Join us at these upcoming online FREE & LOW-COST SESSIONS for writers.
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The Mechanics of Writing classes are co-sponsored with Mechanics’ Institute. All are virtual but we hope to go LIVE later this year! Missed a session? Recordings of several sessions are at the bottom of this page and selected YouTube videos are found by clicking HERE.
12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Writers Lunch! And it is FREE.
The Writers Lunch is a casual chat with our writers community on the 3rd Friday of each month. You can email Taryn Edwards if you’d like to speak for a few moments about what makes your favorite book useful to your writing process.
Look forward to mini-reviews on books that have been added to our “literary craft” collection, informal presentations by member writers, and excellent conversation.
How to Craft a Successful Romance with Margaux DeRoux
Register today for this FREE session to ensure your romance novel has the necessary elements to satisfy readers, and stand out from the crowd. (Click the session title and save your seat!)
1. Understand the romance landscape and the romance reader
2. Explore the scenes and conventions your readers will expect
3. Learn how to craft a memorable cast of characters
4. Discover your intimacy style, and how it affects your novel
Margaux DeRoux is the author of The Lost Diary of Venice, published by Ballantine | Penguin Random House, and selected as a 2020 Indie Next List pick. Before turning to fiction, she worked in Silicon Valley as a strategic consultant. To purchase her novel (and support independent booksellers), please visit bookshop.org.
Saturday, July 17, 2021 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm
From Storyboard to Narrative with Sheryl Bize-Boutte
In this workshop, Sheryl will guide you from storyboard creation to story narrative. Get familiar with the process of storyboarding, understand how it helps and guides the writer, hear how Sheryl uses her own unique storyboarding techniques to create narrative for her novels, and partake in a fun storyboarding exercise for class participants. $25; MI Members $15
Coming Out Of COVID Creatively with Matthew Félix
Join author, podcaster, and MI member Matthew Félix for a talk about how to reconnect with your creativity in a post-pandemic world. Please support This Event with a donation!
How to Think like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education with Scott Newstok
A lively and engaging guide to vital habits of mind that can help you think more deeply, write more effectively, and learn more joyfully. Support This Event with a donation!
Productivity Tips for Hybrid Working and Work from Home with Paula Rizzo and Debra Eckerling
As we enter the next phase of the “no longer new” normal, it’s time to reassess, re-evaluate, and embrace a more productive lifestyle. Please plan to attend (on Zoom!) and support this event with a donation!
We can almost (but not quite yet) announce in-person classes as the Covid restrictions fade away. Visit this page regularly. Dates to be announced soon!
Building Your Author Platform: 10 Ways to Leverage Authority Marketing to Grow a Meaningful Brand
Regrettably some sessions in the past were CANCELLED for lack of attendance…
only to have registrations come pouring in at the last minute!
Please sign up for classes as soon as possible to avoid cancellation of a class. For MORE sessions, go to https://www.milibrary.org/events
Click on more session titles below:
Making History A panel discussion on writing and publishing historical articles and books. Hosted by Taryn Edwards and featuring: Chris Gruener – Cameron + Company, Laurie Krill is the west coast acquisitions editor for The History Press, 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 and Lana Costantini is Director of Education and Publishing at the San Francisco Historical Society and editor of The Argonaut.
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 will speak of their writing careers. 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.