This is the place to find inspiration and learn about writing, book marketing, and publishing all year long.
Join us at these upcoming online FREE & LOW-COST SESSIONS for writers.
Missed a Writers Talk session? Recordings of several Writers Talk sessions are at the bottom of this page!
Making History: A panel discussion on writing and publishing historical articles and books hosted by Taryn Edwards
September 27, 2020 No charge. SEE THIS SESSION ON YOUTUBE NOW! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B62uGJv9nu0
Chris Gruener – After a brief stint teaching high school English in Los Angeles, Chris moved north to the Bay Area and began his publishing career at the ripe old age of 23. Starting out as an intern with a literary agency and a small literary fiction publishing house, he quickly moved into the sales and marketing side of publishing, working various roles for Nolo, Baker & Taylor, and Faherty & Associates, before taking over Cameron + Company in 2009.
Laurie Krill is the west coast acquisitions editor for The History Press. A graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute, she’s been in her current position for four years. Having lived in all four corners of the United States, she enjoyed shepherding books about the unique history of towns large and small through to publication. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.
Lee Bruno is an author and journalist. His most recent book is Misfits, Merchants, and Mayhem: Tales from San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront, 1849-1934, winner of the 2019 Independent Book Publisher Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for History. His reporting on business, technology and science has appeared in such publications as The Economist, The Guardian, MIT Technology Review and other publications. He is currently a developmental editor with the Collective Book Studio.
Lana Costantini is Director of Education and Publishing at the San Francisco Historical Society and editor of The Argonaut, SFHS’s award-winning history journal and its newsletter, Panorama. Lana led the development of the Historical Society’s first mobile history apps, film series, online history presentations, and YouTube channel. Prior to joining the Historical Society in 2018, Lana had a successful career in educational publishing as a writer, managing editor, and director of product development. Her own writing has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic Explorer, Cobblestone, California Chronicles, and Sea Letter (published by the Maritime Association). She is a third-generation San Franciscan.
Breaking into Hollywood:
How to Successfully Break into Screenwriting as a Book Author with Cali Gilbert
Friday October 30, 2020 – 10am to 11:30am $95/$75 for MI members Register and info HERE
• Grow as a writer by learning other aspects of the industry, not just screenwriting
• Capitalize on the newest forms of streaming media to reach success
• Create your own path by starting your own production company
Cali Gilbert is an international bestselling author, award winning filmmaker and photographer.
Hybridity: Poems That Cross the Line
with MK Chavez
November 6, 2020 Noon to 1:30 pm. $35/$25 for MI members
Click HEREto find out more and register for this class. It will be held on Zoom!
Hybrid poetics blurs the lines between poetry and other literary genres. The benefits of hybrid writing are many; it provides writers with opportunities to explore and expand writing practices, especially for those who are writing to make the invisible visible. Participants will survey a sampling of hybrid poems and have an opportunity to take liberties with a variety of genres, styles, and techniques and leave class with a literary chimera of their own.
MK Chavez is the award-winning author of Mothermorphosis and Dear Animal, co-curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival, and has been a guest curator of the reading series at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She is the Poetry Editor for Rivet Literary Journal and guest editor at Nomadic Press. Chavez has been a visiting instructor at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, Mills College, and Hedgebrook. She is the recipient of an Alameda County Arts Leadership Award, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Her recent publications can be found in bags of coffee from Nomadic Coffee and on the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series.
Building Your Author Platform: 10 Ways to Leverage Authority Marketing to Grow a Meaningful Brand
with Rusty Shelton
Friday, November 20, 2020 – 10:00am to Noon (PST) $95/$75 for MI members
Click for details and to register
• 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.
Turn Your Passions into Paychecks:
Write and Sell Feature Articles to Newspapers & Magazines
Friday, December 4, 2020 – 10:30am to 12:00pm
Zoom meeting. Class fee is $99 ($79 for MI members) CLICK HERE to register.
Do you find yourself wildly curious about the world? Love talking to strangers about their fields of expertise? Writing feature articles for newspapers and magazines allows you to dive deeply into fascinating topics and get paid for the adventure.
In this workshop, we’ll talk about how to come up with feature article ideas, and how to find and interview expert sources. Participants will learn how to identify and approach magazine and newspaper editors with a story pitch, and how to craft a feature article. A bibliography will include numerous professional resources so that you can immediately start pitching and writing feature articles.
Melissa Hart is contributing editor at The Writer Magazine, and author—most recently—of Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tween and Teens (Penguin/Random House, 2019). Her articles have appeared in Real Simple, The Washington Post, Parents, Working Mother, The Advocate, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. Find out more at www.melissahart.com
This event is hosted in partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference and the San Francisco Chapter of the Womens’ National Book Association.This event will take place via Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite and the Zoom credentials will be sent to you a few days before the class starts.Questions? Contact Taryn Edwards, [email protected]
Friday, November 13, 2020 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Submit a Writing Sample $25 Observer $5
Face Time with an Editor: A two hour class with David Colin Carr
A lot can be learned about writing and self-editing from watching an editor in the trenches. It can also calm your trepidation about submitting your own writing for editorial scrutiny. With four writing samples and/or structural concerns in front of you, you’ll track how an editor explores the specific challenges in live conversation with a writer, and maybe a chance to ask questions.
For MORE sessions for writers including WRITERS GROUPS, go to https://www.milibrary.org/events
As promised…VIDEO ARCHIVES of Writers Talk sessions!
Where Do We Go From Here? A Conversation on the Bay Area’s Homeless Crisis
Thursday, July 2, 2020 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm
WATCH THE RECORDING OF THIS SESSION ON YOUTUBE! CLICK 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.