Workshops with Jessica Pishko
Writing the Personal Essay | April 24th, 1:00pm
Everyone has a story to tell, but how do you elevate your story to the personal essay? This course will focus on the 2,000 word personal essay for on-line and print publications. We will talk about how to elevate your story to something relatable to a mass audience. Other elements to discuss will include plot, setting and character description.
Registration required. Click here to register.
Freelancing Bootcamp | March 20th, 1:00pm
Breaking into the world of freelance writing is a daunting task Maybe you’re thinking: How do I write a pitch? Where should I be pitching my work? How can I successfully pitch without a portfolio or any published clips?
In this workshop, we will cover the basics of freelancing and fundamentals skills, coming up with story ideas, writing the perfect pitch, identifying the best publication for your story, working with editors, negotiating payment, scheduling and managing work, handling conflict and more.
Registration required. Click here to register.
About the Moderator:
Jessica Pishko graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School and received an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She practiced corporate law, specializing in securities fraud, and represented death penalty clients and victims of domestic abuse pro bono. She has published personal essays in Racked, The Morning News, The Rumpus, and Lucky Magazine.
Writing for Social Change
Thursdays, November 5, 12 & 19 2015 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm COMPLETE
There will also be plenty of in-class writing time so you can try out some of the craft techniques we talk about. And you’ll get the opportunity to share your work with the rest of the group.
At the end of our day-long intensive, we can keep the conversation going at a local cafe— perhaps you’ll find your new writing buddies!
But you can’t write a novel unless you actually write. So to get you started on your writing practice, you’ll be paired with a writing partner (someone in the class) and given a week’s worth of prompts for a 5-day writing exchange. All work will be uploaded to a the Mill Valley Library’s Writers Salon page for the class to share.
Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the Bay Area bestseller Mary, an historical novel about Mary Todd Lincoln. Mary was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, chosen as USA Today’s Best Historical Fiction of the Year in 2006, and a Booksense Year-End Highlight. Newman is also the author of The Russian Word for Snow, a memoir about adopting her son from a Moscow orphanage, which was published internationally. Her new novel, A Master Plan for Rescue, is forthcoming from Riverhead this summer. She is the founder of the Lit Camp writers conference.
Writers Workshop — Writing the Rant
Something bugging you? Really bugging you? Need to get it out? Why not write it down and let the world know the problem while turning your personal pet peeve into literature. We’ll start by mining our emotionally charged topics and then move to shaping our passions into monologues, stories, or personal essays.
Saturday, June 13th | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
John Levine’s plays have been produced throughout the US, as well as in Mexico, India, Australia, and the UK. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughter and teaches at the University of California.
Writers Workshop –Session 8
Aspiring and seasoned writers are invited to join this four week workshop. Participants will have the chance to meet other writers, write, and share feedback, all under the guidance of a talented moderator.
Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17 & 24 , 2015 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm-COMPLETE
Jessica Gruner is the co-author of four Emily the Strange novels and a metric grip of comic books. She’s also taught high school English, owned a clothing boutique, worked in mergers and acquisitions, studied opera, and edited the quasi-legendary pop culture zine Bunnyhop. She lives on an island in the San Francisco Bay with her family and a smattering of chickens.
The Craft of Writing and the Power of Imagination
In this one day workshop, we’ll use writing exercises and prompts as starting points to stimulate the creative process, examining and exploring the intersection of craft and creativity to make good writing. Rather than emphasize “getting it done,” we’ll focus on getting our juices going to “get it started.”
Saturday, April 11, 2015 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm-COMPLETE
Cary Pepper is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and nonfiction writer. His plays have been presented throughout the United States and internationally, and he’s published dozens of articles as well as other nonfiction. Most recently, his one-act play Irish Stew was chosen for inclusion in Best American Short Plays 2013–2014 (Applause Books).