
Where: San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West FL

 

Why: Take part in 4-day seminar includes readings, conversations, lectures, panel discussions. Learn about autobiography/memoir, children’s, fiction, humor, journalism, mystery, nature, non-fiction, playwriting, poetry, publishing, science fiction/fantasy, screenwriting, travel and young adult.

Speakers include:

  • Ann Beattie
  • Robert Caro
  • Stephen L. Carter
  • Teju Cole
  • Gail Collins
  • Billy Collins
  • Deborah Eisenberg
  • Garrett Epps
  • Annette Gordon-Reed
  • Joe Klein
  • Rachel Kushner
  • Thomas Mallon
  • Jane Mayer
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Peter S. Onuf
  • George Saunders
  • Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Calvin Trillin
  • Brenda Wineapple

In the words of the organizers:

“Revealing Power” will be a singular literary exploration of power—of those who wield it, those who suffer under it, and those who seek to attain it—and of what power reveals about the human condition. Confirmed speakers are listed below.

www.kwls.org/

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Advanced Horror Fiction Writing

What: Advanced Horror Fiction Writing Seminar
When: January 3-27, 2017
Where: Historic Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Avenue, Estes Park CO 

Why: Learn about writing horror fiction part online, part on site in groups of 20. Colorado University faculty member Stephen Graham Jones, author of twenty-three published books, will lead students through writing workshops and discussions on building suspense, scaring readers, and incorporating gore, disgust and revulsion into their plots.

The Historic Stanley Hotel



www.colorado.edu/winter/

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How to write an essay like greatest writers did?

What: Essay writing workshop for students
When: November 21, 2016, 7 p.m.
Where: Le Bain club, The Standard Hotel, 18th floor, New York City.

Why: Talk, write, and think about great essays by prominent writers from Hemingway and Nabokov to Burroughs and Kerouac.

  • Analyze essays by the greatest writers of all time.
  • Have a look at companies’ case studies that have gone viral.
  • Read papers of unknown authors that were never read before.
  • Produce strategies for making your essay go viral
  • Use technologies for gaining ideas
  • Write essays with power, style, and inspiration

Workshop leader:

Educational coach Natalie Andersen.

http://getgoodgrade.com/blog/how-to-write-a-genius-essay-workshop

 

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