Join us for the following UPCOMING FREE & LOW-COST SESSIONS for writers.
Recordings of past sessions? Go to bottom of this page!
Where Do We Go From Here? A Conversation on the Bay Area’s Homeless Crisis
Thursday, July 2, 2020 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm
This FREE event will be conducted via Zoom. Please register here.
Join “OG Rev” Harry Louis Williams II, Interim Minister of Compassionate Care at the historic Glide Memorial Church and Randy Shaw, Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, for an inside look at the region’s rapidly growing homeless population and what it is like on the streets now during these turbulent times. Both gentlemen will speak of their writing careers and their experiences helping our most vulnerable citizens. Moderated by Laurie McLean, Director of the San Francisco Writers Conference and Taryn Edwards, Librarian and Strategic Partnerships Manager of Mechanics’ Institute. In partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference.
From Pitch to Page: An intro with Literary Agent Katharine Sands
Friday, July 10, 2020 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
FREE but registration required! This event will take place via Zoom. Please register here.
Literary agents are always on a treasure hunt. But few writers know what it takes to make agents yell at first glance: “Eureka, I’ve struck gold!” And a first glance is all that most writers will get before the agent moves on without ever reading further. This introductory presentation cuts through the mystery of getting an agent to want YOU, to read YOU, and to say YES to YOU.
Consider this an intro class. In August, Katharine will dive into a full class where she will show you the best ways to showcase your writing as a bold, new entry into its category—and yourself as a potential author with an intriguing book poised to spring forth. We look at hooks, selling points, and engines; and how to avoid Querial Killers: the easy-to-fix mistakes writers make when querying agents and on All-Important Page One.
Katharine Sands is the agent provocateur of the book Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents. A New York City based literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katharine has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books.
This event is hosted in partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference and the San Francisco Chapter of the Womens’ National Book Association.
A Short History of Crime Fiction with Dr. Myles Dungan
Saturday, July 18, 2020 – 10:00am to 11:30am
$99 for general public. For info CLICK HERE
This event will take place via Zoom over 4 Saturdays. July 18; July 25; August 1 & August 8 at 10:00am. Attendees must register for all four classes.
Almost as long as crime has existed people have been writing about it. But they only got around to making it all up a few hundred years ago. This four-week course examines the origins and the development of crime fiction (mostly in the English language) since the late eighteenth century. The focus will be on the sort of work produced by Arthur Conan Doyle at the turn of the twentieth century, Agatha Christie and the other (mostly female) writers of the so-called ‘Golden Age’ and the American ‘hard-boiled’ school (Chandler, Hammett and Highsmith) of the mid 20th century.
Building Your Author Platform: 10 Ways to Leverage Authority Marketing to Grow a Meaningful Brand
with Rusty Shelton
Friday, July 24, 2020 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm (PST)
This FREE event takes place via Zoom. Please register here.
Wondering where to start when it comes to building a meaningful platform? Rusty Shelton will give you a specific, practical roadmap. He will share the strategies used to build platforms for some of the world’s leading authors and thought leaders. Drawing on the framework shared in his newest bestselling book, Authority Marketing: How to Leverage 7 Pillars of Thought Leadership to Make Competition Irrelevant, Rusty will share a 10-step plan that combines insights from the changing worlds of publicity, social media. and marketing to help nonfiction authors cut through the clutter and build a large platform. Attendees will leave the presentation with an online brand audit and a roadmap they can follow to grow their platform.
You will learn how to:
- Leverage the new media landscape for success through the earned, rented & owned framework
- Conduct an online brand audit for yourself/your business to be more discoverable
- Grow your platform by thinking like a media outlet
- Get major media exposure without spending a lot of money
- Create the right content strategy to own the connection with your audience
- Grow your email list with quiz/assessment marketing
Rusty Shelton first spoke at Harvard on the changing world of PR and marketing at the age of 23. He is the Founder & Chairman of Zilker Media, publisher of ForbesBooks and co-author (alongside Adam Witty) of Authority Marketing: How to Leverage 7 Pillars of Thought Leadership to Make Competition Irrelevant and co-author (alongside Barbara Cave Henricks) of Mastering the New Media Landscape: Embrace the Micromedia Mindset. An active keynote speaker, Rusty’s been featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Wharton, Huff Post and many other top media outlets. Learn more at www.RustyShelton.com, www.ZilkerMedia.com or www.ForbesBooks.com. This event is hosted in partnership with Mechanics Institute and the Womens’ National Book Association-SF.
Imagery Intensive: a writing seminar with Lindsey Crittenden
Friday, July 31, 2020 – 12:00pm This class takes place via Zoom.
CLASS FEE: Public $15; MI Members $10 More details and registration info: CLICK HERE
Whatever you’re writing, imagery brings your material to life. Effective imagery goes far beyond flowery description to reveal character, mood, context, tone, setting, and theme. In this immersive workshop, we’ll explore how imagery works through short writing exercises and analysis of effective examples. This class is suitable for writers of all levels looking to improve a work in progress or to start something new.
Bring up to 3 pages of already written work to the first session, or come with a blank screen. Either way, you’ll leave class with new ideas and skills at using imagery to make your words come alive. All are welcome. Produced In partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference.
Lindsey Crittenden‘s memoir writing has appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Image, and many other publications. She is the author of the 2007 memoir, The Water Will Hold You (which Publishers Weekly called “gorgeously written”), and has taught memoir-writing for more than 10 years.
Flash Fiction Open Mic moderated by Lyzette Wanzer
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 – 6:00pm to 7:30pm FREE!
Register to attend as part of the audience: Click Here. This program will be recorded for future viewing. By registering/attending this program, you acknowledge that your name and image may be included in the recording.
What we are facing in this country and worldwide is unprecedented as far as contemporary generations are concerned. The effects of the pandemic on social inequality, urban life, and industry have been both radical and sweeping. In this virtual open mic event, share your flash fiction examining the truths and the lies we’re uncovering amid this global pandemic. Moderated by author Lyzette Wanzer. Sign up early to snag one of nine five-minute reading slots by contacting Taryn Edwards, [email protected].
Story Power: The Storytelling Revolution from Traditional to Personal
A Virtual Workshop in the Art of Storytelling with Kate Farrell
Saturday, August 22, 2020 – 10:00am to 11:30am
This event will take place via Zoom. Class fee: $24.99; MI members $19.99 CLICK HERE for details and registration!
Kate Farrell, author of Story Power, discusses the radical change in storytelling everyone is talking about. You will learn how to create, craft, and tell memorable stories through harnessing the structure of personal narratives and the seven steps to storytelling. She will share storyteller secrets, too!
Kate Farrell is a graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies, UC Berkeley. She has been a language arts classroom teacher (pre-school and grades kindergarten through 12th), author, librarian, university lecturer, and storyteller in Northern California since 1966.